Loudon: David Stremme preview

David Stremme, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Race Advance * Appearances: Stremme will be appearing at the Barley House this Friday in Concord, N.H. He will be signing autographs and meeting with fans from 6-7 p.m. EST. * Chassis: Crew Chief Steve...

David Stremme, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Race Advance

* Appearances: Stremme will be appearing at the Barley House this Friday in Concord, N.H. He will be signing autographs and meeting with fans from 6-7 p.m. EST.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Steve Lane and the No. 40 Coors Light crew are taking chassis No. 615 for the event this weekend. This is the first time this season that Stremme will drive this car. Stremme did however participate with his teammates Casey Mears and Reed Sorenson at a test at The Milwaukee Mile in Milwaukee, Wis., last month to prepare for the 300-mile race this Sunday driving similar chassis.

* New Englander On Board: Doug Riepe, who can be found serving as pit support for the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge on Sundays, is a native New Englander hailing from Danbury, Conn. He is a 2000 graduate of Immaculate High School, and was named the 2000 Connecticut State Athlete of the Year. He moved to North Carolina in the fall of 2000 to pursue a higher education at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C., where he played for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball team for four years and then graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. Riepe came to CGRFS that following fall to work as an intern in the sponsorship relations department and has stayed on with the team ever since.

* Testing: Stremme and the Coors Light team, along with 57 other NEXTEL Cup teams, took to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday for what was supposed to be a two-day test session in preparation for the upcoming race at the Brickyard on Aug. 6. Monday, the teams were on track all day with Stremme posting a time of 51.862 sec./173.537 mph (40th fastest) in the morning and 52.337 sec./171.962 (46th) in the afternoon. Tuesday's session was cancelled due to rain, so the No. 40 team opted to give it another go on Wednesday

* New Hampshire Stats: In two starts at New Hampshire International Speedway, Stremme's best start was 15th in 2004, and his highest finish was 22nd last July.

* Rookie Ranks: Stremme is currently sixth in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. With 121 points, he is 81 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 567 points out of the top 20. The No. 40 Dodge is currently 36th in the owners standings, just 78 points out of 35th. There are now 17 races remaining in the 2006 season.

David Stremme Quote:

"Last week's race was not bad. Again, my team is getting a lot better. If we can get back in that top-35 I'll be a lot happier. We pick it up in qualifying each week but we can't let it all hang out because we can't take a chance on missing the show. We had that impound deal at Daytona and it hurt us a little because we lost so much track position but we ended up with a pretty good finish. We keep unloading and we're better week in and week out. We're building a better notebook for the second time around at tracks and a lot of what we learned last week at Chicago we'll be able to take to Kansas in October. Our main thing here these next couple of races is to get back in that top-35."

-cgr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Mears , J.J. Yeley , David Stremme , Reed Sorenson