Atlanta II: David Stremme preview

No. 40 TEAM FACTS: *Making Strides: Rookie David Stremme has made considerable strides in his 30 NEXTEL Cup Series starts this season. His average-starting spot the first 15 starts of the season was 29th and his average finish was 31st. His ...

No. 40 TEAM FACTS:

*Making Strides: Rookie David Stremme has made considerable strides in his 30 NEXTEL Cup Series starts this season. His average-starting spot the first 15 starts of the season was 29th and his average finish was 31st. His highest start was fourth at Darlington and his highest finish was 19th at Michigan. In the last 15 starts, he has improved to a 23rd starting and finishing average and his highest start was third at the July Daytona race and his highest finish was 11th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

*Rockin Rookie: Two weekends ago in Charlotte, Stremme battled for 334 laps to bring home his second-highest finish of the season, 15th. His top-15 finish also won him the Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award for the first time this season. Last weekend in Martinsville, Stremme was the second-highest rookie finisher with his second consecutive 15th-place finish.

*Earlier this Season: Back in March, after sitting around in the rain for hours on Sunday afternoon, Stremme took the checkered flag on Monday in the 33rd spot. The handling of the Coors Light Dodge coupled with a slight vibration forced Stremme to pit under green, which eventually resulted in a 33rd-place finish.

*Atlanta Action: This will be Stremme's fifth start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He averages a 30th-place starting spot but improves greatly over the course of the race as his average finish is 17th. His highest start and finish at the 1.54-mile track was in 2004 in the Busch Series event, when he started 11th and finished eighth.

*Rookie Ranks: Stremme is currently sixth in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. With 157 points, he is 120 points behind leader Denny Hamlin and only 24 points behind fifth-place J.J Yeley.

*NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings: Stremme is currently 34th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver standings and the No. 40 Dodge is 34th in the owner standings. There are now four races remaining in the 2006 season.

David Stremme Quote:

"The Coors Light team is coming off two solid finishes at Charlotte and Martinsville. We had a strong car, stayed out of trouble and had good pit stops that allowed us to finish 15th in both races. I am really proud of my guys and I feel good about going to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. We are taking the same car we had in Charlotte and it is a car that my teammate Reed Sorenson has raced several times this year and also finished well in. I just hope we can continue to run strong this weekend and bring home another top-15 finish in the Coors Light Dodge."

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers David Stremme , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson