FAST FACTS * Aaron Fike, the 23-year-old out of Galesville, Ill., now living in Indianapolis, will be making his 38th career NASCAR Busch Series start and his second on the Daytona International Speedway 2.5-mile tri-oval this...
* Aaron Fike, the 23-year-old out of Galesville, Ill., now living in Indianapolis, will be making his 38th career NASCAR Busch Series start and his second on the Daytona International Speedway 2.5-mile tri-oval this weekend.
* In his Daytona debut last July, Fike started 28th in the #43 CAPG Dodge but retired 13 laps from the finish on race night with overheating problems.
* He's slated to drive all 35 NBS races this season in the #43 CAPG Dodge.
* Highlighted by the fastest overall lap in the opening drafting session, Fike and the #43 team had a productive Preseason Thunder test here last month.
* Of his 37 previous NBS starts in 2004 and 2005, 29 have been in the #43 CAPG entry, seven in the #66 Brewco entry, and one in the #24 Greg Mixon-owned entry.
* Fike's career-best NBS finish is eighth last July at Pikes Peak, and his best qualifying effort of fourth came at Nashville last June.
* In his only other career restrictor-plate race, at Talladega Superspeedway in 2005, Fike started 27th in the #43 CAPG Dodge and finished 22nd.
n Joe Shear, back with the #43 team as crew chief for the full season, bears the distinction of being one of the only crew chiefs of a non-Nextel Cup-affiliated NBS teams to go to Victory Lane, and he's done it twice -- with Johnny Sauter and the #43 CAPG team at Richmond in 2003, and again with Sauter and the #1 team last year at Milwaukee.
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AARON FIKE QUOTES ON DAYTONA -- "I'm really looking forward to getting off to a good start to the season. It's a great feeling knowing we're in this together for the long haul. (Crew chief) Joe Shear and I have worked together well off and on during the last two seasons. And what can you say about Evernham power? It's a proven product that hopefully we can take advantage of. I don't have a whole lot of (restrictor) plate race experience, but we had a good test at Daytona in January and I felt pretty comfortable running in traffic. That'll be the key this weekend.
PRE-RACE SPEED-TV SCHEDULE -- NBS Practice, Weds., 3 p.m. EST; NBS Final Practice, Thu., 11 a.m. EST; NBS Qualifying, Fri., 3 p.m. EST.