Richmond II: Tony Raines preview

TONY RAINES Raines + COT + Richmond Night Race Fun CORNELIUS, N.C., (September 5, 2007) -- Every driver has a favorite track. And some, like Tony Raines, enjoy racing at multiple tracks. Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (RIR), along with...

TONY RAINES
Raines + COT + Richmond Night Race Fun

CORNELIUS, N.C., (September 5, 2007) -- Every driver has a favorite track. And some, like Tony Raines, enjoy racing at multiple tracks.

Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (RIR), along with Phoenix International Raceway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are some of Raines's favorite stops on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule.

The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 is scheduled for Saturday night, Sept. 8 at RIR and Raines is hoping to improve on what the team learned during the spring race.

Early in that event, Raines battled with Jeff Gordon and even took the lead briefly, before falling back to finish 22nd.

This weekend, Raines hopes he and the DLP HDTV team will battle for the lead at the end of the race -- and end up in Victory Lane.

TONY RAINES (Driver, No. 96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet):

What are your overall thoughts heading into Richmond?

"I've enjoyed racing at Richmond over the years. We've had some great races there at various levels. It's one of my favorite tracks."

What makes Richmond such a good track?

"I think it's got characteristics of a short track combined with some bigger-track speed, along with the fact that there are typically two grooves there. If the car isn't quite set up right, you can move to a second groove or move around a little bit. There's a little bit of flexibility in the race track, which I think makes it some of the drivers' favorites. That translates into a good race for the fans."

Do you like racing at night?

"I think driving at night is fun because it's typically better for the driver. The temperature of the track is more consistent. You don't have the sun beating down on the track. The car runs better because it's cooler. The brakes are cooler. The tires are happier. Everything just seems to go along with racing a little bit easier. Most of the time it's a little bit more comfortable for the fans because they aren't sitting in the boiling sun. At night, watching the race -- the lights and the flashes -- it just makes it look more spectacular."

You had a pretty good run in the spring at Richmond. What are your thoughts on returning?

"It's started off really good, but I think we just got off on our adjustments a little bit and kind of faded. We got it back at the end. I like Richmond and our COT program seems to be pretty solid, so I'm looking forward to having a competitive weekend for sure."

What is your mindset entering the final 11 races of the season?

"You want to finish off strong. You take it one race at a time. We've had some good runs at Richmond and I want to run well at Richmond first and foremost. And then the next race is Loudon and we want to run well there. I'm anxious to run the COT in back to back races, just to get the chance to work on it more. The Chase will be going on and obviously we won't be part of it, but we're in position to gain three or four spots in the points and I want to do that so we can finish off strong as a team."

-credit: hofr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Raines