Lewis looking for his career-first victory at Dover DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 31, 2005) -- With a nickname like "The Monster Mile," one wouldn't think Dover International Speedway has a soft spot for any of its competitors. But it does. Of...
Lewis looking for his career-first victory at Dover
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 31, 2005) -- With a nickname like "The Monster Mile," one wouldn't think Dover International Speedway has a soft spot for any of its competitors.
But it does.
Of the 111 different winners in NASCAR Busch Series history, Dover -- site of Saturday's MBNA RacePoints 200 -- holds the record for the track with the most first-time winners, with 13.
Ashton Lewis Jr. (No. 25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford) would like to add his name to that list and seems poised to do so.
In his first year with Team Rensi Motorsports, Lewis is enjoying a breakthrough season. The Virginia native has been in the Top 10 for all but one race in 2005 and after 13 races, is fifth in points with one top five and four top-10 finishes. Contrast that with his 19th-place standing and just one top 10 at this point last year.
"We are really happy about our season to date," Lewis said. "I don't think many people were expecting us to be standing in the top five at this point. With this being a team full of new people and a new team for me to race for, we are really pleased with where we stand."
Lewis is 278 points behind leader Carl Edwards (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford) and 48 points behind fourth-place Martin Truex Jr. (No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet).
However, one of the items still missing from his racing resume is a win and Dover might be the perfect place to get it.
"We set a goal at the start of the year not to put ourselves in a hole the first seven races," Lewis said. "Once we accomplished that goal, we started to focus on staying in the top five and working our way to Victory Lane. I would have liked to have won a race already."
Lewis is coming off a 10th-place finish in last Saturday's CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 where he ran his series best streak of running at the finish to 25 races. His best finish in 11 races at Dover is seventh in September of 2003.
"We feel like we run well in Dover," Lewis said. "It's a concrete track and I really like the challenge that it brings. We will have to be on our game if we want to make this our first win. My pit crew continues to work hard and get better, so if we qualify up front, I think we will have a chance for success this weekend."