Owens' Confidence Riding High Into Talladega Driver of ElectrifyingCareers.com Car Likes Chances at Daytona's Friendly Stepsister Alli Owens Talladega Superspeedway Fast Facts: * Owens started on the outside pole in her last superspeedway ...
Owens' Confidence Riding High Into Talladega
Driver of ElectrifyingCareers.com Car Likes Chances at Daytona's Friendly Stepsister
Alli Owens Talladega Superspeedway Fast Facts:
* Owens started on the outside pole in her last superspeedway event (Daytona, 2009)
* Last season at Talladega, Owens started 18th and finished 41st driving a car prepared by DGM Racing
* Owens scored her career-best finish last weekend (12th place) in the Carolina 200 at Rockingham Speedway
* Owens will appear at Local Union 136 in Birmingham, AL this week to meet its electricians and apprentices
Alli Owens Comments on Talladega Superspeedway:
"Talladega (Superspeedway) and Daytona (International Speedway) are both really fast Superspeedways, but that's about where the similarities end. Daytona seems like the evil stepsister of Talladega. Daytona has a really rough surface and you fight that all race long. Talladega has a silky, smooth surface and you can really feel the speed because you're not focused on the bumps. It also has great three-wide racing.
"There's always a 'big one' at Talladega. I don't think there's a full proof strategy to avoid it. You're always in danger of being involved in it, whether you're in the front or the back. Since it's been repaved, the track has given everyone so much confidence. The grip is phenomenal and makes drivers think that their cars will do whatever they want them to. It makes them push the envelope a lot further than they normally would and that's when accidents happen. It's almost like the drivers are their own worst enemy at Talladega, where as the track is your enemy when you race at Daytona. Last year I tried to ride around in the back and log laps until the end. I ended up getting caught up in a wreck, so I know there are no safe zones.
"Everyone at D'Hondt Motorsports team is stoked about Talladega. We put the ElectrifyingCareers.com car on the front row at Daytona, so we're really confident about our superspeedway program. Our car for Talladega is just as good, if not better than what we brought to Daytona. I think we have what it takes to get back on the front row. That's a great feeling. I have all the confidence in the world that my crew has done their job preparing for the race and now it's my turn to keep our car up front."