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Gale Earns 12th-Place Finish at Gateway International Raceway

Cale Gale
Cale Gale
MADISON, Ill. (July 21, 2008) — Cale Gale and the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) RoadLoans.com Chevrolet started the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 from the 33rd starting position, due to an early qualifying draw, and fought hard to climb 21 positions, crossing the finish line in the 12th position.

“Our RoadLoans.com Chevrolet was really good tonight,” said Gale. “Unfortunately, we didn’t qualify really well and that put us behind from the start. The guys worked hard all night improving the car and we were able to get a solid top-15 finish. We’ll take it and move on to the next one.”

With the race under-way, Gale wasted no time beginning his move to the front, taking over the 25th position by lap 5.

NASCAR made the call on lap 20 for a competition yellow flag, and crew chief Jason Meeks made the call to bring Gale down pit road for a track-bar adjustment and fuel only. With multiple pit strategies taking place, Gale narrowly missed cars exiting pit road to return to the race in the 17th position for the lap 25 restart.

The caution waved again on lap 111, with Gale in the 17th position. During the caution, Gale took the opportunity to inform the crew that the car was “loose on the starts and then tight in the middle.” Gale pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments to the car to help with the handling. The race restarted on lap 115 with Gale in 16th place. One lap later the race was red flagged for nearly 25 minutes as track officials cleaned up the track after a five-car accident. On the lap 121 restart, Gale was scored in the 12th position.

Running as high as 10th on lap 146, Gale slipped a few spots to cross the finish line in the 12th position for the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250.

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