Atlanta: Bill Davis Racing preview

Atlanta Motor Speedway News and Notes *Atlanta's Camry... The No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Dave Blaney is scheduled to drive this weekend in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is chassis No. 86. This is the first time the car has been...

Atlanta Motor Speedway News and Notes

*Atlanta's Camry... The No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Dave Blaney is scheduled to drive this weekend in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is chassis No. 86. This is the first time the car has been run this season, but it was run last season at Kansas Speedway. The car will be adorned with a new paint scheme this weekend featuring the new D6T and D6K Track-Type Tractors. The Cat D6T and D6K Track-Type Tractors are the new line of mid-size machines built for applications ranging from site preparation to finish grading. Each machine is quipped with ACERT Engine Technology, which optimizes engine performance while meeting emission regulations for off-road applications. The AccuGrade Laser Grade Control System is a high technology earthmoving tool that allows dozer operators to grade and fill with increased accuracy without the use of traditional stakes or grade checkers. The SystemOne™ Undercarriage will deliver the longest life and greatest reliability of any undercarriage system available.

*Blaney at Atlanta...Blaney has made 14 starts on the 1.54-mile superspeedway during his Cup Series career, starting as high as third (2001) and finishing as high as eighth (2003 and 2005). He has scored eight top-20 finishes in Cup Series competition at Atlanta Motor Speedway and has qualified in the top 10 on six occasions.

*BDR at AMS...Competitors driving Bill Davis Racing-owned cars have been racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway since 1993 and have made 42 starts. Those drivers have posted three top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes and have completed 12,494 of 13,420 possible laps (93.1 percent).

*Double Duty...Blaney will again pilot a Braun Racing entry in the NASCAR Busch Series race Saturday afternoon. After a brush with the wall, Blaney drove the car to a 25th-place finish last weekend at LVMS (qualified ninth). Blaney, who is running the full season in the Busch Series, remains third in the driver point standings.

Dave Blaney on Atlanta Motor Speedway..."We just can't seem to finish a race this year, which is obviously a problem. If it's not one thing, it's another. But our Cat Racing Toyota is always running well when it happens, which is one way to look on the bright side of things, I guess. Our overall program is so much better than it was last year, and it's frustrating to be able to get in a good qualifying lap and run up front and then have something go wrong. We've shown how we're capable of running and now we have to work on showing how we're capable of finishing. This team has overcome a lot worse than this, and the big picture is that we've got our Toyotas running well, so things are bound to turn around."

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Jeremy Mayfield
Atlanta Motor Speedway News and Notes

*Atlanta's Toyota...The No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive this weekend in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is chassis No. 97.

*Mayfield at Atlanta...Mayfield has made 21 starts on the 1.54-mile speedway during his Cup Series career, starting as high as fourth (1996). He has earned four top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes in Atlanta and has qualified inside the top 10 six times.

*BDR at AMS...Competitors driving Bill Davis Racing-owned cars have been racing at the Hampton, Ga., area track since 1993 and have made 42 starts. Those drivers have posted three top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes and have completed 12,494 of 13,420 possible laps (93.1 percent).

Jeremy Mayfield on Atlanta Motor Speedway..."Last weekend was a tough one. The season has been a tough one, but last weekend we were really disappointed in the outcome because we never gave ourselves the opportunity to make the race. There are over 50 full-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup teams that show up every weekend now, and it's tough enough when you get beat fair and square by them, but when you show up and beat yourselves, that's when you can't help but angry and disappointed in yourselves. The good news was, of course, that our 360 OTC Toyota Camry was quick enough to make the show, so all is not lost. We know what the problem was last week, and we know it's not going to happen again. We're aware of what we are struggling with and what we can do to fix it. The No. 22 team has been strong in qualifying and our teams work really well together, so when we get to Atlanta this weekend we know that we have just as good as shot of being there to race on Sunday as everyone else."

-credit: bdr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Dave Blaney
Teams Bill Davis Racing