BUSCH: Fontana II: David Stremme preview

Stremme Gets Shot to Improve on Spring California Finish Fontana, CA (September 1, 2004) - Team TRIMSPA driver David Stremme left California Speedway disappointed in the spring by a 26th-place run in his first Busch Series race at the...

Stremme Gets Shot to Improve on Spring California Finish

Fontana, CA (September 1, 2004) - Team TRIMSPA driver David Stremme left California Speedway disappointed in the spring by a 26th-place run in his first Busch Series race at the two-mile oval. Since that time, strong races at Michigan International Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway, coupled with chemistry between Stremme and crew chief Randy Cox, give Team TRIMSPA reason to be optimistic heading into this weekend's Target House 300.

"I had a disappointing run at California Speedway last spring," said Stremme, driver of the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge. "There is no doubt about that. In fact we are heading into two straight races at tracks where I really want to redeem myself, California and Richmond. What was so frustrating at California was that we have had our share of wrecks and mechanical failures but California was not one of them, we simply were not fast. Team TRIMSPA was in the middle of some tough times at that point because we were on the verge of a crew chief change. Now my old crew chief Todd Lohse is my spotter and Randy (Cox) and I have 15 races under our belt. So we are returning to California a stronger team than in the spring."

Stremme has been on somewhat of a roll in his last four starts, finishing inside the top 11 the last four weekends. Stremme has also finished on the lead lap in the last four events. Last weekend's sixth-place finish at Bristol was a confidence builder, improving on Stremme's 18th-place run at that track in the spring. Stremme hopes for the same kind of turnaround in this his second visit to California Speedway.

"By the end of the race last time at California we had a top 10 car easy, but we were already a lap down," admits Stremme. "Call it lack of preparation or lack of chemistry or possibly that it was my first race at that track. Either way I think we can do better this time. My new crew chief Randy Cox and I have great chemistry and better communication with Ganassi. We had a good run at Michigan just two weeks ago and all of these things will hopefully translate to a good finish at California."

Stremme and Team TRIMSPA will compete in the Target House 300 at California Speedway, this Saturday, September 4. The event will be televised live at 3 p.m. eastern time on NBC and will broadcast nationally at that same time on radio stations affiliated with Motor Racing Network (MRN) and XM Satellite Radio Channel 144.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers David Stremme