Charlotte II: Kyle Petty preview

Petty Looking For Repeat Finish At LMS Driver Finished Third In Spring Race This weekend, Kyle Petty and the ...

Petty Looking For Repeat Finish At LMS
Driver Finished Third In Spring Race

This weekend, Kyle Petty and the #45 Tire Kingdom Dodge team will travel to the 1.5-mile Lowe's (N.C) Motor Speedway (LMS) for Saturday night's Bank of America 500. LMS is in its 47th year as the "home track" for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Petty knows what it takes to run up front at LMS. His most recent podium finish came in the May 2007 race at the track when he brought the #45 Dodge home in the third position. As the battle to remain in the top-35 in owner points heats up, Petty will be relying on his storied success at the Concord, N.C. venue.

Petty has made 51 starts at LMS. He has garnered one win, six top-five and 12 top-ten finishes. His 319 laps led are good for third most of his career.

Petty remains 34th in the owner points standings.

Comments from Petty as he prepares for Saturday's Bank of America 500:

"Looking back on Talladega, we really missed a chance to grab a lot of points. The car was super. It was fast all weekend long. I guess we just had a tire let go and hit the wall pretty hard. The Dodge Avenger proved to be a great superspeedway car. It is solid as a rock."

"We are still encouraged by how good our racecars have been over the last few weeks. We just need luck to come over to our side. Now we are heading to Charlotte where we know we can have a good run and, hopefully, put a little breathing room between us and the rest of the guys in the top-35 race."

"Charlotte has always been one of my favorite tracks. I don't know why? I've been a part of some great races there in the past, maybe that has something to do with it. It's just a good, old racetrack. It puts on some of the best racing on the circuit. We went through all of the levigating and grinding and repaving. Now the new surface will ensure that the great racing we have become accustomed to will continue for years to come."

"Obviously everyone at Petty Enterprises was encouraged and infused by our third place finish in May. To me, those are the finishes that I know this organization is capable of. We are going to need another finish like that this weekend too. This top-35 battle is getting down to brass tacks. But I know Billy (Wilburn, crew chief) will have another fast setup for the #45 Tire Kingdom Dodge on Saturday night."

"There is a special air in the atmosphere when we race at Charlotte. You know you are going to see something spectacular. We race all year for points and trophies and money. But at Charlotte you could give out elementary school field day ribbons and no one would care. This race is for bragging rights. It's like taking all of your neighborhood friends to an open field and playing backyard football. You win and you're the hero of the block."

-credit: pr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty