Navy Team Facts: * Round Two: David Stremme will attempt to make his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start this weekend in the No. 39 Navy "Accelerate Your Life" Dodge out of the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates stable.
Navy Team Facts:
* Round Two: David Stremme will attempt to make his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start this weekend in the No. 39 Navy "Accelerate Your Life" Dodge out of the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates stable. Stremme currently pilots the No. 14 Navy Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series, and sits seventh in the championship points standings.
* Richmond: Stremme has five starts at Richmond International Raceway in a Busch Series car. He started 35th in the spring race and finished 27th after getting caught up in a late race melee. Stremme and the No. 39 team tested at Richmond on August 22 and 23 in preparation for the Rock & Roll 400.
* Atop the pit box: Lee McCall will serve as Stremme's crew chief this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. McCall joined Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates at the beginning of the 2001 season to lead the No. 40 team. McCall amassed five wins as a crew chief at Chip Ganassi Racing, four with Sterling Marlin and one with Jamie McMurray.
* Chassis: McCall and the Navy team will be bringing chassis #108 to Richmond this weekend. Stremme tested this chassis at Richmond two weeks ago. This chassis was run three times last season by the No. 41 team at Rockingham, Bristol and Homestead.
* Double duty: This is the second of four races where Stremme will be running both the NASCAR Busch Series and the NEXTEL Cup races. He will also be piloting a NEXTEL Cup car for Chip Ganassi Racing, in addition to his Busch Series obligations, at Charlotte and Homestead this season. Stremme's NEXTEL Cup debut was earlier this season at Chicagoland Speedway where he earned a 16th-place finish.
* Norfolk: The Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va. is the oldest naval shipyard in the United States. It was established November 1, 1767 under the British flag, thirty-one years before the creation of the United States Navy Department. Currently, it is the world's largest Naval Station; in fact, based on supported military population, it is the largest military station in the world. Since Norfolk is only a two hour drive from Richmond, this race is in the NAVY's port.
* Walter Reed Hospital: Stremme, with several other NASCAR drivers, will be going to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Wednesday to visit with soldiers.
David Stremme Quote:
"I grew up short track racing and I am excited to return to my roots," Stremme said. "Having the opportunity to represent the NAVY at this time while they are helping so many in the U.S. and abroad gives me an extra incentive to have a solid finish to help lift their spirits this weekend."
Lee McCall Quote:
"I am happy to be back racing again," said McCall. "This will be the first time in 2005 that this car has raced, so we've spent most of the last month getting prepared for this event. We have two goals this weekend, and I don't think they are unreasonable. First and foremost we want to qualify the Navy Dodge for the race. After that, we want to have a solid top-10 finish."