Texaco/Havoline Team Facts: Richmond: Mears will be making his eighth start at the .75-mile oval this weekend in the Rock & Roll 400 Saturday night. He earned his best finish of 17th in the Crown Royal 400 this past May after starting from the...
Texaco/Havoline Team Facts:
Richmond: Mears will be making his eighth start at the .75-mile oval this weekend in the Rock & Roll 400 Saturday night. He earned his best finish of 17th in the Crown Royal 400 this past May after starting from the third position, also a career-best at Richmond. Mears and the Texaco/Havoline team battled back from the 38th position on lap 125 to finish 17th. It wasn't an easy journey to 17th as Mears was blocked in his pits, spun in oil and missed earning the free pass back onto the lead lap by one lap when the caution waved with 10 laps to go. Mears will be looking to capture his first top-10 finish at the short track on Saturday night.
Richmond Local: Texaco/Havoline crew member Ryan Quann, who works in the composite shop and serves as pit and driver support on race day, hails from Richmond, Va. He has been working for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (and SABCO) for the past six years.
Casey Mears Quotes:
"Obviously we are not where we wanted to be in points going into Richmond. But, I'm really looking forward to going back. We are taking the short track car the guys developed for the three Cup teams that we ran at Loudon. It was the best short track car I've ever had. Reed led laps and ran up front most of the day at Loudon. The guys worked hard on this car, so hopefully they will see the results of that work this weekend.
"Racing at night at Richmond is cool. I haven't had much luck at the track, but it is a fun atmosphere. The fans are so enthusiastic about the racing, and with it being the last race before the Chase, there is that extra added excitement for them."