Sunday, July 27, 2014

N’WIDE: Blake Koch Extends 2014 LASTCAR Lead At Indianapolis

SOURCE: @TriStarRaceTeam - Twitter
Blake Koch picked up the 11th last-place finish of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career in Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when his #10 M&W Logistics Toyota fell out with a vibration after he completed 2 of the race’s 100 laps.

The finish was Koch’s series-leading seventh of the 2014 season and his first since Dover, seven races ago.  With fourteen races to go, Koch now holds a four-finish lead over teammate Jeff Green in the 2014 LASTCAR Nationwide Series standings.

Since Dover, Koch had made two more starts in TriStar’s fully-funded #44, which he drove to a season-best 19th last month at Kentucky.  He also finished next-to-last in the two most recent races at Loudon and Chicago, where he was edged by Matt DiBenedetto and Kevin Lepage.  For Indianapolis, David Starr returned to drive the #44.  Koch climbed back in the “start-and-park” #10, which this time carried sponsorship from M&W Logistics, Koch’s sponsor with SR2 Motorsports last season.

Koch didn’t participate in the opening practice session, then put up the 36th-fastest time in Happy Hour.  He secured the 40th and final starting spot with a lap of 169.898 mph.  In the race, Koch pulled behind the wall after two laps, followed a lap later by Matt DiBenedetto, back in The Motorsports Group’s #46 after giving the team’s #40 a 34th-place run at Chicago.

Finishing 38th was Jamie Dick in the #55 Viva Auto Group / Fonius Chevrolet, his worst finish since a 34th at Fontana.  37th went to Carl Long, whose #72 James Carter Attorney / CrashClaimsR.Us Chevrolet was a post-entry that showed up to the track on Friday.  Despite the late entry, Long managed to secure the 34th starting spot, bumping from the field both Chicago last-placer Kevin Lepage and Tommy Joe Martins, who was looking to make his first start since Road America.  Rounding out the Bottom Five was Koch’s teammate Eric McClure in the #14 Hefty Ultimate / Reynolds Wrap Toyota.

*This was the second-consecutive last-place finish for the #10 in the Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis.

40) #10-Blake Koch / 2 laps / vibration
39) #46-Matt DiBenedetto / 3 laps / vibration
38) #55-Jamie Dick / 14 laps / clutch
37) #72-Carl Long / 19 laps / suspension
36) #14-Eric McClure / 44 laps / steering

1st) Blake Koch (7)
2nd) Jeff Green (3)
3rd) Matt DiBenedetto, Kevin Lepage (2)
4th) Tanner Berryhill, Ryan Ellis, Robert Richardson, Jr., Tim Schendel, Jimmy Weller (1)

1st) #10-TriStar Motorsports (8)
2nd) #46-The Motorsports Group (3)
3rd) #91-TriStar Motorsports (2)
4th) #17-Vision Racing, #23-R3 Motorsports, #55-VIVA Motorsports / SS Green Light Racing, #74-Mike Harmon Racing, #87-Rick Ware Racing, #93-JGL Racing (1)

1st) Toyota (10)
2nd) Chevrolet (6)
3rd) Dodge (3)

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