Richmond: Casey Mears preview

Casey Mears and No. 41 Target Dodge Target Team Facts: * Championship Standings: Casey Mears and the Target Team are sitting 17th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings. Mears was 37th in points last year after 10 races, his...

Casey Mears and No. 41 Target Dodge
Target Team Facts:

* Championship Standings: Casey Mears and the Target Team are sitting 17th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings. Mears was 37th in points last year after 10 races, his 17th-place standing is an improvement of 20 positions and 352 points.

* Richmond Facts: Mears and the Target Team are looking to improve on their Richmond finishes. Mears was involved in incidents in both races last year at the .75-mile track that relegated them to 28th and 31st-place finishes.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target Team are bringing chassis #106 to Richmond this weekend. The team ran this chassis at both Richmond races last season, as well as, the Martinsville race in April. Mears qualified the car 12th at Martinsville, but a mechanical problem with the rear gear dropped him to 36th.

* On a roll: Mears and the Target team have posted two consecutive eighth-place finishes. Mears finished eighth at Talladega and piloted his back-up car to an eighth-place finish at his home track of California Speedway. Mears has accumulated four top 10s in the first 10 races of 2004. His best finish in his rookie year last season was 15th.

Casey Mears Quotes:

On Richmond... "We qualified well at the spring race in Richmond and were running really well during the race in the Target Dodge," said Mears. "After running in the top 10 for most of the race, we got caught up in someone else's wreck. That was really disappointing, especially given the year we were having, because we were running so well. But it is hard to gauge off of last year because everything we are doing this year seems to be so much better.

"Jamie (McMurray) and his team went up and tested Richmond and came back with a lot of great data. Now we hear that they not only repaved the track but they sealed after he tested. It is going to be a challenge, but I think it will be a challenge for everyone. I have seen what this Target team is capable of this year, so I am excited to go to Richmond and see what we can do."

-cgr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Mears