SPENCER AND MUSGRAVE FINISH TESTING AT IRP FOR POWER STROKE DIESEL 200 INDIANAPOLIS (July 15, 2005) Ted Musgrave and Jimmy Spencer battled the track and mother nature during a two day test on Wednesday and Thursday at IRP in advance of the...
SPENCER AND MUSGRAVE FINISH TESTING AT IRP FOR POWER STROKE DIESEL 200
INDIANAPOLIS (July 15, 2005) Ted Musgrave and Jimmy Spencer battled the track and mother nature during a two day test on Wednesday and Thursday at IRP in advance of the Power Stroke Diesel 200 on August 5th.
Musgrave, currently second in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points, used the test not only to prepare for IRP but other short tracks on the schedule as well.
"We are testing for upcoming events like here at IRP, Memphis and other little short tracks that is what our program is here today," said Musgrave during a break in testing. "IRP changes so much from hour to hour but with the new rules and different tires and gear ratios it is really hard to get a grasp on what the actual race pace will be when we come back for the race."
For Spencer the test was a great way to get reacquainted with a track that he hasn't raced at in over ten years.
"It's been a long time since I've been to Indy, neat little race track but struggling in testing you know. The team ASE dodge has not been running good Wednesday or Thursday but that is what we are testing for," said Spencer. "We didn't run good at Ohio, Martinsville or any short tracks so just struggling right now. Hopefully we can get it better before we leave today and come up here three weeks from now."
The test did give both drivers a feel for a track that while short it length is long in challenges when 36 trucks battle for 200-laps.
"It is a tough race track but it is an exciting track for a race because you can run around a lot. There is only a groove and that is it. You miss it and your lap times are off it's a tricky little place but a fun little place," said Musgrave and Spencer echoed his thoughts. "You have to carry a lot of speed through the center of the corner; it's a track that you think you can run at the bottom but you can't, you have to run up high at IRP which makes it a lot harder to pass. It's a neat place and a fun place to run but if you're not handling good it isn't."
The Power Stroke Diesel 200 is a crown jewel in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and has been at IRP since the series inception in 1995. Past champions include Greg Biffle, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Mike Skinner.
The Power Stroke Diesel 200 is one race in three nights during the Kroger SpeedFest. On Thursday August 4th the stars of the USAC Silver Crown Series will take to the track in the J. D. Byrider 100. The weekend concludes with the 24th annual Kroger 200, NASCAR Busch Series race.
One of five drag racing facilities owned and operated by the National Hot Rod Association, IRP was built in 1960 and has presented organized racing events since 1961. From March through October, the facility hosts more than 120 dates of racing on three tracks, a quarter-mile drag strip, a .686-mile paved oval and a 2.5-mile road course. Home to drag racing's biggest event, the NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend, the drag strip runs more than 50 days of point-to-point action, from national events to street legal community programs. The oval track draws racing's biggest events, including annual visits from the NASCAR Busch, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and three annual USAC races. The road course provides a home for several racing sanctions, such as SCCA, while providing an ideal resource for driving schools, corporate outings and open-road tests for professional drivers.
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