Martinsville test notes 2005-03-29

Rudd Understands Secret Advance Auto Parts 500 Success MARTINSVILLE, VA. (March 29, 2005) - Ricky Rudd has been to Martinsville Speedway enough in his career to have a pretty good understanding of what it takes to be successful on the tough ...

Rudd Understands Secret Advance Auto Parts 500 Success

MARTINSVILLE, VA. (March 29, 2005) - Ricky Rudd has been to Martinsville Speedway enough in his career to have a pretty good understanding of what it takes to be successful on the tough half-mile oval.

And he spent a good portion of Tuesday tweaking his Motorcraft Ford during a test session at Martinsville. Unfortunately, there were certain things he and his Wood Brothers' crew couldn't work on during a test to get ready for the Advance Auto Parts 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race on April 10.

"You have to come back in here knowing you don't want to get into any confrontations early and if you do, make sure it's an accident because it's a long day to be bumping and grinding with a guy you made an enemy with," said Rudd. "You try not to make enemies here. The last race we got spun out three times in the first 100 laps. It's tough to keep your nose clean here."

Rudd and his team were able to make progress in the areas they could control during the first day of a two-day test session and by day's end were posting some of the quickest times of the seven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup teams testing.

Other drivers testing included Dale Earnhardt Jr., Michael Waltrip, Brian Vickers, Kyle Busch, Jason Leffler and Scott Wimmer, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers testing included Bobby Hamilton, Ken Schrader, Chase Montgomery, Timothy Peters and Robert Pressley.

Times were a little off of last fall's record-setting qualifying when Ryan Newman set a new track record, but Rudd said he thought the new racing surface would be plenty fast when the teams returned for Jackson Hewitt Pole Day on April 8.

"The track was awfully green this morning * there wasn't any rubber down and I think we were probably about a half-second off of what it was last fall," said Rudd. "I noticed as the day went on the color was coming back into the track and the speeds were getting back to what they were last fall."

Testing resumes at Martinsville Speedway with Rudd, Matt Kenseth, Ken Schrader, Montgomery, Peters and Busch returning.

Tickets for both the Advance Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, April 10, and the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, on Saturday, April 9, may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for both events also may be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Tickets for Jackson Hewitt Pole Day on April 8 are $15 and will be on sale the day of the event.

Ticket prices for the Advance Auto Parts 500 range from $40 to $75. Tickets for the Kroger 250 are $35. Tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $5.

Anyone buying an Advance Auto Parts 500 ticket between now and April 1 can receive $5 off the purchase of a Kroger 250 ticket. Children's truck tickets are discounted $1 when bought with an Advance Auto Parts 500 ticket.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bobby Hamilton , Matt Kenseth , Michael Waltrip , Jason Leffler , Ken Schrader , Ryan Newman , Robert Pressley , Chase Montgomery , Scott Wimmer , Brian Vickers , Timothy Peters , Kyle Busch