Kelly Bires loses start and park ride
Kelly Bires is without a job once again.
Go Green Racing, primarily a NASCAR Nationwide Series team, has released the 28-year old driver. The team decided to make the jump to a part-time Sprint Cup Series schedule after not even having a top ten finish in the Nationwide Series.
Bires started his Nationwide Series career in 2007, making his debut with what was JTG Racing. He stuck with the team until the end of the 2008 season, racking up eight top ten finishes in that span.
This year, Bires was unemployed after two showcase performances for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2011. Even though he was involved in an on track incident at Richmond in his debut with the team, he was able to perform well enough for a second start. In Chicago, Bires led two laps before he finished eighth in that event. But after that, Bires’ struggle to find a ride continued.
Bires had no choice but to accept the start and park ride, after all it’s something. However, racing at the Sprint Cup Series level may not be worth it just to race a few laps. In his three starts, Bires was only able to tally up 67 laps according to racing-reference.com.
The announcement was made via Bires’ Facebook account as he stated “got a call from #79 cup team this afternoon, they decided to make a driver change. Won’t be driving for them anymore. Hopefully a more competitive ride will arise in the near future.”
It is unknown if Bires will still have a chance to run some Nationwide Series races with the team, but as of now, he has not made any further statements.
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