Kansas Encouraging Test
September 25, 2005
Kansas Speedway Proves To Be An Encouraging Test for Furniture Row Racing
Denver, CO- Busch Series team Furniture Row Racing had an encouraging run last Saturday at Kansas Speedway with the #78 car. Although the team did not finish the race, Crew Chief Joe Garone felt things were starting to gel. Garone explains, "This was our first Furniture Row Racing built car, and it ended up being a very fast car. Without looking at the finishing position, we could feel that huge improvements were being made in our program. Not only with the #78 car, but how the team interacted in the garage and pits. It was a very uplifting weekend for us, right up to the point when we crashed.
The team overcame a case of new car blues during the first practice session, allowing them with only a hand full of laps to practice race runs. However, qualifying practice runs went well, landing driver Jerry Robertson to a solid 14th place starting position.
During the race, Robertson was involved in an altercation with the #41 car leavings the #78 car with major damage to the left front fender. After making repairs and losing a lot of track position (-1 lap), Robertson settled in running times that compared with the top five cars. Unfortunately, late in the race, Robertson lost control of the car while passing Carl Edwards on the entry to turn one, taking the team out of the event.
Unofficial race results indicate Kasey Kahne was the winner in #6 car. Kahne barely edged out Greg Biffle at the finish line.
Based in Denver, Colorado Furniture Row Racing is the Busch Series newest team, formed and sponsored by Furniture Row® Companies. The company also sponsors the #78 car in the NEXTEL Series.