The Martinsville question mark. HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (October 14, 2002) - The last time the NASCAR Winston Cup Series rolled into the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, what to expect was what had been expected: tight racing conditions, a couple of ...
The Martinsville question mark.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (October 14, 2002) - The last time the NASCAR Winston Cup Series rolled into the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, what to expect was what had been expected: tight racing conditions, a couple of grooves to work with, and the famous Martinsville hot dogs. This time around, things are a little different.
A new, since the last time there, racing groove has forced teams into the "land of question marks." Newly grounded grooves cause handling problems, new sorts of tire wear, and a long weekend for every NASCAR Winston Cup team and driver. The only thing that may be the same are the hot dogs.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet Monte Carlo, expects the unexpected. His crew, on the other hand, is hoping for the expected, as the previous year's notes are always the most solid base to leap from.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet Monte Carlo, speaks about the questions and his new obsession with clocks:
What will Martinsville have in store this time?
"Well, I really don't know. The (No.) 30 tested up there so they may have a better handle on it going into the race morning than we do at this point. I have heard it's really ground down and that things may be pretty good once some rubber gets laid into it, like by the end of Friday.
"It could be that by Saturday things are back to some sort of normal and our notes from the last time we were there turn out to help. But I really don't know. We're all going to be thrown for a loop, and whoever gets it figured out first might go home with the clock."
Speaking of clocks...
"I want a clock. You get a big old Grandfather Clock as a gift and trophy for winning. They've been doing it forever. I have some cool trophies - my Busch (Series) Trophy from the Texas race in 2001 was a pair of boots all done up in trophy form. I got the Goodyear silver car for the Busch Championship and this big crystal vase for the IROC (International Race of Champions) championship. The clock would just be awesome. That's my goal this Sunday, I want the clock."