BUSCH: Pikes Peak Tim Fedewa and Stanley Team preview

Fountain, Colo. - Tim Fedewa relishes the trips out west made by the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division each year. He has never really pin-pointed the exact reason he enjoys the travel west, but he has some ideas why certain...

Fountain, Colo. - Tim Fedewa relishes the trips out west made by the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division each year. He has never really pin-pointed the exact reason he enjoys the travel west, but he has some ideas why certain trips really get him going. The driver of the No. 36 Stanley car loves the culinary delights and the excitement of Las Vegas. He likes the fast paced lifestyle of Los Angeles, and the motorcycle ride back home across the country. Milwaukee has even become like a home track to him over the years. But Fedewa knows exactly why he has a special affinity for Pikes Peak International Raceway. There's the peacefulness, the mountain air and the breathtaking scenery. And there is also a one-mile race track right in the middle of all of that. Fedewa has enjoyed success on the one-mile tracks like Pikes Peak. Three of his four career victories have come on flat, one-mile tracks - two at Nazareth Speedway (1995 and 1998) and one this year at New Hampshire International Speedway. "It's no secret that one-mile tracks are my strong suit, and I've run well at Pikes Peak," Fedewa said. "This track has to be one of the top five facilities that we travel to all year. There's lots of room to pass and move on the track, so it's an enjoyable race for the fans. "Add to that the fact that the track is in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, and you can't help but fall in love with the area. I look forward to travel there because it's such a beautiful area of the country." As the Stanley team prepares for Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fedewa hopes that some of that refreshing mountain air will change the tides for the No. 36 team. Since Fedewa's dominating victory from the pole at Loudon, N.H., in May, the Stanley team has posted two other top-10 finishes. Fedewa finished sixth at Watkins Glen International and fourth at The Milwaukee Mile. "We've put together some good runs in the past few weeks," Fedewa said. "Right now our goal is just to keep the consistency and keep moving up in the points chase." "I have a lot of confidence in these guys. This team has worked so hard. They've stayed focused and confident all year. "I've said all year that if we could get a couple of top-10 finishes and some luck going our way, you better watch out. Well, here we are." Last year, when Fedewa and his Stanley team came to Pikes Peak, they were in a similar situation. The team was looking for consistency and hoping for a top-10 finish. At week's end, Fedewa had worked his magic on the one-mile track. The Stanley team finished only inches short of a trip to victory lane in a close second place. This time around, Fedewa hopes that he can capture the checkered flag and take the Stanley team to victory lane for the second time this season. "We had an amazing run last year at Pikes Peak, and we came real close to getting the win," Fedewa said. "This Stanley team has the capability to go out there and win this race. With our preparation and a little bit of luck on our side, you never know what might happen. "Maybe we can get that 'Rocky Mountain High' that everyone talks about in victory lane this year."

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