FONTAINE TO RACE AT SHOWTIME SPEEDWAY IN PINELLAS PARK, FL THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 7 2015
Chris Fontaine will drive the Glenden Enterprises #47 Super Late Model in this Saturday's 2015 Super Late Model season opening race at Showtime Speedway in Pinellas Park, FL.
He won the 2014 Showtime Speedway Super Late Model track championship with seven wins, eight top five's and nine top ten finishes.
In 2013, he won one race and had two top five's out of the two races he ran at the track.
"We are setting the car up how we normally do," Fontaine said, adding,"we are always really fast there, so we will go with that."
"We are going to try a couple of things in practice, but if they don't work we will be right back how our normal setup is there, and get ready to try and get another checkered flag," he said.
Fontaine said he does not plan to try to repeat his 2014 track championship series run, because some of the race dates conflict with the CARS Super Late Model Tour series that he plans to run in this year.
AFTER CAREER BEST EIGHTH PLACE DAYTONA START CHRIS FONTAINE GETS CAUGHT UP IN LAP 49 WRECK AND ENDS THE RACE 25TH
Chris Fontaine qualified the Glenden Enterprises #84 NCWTS Toyota in a career best eighth position to start the truck race at Daytona on Friday, February 20, but got caught up in a wreck on lap 50 that ended his race, relegating him to 25th place.
After starting eighth, Fontaine slid back to run in the middle of the field between positions 12 to 19th.
He narrowly avoided an accident on lap 14 by going high by the wall when the #82 truck spun in front of him, causing a 10-truck accident in turn one.
"Once we got that little bit of damage, we had to come in and start in the rear. So we decided we were just going to ride in the back," Fontaine said.
After pitting under the caution, Fontaine restarted in the 20th spot on lap 20.
At the caution on lap 25, he was running in the 15th position. He restarted in 17th on lap 30, but moved up to 13th by lap 31 and 11th on lap 33.
Fontaine stayed at the back of the outside line for much of the race, but switched to the middle of the inside line on lap 35.
On lap 49, while running in the 11th spot, Fontaine was caught up in a 12-truck wreck in turn three. When the #31 truck was hit from behind by the #13, he spun and shot up in front of Fontaine pushing the #84 straight up into the outside wall.
"The qualifying went well for us, but I still feel like it is a joke. Trucks crashed, and cars crashed in Nationwide and Cup qualifying. It did work out to our advantage, but I would still rather go back to the old way," Fontaine said.
"The race was going pretty good for us. The outside line wasn't able to keep going, so I fell back a little bit. Then I was able to make a run and come up a little, so I kind of shuffled back and forth," he said.
"I want to thank all the guys for all of their hard work. I appreciate everything they did preparing me a really fast truck. Hopefully, we can get that one back together, and take that same piece to Talledega and show'em what we got again," Fontaine said.
FONTAINE AND TEAM READY FOR THEIR FIFTH DAYTONA TRUCK RACE ON FRIDAY
Chris Fontaine and the Glenden Enterprises #84 NCWTS race team are ready for their fifth truck race at Daytona International Speedway this Friday night, February 20 at 7:30 pm.The NextEra Energy Reasources 250 will be televised live on FOX Sports 1.
In the past four races at Daytona, Fontaine has gotten caught up in accidents twice, and finished the race running twice. In 2012, he got his first NCWTS career top ten finish of seventh at the track, and last year he finished 19th.
His average starting position is 21.75 and his average finish position is 19.75. Fontaine has a running finish average of 13th.
"I expect we will have a competative truck, like we normally do," Fontaine said, adding," our main thing is going to have to be just get in the race and avoid the big wrecks."
"NASCAR has a ridiculous qualifying procedure, and we have to figure out a plan to get through it without wrecking, and get into the race," he said, adding,"I think there are 35 trucks for 32 spots, so we have a little work cut out for us there."
"Once we get in the race, we are going to try to get to the front and lead a lap, and make sure it is the last one when we are out front. So, that will be our goal, to put the #84 up front," Fontaine said.
"I want to thank all of the guys at the shop for all the hard work that they have put in, and, hopefully, they can get a good result out of it," he said.
"I am watching some past race videos, and looking at the positives and some things I can change, and going from there," Fontaine said of how he is preparing for the race.
When asked what he is looking out for in the race, he said,"Just try to look as far ahead as you can. Look for the front of the pack, and try to look for someone that looks uncomfortable and keep your eye on them. The easiest thing is to be out front, in the top. That's where everybody is going to take it easy, and not try to shuffle for position. So, try to stay up front. It is safer up front than it is at the back."
FONTAINE FINISHES SECOND IN ICEBREAKER 100 AT DESOTO SPEEDWAY
Chris Fontaine drove the Glenden Enterprises #47 Super Late Model to a second place finish in the 2015 season opening Brighthouse Challenge Series Icebreaker 100 at Desoto Speedway on Sunday, February 8, 2015.
Fontaine had qualified third to start the race.
On the restart after a caution on lap 14, Fontaine got the #47 on the inside of second place for a lap, before he got spun in turn number two.
On the restart, Fontaine was right on the bumper of the #07 for several laps, and held off advances by the #5 on the inside.
After a caution on lap 35, Fontaine restarted in third and stayed there until he was spun from behind in turns three and four on lap 39.
On the restart he was in the third spot until the #5 got by him on the next lap, putting him in fourth.
Fontaine regained the third spot after the leader retired with mechanical problems on lap 73.
Two laps later, Fontaine got by the #5 on the inside on the backstretch to take the second spot.
(The runner-up finish was a good start of the season for Fontaine, who will run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona in two weeks.
"That was probably the cleanest Jeff and I have ever raced," Fontaine said. "It was fun but I wish we had a little more. None of us had anything for the 30 (Dutilly).")-SCOTT LOCKWOOD, DESOTO SPEEDWAY
FONTAINE TO OPEN 2015 SEASON SUNDAY, FEB. 8 IN THE BRIGHTHOUSE
CHALLENGE SERIES ICEBREAKER 100 RACE AT DESOTO SPEEDWAY IN
Chris Fontaine and the Glenden Enterprises #47 Super Late Model race team are preparing for the Brighthouse Challenge Series Icebreaker 100 race at Desoto Speedway this Sunday, February 8, 2015.
Fontaine won the season opener at Desoto in 2004, and he won the last race of the season at Desoto that year. He also won two races there in 2006. Last year, he had two second place finishes and two third place finishes.
"We are going to try to get a win," Fontaine said, adding," It has been eleven years since we won the Icebreaker, the first race that I won. We are going to try to do that again."
"We had a test Tuesday, and it went pretty well. But we still have Friday and Saturday to improve on what we've got, and I think we have a real good chance to win," he said.
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