Pearson fills in admirably for Buckshot By Brett Borden DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 8, 1999) While Buckshot Jones was in Acapulco, Mexico on his honeymoon, Larry Pearson filled in for the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the...
Pearson fills in admirably for Buckshot By Brett Borden
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 8, 1999) While Buckshot Jones was in Acapulco, Mexico on his honeymoon, Larry Pearson filled in for the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate during the initial General Motors stock car testing session at Daytona International Speedway this past Wednesday and Thursday. By all accounts, Pearson filled in quite admirably. "We're trying different things," Pearson said. "We're not really trying to run fast. I'm just shaking it loose. It's a new car and I'm trying to get it comfortable for Buckshot when he comes back on the 19th and 20th (of January) to test. I'm trying to think like him and get it as close to what I think he would like." For someone not trying to run fast, Pearson failed. After all, his run of 189.546 mph was the fourth fastest on Thursday and the seventh fastest among all GM and Ford teams to test at DIS so far. It seems the team is not far off, even if they are not really trying to keep pace. "The thing is, you've got to get it low and drag the race track to get it to go fast," Pearson said. "I don't want to set it up like I like it, and then him come down and they have to change everything again for him. We can definitely run faster, but I'd rather him get in it and be comfortable with it the way he likes it and run faster. It's a new car and we just wanted to make sure nothing rubs or anything like that." The GM teams will return to Daytona for testing Jan. 19-20. The test will be charged to all teams using either Chevrolet or Pontiac models as one of their seven allotted tests regardless of whether they participate in it or not. Pearson, whose brother Ricky is the crew chief for Buckshot Racing, will drive Buckshot Racing's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National entry, the No. 00 Cheez-It Snack Crackers Pontiac.
Source: NASCAR Online