David Stremme and the No. 41 Wrigley's Winterfresh Dodge Team Facts: * By the Way, Speaking of Mother's Day, Did You Know? This upcoming Sunday is Mother's Day and many NASCAR team members and drivers will be making long-distance calls,...
David Stremme and the No. 41 Wrigley's Winterfresh Dodge Team Facts:
* By the Way, Speaking of Mother's Day, Did You Know? This upcoming Sunday is Mother's Day and many NASCAR team members and drivers will be making long-distance calls, sending flowers, mailing cards and other gifts to their beloved mothers before heading to the track this weekend. David Stremme's mom, Cindy, will make it a little easier on her son as she will be joining him at the track in Darlington, S.C., to watch him race both Friday and Saturday night. Celebrating Mother's Day at the track is pretty fitting for the Stremme family, because David isn't the only racer in the family. Cindy can wheel her way around a race track, as well. Stremme first started racing when he was 15-years old and will sometimes admit his mom did beat him from time to time through his first year of racing. His father Lou and brother Bobby are both racers as well, so to say David's love for racing is inherited ... is actually quite right.
* Strong Start for Stremme: Stremme and the No. 41 Wrigley's Winterfresh crew have teamed up two times so far this 2007 NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) season, and both runs have concluded with 11th-place finishes. Their first outing together, at Nashville Superspeedway in April, not only concluded with a top-15 finish but started with a pole position. Stremme has now recorded three career starts for the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Busch Series program, which include one pole, two top-15 starts and two 11th-place finishes.
* Come Play at CGRFS on Kid's Day this May: If you plan to be in the Charlotte, N.C., area the week leading up to the 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, be sure your kids don't miss out on their day at CGRFS Wednesday, May 23. Kids ages 3 to 12 are invited to visit the team's Concord race shop to get a behind-the-scenes look at the cars before they head to the track and learn more about the mechanics of racing with a special Tech Talk session. Members of the CGRFS pit crews will demonstrate their pit stop techniques, too. Kids won't leave empty handed either, as they will get to make memories at the photo and craft station. Snacks and beverages will also be on the house! So, bring the kids to meet the mechanics and pit crew members who make the CGRFS cars go full speed ahead and to see a side of racing they have never seen before. Space is limited, so call 1-866-888-6388 today to make your reservation. The green flag will wave promptly at 3:30 p.m. to begin the activities, so don't be late for this fun date! To learn more and keep up to pace on this event and further team updates, go to www.chipganassiracing.com.
* It's All about our Fans: CGRFS will wave the yellow flag on Friday, May 25, and take a break from racing 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET to thank its fans for their support. The Second Annual CGRFS Fan Appreciation Day will involve a variety of activities at the team's Concord, N.C., race shop, including pit stop demonstrations, games and prizes. A complimentary lunch will be provided by TUMS, but don't forget to bring in your non-perishable food items to help TUMS Relief for Hunger. All donations will support Speedway Children's Charities Second Harvest food bank. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup CGRFS drivers David Stremme, Reed Sorenson and Juan Pablo Montoya, will also be at the shop to meet fans and sign autographs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET. Wristbands will guarantee an autograph and can be picked up in person at the team's gift shop or by calling 1.866.888.6388 to reserve one. Please note autographs are limited to one item per person per driver. To learn more and keep up to pace on this event and further team updates, go to www.chipganassiracing.com.
* Simon Says Take Five Steps Forward: Reed Sorenson's eighth-place finish at Richmond International Raceway this past Friday night helped advance the No. 41 team five steps forward in the NBS points standings. The team is now 21st overall and just 153 away from the 10th spot.
* Chassis: Brian Pattie and his Wrigley's Winterfresh crew are returning their cool, blue and white colors to action this weekend at Darlington with chassis #752. The new car just made its NASCAR competition debut at Nashville Superspeedway last month. It was also Wrigley's Winterfresh NASCAR debut, as well. It turned out to be a good first run for both, as Stremme and team sat on the pole and then raced to an 11th-place finish.
* Not Too Far From Home: The No. 41 Wrigley's Team tire specialist Lucas Tucker hails from the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area. He graduated from Fairmont High School in 2002 and just came on board at CGRFS this January. Tucker is 24-years old and has been working in racing for six years, starting in 2001 assisting at tracks on the weekend. He first went racing full-time at Roush Racing (now known as Roush Fenway Racing) in 2003, working on the No. 60 Busch car with driver Stanton Barrett. From there, he worked with Carl Edwards on the No. 99 NASCAR Craftsman Truck team. Tucker also worked with the Wood Brothers and in Hooters Pro Cup before joining CGRFS. On the race weekend, you will see him running tires and setting air pressures for the No. 41 team, but through the week he does a little bit of everything as a general mechanic at the team's Concord, N.C., race shop.
* Lagasse Jr. Returns to Action at Kentucky: Coming off of a career-first ARCA/REMAX victory just a few weeks ago at Kansas Speedway, CGRFS development driver Scott Lagasse Jr. will return to action this upcoming Saturday, May 12, to run the ARCA/REMAX Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 at Kentucky Speedway in Ft. Mitchell. Lagasse will race the No. 4 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit® Dodge to make another run for the checkered flag. The 150-lap competition is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET Saturday. It will not be televised. Bacon is Back, too: CGRFS development driver Brady Bacon will return to action this weekend, too, racing at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., on Saturday, May 12.