Petty taking his rain check to Vegas Las Vegas (March 4, 1999) Although 18-year-old Adam Petty isn't even old enough to bet, he feels his chances for a strong finish in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, race at Las Vegas Motor ...
Petty taking his rain check to Vegas
Las Vegas (March 4, 1999) Although 18-year-old Adam Petty isn't even old enough to bet, he feels his chances for a strong finish in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are better than average.
"I've got a great race team supporting me," Petty said. "This team has worked really hard the past couple months. With the guys we have on the crew and with Spree Prepaid Foncard by Sprint, we've got a pretty good shot, no matter where we go."
After an impressive sixth-place finish at Daytona, Petty missed the second race of the season because of rain that washed out qualifying at North Carolina Speedway. The starting lineup was set the final 1998 points. With a new team and no points to fall back on, Petty was not able to race.
"We felt like we had a pretty good car in Rockingham," Petty said. "Although we weren't able to race, we did get some laps in during practice and were able to make some good adjustments on the car. We're going to take that same car to Las Vegas and continue to make it better."
The Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate spent his week off gaining some valuable experience and boosting his confidence. Petty and his Spree Team tested at Atlanta Motor Speedway last Thursday. It was his first time behind the wheel at the 1.5-mile oval. The No. 45 Chevrolet turned a lap of 186.541 mph, just off the track record of 186.673.
"Adam did a great job at Atlanta," crew chief Lance Deiters said. "We went down there so Adam could get adjusted to the track. We just wanted to give him a little more experience there, and hopefully it'll pay off when we go back for the race."
"The Atlanta test was great," Petty said. "We're still a new team, so any time we can get out on the racetrack and have that kind of success, it really builds our confidence."
Source: NASCAR Online