Daytona II: David Stremme preview

Second Time Around: The Pepsi 400 marks the start of the second half of the 2006 season. This will be the first track that rookie David Stremme will visit for the second time this season. At the first race of the year in Daytona, Stremme...

Second Time Around: The Pepsi 400 marks the start of the second half of the 2006 season. This will be the first track that rookie David Stremme will visit for the second time this season. At the first race of the year in Daytona, Stremme finished 28th in the Daytona 500. Stremme narrowly missed several on-track incidents and overcame a transmission problem late in the race to take the checkered flag in 28th place.

Testing: This week Stremme along with teammates Casey Mears and Reed Sorenson are at the Milwaukee Mile testing. Stremme raced there last weekend while road racer Scott Pruett filled in for him at Infineon Raceway. Stremme, who was in the No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge in the Busch Series race at Milwaukee, had a top-five car but a long green-flag run disrupted the team's pit strategy and turned their strong effort into a 26th-place finish.

Horsing Around: On Friday afternoon Stremme along with his fellow rookie candidates will be out in the Fan Zone courtyard pitching horseshoes. Professional horseshoe pitchers Ron Deckard and Robert Zumbahlen will be on hand to assist the rookies at 1:15 p.m.

Chassis: Crew Chief Steve Lane and the No. 40 Coors Light crew are taking chassis No. 601 for the Pepsi 400 this weekend. This is the same car they took to Daytona back in February when Stremme piloted the car to a 28th-place finish.

Daytona Data: In five starts at Daytona International Speedway, Stremme's best qualifying effort resulted in a fourth-place starting position for the Busch Series season-opener in 2004. He went on to score his best finish at the Florida Speedway during that same race, coming home in sixth-place.

Rookie Ranks: Stremme is currently sixth in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. Stremme, with 105 points, is 80 points behind leader Denny Hamlin and only 28 points behind fifth place J.J. Yeley.

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings: Stremme is currently 36th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver standings. He is 549 points out of the top 20. The No. 40 Dodge sits 38th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup owner standings with 20 races remaining.

David Stremme Quote:

"I definitely learned a lot at the Daytona 500 earlier this season. I think we had a pretty good car but we lost the transmission at the end. I didn't have a lot of help in the draft but I figured that would be the case as a rookie and it being the first race of the season. I have some more races under my belt now, so I think I'll have a few more friends to draft with out there this time around. That is always one of the hardest parts of restrictor plate racing.

"I have a new crew chief this time, and we got our best finish of the season two weeks ago at Michigan. The entire Coors Light team has been working hard and I am looking forward to the race this weekend at Daytona. The track is fast and hopefully we will have another solid finish."

-cgr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Mears , Scott Pruett , David Stremme , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson