|Paulie Harraka at Kansas 4/21/2012 |
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On Friday, September 7, under the bright lights of Richmond International Raceway, the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ newest pair, Paulie Harraka and Go Green Racing will hit the asphalt. The team is looking forward to meeting the challenges of the 3/4 –mile D-shaped oval, one of NASCAR’s toughest tracks.
Not all will be new, however. Clinton Cram, veteran crew chief at Go Green Racing, and Harraka have worked together before, as Cram was a consultant to Bill McAnally Racing in 2010, when Harraka drove for BMR. Further, retired NASCAR champion Ted Musgrave will continue in his role as mentor and spotter to the young Harraka.
“Building off of the first half of the season, we felt that this was the most logical next step for Paulie’s development," said Musgrave. "Paulie’s got the talent and work ethic, and now we need to get him the experience. Our goals for the night will be simple for Paulie: to learn a bit about the Nationwide car, to learn a bit about Richmond, and to finish in the Top 20.”
“Go Green Racing and Randy Hill Racing are excited to have a driver of Paulie’s caliber in our 08 car for Richmond," said Go Green Racing team owner Archie St. Hilaire. "I’ve watched him win races for years, and believe that as a very analytical driver, he’ll pair up very well with Clinton. He certainly has a learning curve ahead of him, and Clinton is a great teacher. Pulling someone with Ted’s experience into the fold will certainly be an asset to us, as well. We hope to make this a strong building block for our team.”
“I’ve watched a lot of races at Richmond, and have always been envious of the guys on the track," said Harraka. "It looks challenging and nuanced, which is my favorite kind of racetrack. It’s big enough to produce high speeds, but small enough that you’re almost always racing somebody for a position. I’m excited. Archie and his team have built a very respectable program, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to pilot his racecar.”
This will mark Harraka’s second start in the Nationwide Series, and his first this season. Go Green Racing, which fields both the 39 and 08, is in its second year of full-time competition in the series. Go Green Racing’s Fords finished 23rd and 32nd in Richmond in the spring.
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