BUSCH: Kentucky: John Hayden preview

Hayden hopes for good run in front of hometown Wednesday June 11th, 2003 (Sparta, KY) - - NASCAR Busch Series rookie John Hayden hopes to continue to improve with his Premier Motorsports team this weekend from Kentucky Speedway. The team heads...

Hayden hopes for good run in front of hometown

Wednesday June 11th, 2003 (Sparta, KY) - - NASCAR Busch Series rookie John Hayden hopes to continue to improve with his Premier Motorsports team this weekend from Kentucky Speedway.

The team heads to the track, coming off a career best 18th place finish last weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. "We had a great weekend in Nashville, I could not be more happier with the results," Hayden said.

The team started 39th in their fourth event of the season after the field was set by points after rain invaded the Superspeedway washing out all but one practice and cancelling qualifying.

The team was 37th fastest in practice notching a lap in 31.557 second amounting to a speed of 152.068 MPH. "We were getting better in practice, and I was looking forward to the chance to qualify, but the most important thing was that we're in the show," John mentioned.

The No. 85 Premier Glass Chevrolet Monte Carlo took the green flag shortly after 8:00PM, EST with John quickly making the jump to gain positions. While, the machine was not handling the greatest, he continued to keep his focus on the track and avoid several incidents that happened in front of him.

"The car was a little off from the beginning of the race, we made some chassis adjustments and that helped, however we were still missing the perfect setup," he said.

For the rest of the evening, it was a matter of survival as little track time provided the fans with a lot of excitement. "I noticed a lot of drivers were having engine problems," said Hayden who finished third in the spring ARCA RE/MAX series event from Nashville Superspeedway in 2002.

In the end, John would avoid the trouble, and cross the line 18th, nine laps behind race winner Scott Riggs. "This definitely was a learning experience for me, we're lacking in some areas, but there is always room to improve and that's what were looking to do this weekend in Kentucky," he said.

The Owensboro native is hoping to have a solid run in front of his hometown fans. "If we can match or improve on our Nashville performance, it would feel like a win for this team." The veteran late model driver added "we're going to run some more races this year, and with every race that we run, we're going to gain experience, and that's the goal."

John, who is also a former competitor in the NASCAR Winston Racing series also plans to run in some ARCA RE/MAX series events this year. "In addition to NASCAR, I am heading back to ARCA for a few races." "I've had some success in ARCA, it's a great series, and I think we'll be a threat in the races that we compete in later this year.

The NASCAR Busch Series heads to Kentucky Speedway this weekend for the running of the Meijer 300. The 16th race of the 2003 season will be aired live on FX and MRN radio this Saturday June 14th beginning at 7:30pm EST, with the series to take the green flag shortly after 8:00pm.

For more information on Premier Motorsports please visit www.premiermotorsports.info

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Scott Riggs , John Hayden