USAR: Hickory: "Aazie" Zimbelmann preview

Kenseth helps Aazie prepare for Hooters Pro Cup debut. (Pronounced "Ozzie") Hickory, NC: Less then 24 hours after a disappointing day at the New Hampshire International Speedway, NASCAR Winston Cup driver Matt Kenseth was at Hickory Motor...

Kenseth helps Aazie prepare for Hooters Pro Cup debut.
(Pronounced "Ozzie")

Hickory, NC: Less then 24 hours after a disappointing day at the New Hampshire International Speedway, NASCAR Winston Cup driver Matt Kenseth was at Hickory Motor Speedway - but he left his driving gloves home.

Kenseth, who led the most laps at NHIS on Sunday before falling victim to a flat tire with eight laps remaining, spent the afternoon watching 19-year-old "Aazie" Zimbelmann test the MJ Motorsports Hooters Pro Cup Series entry for this Saturday nights 250 lap event at Hickory.

"Matt was a huge help," said Zimbelmann, "he watched me in all four corners and gave me some great advice. These cars are a lot different than the Super Trucks that I've been driving and he showed me how to adjust my entry and exit for the difference in horsepower. It really means a lot that he took the time to come out and help."

Zimbelmann recorded times of 15.96 and 15.88 in qualifying trim - just three-tenths off the pace of Shane Huffman, the series standout and former Hickory Champion who was also testing.

"We came away from the test with a very positive feeling," said Aazie, "we've got a great car and we're excited to be part of the Hooters Series this weekend."

Notes of Interest:

This will be Aazie's 12th race ever on asphalt.

250 laps will be the longest distance that Aazie has raced. 50 laps has been the maximum.

Aazie is a regular competitor at Hickory in the Late Model Super Truck Series where he is contending for Rookie of the Year honors.

The Pit Crew will be comprised of all members of the 5 OFF - 5 ON Race Team Performance Facility in Mooresville.

An "All-Winston Cup" crew, featuring members of several NASCAR race teams, has prepared the car.

MJ Motorsports has been consulting with Jimmy Burns Motorsports for this event. Jimmy is a regular competitor on the Northern Series

The car is owned by Mike Calinoff and Jenn Kovach. Mike is the Spotter for Matt Kenseth in the Winston Cup Series and Casey Mears in the Busch Series. Jenn works for Petty Enterprises and ppc racing. Mike will be the Aazie's Spotter for the event and will fly to Pocono after the race.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Casey Mears , Shane Huffman