BUSCH: Fontana II: Mike Bliss preview

Bliss, Smith & Wesson Chevy Team Up to the Challenge At California's NASCAR Busch Series Ameriquest 300 FONTANA, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2006) -- Mike Bliss and the ...

Bliss, Smith & Wesson Chevy Team Up to the Challenge At California's NASCAR Busch Series Ameriquest 300

FONTANA, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2006) -- Mike Bliss and the #30 Smith & Wesson Chevrolet team of SKI Motorsports are ready to make their third NASCAR Busch Series appearance of the season Saturday night at California Speedway in the Ameriquest 300.

Back with the same brand new SKI Motorsports-built Chevrolet that Bliss debuted at Gateway Raceway in July, sporting the unique black-and-white paint scheme exemplifying Smith & Wesson's ongoing tribute to America's law enforcement heroes, the second-year, part-time NBS program looks to post its top results to date on the 2-mile California Speedway tri-oval.

At Gateway, Bliss and the team dusted off their brand new racing machine and qualified third among 16 "go-or-go-home" entries to make the show. But terminal brake problems some 49 laps from the finish ended a potential top-15 finish or better.

"We've got ourselves a great race car and hope to get out of it this weekend what we know it's capable of producing," said Bliss, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular who's currently 10th in NCTS points driving the #16 Xpress Motorsports Chevrolet. "Fontana's a tough track but a very fun track. It's become a great racetrack. I think if all goes smoothly, we could be in for our best night, yet, for the Smith & Wesson folks."

As part of Smith & Wesson's law enforcement tribute program, Deputy Chief Anthony Cannatella of the New Orleans Police Department, who played an instrumental role in the area's Hurricane Katrina rescue and relief efforts that began a year ago this week, will be honorary crew chief for the #30 team.

"All of our races are special in their own way, but this one stands to be particularly special as we are honoring one of the many heroes of the Katrina disaster on the week of its first anniversary," said SKI Motorsports president Chris Lencheski. "Hopefully, we can generate a result on the track this weekend that's one to remember. We were pleased with how our brand new, untested race car ran at Gateway, so we're expecting really good things to come of it this weekend. When we built this car, we actually built it with California and Kansas in mind, so we'll really get to see what it can do these next two races. We made some upgrades since Gateway, did a little rubbing and tweaking, and hopefully it'll all add up to a good run on Saturday night."

-credit: SKI

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
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