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Gale Gets Caught Up in “The Big One” at Home Track

Cale Gale
Cale Gale
TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 28, 2008) — Unloading at the high banks of Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, the No. 33 Camping World team had high hopes as Rookie of the Year Contender and Mobile, Ala. native Cale Gale made his fourth start of the season in the Nationwide Series. Gale had a fast qualifying run placing him ninth on the starting grid, but the day ended with a hard fought 22nd-place finish after he was swept into a huge multi-car crash midway through the race.

“We had a really fast car,” said Gale. “Unfortunately, we got caught in the ‘big one’ and had to bring the car to the garage for repairs and lost some laps that put us out of contention. The guys did a great job all weekend working on the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet and gave me a fast car. This wasn’t the finish I wanted in front of my home crowd, but I was able to get more laps on the superspeedway and learn a lot today. Next time I will definitely approach Talladega differently.”

Typical of Talladega, Gale was in the midst of three-wide racing for most of the race as he ran in the top 15. With coaching from team co-owner and teammate Kevin Harvick, as well as Kevin’s Cup Series spotter, Billy O’Dea, Gale was able to apply the information as he maneuvered the No. 33 car around the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

Just after passing the half-way mark on lap 69, Gale was caught up in an accident marked as the ‘big one’ of the Aaron’s 312. NASCAR red flagged the race on lap 72 to clear the track as the team devised a plan to make repairs. Gale returned to the track, four laps down. Soon after, NASCAR black flagged the No. 33 car and informed the team Gale would need to bring the car to the garage for additional repairs. Following the garage visit, Gale returned to the track 14 laps down, resulting in a 22nd-place finish.

The team remains sixth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner’s Point standings heading into Richmond (Va.) International Raceway where two-time Nationwide Series champion Kevin Harvick will be back in the driver’s seat.

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