Kelly Bires will drive the No 25 Raybestos Brakes Ford for Team Rensi Motorsports in the Sept. 10 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.  
Bires has made seven starts this season and claimed one top-10 finish (seventh-place in race No. 2 at Auto Club Speedway).  He has racked up 12 top-10 finishes in 75 career starts.  Team Rensi Motorsports has earned five wins, 42 top-five and 98 top-10 finishes since its inception in 1999.
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KELLY BIRES, No. 25 RAYBESTOS BRAND BRAKES FORD:  “It’s a huge opportunity not only for me and not only the team but to have Raybestos come on board and to be able to go to a track where brakes mean everything and firing the 25 car back up with Raybestos logos on the quarter-panels.  It’s going to be a neat deal.  Richmond is a place that I enjoy going to and running at and a place where I’ve had some pretty good finishes.”  WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO RUN WELL AND TAKE CARE OF THE BRAKES AT RICHMOND?  “There’s really no way at Richmond to be easy on your brakes.  You pretty much need a brake that’s going to withstand the heat and the longevity of the race.  Being that it’s a short track, you’re using a ton of brake.  It’s probably the number one thing that actually can change or hurt you with the handling of the race car.  I’ve had brake problems there in the past with different systems and I ran the race there earlier this year with the Raybestos brakes on it and had a great finish so that’s why I’m looking forward to going back there.  Any short track in NASCAR requires with the heavy cars and stuff that we’ve got here, it just requires extreme braking package and a package that can handle the abuse of it.  We’re just happy to have Raybestos on the car.”  COMMENT ON TEAM RENSI MOTORSPORTS.  “The nice thing is it’s a team that’s been together, lots of people have been there for quite a few years.  It’s kind of like a little bit of a family built in there.  They’ve had success in racing.  I remember watching them back in 2003, 2004, 2005 winning races and running up front.  It’s a team that you always looked forward to possibly driving for.  To be able to work with Ed Rensi and everyone involved at the shop.  The re’s a lot of good people and they build really good race cars.  The Richmond car we’ve got going on the track we’re extremely excited about.  We feel we can go there and have a really good run.”  IS THERE A POSSIBILITY THAT YOU COULD RUN MORE RACES FOR TEAM RENSI THIS SEASON IF THINGS GO WELL AT RICHMOND?  “Well we definitely hope that.  You know as well as I do about this sport.  It’s kind of unpredictable how everything works out.  I mean, that’s our ultimate goal is to literally use this race and build off it and go have a good s olid run and show people what we can do.  Being that it’s a race with the new car style it’s going to be good to kind of build the notebook off it.  There’s just a lot of good things about going into this race and going there and running well.  We hope to run in a few more races through the end of the year.  That’s the ultimate game plan, get some good solid finishes and be able to put up something we can sell for the future.”  HAVE YOU DRIVEN THIS NEW NATIONWIDE SERIES CAR?  “I have not.  I have only driven a couple of the Cup cars, tested before, but have never driven this new Nationwide COT car.  It’s nice what N ASCAR does.  They gave us an open day to go test there on Thursday [Sept. 9] so it allows the teams to be able to kind of figure some stuff out without being rushed through a two-hour practice that you usually get there.  So it allows people to go in there and work at their own pace and try to figure it out being that it’s such a new car to everyone.  It should be interesting.  It’s such a great time that I don’t think we’re going to be too far off when we unload for the start of that test day.  I think we’re going to be close and it’s just a matter of just figuring out how this car reacts different than the old car did and what I need different in it than what we started with or whatever it might be.  R ealistically I think we’re going to be pretty close and we should be a strong top-15 team.”  WHAT WOULD BE A GOOD NIGHT FOR YOU AT RICHMOND?  “I think a good night for the 25 car there would be a strong top-10 finish.  Just running in the top-10, being competitive, finishing on the lead lap, finishing the race, doing all of the above there I think it almost guarantees you a good top-10.  I think the car is going to have enough speed to be able to do that.  I think if you come up to me after the race and I finish anywhere in the top-10 I’d be pretty thrilled.”  SCOTT ZIPADELLI WILL BE YOUR CREW CHIEF AT RICHMOND.  “Scott Zipadelli is going to come on board to do that one race for that car.  I’ve got a little bit of a working relationship with him in the past.  He actually was a crew chief of mine for the first year and a half that I was in the Nationwide Series for the 47 car.  It’s good to have him on board and it kind of eliminates a little bit of the learning process.  Trying to learn a car, crew chief and a team it’s more or less that the crew chief/driver relationship is already there so it’s a matter of just working on the car and seeing what it needs.”  
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  1. As you may know, Virginia is the only state that bans the use and sale of detectors. There is no evidence that the detector ban increases highway safety. Our nation’s fatality rates have fallen consistently for almost two decades. Virginia’s fatality rate has also fallen, but not any more dramatically than it has nationwide. Research has even shown that radar detector owners have a lower accident rate than motorists who do not own a detector.

    Maintaining the ban is not in the best interest of Virginians or visitors to the state. I know and know of people that will not drive in Virginia due to this ban. Unjust enforcement practices are not unheard of, and radar detectors can keep safe motorists from being exploited by abusive speed traps. Likewise, the ban has a negative impact on Virginia’s business community. Electronic distributors lose business to neighboring states and Virginia misses out on valuable sales tax revenue.

    Radar detector bans do not work. Research and experience show that radar detector bans do not result in lower accident rates, improved speed-limit compliance or reduce auto insurance expenditures.
    • The Virginia radar detector ban is difficult and expensive to enforce. The Virginia ban diverts precious law enforcement resources from more important duties.
    • Radar detectors are legal in the rest of the nation, in all 49 other states. In fact, the first state to test a radar detector ban, Connecticut, repealed the law – it ruled the law was ineffective and unfair. It is time for our Virginia to join the rest of the nation.
    • It has never been shown that radar detectors cause accidents or even encourage motorists to drive faster than they would otherwise. The Yankelovich – Clancy – Shulman Radar Detector Study conducted in 1987, showed that radar detector users drove an average of 34% further between accidents (233,933 miles versus 174,554 miles) than non radar detector users. The study also showed that they have much higher seat belt use compliance. If drivers with radar detectors have fewer accidents, it follows that they have reduced insurance costs – it is counterproductive to ban radar detectors.
    • In a similar study performed in Great Britain by MORI in 2001 the summary reports that “Users (of radar detectors) appear to travel 50% further between accidents than non-users. In this survey the users interviewed traveling on average 217,353 miles between accidents compared to 143,401 miles between accidents of those non-users randomly drawn from the general public.” The MORI study also reported “Three quarters agree, perhaps unsurprisingly, that since purchasing a radar detector they have become more conscious about keeping to the speed limit…” and “Three in five detector users claim to have become a safer driver since purchasing a detector.”
    • Modern radar detectors play a significant role in preventing accidents and laying the technology foundation for the Safety Warning System® (SWS). Radar detectors with SWS alert motorists to oncoming emergency vehicles, potential road hazards, and unusual traffic conditions. There are more than 10 million radar detectors with SWS in use nationwide. The federal government has earmarked $2.1 million for further study of the SWS over a three-year period of time. The U.S. Department of Transportation is administering grants to state and local governments to purchase the SWS system and study its effectiveness (for example, in the form of SWS transmitters for school buses and emergency vehicles). The drivers of Virginia deserve the right to the important safety benefits that SWS delivers.

    Please sign this petition and help to repeal this ban and give drivers in Virginia the freedom to know if they are under surveillance and to use their property legally:

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