Bires Makes A Statement With 11th Place Finish

Ellen Pasko Contributor IApril 30, 2010

RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 30:  Kelly Bires, driver of the #10 Braun Racing Toyota makesa pit stop during the NASCAR Nationwide Series BUBBA burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 30, 2010 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Just a couple weeks after being released from Jr. Motorsports, Kelly Bires found himself  back in the Nationwide Series, behind the wheel of the #10 Braun Racing Car sponsored by Shore Lodge.  His 11th place finish makes a strong statement that Kelly Bires is indeed an upcoming talent in Nascar.

Qualifying 25th Bires had his work cut out for him.  Over the course of the race he worked his way car by car to the front.  Riding around 15th a good part of the race, Kelly continued to  bringing his  Braun racing Toyota closer to a top ten.

Prior to the last caution Bires was running 10th and after a pit stop found himself one spot away from the top ten in 11th, where he impressively finished the race.
Bires is no stranger to this car or crew chief Stewart Cooper.  The last time Bires drove this car he drove it to a top 5 finish in Iowa.  He has said he loves this car and works well with Cooper.  Bires tweeted to his fans on Friday, “Heading to breakfast with my crew chief Stewart Cooper before we fly out to Richmond.”                       

A good relationship between Bires and Cooper is a welcome relief to Kelly Bires’s fans. It was evident that the relationship at Jr. Motorsports, between Bires and Eury Sr.,  was not working.  You could sense the tension between the two during their race radio conversations. This inevitable played a key role in  Jr. Motorsports decision to release Bires from his contract.

Bires strong finish  in the Bubba Burger 250, exemplifies  his desire to be a part of this sport.  There is little doubt Bires believes in himself as a race car driver. Back on April 13th, after being released by Jr. Motorsports, Bires sent this tweet to his fans following him on twitter, “Not a good day. Will continue working hard. I know I belong and will be successful in this sport.” 

Will this one race deal for Bires lead to more seat time with Braun Racing?  Time will tell.  Braun racing is hoping to give Bires more races, “ "He is a talented young driver whose  ability has been greatly underrated. We look forward to seeing his performance this weekend in Richmond and hope to be able to field him in the #10 car for
more races in the future."(Braun Racing PR)

Future rides for Bires, and Braun racing, will depend on sponsorship.  In these tough economic times that may be tough to do, however Bires did his part to show sponsors he is worth the ride.

You can follow Kelly Bires at  And on twitter @kellybires