BUSCH: Phoenix: Ashton Lewis preview

CONCORD, NC (November 4, 2002) -- With only two races left in the season, there is a lot of pressure on all of the teams as they head to Phoenix International Raceway for the Bashas' Supermarkets 200. Here are a few thoughts from driver, Ashton ...

CONCORD, NC (November 4, 2002) -- With only two races left in the season, there is a lot of pressure on all of the teams as they head to Phoenix International Raceway for the Bashas' Supermarkets 200. Here are a few thoughts from driver, Ashton Lewis, Jr.

What car are you taking to Phoenix?

"We are taking car number 11, it's the car that was virtually destroyed in Memphis just a couple of weeks ago. The crew has done a fantastic job of getting this car repaired and ready to race this weekend. This car was really fast at Memphis, we just never got a chance to show it. Hopefully we will have much better luck at Phoenix and will be able to show just how fast this car is."

How do you like racing at Phoenix International Raceway?

"We have not been able to figure PIR out. Last year was our first race there, and we struggled with a 24th place finish. I know it will be challenging, but if our team stays focused we will have a good weekend."

"Phoenix is not a track that we can afford to test at, and that puts us behind the curve. The only information that we have is what we got in last year's race. Hopefully, the weather will be nice and we will be able to make the most of our practice time."

What is your frame of mind with only two events left in the season?

"The Civil Air Patrol racing team is still in search of our first pole and our first win. This season has not gone the way we would have liked, but we have had some strong runs and I know that we have a crew and car capable of winning an event. We will be satisfied with top ten finishes in the next two events, but we should would like to get our first pole or win."

"I am looking forward to seeing a lot of people from Civil Air Patrol that are attending the event. They have a big weekend planned, and I hope we can give them a good run."

Qualifying will take place on Thursday, November 7 at 3:00 pm ET. The race will be aired live on Saturday, November 9 starting at 1:30 ET on both NBC and MRN.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ashton Lewis