BUSCH: Michigan: David Stremme preview

Stremme to Make First Start at Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, MI (August 18, 2004) - David Stremme races for the first time at Michigan International Speedway in Busch Series competition this weekend. The 27-year-old South Bend, IN ...

Stremme to Make First Start at Michigan International Speedway

Brooklyn, MI (August 18, 2004) - David Stremme races for the first time at Michigan International Speedway in Busch Series competition this weekend. The 27-year-old South Bend, IN native looks to build on the consistency of his most recent two runs in the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge. Stremme finished seventh at Pikes Peak and then finished 11th at Indianapolis Raceway Park two weekends ago. Stremme's 11th-place finish was only his second finish between eighth and 26th so far this season.

"I have had to be cautious and give up track position to keep from being in a place where another car can ruin our day," said Stremme, driver of the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge. "We have had our share of bad luck this season, but when something has not taken us out of contention we have run up front. There has not been much in between. Last weekend at IRP the car was not as fast as I would have liked, but we played it safe and came home 11th."

Thus far in 2004 Stremme has earned nine top-10 finishes, four top fives, plus a pole and a second-place finish in Milwaukee. It is a record as good as ninth position in the NASCAR Busch Series points, yet Stremme has only recently climbed into the 16th spot in the standings. Stremme enters this weekend not in a points battle, but in a quest for his first Busch Series victory.

"At Michigan you just have to stand on the throttle and get it done," said Stremme. "I tested there after Texas this year when we were trying to improve our program at the 1.5-mile and bigger speedways. I have never driven in a race at MIS before, but it was a lot like Atlanta in its size and speed. I really like these big tracks and our program has improved significantly on them over the course of the season."

In David Stremme's first and only race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the then rookie driver climbed from the rear to the front, starting in 37th position and finishing 12th. Stremme will look for more of the same performance on the comparable Michigan International Speedway when Team TRIMSPA competes in the Cabela's 250 Saturday, August 21st. The event will be televised live at 1 p.m. eastern time on TNT 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