Nashville II: Christi Passmore preview

Passmore Climbing in ARCA Points and Looking to Continue the Rise at Nashville: Christi Passmore has certainly turned her 2004 season around, quickly moving up through the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points from as far back as 26th following...

Passmore Climbing in ARCA Points and Looking to Continue the Rise at Nashville: Christi Passmore has certainly turned her 2004 season around, quickly moving up through the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points from as far back as 26th following the season-opening race at Daytona to currently holding down the seventh position following last weekend's event at the Lake Erie Speedway. With only seven races remaining in the 2004 season, Passmore has her sights set on a top-five point's finish and she plans to continue her forward progress this weekend at the Nashville Superspeedway.

"It's pretty amazing to think that we have gained 19 positions since the start of the 2004 season," said Passmore. "Early in the season, our luck seemed so bad that we were just hoping to break into the top ten in points and now we are focused on a top five. With my dad (Glen Passmore) taking over the crew chief position on the car, I think it has taken some stress off of me as a driver. Now he has a part in making the decision on what we do to the race car and if it is the wrong decision, it is not all my fault, but both of ours. Overall I really think it has been a positive move with the team and I think it will help us to reach our goal this season of a top five points finish."

This weekend's Waste Management 200 at the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway will be the next hurdle for Passmore and her No. 91 G.A.P. Roofing / Asphalt & Fuel Supply Ford. Passmore looks forward to her fourth start on the speedway following a very successful test session last week where she turned the second fastest time of the ARCA competitors. In her previous three starts at Nashville, Passmore has earned a top ten finish and started from the outside pole position.

"Nashville is just a really good track for me," said Passmore. "Each time I've raced there, I seem to run even better and be more comfortable passing. We have also spent a lot of time testing here including just last week. We were the second fastest car at the test and I know we still have more speed. I really think this could be a big race for our team and maybe even a chance at a top three finish."

Passmore is currently in the seventh position in ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points, moving up one position following her finish at Lake Erie. Passmore is 30 points behind the sixth place contender of Mark Gibson. The Waste Management 200 from the Nashville Superspeedway will take the green flag at 2:00pm ET on Saturday, August 14 and can be seen Live on Speed Channel.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Mark Gibson , Christi Passmore