BUSCH: Talladega: Mark McFarland preview

McFarland and Navy Team Ready for Talladega Superspeedway Talladega Notes • Saturday's race will be NASCAR Busch Series driver Mark McFarland and the JR Motorsports No. 88 Navy Racing team's first trip to Talladega Superspeedway. • In...

McFarland and Navy Team Ready for Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega Notes

• Saturday's race will be NASCAR Busch Series driver Mark McFarland and the JR Motorsports No. 88 Navy Racing team's first trip to Talladega Superspeedway.

• In his one prior restrictor plate race, McFarland started 25th in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. He ran as high as third and finished 22nd.

• This weekend at Talladega the team will run chassis No. 015, the same chassis they ran earlier this season at Daytona International Speedway.

• The No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS will feature the Dale Earnhardt Legacy logo on the decklid this weekend in honor of the 10-time Talladega Superspeedway winner who would have turned 55 years old on Saturday.

• McFarland will sign autographs at the Navy booth from 11 -- 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

• Nine races into the 2006 season, rookie driver McFarland and his Navy Racing team have posted two top-15 finishes. The team earned their best qualifying effort of the season (13th) last Friday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Mark McFarland, Driver of No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

"I've never raced at Talladega before, but I have tested an ARCA car there once, so I do have a few laps on the track. With restrictor plate racing it's all about getting experience in the draft. I was able to get some laps under my belt at Daytona, so I'm ahead of where I was at the start of the season."

"We ran well at Daytona in the same car, and the guys have worked hard since February to get it even better."

"When we went to Daytona at the start of the year we had to concentrate on our qualifying setup since we weren't locked into the field. Now that we're guaranteed a starting spot we can spend a lot more time focusing on the handling during longer race runs."

Rich Hubbs, Crew Chief of No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

"We're taking the same car to Talladega that we ran in Daytona. We've had it in the wind tunnel and worked on it some."

"We run Richard Childress Racing engines, and they make good horsepower with their restrictor plate program, so we should qualify well inside the top 20."

"With speedway racing, you have to do it for years before you actually master the draft. Our goals for the weekend are to leave Talladega in one piece and get Mark more seat time at a restrictor plate track."

Navy Notables

• The fleet honoree for Saturday's race at Talladega Superspeedway is the USS Milius DDG 69. The USS Milius (DDG 69) is an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer that provides multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities in support of the nation's maritime security strategy. In 2005, the ship was deployed to the Western Pacific and Middle East as part of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) Five. During the deployment, USS Milius (DDG 69) assisted tsunami victims and promoted security and stability in the region.

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