IRL: Buzz Calkins, Bradley Looking Forward To Texas

FORT WORTH--For several reasons, Buzz Calkins and Bradley Motorsports are looking forward to this weekend's Casino Magic 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. "It's a good opportunity for us to start getting the kind of results we know we're capable...

FORT WORTH--For several reasons, Buzz Calkins and Bradley Motorsports are looking forward to this weekend's Casino Magic 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. "It's a good opportunity for us to start getting the kind of results we know we're capable of getting," Calkins said. "We have five races remaining this season and there are plenty of points available for us to move up in the championship. We're not happy with where we are now." Calkins, with 48 points, is tied for 19th in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series standings. The 29-year-old from Denver drives the Bradley Food Marts/Sav-O-Mat 2000 Dallara-Oldsmobile Aurora. "We haven't tested at Texas this year, but we ran pretty well there last season," he said. "We had a very good car at the other mile and a half track (Las Vegas Motor Speedway) we've run on this year and we're optimistic that we can put a strong effort together at Texas." Calkins finished ninth last June and eighth last October on the 1.5-mile high banked track at Texas. He also was fifth in 1999 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a sister track to Texas. "We know we're capable of contending on the high banks, but we have to go out and do it," Calkins said. The Bradley team also is looking forward to making Indianapolis a distant memory. Calkins finished 18th in his fifth straight Indy. "We were very disappointed how we ran at Indianapolis," Calkins said. "We'd been competitive in the other races this season and even though we didn't get the results we wanted, we still felt like the competition knew we were there. At Indy, we were just another car going around the track. It left us with a bad taste in our mouth and racing at Texas will help us get rid of that." Practice for the Casino Magic 500 (312 miles, 208 laps) begins Thursday at 3 p.m. CT and qualifying starts Thursday at 8:30 p.m. There practice sessions at 1:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. on Friday. The race is 7 p.m. Saturday. It will be televised live on ESPN.

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