BUSCH: Bristol: David Stremme preview

Stremme Ready for First Bristol Superbowl MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 22, 2004) -- TRIMSPA driver David Stremme is a short track racer at heart, having competed and won on circuits like the American Speed Association (ASA) and the Kendall Late...

Stremme Ready for First Bristol Superbowl

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 22, 2004) -- TRIMSPA driver David Stremme is a short track racer at heart, having competed and won on circuits like the American Speed Association (ASA) and the Kendall Late Model Series (KLMS). When Stremme took to the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway last week during Braun Racing's test session, the young driver knew he was practicing to compete in the "Superbowl" of short track racing.

"I told the team after Darlington that the gloves were coming off this weekend," said Stremme. "If you can finish Bristol with your car in one piece then you know you have accomplished something."

Though Stremme has never driven in a Busch Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, he will obviously be a driver to watch. So far in 2004 David Stremme has finished in the top ten in all three of his visits to tracks where he has not raced before, including top-five finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway. But Stremme has plenty of other reasons to be excited about racing Bristol.

"When you walk into that stadium you feel like a gladiator," said Stremme, driver of the X32 TRIMSPA Dodge. "Bristol is so small and fast that you have to be on your toes. It is demanding. You have to think quicker because trouble can come up on you so fast. Track position is definitely going to be a key factor to keep the X32 TRIMSPA Dodge out of trouble."

Stremme is a known "hot shoe" at high-banked short tracks. The 26-year South Bend, IN native set the track record at Winchester Speedway when he first raced in the Kendall Late Model Series in 1999. Stremme also garnered his first ASA pole at Winchester in 2001. Another track comparable to Bristol where Stremme has had success is Salem Speedway. On top of winning his first ASA pole at Salem, Stremme claimed his first ASA victory there as well in 2002. Stremme does have one Hooter's Pro Cup start at Bristol in 1999, in which he drove in second position for the majority of the event but lost an engine late in the race.

"I am ready to get back to short track racing," said Stremme. "That's the style and rhythm of racing I am most used to coming from ASA and Late Models. Bristol reminds me of tracks like Winchester and Salem. Your field of vision really narrows in the corners and that freaks some people out. I am not intimidated, I am just ready to race."

Stremme and the X32 TRIMSPA Team head to the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway in the Sharpie Professional 250 this Saturday. The race will be televised live, March 27, at 1 p.m. eastern time on FOX, and broadcast nationally on radio stations affiliated with Performance Racing Network.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
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