IRMO, SC :: Danny competed in the NASCAR Nationwide race at Darlington Friday bringing home a respectable 27 th place finish. In his first Nationwide race since parting ways with Johnny Davis Motorsports, Danny drove the #74 car for long time competitor, Mike Harmon. The objective was to finish the race and lock the car into the guaranteed starting spot program….mission accomplished.
Most of practice was missed after a meeting with the infamous “Lady in Black” wall on the 2nd lap out when the brakes failed, gaining a very early “Darlington Strip”. The crew worked diligently to repair the car and get it back out for a few laps but most real tuning would have to wait for the pit stops during the race. A lack of valuable practice time led to a 38th place qualifying time but Danny and Mike knew that was ok and they knew what to do.
Pit stops were the order of the day to adjust on the car. Even so the car was very competitive and could definitely maintain pace until a green flag pit stop after halfway which did not go well put the car 3 laps down where it remained. A 27th place finish was enough to accomplish the pre-race team goals. Danny had aspired to a higher finish but accepted the effort on his favorite track. Emerging from the car he said, “that was the most fun I ever had in a race car, you must race the track and not your fellow competitors here but once you get in the rhythm it is over before you are ready. A special thanks to Mike Harmon and his crew and to Eurasia Entertainment and The Residence at Marina Bay in my home town.”