Raines at Home at Richmond Taking No. 34 Ford to Favorite Short Track Statesville, N.C. (September 7, 2010) - Tony Raines is from La Porte, Ind., but he feels right at home at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The 0.75-mile oval is one of ...
Raines at Home at Richmond
Taking No. 34 Ford to Favorite Short Track
Statesville, N.C. (September 7, 2010) - Tony Raines is from La Porte, Ind., but he feels right at home at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The 0.75-mile oval is one of Raines' favorite tracks, and he will look to capitalize on past success there when he returns this week in the No. 34 A&W All American Food Ford.
Saturday night's Air Guard 400 will be Raines' third Sprint Cup Series race this season for Front Row Motorsports. He has 10 previous Cup starts at Richmond, with a top finish of 14th. The NASCAR veteran also has 14 Nationwide Series starts at the short track, with three top-fives and four top-10s.
Comments from A&W All American Food team driver Tony Raines on Richmond International Raceway and the benefit of running the Nationwide race at RIR:
"Richmond is, without a doubt, one of my favorite short tracks. It's a tie, actually, between Richmond and Phoenix. They're sort of similar, so that's why I like them both so much. I've had some really good races at Richmond - some good runs and some good finishes - so I always look forward to going there.
"It's a short-track facility, but it has a lot of speed. It's three-quarters of a mile, so it's a little bit bigger than what you're used to for a short track, but it drives and handles like a short track but just a little bit faster.
"As always, the fans at Richmond are very supportive of the sport and they come out pretty strong to watch the race. It's a Saturday-night race, so it's a lot of fun for the crowd, watching the action under the lights. And it's cool for a driver, too, because with a Saturday-night race you always have Sunday off, and that's a good thing.
"I'll be running the Nationwide race on Friday night and sometimes that can be a benefit to your Cup race. We'll be running the new generation Nationwide car for that race, so that will help. It just gives you some characteristics of how the tires degrade and how the track handling changes throughout the race. It's not as big a deal as it used to be. It's really mostly now about the tire and how it responds to air pressure and wear, and that can be translated to Saturday night in the Cup race. So, running on Friday will be a plus; it certainly won't hurt us."
-source: front row motorsports