STORY LINES LEADING INTO TALLADEGA: ~ Pennsylvania Police Officers on Team: Crew members Bill Cahill and Marty Brice have full-time jobs as a sergeant with the Westtown-East Goshin Regional and Coatesville (Pa.) Police Departments, ...
STORY LINES LEADING INTO TALLADEGA:
~ Pennsylvania Police Officers on Team: Crew members Bill Cahill and Marty Brice have full-time jobs as a sergeant with the Westtown-East Goshin Regional and Coatesville (Pa.) Police Departments, respectively. On the weekends, however, both Cahill and Brice use their time by working on the No. 10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International race team. Cahill was part of a team called to Ground Zero on September 11, 2001
~ Breaking the Barriers for Women: Nicole Addison is leading the way for women to enter NASCAR with aspirations to serve as over-the-wall crew members. Addison is the rear tire changer for the No. 10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International race team and is the only female over-the-wall crew member in NASCAR's top-three series. This is her second full-time year in the NCTS
~ "Professor Cook" Teaches Rookies: Before every race weekend, the NCTS holds a rookie drivers meeting prior to the first practice session with Terry Cook as the professor. Cook teaches the rookies everything from the racing line to avoiding trouble in the corners. On a typical race weekend, there are more than 10 Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contenders attempting to qualify for the next race. Class has been in session since February
~ Veteran Spotter Leads Team: Every position on a race team is very important and there is no exception to the team's spotter. For Tony Hirschman III, he is one of the best in the business. Hirschman III began spotting for his father, Tony Sr. in 1996 in the NASCAR Whelen Modifieds. Hirschman spotted for IRL teams from 1999-2003 and most recently in the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) before joining the No. 10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International race team this year
COOK ON HIS PREDICTIONS OF THE RACE:
"I think it will be four and five wide all day long. The track having lots of grip and with the new asphalt, I think most of the drivers in the series will use their head at least until we get down to five or 10 to go. It doesn't matter who you are, you kind of forget about your friends and forgot about your curiosity. Instead of giving and taking all day, you start taking at that point and that's just a product of racing. I expect a very good race, a very clean race. We're building a truck hopefully that's fast enough that we can get to the front and stay up front all day long and avoid any what may potentially be problems on the race track. Obviously, as a fellow competitor, I don't wish any bad luck on any of them and certainly don't want to be caught up in any wrecks myself. We're just hoping for a good, safe race and put a great show on for the fans and hopefully they'll want us to come back year after year after year."