BUSCH: Mike Dillon, New Team Have Good Test Session

Dillon, new team find chemistry at test CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 18, 1998) Mike Dillon and the ST Motorsports team went to the Greenville-Pickens Speedway Wednesday looking to develop some continuity for the 1999 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National...

Dillon, new team find chemistry at test

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 18, 1998) Mike Dillon and the ST Motorsports team went to the Greenville-Pickens Speedway Wednesday looking to develop some continuity for the 1999 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division season. What they found, however, was enough speed to give everyone a healthy dose of confidence. "It was like Christmas," Dillon said. "That was the best test I've ever had." Dillon will drive the Kingsford Chevrolet next season. Although he tested one of their cars last year at the North Carolina Speedway, Wednesday's session was the first time the group had worked together as teammates. Dillon said they were on target from the very first lap. "We're all excited and pumped up," Dillon said. "Everything we did was positive. The main purpose of us testing on Wednesday was for them to get used to me and for me to get used to them. They wanted me to develop enough confidence in them to trust them. I want them to have enough confidence in me to trust me. "We hit it off right from the start. I was very comfortable working with (crew chief Steve Plattenberger) and (car boss) Ray Stonkus. They listened to what I had to say and I listened to them. We were so excited about the test, we're talking about maybe doing a couple other ones (before the season-opening NAPA Auto Parts 300 at Daytona International Speedway)." Dillon's fastest lap was 19.88 seconds -- as fast as most of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series cars ran during their offseason runs at the half-mile oval in Greenville, S.C. "This is going to be a great team next year," Dillon said. "We had awesome horsepower during the test and the cars were very comfortable. My relationship with this new team is off to a great start."

Dillon will work to complete construction on his new home in Clemmons, N.C., during the rest of the offseason. Meanwhile, ST Motorsports has completed its move from Concord to Charlotte. The team now will operate out of the shops used last year by Joe Gibbs Racing and driver Bobby Labonte. "I'm looking forward to getting my house done so I can start spending more time at the shop," Dillon said. "I've always liked being around the race shop. It gives you a new perspective of the race car when you see it being built from the ground up. It gives you a greater respect for all the work that has to be done by everyone that's involved."

Source: NASCAR Online

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