Rockingham: Ali Owens preview

Owens Looking to Carve Name in 'the Rock'; Driver of ElectrifyingCareers.com Car Feeling Confident Following Test Session Alli Owens Rockingham Speedway Fast Facts: * Owens will be driving D'Hondt Motorsports Chassis No. A-4. Jack Bailey...

Owens Looking to Carve Name in 'the Rock'; Driver of ElectrifyingCareers.com Car Feeling Confident Following Test Session

Alli Owens Rockingham Speedway Fast Facts:

* Owens will be driving D'Hondt Motorsports Chassis No. A-4. Jack Bailey drove A-4 at Rockingham Speedway last season, when he qualified in fifth place and finished in 21st place.

* Owens has nicknamed her car "Bullwinkle," as a reference to the Rocky (Rockingham) and Bullwinkle cartoon.

* Owens' last race at Rockingham was May 2008. She qualified in 22nd place and finished in 15th place.

* Owens will be a guest speaker at three schools near Rockingham Speedway this week: Sandhills Community College, Pinecrest High School and Union Pines High School. She will discuss the importance of setting goals, leading a positive lifestyle and career opportunities in the electrical field with the students.

Alli Owens Comments On Rockingham Speedway:

"Last year, Rockingham was my first race back after injuring my knee (motorcycle accident). I didn't feel like I was able to give it my all. I wasn't really racing. It felt more like I was logging laps. To come back this year is going to be a completely different experience. It's going to seem like going to Rockingham for the first time. We tested there a few weeks ago. Jack Bailey, who drove the car last year at Rockingham, was there to guide me and tell me what he experienced throughout the race. It was a big help and has me pumped up. We ran really well and I'm confident in the equipment, so I'm really excited about hopping in the ElectrifyingCareers.com car and mixing it up at 'the Rock.'

"I'm running a coil bind setup for the first time. When I tested with it, I couldn't believe how hard the car hit the track. It felt like we were bottoming out. I didn't realize that it was supposed to feel that way, but I got used to it. Once I got a feel for the stiff suspension, it started feeling better than a conventional setup. It felt like the car was in tune with the track and I could feel the surface a lot better.

"Eddie (D'Hondt, team owner) said this track is a 'discipline track,' and I totally agree. It's all about tire management. I guess tire management is something I've always had a knack for. Most of the teams that I raced with before this year never had a budget for multiple sets of tires. When you have to use the same set of tires for four weeks in a row, you figure out how to make your tires last. When we were at our test session, I ran from nine in the morning to four in the afternoon with the same set of tires. I know how important it is to not wear out your tires in the beginning stages of a run. Hopefully my experience will pay dividends this weekend.

"It would be awesome to have my name carved in the winners' rock out front. I'd be the first girl, which would be awesome. To be associated with the names that are already engraved there, especially being at Rockingham, would be unbelievable. It's so cool because it's such a rough and treacherous track. Such amazing drivers have raced there and a lot of cool stories come from that place. To have my name a part of the history at 'the Rock' would be a huge honor. My family and I took a picture next to the winners' rock last year. Hopefully we can do it again this year holding a trophy after the checkered flag."

-credit: dhm

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Series ARCA
Drivers Jack Bailey , Alli Owens