Larry Foyt Hardee's 250 * Rolling, Rolling, Rolling -- After racing under the lights for the first time this season at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), Larry Foyt will roll out to the Harrah's Cherokee (N.C.) on Saturday for some fun and ...
* Rolling, Rolling, Rolling -- After racing under the lights for the first time this season at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), Larry Foyt will roll out to the Harrah's Cherokee (N.C.) on Saturday for some fun and relaxation in the Smoky Mountains. Harrah's puts Foyt back to work on Sunday evening as host for a player event at the Cherokee Indian gaming property.
* Filling in again -- Last fall, NASCAR Busch Series driver Mark Green co-piloted the Harrah's Chevy while Larry Foyt recovered from injuries sustained in his horrific accident the week before in Darlington with Steve Part. Foyt thought it would be a good idea to get Green's take on the car he'll be driving on Friday night at Richmond's D-shaped oval.
"The Harrah's Racing Team had a good car last fall, unfortunately we had motor problems and finished 36th. I've seen a lot of improvement in the team this season and after speaking with some of the guys at California, I think they've learned a lot from their test and will do well at Richmond. The key to success at RIR is finding the right groove on such a wide track, and the car's handling and ability to react to the change in track conditions. Remember, we're on the track from morning until night."
Larry Foyt -- "After qualifying the car the last time we were in Richmond, I realized that there was no way I could run the race -- I was still hurting from my accident with Steve (Park). Richmond is a challenge for me and we've struggled to find a set up I'm comfortable with there. I'm glad we tested there last month because it's one of the place where seat time is really important for me. Richmond starts a string of tracks (Richmond, Loudon and Nazareth) that haven't been all that good to us in the past. Were faced with a tough stretch, but our goal is still the same -- better performances at every track we return to this season. So far, the Harrah's Racing Team has done a good job off applying the rookie lessons we learned in 2001, and I believe we're in the hunt for more good finishes."
Jon Wolfe-- "During our test at Richmond, Larry ran a better line as he got more comfortable with the track, so we made some noticeable gains. Applying that to raceday will be tough, because it was so hot (90 degrees) during the day, and it's hard to tell how the car is going to perform during a night race with cooler temperatures. Also, the track applies a new sealant to the surface every year and everybody screams about it, so finding the right groove through the corners and passing will be a challenge for the whole field. The cars slide all over the place on the new surface every year -- and every year we all complain about it. I don't understand why they continue to do it."