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Big Talladega Wreck Claims Bires

Kelly Bires
Kelly Bires
 
 
Kelly Bires has become the innocent victom of a bizarre wreck in the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama today.

Bires lost a lap early in the #47 Clorox Ford Fusion due to a deflating tyre and with 47 laps to go the 23-year-old was poised to gain his lap back at the next caution as the ‘lucky dog’.

However, as Kevin LePage rejoined the track from pit road he was collected by the pack, causing a massive wreck – the ‘big one’ so common on superspeedways in restrictor plate races – damaging many cars, including the Clorox Ford of Bires.

The damage was too great for Bires to continue and he was later classified as finishing in 36th position. The result dropped Bires to 11th in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series standings.

Tony Stewart won today’s Aaron’s 312 ahead of David Stremme and Bobby Hamilton Jr.

Bires will be back in action next weekend at Richmond International Raceway for race 11 in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Kelly Bires - #47 Clorox Ford Fusion
“The main thing is that everyone is fine and everything’s cool,” said Bires.

“I saw a car coming off of pit road and going about 100 miles an hour slower. It’s just a bummer. There were a lot of good race cars that got torn up right there because of that deal. But it’s alright.

“We had a great Clorox Ford Fusion all day. It would’ve been good. We had a flat tire there under green and had to pit, put a left front on it, and went back to the rear and was just going to ride there until caution came out and get our lap back, but we just didn’t want to be in it.

“But, it was good. We had a really good race car. It would’ve been a top 10 car, for sure.”


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