BUSCH: Preseason Thunder: Daytona day two rained out

Second-Day Testing Clouded by Rain Nemechek, team "have some homework to do" DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Jan. 18, 2004) - Although rain cancelled second-day Busch Series testing at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Joe Nemechek's feeling...

Second-Day Testing Clouded by Rain
Nemechek, team "have some homework to do"

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Jan. 18, 2004) - Although rain cancelled second-day Busch Series testing at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Joe Nemechek's feeling pretty good about his rain-shortened time at the "World Center of Racing."

"We've been on the pole here so many times, we know what we have to do to go fast," said the driver of the No. 87 CellularOne Chevrolet who posted the fastest time in Saturday's session (181.097 mph). "We've got to tweak our cars just a little bit more. I think the speed is there. I think we'll have a shot at the pole when we come back."

When he does come back, the Lakeland, Fla. native is pretty psyched about what racing at historic Daytona has in store.

"The way the new rules are, once the race starts it should be a very, very exciting race for the fans. You're not going to have five cars single file. I think you're going to see big groups of cars and that should make the racing exciting."

Until then, though, homework is the call for the day.

"Taking a day away hurts," he admitted. "But, we learned a lot. We still have got to do some homework. This is nothing that we haven't been through before. Who knows, we may end up at Talladega before we come back here."

Drivers will try again on Monday beginning at 9 a.m. The second wave of Busch drivers (even owners points) are scheduled to test at the Speedway Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 20-21.

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Aero Impact: Dale Earnhardt, Jr., thinks things will be a lot different with the new aero changes. "There will probably be a lot more passing. The pack will be a little thicker because it will allow for a better draft with a lot faster closing rate. Maybe we'll even be able to pass the leader. It should really help the Busch cars a lot as far as improving the excitement for the fans."

Testing open: All the test sessions during Preseason Thunder are free and open to the public with access to the Oldfield Grandstand through the lobby of DAYTONA USA.

FanFest Continues: The next Preseason Thunder FanFest is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 20 with NASCAR Busch Series drivers. Included in the $5 admission are fan forums that feature question and answer sessions between fans and drivers, DAYTONA USA's Pit Stop Challenge, show cars and a silent auction of autographed items. All of the proceeds from FanFest benefit the Brenners Children's Hospital (in Winston-Salem, N.C.), Speediatrics, Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Ladies Auxiliary of Stock Car Racing.

Speedweeks 2004 tickets, including the Hershey's Kisses 300, are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Joe Nemechek