John Gibson Runs Well, Has Tough Finish at Hickory for Team Mitigator

HICKORY, NC (April 22, 2013) – – After a strong run at the beginning of the race, John Gibson and his Gibson Motorsports team came home a disappointing 12th at the Catawba Valley 250 at Hickory Motor Speedway this past Saturday.

After having to replace the transmission in John’s #13 Mitigator Ford Fusion late Friday night before heading to Hickory, the Gibson Motorsports team was cautiously optimistic going into Saturday’s morning practice.

“We just want to thank Buzze Racing for renting us a transmission at the last minute like they did. Without it, we probably wouldn’t have been able to run this race. We look forward to seeing what we can do with it,” John said early Saturday morning.

The afternoon qualifying session left John and his Mitigator Ford Fusion starting the race in 8th place.

As soon as the green flag fell, John began making his way towards to the front of the field. A little over fifty laps into the race John was holding strong in the top five and by lap 70, he had climbed his way up to third.

The team took four tires, fuel, and made adjustments during the halfway break, and restarted 11th. John was happy with the adjustments and his MitiGator Ford Fusion was up to 6th by lap 185 when they were involved in an incident with Gus Dean on the backstretch.

“I was really happy with the MitiGator Ford Fusion after we made some midrace adjustments. We were moving through the field when we got turned. Although we didn’t finish where we wanted to, I feel really confident about this car and I look forward to racing it again,” John said. “I also just want to thank our sponsor, MitiGator. We love having them on board and appreciate their ongoing support.”

After the incident, Gibson Motorsports experienced battery issues and couldn’t get the car to re-fire. They finished in 12th place. The Gibson Motorsports team hopes to be back on the track at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA in June.

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