After Finishing 22nd last weekend in Atlanta, Mike Bliss and his crew welcomed another prime time event on Friday night at the ¾ mile of Richmond International Raceway.
Within the first few laps Bliss was quick to radio that his No. 19 Toyota Camry was "really really snappy Loose." The event's first caution fell on lap 14 for debris. Bliss and Crew Chief Paul Clapprood opted to stay out and utilize their track position.
By lap 50 Bliss gained a few spots on the track and was running in the 22nd position despite his Toyota Camry being "tight in and loose off on exit."
Bliss and Clapprood were able to make their anticipated adjustments during the events second caution. The 19 crew put four scuff tires on, pulled a spring rubber and made a track bar and air pressure adjustment. Gaining two positions from a fast pit stop, Bliss restarted 19th.
Numerous adjustments were made throughout the event's seven cautions, but nothing really satisfied Bliss' Camry.
Capitalizing on the final caution in the 1,000th NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Bliss was able to advance two positions to finish 18th.
Mike Bliss' post race remarks:
"The car was really tight all night. Every time I went to get on the throttle, it would snap loose on me. We tried everything we could think of to help the balance of the car, but not much worked. My crew worked really hard and gave me really great pit stops." - Mike Bliss