BUSCH: Watkins Glen: Brent Sherman preview

SHERMAN READY TO CAPITALIZE ON ROAD COURSE EXPERIENCE WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - While several NASCAR Busch Series teams are replacing their regular drivers with road course veterans for Saturday's Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, ppc Racing...

SHERMAN READY TO CAPITALIZE ON ROAD COURSE EXPERIENCE

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - While several NASCAR Busch Series teams are replacing their regular drivers with road course veterans for Saturday's Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, ppc Racing did not have to look outside of the organization to find an experienced road racer for the No. 10 Consort for Men Ford.

Brent Sherman may be a rookie in the series, but he is no stranger to road racing or Watkins Glen. Prior to joining the Busch Series full-time in 2005, Sherman spent five years running road course events in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series. During that time he competed at the Glen a handful of times and in 2001 he picked up a fourth-place finish driving a Ford-powered Riley and Scott Daytona prototype in the Bully Hill Vineyards 250.

Even though Sherman has more experience at the Glen than most NASCAR Busch Series drivers, the No. 10 team spent two days test at the facility last week in preparation for the Zippo 200.

"I'm looking forward to the race at Watkins Glen," Sherman said. "Our test there went well last week. It gave us a good baseline to work from going into this weekend.

"I really enjoy road racing and I think we'll have a solid run," he added.

In addition to returning to a facility where Sherman has a good deal of experience, the trip to Watkins Glen will be a homecoming of sorts for several members of the team. Sherman spent eight years living a few hours away in Clifton Park, N.Y., and still has several family members living around the state. Crew chief Todd Gordon and car chief/front tire changer Rick Burgdoff are New York-natives. Gordon is from Camden and Burgdoff hails from Oneida.

Qualifying for the Zippo 200 is scheduled for 9 a.m. EDT on Saturday and will be broadcast live by SPEED Channel. Race time is set for 2:10 p.m. EDT and the event will be televised live by NBC and broadcast by MRN Radio.

-ppc-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brent Sherman