Watkins Glen, NY (May 17, 2000) - Watkins Glen International hosted its first day of NASCAR Busch Series testing for the upcoming Lysol 200 today. Several established stars were on hand along with two drivers making their...
Watkins Glen, NY (May 17, 2000) - Watkins Glen International hosted its first day of NASCAR Busch Series testing for the upcoming Lysol 200 today. Several established stars were on hand along with two drivers making their first trip around the 2.45-mile road course.
Ron Fellows led the way driving for Joe Nemechek in the No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet. Fellows posted some of the best speeds of the day with several laps clocked by hand at an average speed of 116.850 mph.
"Practice is going well, Brian Pattie and Joe Nemechek have an awesome program and we always seem to run well here," said Fellows, winner of the '98 Lysol 200 for the Nemechek owned team. "Watkins Glen has really become my home, we've made a pretty good living just racing at The Glen."
Fellows won the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race last year and brought the NEMCO Motorsports cars to runner-up finishes in the both the Lysol 200 and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series events.
Elton Sawyer also had a strong showing with an average speed of 115.310 mph.
"Watkins Glen is an important race for our team," said Sawyer, driver of the No. 98 Lysol Ford Taurus. "With Lysol as the title sponsor we really want to finish well. We're expecting a big improvement over last year."
Jimmy Johnson, driver of the No. 92 ALLTEL Chevrolet, was making his first appearance at the historic road course.
"It's a big adjustment to turn right and left, I haven't had a lot of road racing experience," said Johnson. "We're having a great time though and we seem to get better every lap. I just want to make sure we can get some good practice to prepare for the June event."
Matt Kenseth and Jason Schuler, co-drivers of the No. 17 Visine Chevrolet, were both at the track today. Kenseth will be racing his Winston Cup car in Sears Point the weekend of the Lysol 200 but wanted to help his teammate prepare in his first visit to Watkins Glen.
"I just ran a couple of laps early this morning," said Kenseth. "I wanted to come up and help give Jason a couple of pointers. Although I didn't finish where I wanted in last year's Lysol 200, we ran well and aside from a late lap incident, we could've raced for the win. I just want to help Jason anyway I can."
"Our times are getting better as the day goes on. The first challenge was just keeping the car on the track," said Schuler, who will be piloting the No. 17 car in this year's Lysol 200. "We managed to avoid the sand traps but we did catch a little grass on a couple of laps. The more time on track I have, the better prepared I'll be."
Tickets for the June 23-25 Lysol 200 NASCAR Busch Series / Bully Hill Vineyards 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events are now available. For ticket, reserved camping, or additional information, contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or visit the website at www.theglen.com .