Wood Brothers Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup New Hampshire IIPreview Bill Elliott will drive the no. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion in New Hampshire Harrisburg, N.C. (September 11,2008)-Wood Brothers Racing will return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for...
Wood Brothers Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup New Hampshire IIPreview
Bill Elliott will drive the no. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion in New Hampshire
Harrisburg, N.C. (September 11,2008)-Wood Brothers Racing will return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Sylvania 300 on Sunday,September 14th. Bill Elliott will once again be behind the wheel of the no.21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion with his 21st start at the 1.058 mile oval.Hehas one pole award along with two top-5 finishing spots and four top-10's in his racing history at the track.The team is ready to work with Bill and his veteran experience after a weekend of progressin Richmond. Crew Chief David Hyder and Head Engineer Hoyt Overbagh comment on going to New Hampshire this weekend.
Tech Talk with Crew Chief David Hyder
Are you bringing the same car that was used in Richmond to NHMS?
"We are bringing the same car, chassis 17, which we used at Richmond. We decided to take our best car to every race and we've made that statement for last five or six races. We've run car 11 at a lot of races and this car 17 was the Bristol car and was a special light weight car, so we need to bring it from Richmond to Loudon."
You discovered more damage from the incident at Richmond than anticipated. What was the strategy to turn it around for this weekend?
b^0x001cWe were going to make it a point to see what kind of damage we had. The car came in on pit stops and we looked at it. It wasn't really torn up that bad, but it took a hard shot in the left rear wheel and had some extensive damage that we didn't realize at first. The guys really pulled together. I called and talked to everybody on our way back to the shop and the truck was back [in Harrisburg] at 10:30p.m. on Sunday. We had a group there and they worked all night. We worked 24 hours a day, from Sunday night until now in order to get the car loaded and headed to Loudon. You have to allow for more travel time because it's so far away, but the guys really pulled together well and planned the scheduling of people in different shifts to get the work done. They worked really hard to get the car back in shape."
What are your expectations going to Loudon and working with Bill Elliott there?
"NHMS is flatter and bumpier, with the level of experience he [Elliott] brings to the table and if we can make the car turn in the middle and he can get in the throttle then we'll be alright. We're going to concentrate on qualifying. If we can get to qualify up in the field and at least get in a couple of runs to get the car sorted out after, we'll be ready to race. I want a lot of front grip. As long as we have that, we can get to where we need to be."
Will Strategy be a factor in the Sylvania 300?
"Strategy is always a factor at NHMS and track position is real critical. Whether it's two tires vs. four or no tires and fuel; as long as we do our homework there in practice, qualifying and happy hour, get it where it needs to be; it will play a part in Sunday's performance. It will come down to that at some point in time."
Head Engineer Hoyt Overbagh on Team Progress
"We made an awful lot of progress in Richmond from the beginning of the weekend until the end of the weekend. The car got better and we were able to give Bill what he needed to have times at the end of the race that were very similar to the top 15 cars. If we can capitalize on that, take a lot of that thinking to Loudon, we should do really well of there. We should start where we left off and hopefully make more progress."