Rockingham: Hut Stricklin preview

Hut Stricklin on Bill Davis Racing's Daytona 500 win: Stricklin is thrilled for the accomplishments of Bill Davis Racing. "To win the Daytona 500 was a wonderful thing for everyone at Bill Davis Racing, even the No. 23 Hills Bros. Coffee Racing...

Hut Stricklin on Bill Davis Racing's Daytona 500 win: Stricklin is thrilled for the accomplishments of Bill Davis Racing.

"To win the Daytona 500 was a wonderful thing for everyone at Bill Davis Racing, even the No. 23 Hills Bros. Coffee Racing team," said Stricklin. "We are one for all, all for one and I was thrilled that one of our cars won the race there. I know that both teams are capable of winning races and that I why I feel so fortunate to be a part of this organization. Bill and Gail Davis are such wonderful people and I'm happy that they are finally getting to reap the rewards of all the hard work and dedication they have to this race team."

Hut Stricklin on the Blocking Issue: Stricklin shares his views on the blocking that occurred during the Daytona 500.

"With the new rules package for superspeedways, you have to drive more aggressive than you had to in the past," said Stricklin. "You have to stay on someone's bumper to stay in the draft. No one wants to back off for fear of losing the draft. So, I wasn't surprised one bit about the amount of blocking that went on. We are talking about the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race we run, so guys are going to do everything they can to win."

Hut Stricklin On 'The Rock': Hut Stricklin, driver of the No. 23 Hills Bros. Dodge, has 18 starts under his belt at the 1.017-mile track.

"'The Rock' is a driver's track," said Stricklin. "."It is very forgiving in the sense that if you're car isn't working in one groove, there are several lanes to work with. You can move around the track to accommodate how your car is handling. But on the other hand, it is hard to handle because it eats up your tires. It takes a lot of finesse there, like Darlington, because the track is so abrasive."

Rockingham Highlight: Stricklin has one pole at North Carolina Speedway. He scored the pole for the race on October 22, 1995 driving for Kenny Bernstein in the No. 26 car.

Car History for the Car Slated to Run This Weekend: Ø11/18/01 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (started 3re / finished 41st due to handling problems)

Ø 11/04/01 at North Carolina Speedway (started 6th / finished 14th)

Ø 09/30/01 at Kansas Speedway (started 21st / finished 10th)

Ø 06/10/01 at Michigan Speedway (started 4th / finished 8th)

New Engine Rule Starts at 'The Rock': Engine Builder, Terry Elledge, speaks about how he has prepared for the first race under this new one-engine rule.

"We've always built the motors to run 500 to 600 miles in the past," said Elledge. "I usually say that I want it to last 501 miles. With the new engine rule, we have to prepare to the motor to run 750 miles. That is a 30% to 50% gain in usage. The major issue is there are only so many components you can test to see if it could run that long. The untestable components, such as crankshaft rods, piston pins and valves, will be all trial and error at the track. I'll be more nervous about this weekend than any other in the past for sure. The great part is with this weekend being a 400-mile race, it is good place to run that first test."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kenny Bernstein , Hut Stricklin
Teams Bill Davis Racing