IRWIN APPROACHES 'THE MONSTER MILE' WITH CAUTION DOVER, Del. --- Kenny Irwin, the Raybestos Rookie of the Year points leader, hopes to build the momentum after last weekend's top-10 finish in Richmond as he approaches this weekend's...
IRWIN APPROACHES 'THE MONSTER MILE' WITH CAUTION
DOVER, Del. --- Kenny Irwin, the Raybestos Rookie of the Year points leader, hopes to build the momentum after last weekend's top-10 finish in Richmond as he approaches this weekend's event at "The Monster Mile". Irwin didn't get the finish he was hoping for in his first race at Dover. Although he qualified the Texaco/Havoline Ford in the 9th spot for his debut at the 1.0-mile oval in May, the team struggled during the race and finished 33rd.
"We qualified pretty good for our first race here but struggled during the race," Irwin said. "We just couldn't get the set up right. It's difficult here because you really don't know what you need until you make a 100-lap run. You have to kind of figure out how to really race the race track." Irwin and the Robert Yates Racing/Texaco/Havoline team have shown definite signs of improvement on their return visits to various tracks on the circuit. The rookie driver/crew chief combination continue to strive for more consistency in their weekly performance.
"We're getting better," said Irwin. "I can see us getting better every week. "It just takes time to get everything where it needs to be. Eventually everything will get there. Hopefully coming back we'll have a better idea of the type of set up I need and work on it from there."
Irwin considers Dover a very challenging track mainly due to the endurance required for the length of the event.
"At Dover you can look up at what you think should be the middle of the race and only 20 laps have gone by," said Irwin. "I don't know what it is but it seems like the race just draws out and takes forever."
Irwin and the entire Robert Yates Racing team are enthusiastic from last weekend's success and hope this weekend's results will reflect their enthusiasm.