NASCAR Drivers Utilize Milwaukee Mile To Master Loudon West Allis, WI (September 15, 2004) -- With this weekend's "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup" beginning at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) in Loudon, NH, several drivers and ...
NASCAR Drivers Utilize Milwaukee Mile To Master Loudon
West Allis, WI (September 15, 2004) -- With this weekend's "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup" beginning at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) in Loudon, NH, several drivers and teams in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will have benefited from their testing time in the past nine weeks at The Milwaukee Mile.
What most NASCAR teams learn from the flat Milwaukee Mile oval can be applied to similar NASCAR tracks on their schedule, including this weekend's 300-lap race on the one-mile NHIS oval, and at flatter oval tracks on their schedule located in Richmond, VA, Martinsville, VA and Phoenix, AZ.
Cambridge, WI native and 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Matt Kenseth spent two days with his Roush Racing team at The 'Mile for an intensive test session in mid-July. Kenseth shook down the car he debuted in the August 8 Brickyard 400, and tested the car he raced at Richmond, VA last Saturday night. With 15 top-10 finishes already this season, the Green Bay Packers fanatic sits fifth in the chase. The test at The 'Mile should help Kenseth in his efforts to score his first NHIS victory.
Tony Stewart, the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion, tested with his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Bobby Labonte on August 17 and 18 at America's Legendary Oval, in preparation for their run to the title which pays out $5 million to the points champion at season's end. Stewart lines up fourth, just 15 points behind leader Jeff Gordon prior to this Sunday's 300-lap NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race in Loudon, NH.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Dennis Setzer, David Starr and Matt Crafton tested at the historic speedway on August 17 and 18, seven weeks after they competed in the "Black Cat® Fireworks 200" at The 'Mile.
The Chevrolet-supported drivers logged laps and gathered information to better prepare their teams for races yet to come on their schedule. The Truck Series races in conjunction with the NEXTEL Cup Series at six of their remaining eight races, including this weekend.
"New Hampshire and Milwaukee are very similar. They are both very flat racetracks. We went back and tested Milwaukee and learned a lot from when we actually raced there," Crafton said, recalling his 10th place finish at The 'Mile in June. "We went to focus on our set-up because we just missed it when we raced there last time. We were extremely happy with the results of the test."
For Crafton's crew chief Wally Rogers, it was an important session to better their Kevin Harvick-owned team, which is currently 4th in the point standings.
"We have some pretty good notes to go by from the test at Milwaukee," Rogers stated. "Our test was very successful and I think we walked away having learned a lot. We went through a lot of different spring and shock combinations and worked on our front-end geometry as well."
Other NASCAR drivers to watch this weekend at NHIS that have tested at The Milwaukee Mile recently include Ricky Craven and Kevin Harvick. Craven is entered in a truck and a 'Cup car this weekend. Harvick tested twice at The 'Mile to work on different front and rear-end suspension combinations that would help his car roll better in race trim at Loudon's flat, one-mile oval.
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