Milwaukee test notes 2004-09-02

NASCAR Teams Finding Milwaukee Mile Ideal For Testing (West Allis, WI) September 2, 2004 -- Joe Gibbs Racing elected to bring their two team NASCAR NEXTEL Cup effort to The Milwaukee Mile for a test session, as they are squarely in the hunt to...

NASCAR Teams Finding Milwaukee Mile Ideal For Testing

(West Allis, WI) September 2, 2004 -- Joe Gibbs Racing elected to bring their two team NASCAR NEXTEL Cup effort to The Milwaukee Mile for a test session, as they are squarely in the hunt to win a third NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship. Drivers Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte tested Monday and Tuesday, and were joined by Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Target Chip Ganassi Racing teams, all in an effort to prepare for tracks similar to The 'Mile they'll compete on yet this season.

By rule, NASCAR limits the number of tests teams are allowed at tracks on the NEXTEL Cup Series schedule. Stewart, Labonte, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, and Scott Pruett (for Ganassi) spent time dialing-in their race car's flat track set-ups at The 'Mile. Their test in Milwaukee does not count against their team's test allotment.

With two races remaining to secure a coveted position in the "Chase For The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship," Stewart sits a solid fourth in points. Harvick -- who has now tested twice at The Milwaukee Mile this season -- is in eighth, just four points ahead of Labonte in ninth.

Teams testing at The 'Mile can apply suspension set-ups to both the ¾-mile fairgrounds oval in Richmond, VA, and at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS), a flat one-mile track patterned in a lot of ways after The Milwaukee Mile in banking, shape and design.

Only the top ten teams in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after the September 11 race in Richmond are eligible to compete for the title. The "Chase" begins the next race at NHIS on September 19. Any driver within 400 points of the leader after Richmond is also included in the "Chase" format.

Burton, a new teammate to Harvick with RCR, shared the #29 Chevy on Monday, while Pruett spent two full days of testing to provide set-up information for Ganassi's three full-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams, with drivers Jamie McMurray (currently 14th in points), Casey Mears (16th) and Sterling Marlin (19th).

The Toyota Tundra team of Innovative Motorsports brought their two drivers Robert Huffman and Hank Parker, Jr. to The 'Mile this week for two days of testing. This first-year NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team has tracks including Richmond, NHIS and Phoenix (AZ) International Raceway remaining on their schedule.

Defending NASCAR champion and Cambridge, WI native Matt Kenseth, tested with his Roush Racing team at America's Legendary Oval in July. A return trip for Kenseth (5th in points) or any of the NASCAR teams in contention for the Cup is a possibility.

For more information on events taking place at The Milwaukee Mile, log on to www.milwaukeemile.com.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Sterling Marlin , Scott Pruett , Jamie McMurray , Chip Ganassi , Robert Huffman
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Richard Childress Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing