Kenny Irwin Texas Preview

FORT WORTH, TX - Kenny Irwin, driver of the No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Ford Taurus, can hardly wait to get to the Texas Motor Speedway for the running of Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup Series Primestar 500. Irwin has fond memories of the...

FORT WORTH, TX - Kenny Irwin, driver of the No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Ford Taurus, can hardly wait to get to the Texas Motor Speedway for the running of Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup Series Primestar 500. Irwin has fond memories of the 1.5-mile oval as the winner of the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race there in June, 1997. Doug Richert, now crew chief for the Texaco/Havoline team, was a consultant for Irwin's truck team. "It's definitely a track we like going to," said Irwin, the 1998 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year. "We won the truck race, still hold the track record for that series, qualified well last year in the Cup car, and we had a good run going." Irwin started fourth and finished 39th in his rookie race at Texas on the Winston Cup circuit after an accident on lap 80 forced him to the garage area for the day. He was running a strong sixth when the incident occurred. Irwin and Richert were reunited at the beginning of the 1999 season when Richert was hired as crew chief on the No. 28 car at Robert Yates Racing. "We've got a lot going for us this year," said Irwin. "Having Doug with us has been exactly what we needed. He and I have that elusive chemistry that all racers search for." Richert echoed Irwin's sentiments. "The relationship we have is good," Richert said. "We're right on schedule. Having a baseline when we go to these tracks helps. We just keep applying the same theories and we're growing as a team. Kenny runs good on the fast tracks so we're really motivated heading to Texas. Having Kenny in the Busch car out there will be a plus, too." Irwin will make his NASCAR Busch Grand National Series debut in Saturday's Coca-Cola 300 driving the No. 11 Rayovac Ford Taurus for Jarrett-Favre Motorsports. Texas has been a track of firsts for Irwin: his first Craftsman Truck Series victory and his first Busch Grand National Series start. What about getting that first Winston Cup win at Texas this weekend? "We can do it," said Irwin. "Lady Luck has not been with us the last few races but I know we are capable of getting the Texaco/Havoline Ford Taurus into Victory Lane."

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Series NASCAR Cup
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