Dover II: Casey Mears preview

Running at Dover: Mears has participated in seven races at the 1-mile track in Dover, Del. Mears rallied to finish 10th at the concrete oval last fall after falling back to 41st on lap 17. In June, "The Monster Mile" was anything but kind to ...

Running at Dover: Mears has participated in seven races at the 1-mile track in Dover, Del. Mears rallied to finish 10th at the concrete oval last fall after falling back to 41st on lap 17. In June, "The Monster Mile" was anything but kind to Mears and the Texaco/Havoline team. After running in the top 15 for most of the day, the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge got extremely tight over the last 100 laps and Mears fell back to finish 21st.

Dover Stat: In Mears' past three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Dover, he has made 135 green-flag passes. He is second only to Kyle Petty and one spot ahead of Tony Stewart. He is also third in total green-flag passes for the 2006 season with 2,126.

Testing: Mears and the Texaco/Havoline team took the No. 42 Dodge to Nashville on Tuesday in preparation for next weekend's event at Kansas Speedway. He tested with teammate Reed Sorenson.

Casey Mears Quotes:

"Dover has always been a fun track for me, but I can't seem to finish well. I think the last four out of five races we've had really competitive cars, but haven't seen good finishes. The frustrating part about a place like Dover, is that I know I can run well but the stats don't show that. We tried to change our strategy a little bit at the short tracks and focused on qualifying, but since we still didn't seem to qualify much better we are going to go back to our original plans. We're going to unload in race trim and focus on long runs. We'll still do a couple of qualifying runs, but it won't be the focus of our practices.

"Reed (Sorenson) and I tested at Nashville on Tuesday to shake down our Kansas City cars. Because of the limited testing and practice schedules, Donnie (Wingo), the guys and I just tried some things that we usually don't have time to do at normal test sessions. It went well, I don't know if we made the car any faster but we definitely figured a couple of things out."

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kyle Petty , Casey Mears