Talladega: Shawna Robinson preview

Robinson more comfortable in the draft. Charlotte, NC (April 16, 2002) Shawna Robinson and the Winston Cup Series will switch gears this weekend as they go from the shortest track on the circuit to the longest. Shawna Robinson, driver of the No...

Robinson more comfortable in the draft.

Charlotte, NC (April 16, 2002) Shawna Robinson and the Winston Cup Series will switch gears this weekend as they go from the shortest track on the circuit to the longest. Shawna Robinson, driver of the No 49 BAM Racing Dodge, heads to Talladega Super Speedway with confidence in her drafting abilities. Robinson raced inside the lead draft at the season opening Daytona 500 giving her a career best finish of 24th.

"We have a great restrictor plate program this year," said crew chief Teddy Brown. "We made some changes to our aerodynamic program after going to the wind tunnel two weeks ago. The Dodge body seems to suit Shawna's driving style too. Hopefully the test we concluded at Talladega last week will help us with our qualifying and race results. We feel like we have a good car and we know we can have a good finish as long as we stay out of trouble."

Quoting Shawna on Talladega: "Handling is not as important at Talladega as it is at Daytona. The key is to hold the car wide open and run a straight line. The more the driver has to turn the wheel, the more speed the car loses. Our biggest challenge as a team will be to have a competitive car the entire race."

Shawna on the 2002 season: "I am extremely satisfied with our efforts this year but I am not at all satisfied with our results. If we could finish where we are capable of finishing each week we would be in the top-30 in the point standings. We are currently 42nd in the standings and I know we are going to continue our climb upward as the year goes on. The Winston Cup Series is very competitive and you have to be consistently fast every lap or you will be left behind. The BAM Racing team is good enough to be a top-25 contender every week; it's just a matter of us working together as a team and capitalizing on what we've learned this year. "

Bud Pole qualifying for Sunday's Aaron's 499 will take place on Friday, April 19th at 3:05 p.m. (CT). The green flag will drop at 1:00 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, April 21st. Fox and MRN Radio will broadcast the event live.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Shawna Robinson