Darnell returns to roots for Easter break

Darnell Going Back to His Roots for Easter Break CONCORD, NC - Erik Darnell plans on taking advantage of a few off-weeks in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series by returning to his roots, racing at two tracks of which he credits much of his ...

Darnell Going Back to His Roots for Easter Break

CONCORD, NC - Erik Darnell plans on taking advantage of a few off-weeks in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series by returning to his roots, racing at two tracks of which he credits much of his success.

On Saturday night, April 15, Darnell will return to the seat of his family-owned No. 7 Simply Wow Late Model and do battle at Lake Geneva Raceway. The third-mile track located in Southeastern Wisconsin has been in operation since 1990, but will close at the end of the 2006 season to make way for a new housing development.

"It's the track where I started racing," said Darnell. "I really laid the foundation there. I did all my racing there, from go-karts to Allison Legacy cars to Late Models. I'm definitely looking forward to going back there. I'd like to get back and run there as much as I can before they close the place down. I've always enjoyed racing there and I'm looking forward to going back at it again. I raced there once last year, and managed to set fast time and win the feature. Maybe we can do the same this weekend."

The following weekend, Darnell will head to Slinger Speedway in Wisconsin for their Late Model season-opener. "That place is like a mini-Bristol," said Darnell. "It's smaller, so it feels like you're constantly turning. There is no straightaway to speak of. It's a demanding track, but it's a lot of fun to race there. I am looking forward to going up and racing there in a no-pressure event, we're just going to go out there and have a good time."

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Enterprises which operates 14 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn, and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, David Ragan and Erik Darnell.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Danny O'Quinn , Mark Martin