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It's that time again, as a preseason quest for off season answers became the focus point of the 2005 Media Tour hosted again by the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Several drivers and recognizable faces took part in Monday's and Tuesday's festivities as...

It's that time again, as a preseason quest for off season answers became the focus point of the 2005 Media Tour hosted again by the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Several drivers and recognizable faces took part in Monday's and Tuesday's festivities as a gala of 200 or more reporters went in search of what lies ahead for teams in the upcoming season.

Mike Bliss who will run the #0 NetZero Chevrolet and that team announced a new associate sponsor for 05. As Best Buy will come on board to help out in this year's campaign. "I tried racing in Cup in 2000 and said I never want to come back because it left a bad taste in my mouth. But this is a great team with tremendous potential and I know the results will be different this time around," Bliss stated. Experienced crew chief Robert "Bootie" Barker also has high hopes for 2005. Haas Racing has come a long way and with Best Buy coming on board with NetZero, it will continue to grow."

Joe Gibbs driver, Bobby Labonte who failed to be a title contender in 2004 made it clear about what he wants in 2005. We know we have to be more consistent this year and that's one thing we've been working hard on. I think we've got the pieces of the puzzle put back together so I'm looking for good things in the year ahead."

Even Joe Gibbs himself had a couple of interesting comments about his success in NASCAR. "When we came into this sport there were a lot of good people that helped me out." "Reggie White was another great person who did a lot for this team and I will never forget him for that."

On Monday, Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty gave their thoughts about the "Chase for the Championship" format. "Every system we've had rewards consistency no matter how many races you have. I think the thing that's different and makes it special is that 10-race shootout at the end of the year. You simply can't fall out of races and beat yourself," exclaimed Waltrip.

"The King" himself put it this way, "After the first year, it's not all that big of a deal because you know what you've got to do heading into the season." Then it was Mark Martin turn to talk about the championship format. "When the fans win, everybody wins. Last year's new system was no question a big deal for the fans and it turned it out a lot better than I expected," Martin said heading into his final year of Nextel Cup Competition.

And finally, the 2004 Nextel Cup Champ, Kurt Busch couldn't avoid questions about how he ended up pretender to a contender in last year's format. "We were able to avoid a lot of trouble last year and had an unbelievable season. We tried to develop and stay ahead of the game for some of the tracks we race at two times a year. We're just going to try and stay ahead of the game and defend our championship."

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Bobby Labonte , Kurt Busch , Richard Petty , Mike Bliss , Mark Martin