Michigan's Sears 200 is fastest series race Darrell Waltrip, Ken Schrader in Power Stroke Diesel 200 field NEWS & NOTES * Sears 200 is fastest race in series history ... Gaughan's Sears 200 victory, at an average speed of 154.044 mph, was...
Michigan's Sears 200 is fastest series race
Darrell Waltrip, Ken Schrader in Power Stroke Diesel 200 field
NEWS & NOTES
* Sears 200 is fastest race in series history ... Gaughan's Sears 200 victory, at an average speed of 154.044 mph, was the first series race to be run at more than 150 miles per hour. Kurt Busch set the old mark of 144.260 at California Speedway on Oct. 28, 2000.
* Gaughan will attempt to become the fourth series driver to win three consecutive races at IRP. The last to do it was Biffle at Watkins Glen International in 2000. An IRP victory would break new ground; Gaughan's best on a short track is a third-place finish. ... The Power Stroke Diesel 200 is the fourth of eight short track events on this year's schedule. Setzer and Musgrave are the 2003 winners to date. ... Three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip (No. 17 Tide Give Kids The World Chevrolet) hopes to improve on last year's sixth-place finish at IRP. Waltrip finished seventh at Martinsville Speedway in April. ... NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet) makes his first IRP appearance in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
* Skinner looks for share of record at IRP ... Skinner, with back-to-back wins at IRP in 1995-'96, can become just the third competitor to win three times at a single track with a victory in the Power Stroke Diesel 200. Sprague won three at Phoenix International Raceway in 1996-'97 and Gaughan won three at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002-'03. Skinner overpowered IRP in his first two starts at the track, leading flag-to-flag -- 350 laps in all -- in his two victories.
* Lately, IRP has become 'Cook's Place' ... Cook, the defending race winner, finished second in the 2001 edition of the Power Stroke Diesel 200. The Indianapolis resident could use the track to break a mini-slump -- he's finished ninth in three consecutive races and in five of his last seven starts.
* "We need some luck our way right now but that isn't the only reason why I am hiring this team. They are a well-rehearsed team who can get the job done quickly at race tracks where track position is so important." -- Bobby Hamilton (No. 18 Square D Dodge) on why his son's (Bobby Hamilton Jr.) NASCAR Busch Series No. 25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford team will handle over-the-wall duties at IRP. Hamilton won with his son's pit crew in March at Darlington Raceway.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
The tough definitely get going at Indianapolis Raceway Park, where the list of winners include all but one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion -- Bliss. Winners at IRP - Biffle, Cook, Hornaday, Skinner, Sprague and Joe Ruttman - have won a combined 99 series races.
What: Power Stroke Diesel 200 (Race No. 14 of 25).
Where: Indianapolis Raceway Park, Clermont, Ind.
When: 9 p.m. ET, Saturday, Aug. 1.
Track layout: .686-mile paved oval.
Race length: 200 laps/137.2 miles.
TV: SPEED Channel, 9 p.m. ET.
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday -- Practice, Noon -- 2 p.m. Qualifying, 4:30 p.m.