Preseason Test: MB2/MBV Wednesday morning notes

MB2/MBV Continues To Pace Field DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2005) -- MB2/MBV Motorsports drivers Joe Nemechek and Scott Riggs had another solid outing in Wednesday morning's Nextel Cup test session here at Daytona International ...

MB2/MBV Continues To Pace Field

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2005) -- MB2/MBV Motorsports drivers Joe Nemechek and Scott Riggs had another solid outing in Wednesday morning's Nextel Cup test session here at Daytona International Speedway.

Nemechek, in the No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolets, and Riggs, in the No. 10 Valvoline Chevys, took the top four spots. Nemechek led with185.605 miles per hour while Riggs came in a close second at 185.601.

The two drivers swapped the top spot in yesterday's opening session with Riggs leading in the morning and Nemechek in the afternoon.

"The good news is we were fast and developed a solid baseline early in the session yesterday," said Nemechek. "The bad news is once you're fast here it's difficult to find more speed. But we're managing just fine. Being fast early does give us the opportunity to evaluate and tinker with parts. The Army car improved slightly today and that's what we want. It looks like we have the total package -- chassis, aero and the powerful Hendrick engines.

"Like everyone here we're doing everything we can to make sure that we squeeze every bit of speed out the cars so that when we come back next month we can honestly feel that we have a shot at the pole. The credit for our performance needs to go to the guys back at shop, especially in the fabrication department that is headed by Mike Clark. Those guys have done an awesome job with all of our teams."

Said Riggs, "We're happy with the way these two days of testing have gone so far, but we're still looking for speed. There are a hundred different things you can make changes on to try and get faster. We're just searching for the best combination. We've basically spent the day finding out what helps and what hurts. Both cars are really close in speed now, so I think one of our biggest problems is going to be deciding which car to bring down to the (Daytona) 500. That's a pretty good problem to have."

Tuesday's quotes

Riggs

"All the guys at the shop did a great job. We brought two new Valvoline Chevrolets here and both cars are pretty close in speed. This is good for us because we're getting a pretty good feel to where we need to be. Hopefully the wind will stay a little calm today and we'll get a better direction to improve the performance. The team continues to get better and better -- not only with the cars but the Hendrick horsepower under the hood. We seem to get better every time we come to a restrictor-plate race and hopefully that will be the case next month. So far we're doing what we need to do. It feels good to be good off the truck because if you aren't there's not a lot you can do. So being strong at the get go and positioned at the top of the chart makes us all feel pretty good right now."

Nemechek

"We're trying to figure out what's wrong with the new car -- both cars should be the same. We found a couple of little problems with it and we're gaining on it. Overall, from what Boris (Said) did here last week and how the (No.) 10 cars are running along with one of mine, it shows a lot of promise for the team. We did expect to be strong here. The Army Chevy that is running strong here is the same car I sat on the pole with at Talladega. We just need to get the other car going."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs