Daytona II: Michael Shank Racing qualifying report

Michael Shank Racing to start Paul Revere 250 from fifth Daytona Beach, FL (30June 04)--The ...

Michael Shank Racing to start Paul Revere 250 from fifth

Daytona Beach, FL (30June 04)--The #6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus-powered Doran will start Thursday nights Paul Revere 250 from fifth on the grid after Oswaldo Negri scored the teams fastest lap of the weekend with a 1: 48.372-second tour of the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway. The result is the team's fourth top-five qualifying effort this season, and improves upon the seventh position the team scored in the season-opening race at Daytona in January.

Negri was satisfied with the result in qualifying, but will be looking for more come race time, which will get started immediately following qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event this weekend.

"I am happy with the car, we keep making progress every session, but I know we still have some room to improve for the race," said Negri. "We will work on our race set-up in the practice session, and just look for a good team effort again tomorrow night. The guys have been doing a great job over the wall, so that will be important in the sprint race tomorrow. It's going to be exciting to be racing in front of such a big crowd, and I know that we are going to be putting on a good show for the fans."

Team owner Mike Shank was glad to improve the teams grid position from the season-opening race and is hoping that the car will come across the finish line in Thursday's race without carrying damage from other cars.

"Well, I always say we want to be in the top five, and we are for tomorrows race, so that's good, but we are of course hungry to get back to the podium again," said team owner Mike Shank. "Hopefully we can run a clean race tomorrow and not get hit by anyone, and get a good result here again at Daytona.

Burt Frisselle, who worked on set-ups during the day's two practice sessions, is also feeling good about Thursday's race, and is happy that the event will be taking place in the relatively cool conditions, as the afternoon practice was unbearably hot, even for the Miami resident who has a vigorous workout regimen that includes working out in the hottest times of the day to stay in peak form for the races.

"I don't think I have ever felt so hot before in all my life!" said Frisselle. "I have said before that I was warm in the car, but it was nothing at all like I experienced today, so running at night is going to be much better no question."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Burt Frisselle , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing