IRL: Thursday notes from Kansas Speedway

By David Reininger - Motorsport.com Kansas City, Kan. (July 5, 2001) - Notes from Kansas Speedway PDM Racing returns to the Northern Light Indy Racing Series with driver Jeret Schroeder this weekend. Schroeder competed with Tri Star at Texas...

By David Reininger - Motorsport.com

Kansas City, Kan. (July 5, 2001) - Notes from Kansas Speedway

PDM Racing returns to the Northern Light Indy Racing Series with driver Jeret Schroeder this weekend. Schroeder competed with Tri Star at Texas and Richmond.

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Jon Herb will drive the Tri Star No. 6 this weekend.

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Thursday was one of six manufacturer test days for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Each manufacturer hosts two test days with today's test courtesy of Ford. Ricky Hendrick, driver of the No. 17 GMAC Silverado, set the fastest lap of the day, averaging 163.919 mph around the 1.5-mile speedway. Hendrick, who is looking to score a victory in his rookie season, earned a second place finish in the opening round at Daytona.

Jack Sprague was second fastest on the day in the Net Zero Platinum Silverado after turning a lap at 163.750 mph. "I still think Las Vegas is a beautiful place, but this place is actually smoother than Las Vegas," said Sprague. "I had a feeling this place would be nice, but not this nice."

Scott Riggs was third fastest at 162.201 mph. Riggs was followed by Brendan Gaughan in fourth. Both Riggs and Gaughan compete in Dodge Ram trucks.

Fifth on the day's speed chart was rookie Travis Kvapil in a Chevrolet. Sixth place went to another Chevrolet with Dennis Setzer behind the wheel. Seventh fastest, and best of the Ford drivers was Rick Crawford in the Milwaukee Electric Tool truck at a speed of 160.906 mph.

The first 18 trucks, consisting of 8 Chevrolets, 5 Fords and 5 Dodge trucks, all tested within one second of each other.

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Fan amenities at the brand new Kansas Speedway include a sunken tech area where cars are put through technical inspection within full view of the fans. Risers located just outside the tech area allow fans an unobstructed view of the inspection process. The fan midway, located between the east and west garage areas, features specially built fences to enable fans to collect autographs, as well as access to vendors and excellent sight lines into the garage area.

"This place is just fantastic, the garages, the fencing, everything," said Ted Musgrave, driver of the Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram. "They've thought of the racers, the fans and the competitors. In autograph alley they have a fence with an opening where you can hand t-shirts back and forth and sign them. Every detail has been thought of."

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Lakeside Speedway, located near Kansas City, Kansas, will host the USAC Sprint and Midget divisions this weekend. Races are scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights. Lakeside Speedway opened in 1955 with Pat O'Connor winning the first AAA race there on April 17, 1955.

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Willy T. Ribbs enters this weekend's inaugural event at Kansas Speedway feeling that, for the first time, the playing field is level. "It's good to go to a place where no one has gone before," said Ribbs. Kansas Speedway is the second of four new stops on the Craftsman Truck Series tour. The series visited Darlington Speedway for the first time in May. Later in the season the series will make their first appearances at the all-new Nashville Superspeedway and the high-banked South Boston Speedway in Virginia.

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jon Herb , Ted Musgrave , Ricky Hendrick , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Rick Crawford , Scott Riggs , Willy T. Ribbs , Travis Kvapil