Getting up to Speed - Quickly Raines' Experience Helps Bridge Gap with New Team Statesville, N.C. (August 17, 2010) - Driving the No. 37 Ford at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this weekend might feel new for Tony Raines, but it won't take long...
Getting up to Speed - Quickly
Raines' Experience Helps Bridge Gap with New Team
Statesville, N.C. (August 17, 2010) - Driving the No. 37 Ford at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this weekend might feel new for Tony Raines, but it won't take long for him to get back into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series groove. The veteran driver of the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series will take the wheel of the A&W All American Food Fusion this weekend for Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race. It will be his second straight week driving for Front Row Motorsports in the Cup Series.
Raines is no stranger to Bristol. He has eight Sprint Cup starts at the .533-mile oval on his racing resume, with a top finish of 17th.
Comments from Front Row Motorsports team driver Tony Raines on Bristol Motor Speedway and new opportunity:
"Bristol is one of my favorite tracks. I actually drove for Front Row Motorsports at Bristol last year a couple times. And I worked with (crew chief) Peter Sospenzo a little bit, but didn't run a whole race. So a lot of this will be new with the intent to run the full race, so I'm excited about that part of it. I've had some good runs at Bristol, so I'm definitely looking forward to going back.
"I'm looking forward to whatever might come after Bristol, too. I'm excited for the opportunity I've been given with Front Row. Racing on Sundays is every driver's dream. I've done it quite a bit and just need to get back into the groove. It might take a little bit of adjustment but I'm looking forward to the challenge.
"There's some ground to be made up. Jumping in toward the end of the season with a team you haven't worked with all year, you're behind a little bit. But having been at the racetracks, knowing what I think I need, where to be and what not to do, that will definitely help close that gap pretty quickly. We'll hit the ground running and try to improve and just race smart and not make mistakes. That'll be the key.
"The first race in the car last week at Michigan wasn't bad. We fought a loose issue for most of the race, but for the first weekend in the car, it was OK. We laid a lot of good groundwork between me and Peter and the team to help build on for Bristol. You're never going to jump into a car for the first time and have it be a perfect combination of driver and set-up. So it was a good starting point that we can definitely build on for this week."