Daytona II: Casey Mears preview

Target Team Facts: * Standings: For the third straight week, Casey Mears and the Target team were able to hold on to their 25th--place standing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points. Mears finished 20th in last week's road course...

Target Team Facts:

* Standings: For the third straight week, Casey Mears and the Target team were able to hold on to their 25th--place standing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points. Mears finished 20th in last week's road course race at Infineon Raceway to maintain the position.

* Daytona: Mears has competed in five point's races in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway in the Target Dodge. He has completed 827 out of 832 laps during those five superspeedway events. His best finish came in the 2004 Pepsi 400 where he drove the Target Dodge to an 11th-place finish.

* From atop DIS: The Target team has just one Florida resident on its roster this season. Spotter Tab Boyd grew up in Pensacola, Fla., in the state's panhandle, about 450 miles from Daytona International Speedway. This is Boyd's first year with the Target team, and his first year spotting for Mears.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target Team will be taking the same chassis they ran at the Daytona 500 in February and at Talladega in May, chassis #209. Mears qualified 29th and was running in the top 10 with 20 laps to go when a late-race melee forced him into the pits for repairs during the Daytona 500. However, he mustered a 15th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway.

Casey Mears Quote:

On Daytona... "We had a really good Target Dodge at Daytona for the 500," said Mears. "Unfortunately we were caught up in a wreck running in the top 10 with 20 laps left in the race. This track, along with Talladega, is so unpredictable because anything can happen at anytime. We been pretty fortunate and have been able to finish every race we've run at Daytona.

"We finished in the top 15 at Talladega, and I am getting more and more comfortable on this type of track. It takes a while to get used to the drafting and bump drafting. Once you get accustomed to it, it becomes pretty fun. We really need to get a top 10 finish to move up in the points, but Daytona can be a wild race."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Mears