BUSCH: Darlington Steward Preview

DARLINGTON, SC - The Shell Pontiac has been to victory lane at Darlington Raceway once already in 1998 when Bobby Labonte won the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 in March. Tony Stewart and the Shell team would like to make it two-for- two in...

DARLINGTON, SC - The Shell Pontiac has been to victory lane at Darlington Raceway once already in 1998 when Bobby Labonte won the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 in March. Tony Stewart and the Shell team would like to make it two-for- two in the September 5 Dura Lube 200 for the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series.

“Bobby won the March race at Darlington in convincing style,” said Stewart. “We are going to give it our best effort to back up his win with one of our own. That would be a unique record in the BGN to have a team win two events at a track in one year with different drivers. It would be a tremendous credit to my crew chief Bryant Frazier and my guys on the Shell crew.”

        The race will mark Stewart’s first run at Darlington in the Shell
Pontiac.  He did compete in the Busch event in August, 1996. 

“We tested earlier this year at Darlington and were pleased with the results,” commented Stewart. But Darlington has the reputation of being a difficult race track. With my limited experience there in a Busch car, it’s a great confidence booster knowing my team has an extensive knowledge of the track.”

“Tony has an excellent opportunity to take the Shell team back to victory lane at Darlington,” said Bryant Frazier, crew chief. “With Bobby’s win this spring and the testing we have done with Tony, we have a good understanding of the new track layout.. Having both Tony and Bobby racing the Shell Pontiac this season, we have developed the ability to transfer good setup information from one driver to the other. No two drivers have a car set up exactly the same. This team has risen to the challenge of two drivers and gained valuable experience that we are working on translating into consistency at every race. While it’s never easy, this team has talented team members and good drivers. It would be great to get another win at Darlington with Tony.”

Bud Pole Qualifying for the DURA LUBE 200 is set for 2:00 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, September 4. The race is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, September 5. ESPN will televise the race tape delayed beginning at 4:00 p.m. (EDT). MRN will broadcast the race live to over 400 radio station affiliates nationwide.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart