The Leavine Fenton Racing team considered the weekend a success simply because it was fast enough in qualifying to get into the Sprint Cup Samsung Mobile 500 in its first attempt.
After starting 33rd in Saturday night's race at Texas Motor Speedway, driver David Starr was running competitively with the cars around him through the first 122 laps, but the night ended there, when the No. 95 Ford slid up the track and into the wall.
The LFR team, co-owned by Oklahoma native Lance Fenton, went home with a 38th-place finish. The team will be back in action May 28-29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the second of six planned races in its debut season.
“I passed Jeff Gordon, passed Dale Earnhardt Jr., passed about eight or nine of them, trying to pass Kevin Harvick when the caution came out,” Starr said. “It was pretty cool racing with my heroes.
“I thought we were very respectable out there,” Starr said. “We know we can compete at this level.”
WIND, HEAT AFFECT DRIVERS AT TMS
Clint Bowyer, who finished second, said the 90-degree heat and winds gusting around 25 mph had a strong impact on the drivers.
“That was one of the hottest times I've ever had in a car,” Bowyer said. “More than anything, my feet were burning up.
“With the wind, it was weird. It was like, whatever your car was doing, it got worse when the wind hit you in Turn 3. If it was tight, it was really tight because of the wind. If it was loose, it almost pushed you around backwards getting into the corner.”
EDWARDS: KIDS IN GARAGE GOOD IDEA
For the first time, NASCAR is allowing minors in the garage area. There have been some safety concerns, but officials are trying to keep a close eye on the youngsters.Saturday's results