Rev Racing capped off the 2014 season in excellent fashion, with two drivers finishing in the top-10 at Dover International, otherwise known as the Monster Mile. Leading the way for Rev Racing were teammates Sergio Peña and Ryan Gifford. Both drivers qualified no better than 20th but were able to use their veteran acumen to impressively improve their standing over the course of the 150-lap race.
Due to rain, the teams weren’t able to accomplish much the day prior to the race and left the track early as first practice was ultimately cancelled. This left only one practice on the day of the race for each team to become acclimated to what would be the fastest track they’ve competed on all season (the average speed was 154 mph).
The lack of practice arguably contributed to both Peña and Gifford having less than favorable qualifying efforts. However, much like the past few races, Gifford did not let his qualifying effort distract him from his game plan during the actual race; and Peña followed suit. Both Pena and Gifford, who took the green flag 23rd and 20th, took their time over the course of the race. Neither driver forced the issue and waited until the right opportunities presented themselves to advance through the pack. Both drivers were assisted by a few competitors going down with flat tires, however it was ultimately their patience and ability to take advantage of restarts that allowed each of the drivers to have successful races. Peña ultimate took the checkered flag in 6th while Gifford finished in 9th.
Daniel Suarez, who competed in his final race for Rev Racing did not have the race that he had hoped for, taking the checkered in 22nd but is grateful for the time he spent with his teammates and remains optimistic about his future in the NASCAR Nationwide series.
Remaining Rev Racing drivers, Beasley & Bell finished the race 16th and 17th respectively.
ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities, women drivers, and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit www.revracing.net and follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.
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