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2014 Mid-Ohio: TriStar Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Aug 17, 2014 - 03:38 PM
2014 Mid-Ohio: TriStar Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide Race Recap

Mike Bliss Finishes 11th: Mike Bliss qualified 20th for his 700th career NASCAR start. Early into the race Bliss was working his way through the field and gaining positions each lap. By lap 16, Bliss was scored in the 14th position and reporting that his Camry was losing side and rear grip. With 65 laps to go, the No. 19 TriStar Motorsports Camry was running 11th and when the caution came out he reported his Camry was turning nicely. The team pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Bliss was running 12th with 41 laps to go and 14 laps later (Lap 55), he had gained 7 positions and was scored in the 5th position. With 20 laps to go, the No. 19 Camry was scored in the 20th position and would advance nine positions to finish the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 in the 11th position.


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Carlos Contreras Finishes 21st: In his final race with TriStar Motorsports this season, Carlos Contreras qualified 22nd for Saturday's race. Contreras was ready for his first race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Early into the race, Contreras came to pit road, under caution, for fuel only. On lap 11, Contreras was scored in the 26th position and was moving through the field. When the second caution flag was shown, Contreras radioed in that his Camry was loose. The team came to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. With 41 laps complete, Contreras was scored in the 19th position and by lap 55 the No. 44 38 Special/Ingersoll Rand/Voli Camry was scored in the 12th position. Running in the 6th position with 28 laps to go, Contreras's team told him he needed to pit for fuel only. Contreras reported that his car was running good, until there was contact made with another car on track that left his Camry damaged. Contreras battled until the checkered flag and brought home a 21st place finish.

Jeff Green Finishes 29th: Jeff Green was back behind the wheel of the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Camry this weekend for his third (of five) race with the team. Green had a strong qualifying run and qualified 17th. Early into the race, Green reported that his No. 14 Camry had overall good balance, but had some tire chatter in turn one. Green was scored in the 15th position and by lap 16 was scored in 13th. Green reported that his car was loose and on the next pit stop the team changed four tires, fuel and made adjustments. On lap 38, Green was scored in the 10th position and was steadily moving his way through the field. After making contact with a car on track, Green spun and continued without damage. The team pitted for four tires and fuel and returned to the track. Unfortunately on lap 71, Green spun and made contact with the wall while running in the 2nd position. Green was taken to the infield care center where he was evaluated and released. Unable to return to the track due to heavy damage, Green finished the race in the 29th position.

Next Race: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 300 under the lights on Friday, August 22nd.

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