Dover: Larry Foyt preview

* It's Not The Years, It's The Miles-- In just his second year of Busch Series competition, Larry Foyt has made a habit of taking the information learned on his first run on any track and applying those lessons to his return -- and Dover is no ...

* It's Not The Years, It's The Miles-- In just his second year of Busch Series competition, Larry Foyt has made a habit of taking the information learned on his first run on any track and applying those lessons to his return -- and Dover is no exception. During his rookie campaign, Foyt qualified 27th in his first shot at the Monster Mile, but got caught in an early-race accident and finished 41st. When he returned in September, Foyt qualified 23rd and held his ground to finish there as well.

* TGIF?? -- During his rookie season, cement tracks were not friendly to Larry Foyt on qualifying day. In 2001, Foyt started the five Busch series events in Bristol, Dover and Nashville in 33rd, 27th, 31st, 23rd and 14th position. With a year under his belt, Foyt has continued the qualifying rally in 2002, kicking off the cement shoes to qualify 19th at Bristol and a career-best 5th at Nashville -- where Foyt will return next week.

* Back To The Basics -- Larry Foyt might not know what to do with his time off the track in Dover, following a hectic Memorial Day weekend. In Charlotte, Foyt ran a new paint scheme for the movie "Behind Enemy Lines," and hosted actor David Keith and a pair of sweepstakes winners from Alaska during the Saturday race. Following the Busch race, Foyt made the hop to Indy to continue an attendance streak at the Indy 500 that dates back to 1977, then returned to Charlotte on Sunday night to sit atop the box in support of his Winston Cup teammate Stacy Compton during the Coca-Cola 600.

Larry Foyt -- "Our finish (23rd) last season may not have really shown it, but we were a lot better the second time we came back to Dover. The car was better, my communication with Jon (Wolfe) was better, and my level of comfort with the track was much higher. Dover is just a big short track where experience really pays off. The first time I came here last season, I watched the veterans drive the track and was amazed at how deep they'll drive into the corner and still carry all that speed out of the turn. That's the key here, you've got to have a car that handles well; but, as a driver, you've got to be aggressive and drive it into the corner deep and have faith that it will stick -- because it will. I'm really anxious to go back there this season because this Harrah's Team is so much better in its second year, and we get the chance to apply all that we've learned."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Stacy Compton , Larry Foyt