Crew Chief Club at the Dura-Lube/Big Kmart 400 Event: Dura-Lube/Big Kmart 400 When: Sun., Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. EST on TNN Where: North Carolina Speedway (1.017-mile oval) Â· Together, Jimmy Makar, Larry McReynolds, Todd Parrott and ...
Crew Chief Club at the Dura-Lube/Big Kmart 400
Event: Dura-Lube/Big Kmart 400 When: Sun., Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. EST on TNN
Where: North Carolina Speedway (1.017-mile oval)
· Together, Jimmy Makar, Larry McReynolds, Todd Parrott and Robin Pemberton have led their drivers to 65 wins, 351 top-five finishes, 562 top-10 finishes and 65 poles prior to this Sunday's Dura-Lube/Big Kmart 400 at North Carolina Speedway.
· The Crew Chief Club has one pole in the February Rockingham (N.C.) event. It was provided by Pemberton and Kyle Petty in 1992
· In last year's Goodwrench 400, the Crew Chief Club finished in the following order: Pemberton/Wallace Start: 7th Finish: 2nd Status: Running Parrott/Jarrett Start: 32nd Finish: 7th Status: Running McReynolds/Earnhardt Start: 37th Finish: 17th Status: Running Makar/Labonte Start: 38th Finish: 33rd Status: Accident · Crew Chief Club souvenirs and wearables are available on the Chevrolet and Ford merchandise trailers. Fans can also log-on to the Crew Chief Club at their official website, www.crewchiefclub.com.
WHAT WILL YOUR RACE AND PIT STRATEGY BE AT ROCKINGHAM?
Jimmy Makar - Interstate Batteries Pontiac of Bobby Labonte - "Rockingham typically eats up tires pretty quick. It's a tire management type race track. Track position will be critical. Trying to maintain position up toward the front of the track and taking care of your tires and staying out of trouble is key. Last year we got into a wreck because we had a bad qualifying spot. It's important not to be in a pack of cars."
Larry McReynolds - Lowe's Home Improvement Chevrolet of Mike Skinner - "I haven't been a part of a really good run at Rockingham in a long time. And Mike really hasn't mastered that trac either, so it's probably a place where we'll have to work hard just to get a good qualifying run in on Friday. We'll work as hard as we can and make long runs on Saturday and just try to get ourselves dialed-in to the race track. I think it's a place where I've lost a handle on as far as the setup goes, and Mike's still searching for the right way to get around Rockingham. It's a nice track to run on, but it's pretty worn out. We enjoy going there, but it's hard on tires. Tire management - you've got to orientate yourself even though at the beginning of a green run you maybe can run faster, but you need to throttle back a little bit and pace yourself. That way you can maintain your speed during the entire run rather than using up your tires on your car at the beginning of a run. You can run up there like a hare, but you're going to be a tortoise by the end of that run."
Todd Parrott - Ford Quality Care Service/Ford Credit Ford of Dale Jarrett - "Obviously, it's not a fuel mileage place because you're going to run out of tires before you run out of gas. It's a lot like Darlington. We've got to have a pretty good handling race car because the race track is getting old. So the best handling cars are going to run up front. We usually run really well there and we're looking forward to going there."
Robin Pemberton - Miller Lite Ford of Rusty Wallace - "You want to get the car set up as soft as you possibly can in order to save the tires for the long haul. Pit strategy - you just roll the dice and do the best you can when the time comes. There's no gambling going on, but it's real important to take fresh tires every chance you can."