BUSCH: Darlington: Larry Foyt preview

Move It On Over DW:   Larry Foyt went from one hot seat to another in Las Vegas, co-hosting a two-hour live television broadcast on the Vegas FOX affiliate leading into the Winston Cup pre-race show.  This, following a busy week of on-and-off...

Move It On Over DW:   Larry Foyt went from one hot seat to another in Las Vegas, co-hosting a two-hour live television broadcast on the Vegas FOX affiliate leading into the Winston Cup pre-race show.  This, following a busy week of on-and-off track activities in for his Vegas-based sponsor, Harrah's Entertainment.  With a B.A. in Communications from TCU (Texas Christian University), Foyt may be brushing up on his post-racing career at the Hollywood Hotel -- however, Foyt is certain that there are many miles to run before that happens.    

Driving On Eggshells:  A 1.366-Mile egg-shaped oval, Darlington's sandpaper surface is known for being tough on tires.  Foyt proved his proficiency in tire management at Rockingham where the Harrah's Racing Team earned its first Top-10 finish, running down the lead cars at the END of 40-50 lap runs.  The team is taking the same car to Darlington in an attempt bump Foyt's best career finish to a Top-5. 

Grey Skies Don't Bother Me:  A grey cloud seemed to hang over the Harrah's Racing Team, both literally (Weather) and figuratively (Lady Luck) during Foyt's last visit to Darlington.  Everything that could go wrong for a rookie team did --  Loose valve caps dropped Foyt from his 20th-place starting spot to the rear of the field, where he promptly passed five cars on the restart (to the inside) for a stop-and-go penalty and loss of a lap.  A 90-minute rain delay gave Foyt time to focus on getting his lap back; however, Steve Park veered into Foyt's lane on the caution lap as he was forming up on the leaders, ending the day for a very fast Harrah's Racing Team before it really got started.    

Jon Wolfe:  "The first time we tested at Darlington, I told the guys that if we were going to tear up a car then this would be place we'd do it.  Rookies are hard pressed to make it five laps around Darlington without incident, and plenty of veteran drivers still have problems there.  Larry nailed his marks the first time out and I had to get on the radio to ask him if he was SURE he'd never been to Darlington before.  It's a place where we've run really well; unfortunately, we didn't get to run a lot of laps due to some really bad luck last season.  Having put all that behind us, I believe that we have a great chance of at our second Top-10; however, our sights are set a little higher." 

Larry Foyt:  "I have to admit that it is a little strange to go back to Darlington after the freak accident that I was involved in with Steve Park last year, and it'll be great to see him back behind the wheel this weekend.  Even after the wreck, and all the bad luck in the opening laps, I still like Darlington.  It's a tough, challenging track that is hard on tires, but caters to my style of driving and our ability to race well at the END of long runs, just like we did in Rockingham."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Steve Park , Larry Foyt