From the No. 54 National Guard Cockpit: Driver Todd Bodine You went to Las Vegas to test. Did you learn any thing new? "Any time you can go to Vegas to test is a real benefit. It is the standard cookie cutter track that mirrors quite a few...
From the No. 54 National Guard Cockpit:
Driver Todd Bodine
You went to Las Vegas to test. Did you learn any thing new?
"Any time you can go to Vegas to test is a real benefit. It is the standard cookie cutter track that mirrors quite a few places we visit like Chicago and Kansas City. So the data we collect transfers over to the other facilities. It's a great test to go to because we can really put the data to use in a variety of ways."
"We tested two days. The first day we ran in our qualifying trim. Our second day focused on race trim so we made several 10 lap runs to prepare for our race set up."
"Las Vegas will be a good indicator of what teams have solid down force packages. The new body location hasn't affected our package very much so we are pretty close to where we were last year. We're still pretty fast. I feel confident that we'll have another shot at the pole."
"We were hoping to take advantage of Ford's open test dates at Kentucky before going back to Las Vegas. It's another track from the same mold, but we simply ran out of time. We really appreciate Ford booking that time so Derrick and I are going to utilize that track access as much as possible to get ready for Chicago and Kansas City."
What does it take to run well at Las Vegas?
"We put more emphasis on qualifying at Vegas because you really need to have a good starting spot to avoid losing track position. This is a real raceable track and within 20 laps, the field will get pretty spread out. If you are back in the pack and in traffic, it doesn't matter if you have a fast car, you are still in jeopardy of going down a lap to the leaders."
"Handling will also come into play. You need to have a good set up from the get go because you will have very few, if any, chance to make a stop under caution to make serious adjustments. What's also great about this track is you can run just as fast on the top as you can on the bottom. You can try different grooves to see which line your car handles best."