Saturday, June 25, 2011

NNS: Drivers to watch for at Road America's Bucyrus 200

Ron Fellows and crew chief Tony Eury Jr.
Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR
Nationwide drivers are at Road America in Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin today and teams will qualify later today at 3 P.M. and the race is at 5:30 PM, airing on ESPN.

JR Motorsports is fired up because Ron Fellows is back for the first time since his Montreal race with JRM. Today, he’s in the No. 7 AER Chevrolet. Ron finished in sixth place for his first practice run yesterday. Last year, Fellows finished the Road America run in second place and this year, he’s aiming for a win. As of now, he’s pretty happy with the car, just seeking a little more speed.

Ron Fellows is one of Canada’s most versatile and successful road racers with a a variety of wins in different series from NASCAR to 24 Hour Le Mans. His racing career started at an early age in Karts and quickly moved up to Formula Ford 1600 and then to F/F 2000. Fellows left racing for nine years and worked in pipeline gas before he decided to return to race professionally in 1986.

Fellows resume is impressive with wins on the track and with fans. He’s an ALMS four time Most Popular Driver. A three time ALMS Champion; has two 24 hour Le Mans Class Wins; 19 wins in SCCA Trans –AM series and has NASCAR wins, four in Nationwide, two in Craftsman Truck Series. He also has a pair of second place finishes and five top ten finishes in the 22 starts he has made in the Sprint Cup Series, when he raced for Dale Earnhardt Incorporated and Hall of Fame Racing that was owned by NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. To learn more about Mr. Fellows, you can follow him on Facebook and check out his website Ron Fellows.

Fellow’s is taking time to mentor teammate, Aric Almirola because he is starting his first road race in Nationwide and JR Motorsports today in the No. 88 Taxslayer.com car. At the moment, Almirola is still getting his feet wet and familiarizing his self with the road.

Ricky Carmichael is also going to debut in Nationwide's today, check out Amanda Ebersole's article about the GOAT! Carmichael is known as the Greatest of All Time in Motocross racing and is currently racing for Monster Energy in the Camping World Truck Series.

Other Drivers to watch for:

Billy Johnson is taking over the No. 60 for Carl Edwards and having the Fastenal Ford at the top of the leaderboard for practice. This is Johnson's first NNS race and ends Edwards' streak of 210 consecutive races.

Jacque Villeneuve is driving Brad Kesolowski's No. 22 for Penske Racing. Villeneuve fits into the "ringer" category.

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