Martinsville: Mears - Friday media visit

Casey Mears, No. 25 National Guard/GMAC Impala SS, met with members of the media to discuss the challenges at Martinsville, testing at Caraway, his 150th Nextel Cup start this weekend and getting adjusted to his Impala SS race car. ON THE ...

Casey Mears, No. 25 National Guard/GMAC Impala SS, met with members of the media to discuss the challenges at Martinsville, testing at Caraway, his 150th Nextel Cup start this weekend and getting adjusted to his Impala SS race car.

ON THE CHALLENGES AT MARTINSVILLE: "The challenge here is always getting the car to turn regardless of what type of car you have, getting the car to roll the center and be fast through the corner. The new car has proven to be a little bit difficult more than usual to get through and turn the center. As we've worked on it we got much better through practice so hopefully as we get this day under our belt and we get into tomorrow, we find what we need here."

ON TESTING AT CARAWAY. DID YOU LEARN THINGS THAT WILL HELP YOU THIS WEEKEND? "Yeah, I think so. We applied some of the things that we learned at Caraway. Some of them didn't apply. We had to go back on them. Just any time that we can get with the new Impala is important because we've just had so limited time with it. So going to Caraway and just getting more miles on it and getting the guys working on that particular car because something as simple as changing springs is a lot different than the old car. Any time that we can get all the way around - drivers, mechanics - any testing that we can do is going to help us."

ON MAKING HIS 150th NEXTEL CUP START THIS WEEKEND: "I can't believe it's 150 races. I'm happy to be here with Hendrick Motorsports and with Chevrolet to get that. Hopefully building off a good performance last week at Bristol, hopefully we can have another good top 10 or challenge to win this race. It'd be awesome to be able to win for my 150th."

ON DEBUTING THE IMPALA SS LAST WEEKEND IN BRISTOL AND HIS FINISH THERE BEING HIS FIRST TOP 10 WITH HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS: "Last week at Bristol was a really good weekend for us just because that was one of the best finishes I've ever had at Bristol. I've always struggled there, just having issues getting caught up in messes that really aren't my own mistake. We finally had a fairly clean race and I thought the Impala SS worked pretty well. We definitely have a lot of work still to make it as good as our old car just because of the changes that NASCAR has made but hopefully as we work on them and the more time that we get with them we'll figure out the tricks that this car needs to be at its best."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Mears
Teams Hendrick Motorsports