Open: Ricky Rudd preview



CHARLOTTE, NC (May 15, 2007) -- This weekend the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series heads to Lowe's Motor Speedway for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the NEXTEL Open. Ricky Rudd returns to Lowe's Motor Speedway to compete in the NEXTEL Open hoping for a chance to race his way into the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. The #88 team which normally runs the Snickers Ford will be racing a Snickers Dark paint scheme for Saturday night's race.

Quoting Snickers Dark Driver, Ricky Rudd:

Your team recently tested at Lowe's Motor Speedway, how did your cars handle during the test?

"We ended up testing two cars at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Only one of the cars was set-up in qualifying trim, and that one turned out to be the faster of the two. It really felt great to come away from the final test session at Lowe's with the second-fastest time on the speed charts. I'm really happy with how both cars handled and hopefully we can translate what we learned during the two-day test into our vehicles for the rest of the season."

"We think that our car for this weekend is going to race well. This is one of the two cars we tested in Charlotte at Lowe's Motor Speedway the other week and it was fast and handled well, but we didn't have time to put the car is qualifying trim to see exactly what we have. So going into the NEXTEL Open this weekend, we're not really sure how good of a car we have. We focused a lot of our energy on the difference in handling on the cars between daylight and night time and I feel that we got a really good handle on how our car is going to change once the sun goes down and the track conditions change."

How are you feeling going into the NEXTEL Open this weekend?

Going into this weekend's events is a whole lot different for us than the Coca-Cola 600 weekend. The main thing we need to focus on is the balance of the car so that it's good for the short amount of laps that we end up running. You really end up focusing all your efforts in making sure that you have a solid run since there isn't the opportunity in this race to constantly adjust your car to your needs on the track. You basically have to be strong for 30 laps and that's all you have out there.

-credit: ryr

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