A pair of small NASCAR Nationwide Series teams head to Auto Club Speedway with solid finishes in the first race of the season and hoping to build off their runs at Daytona.
Scott Riggs gave RAB Racing its best finish when he came home 15th in the season-opener at Daytona. And Eric McClure scored his best Daytona finish for Team Rensi Motorsports, taking the checkered flag in 17th.
Riggs returns to RAB’s No. 09 Ford for California in what could be the team’s final race for a while. The No. 09 doesn’t have a sponsor.
"It was a good day for the No. 09 RAB Racing team," Riggs said of Daytona. "Our Ford Fusion was a little off today because we ultimately had it setup for qualifying, but my team worked really hard all day to make it better. We were fortunate to overcome a few incidents during the race and still be able to grab a top-15 finish. Our results were satisfactory compared to the potential of this team."
McClure has sponsorship from Hefty for his No. 24 Ford, but he and the team are still trying to build a solid foundation. The 17th at Daytona was McClure’s best finish since a 16th at Las Vegas last year.
"I am happy with how we ran (at Daytona), but it’s hard not to be disappointed because our finish could have been better," McClure said. "But we couldn’t get the help we needed when it counted. … Today we had a chance to be really special and it just didn’t work out and that’s part of it. If we keep racing like that and it will come.
"I came in here saying if we finished in the top 20 I would be happy, so 17th will work. The guys worked really hard this offseason and I am looking forward to what the rest of the year holds for us."
Auto Club Speedway has held much for McClure, as he has a best finish of 28th in seven races.
"I haven’t had the best of luck at Auto Club Speedway, but I am truly looking forward to going back this week," McClure said. "This time last year, it was my second race with TRM and one of my first races driving a coil-bound car, so it was a learning experience. Actually the whole season was a learning experience, but I feel good about how much I learned last season and how far we’ve come.
"We had a good run last week in Daytona and I am hopeful to carry that over to a much-improved performance at ACS."