Texaco/Havoline Team Facts: NEXTEL Cup * Standings: Casey Mears and the Texaco/Havoline team slipped four spots in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings following their 35th-place finish at Watkins Glen International. The team...
Texaco/Havoline Team Facts:
* Standings: Casey Mears and the Texaco/Havoline team slipped four spots in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings following their 35th-place finish at Watkins Glen International. The team started 17th and ran as high as fifth before an untimely caution and a late-race spin caused the Texaco/Havoline Dodge to fall one-lap down to the leaders. Mears sits just 29 points back from 15th.
* Michigan: Mears will be making his eighth NEXTEL Cup start at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. He finished seventh at MIS in June, his best finish at the 2-mile track, after taking the green flag in the 37th position. The team struggled finding a good balance in the No. 42 Dodge Charger, but made major adjustments Sunday morning before the green flag waved. The changes, a solid performance from the pit crew, patient driving and great pit calls by crew chief Donnie Wingo worked in the team's favor and earned Mears his first top-10 finish at MIS.
* Chassis: Crew chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis #403 for the GFS Marketplace 400. This chassis recently ran at Indianapolis, but also made an appearance at Darlington Raceway in May.
* Double Duty: Mears will make his seventh NASCAR Busch Series start of the season and 70th career start this weekend at Michigan International Speedway in the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge. Mears earned his first NASCAR victory at Chicagoland Speedway in his last Busch Series race in July. Mears and crew chief Brad Parrott have four starts together in the Busch Series this season for CGRFS with an average finish of fourth. The duo finished third at Texas, eighth at Phoenix, led 59 laps at Charlotte before taking the checkered flag in fourth and captured the win at Chicagoland.
Mears has three starts at MIS in a Busch Series car and in those three races he has earned one top-five and two-top 10 finishes along with two top-10 starting spots. His best finish came in 2004 when he crossed the striped line in fourth. Parrot has won at Michigan International Speedway in the NEXTEL Cup Series, not in the Busch Series.
* Busch Chassis: Parrot and the Texaco/Havoline Busch crew will bring chassis #654 again this weekend for the Carfax 250. Mears drove this chassis to victory lane at Chicagoland and to a top-five finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway earlier this year.