Darlington: Mike Bliss preview

KEY MOTORSPORTS SEEKS PARTNER FOR DATE WITH "THE LADY IN BLACK" The fate of the ...

KEY MOTORSPORTS SEEKS PARTNER FOR DATE WITH "THE LADY IN BLACK"

The fate of the #40 Key Motorsports Chevrolet will once again be trusted to driver Mike Bliss during the team's appearance for "Showtime Southern 500 Week" in South Carolina. The unsponsored car will encounter the drama under the lights of Darlington Raceway. "Designer Attire" may still be provided for the photogenic performer.

"The red carpet treatment I got last week seems pretty appropriate for this week." The driver's comment alludes to the earlier resolution passed concurrently by the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives, announcing Darlington Raceway Week in South Carolina as a week 'Too Tough To Tame.'" The glamour, glitz and fanfare will include the aggressive performance of the Chevrolet, still in quest of a sponsor for the show.

In his history at Darlington, Oregon native Bliss attained two top-10s and a 3rd place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. That record is accompanied by a 3rd place in his only Truck Series start, and a Top-10 in the Cup Series. The team with the Truck Series past champion look to improve the #40 program's best finish of 23rd at the track. Key Motorsports has only been to Darlington twice in Nationwide competition; once in 1997 well before the facility's updates and recent repaving, then again last May.

Expect Friday's activities at the "Track Too Tough to Tame" to be conducted under a mix of very warm and overcast conditions with no threat of rain. The Key Motorsports organization had no concerns in that regard, thanks to holding 24th position in owner's standings and a guaranteed starting position.

DUTIFUL PLAYER GETS ANOTHER CHANCE TO PERFORM - The team is bringing back the same chassis that turned in a solid 13th place finish last week at Richmond. Crew chief Gary Showalter was "very happy with the way the car reacted to changes we made" during the course of the race.

STILL A DIVA IN GOLDEN YEARS - 2010 celebrates 60 years of competition on the paved track referred to as "Brasington's Folly" when first proposed. The egg-shape is the result of a promise to not disturb a minnow pond, still on the west end of the property outside turn 4.

-source: km

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Mike Bliss