Nadeau, Craven, Hamilton Jr. to run Orleans 150 By Shawn A. Akers LAS VEGAS (Feb. 25, 1999) Jerry Nadeau has never been hesitant when it comes to getting additional seat time. If it will help Melling Racing's NASCAR Winston Cup Series effort,...
Nadeau, Craven, Hamilton Jr. to run Orleans 150 By Shawn A. Akers
LAS VEGAS (Feb. 25, 1999) Jerry Nadeau has never been hesitant when it comes to getting additional seat time. If it will help Melling Racing's NASCAR Winston Cup Series effort, Nadeau is all for it.
That's why Nadeau will be one of at least NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division regulars who will take part in next Friday's NASCAR Winston West Series Orleans 150 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Nadeau is in his second season as a regular in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and in his first full season in the No. 9 Cartoon Network Ford of Melling Racing -- which will carry WCW sponsorship at Las Vegas. Other drivers who have entered the companion event include Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 58 SBIII Motorsports Hollywood Video Ford in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series; and Bobby Hamilton Jr., driver of the No. 95 Sho-Lodge/Shoney's Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series.
Nadeau said he's looking forward to the chance to race twice at Las Vegas.
"Actually, I'm pretty excited about the whole deal," Nadeau said. "For one, there's no pressure on us during the race, so we'll get to try out different shock and spring combinations and really get the feel of that race track.
"It's mainly something we just thought about yesterday (Wednesday). These guys did the Winston West race a couple of years ago with Lake (Speed, Melling's previous driver), and it really benefited them. Considering I've only got about 10 laps on that race track, I think it will be good for us to go out there and do the Winston West race. Anything that will help the Cup effort is a good deal."
Jeff Buice, the crew chief for the No. 9 Ford, will be the crew chief for Nadeau's car. Nadeau said he and Buice will fly out early and qualify the car by themselves, and the rest of the crew will fly out on Friday in time for the race.
Nadeau said his car, "a backup, backup car" for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Las Vegas 400 on March 7, will be sponsored by Melling Engine Parts.
"We've got a good car that's been updated, and this car has only been run twice," Nadeau said. "Jeff and I are going to do it together on our own. We're not worried about the characteristics of the race track, we're just concerned about getting used to the track and with our race setups, which we're really lacking right now. This is just designed to get more some more laps so I can tell them (his crew) more about what the car is doing. More or less, it's just a test session for us."
Hamilton Jr. will drive a car formerly designated for Sadler and Son Racing's NASCAR Winston Cup Series effort a couple of years back. He said running the NASCAR Winston West Series race will be very beneficial for his effort in the NASCAR Busch Series Sam's Town 300 the following day.
"We're carrying some pretty good cars out there and we're going to get us some laps on that track," said Hamilton, son of NASCAR Winston Cup Series regular Bobby Hamilton. "We didn't go to test out there, and there's not a whole lot we know about that race track. About the only laps I've gotten on it is on the computer. But, we're expecting to go out there and run well, and hopefully we can carry that effort over into the Busch race."
Craven, who will carry the colors of Hollywood Video on his Ford for the third straight week in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series event, will also be sponsored by Hollywood Video in the NASCAR Winston West Series race.
Former NASCAR Busch Series regular Bobby Dotter has also entered the Orleans 150, as well as NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular David Starr and former NFL coach and part-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Jerry Glanville.
Source: NASCAR Online