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Andretti Back With Front Row Motorsports Camping World Sponsored Dodge Heads To Texas This weekend, John Andretti and the ...

Andretti Back With Front Row Motorsports
Camping World Sponsored Dodge Heads To Texas

This weekend, John Andretti and the #37 Camping World Dodge team will head to the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, located in the city of Fort Worth, for Sunday's Samsung 500. Andretti will again be teaming with Front Row Motorsports.

Andretti raced the #37 Camping World Dodge earlier this season at the two-mile California Speedway. Andretti was strong throughout the event, racing in the top-15, before an electrical problem dropped the team out of contention.

Andretti will be looking to make his eighth career start at Texas this weekend in Nextel Cup competition. His best finish is 12th and had a best career start of 15th on two different occasions. Andretti has two starts at the track in Busch Series competition and has a pair of top 20 finishes.

Comments from Andretti as he prepares for Sunday's Samsung 500:

"We're bringing the same car that we raced in California to Texas. We had an electrical problem at California, but before that we were pretty fast. That's promising. Ernie Elliott prepares the engines for the cars, and his reputation speaks for itself. We haven't lost anything under the hood. Looking at those factors, we feel that not only do we feel good about qualifying, but we think we can have a strong race.

"We were having a really strong race in California. We found the problem that probably cost us a top 15 finish. We don't expect anything like that to happen again this weekend. There are a lot of high hopes going into Texas. We know we have a strong car and engine. We had a problem, but we know that's fixed too. We are energized for the weekend.

Obviously, it's huge for us to have Camping World back on the car. They have been a great supporter of mine the past few years. I think this really gives them a great opportunity to be in a huge market like Texas. Texas Motor Speedway does a great job of promoting their races. They always have a huge crowd, not only on Sunday, but for Friday and Saturday too. That's a lot of fans learning about Camping World.

"Texas, now, is a great track for racing. I think it has been talked about, all the problems the track has had and overcome. Today, it's a great track. It has had time to 'season' and the groove has widened. It has made for better racing the past three or four times we've been there.

"It's still going to be a big challenge for everyone. The aerodynamics of your car will have to be perfect. The spring and shock package will have to be perfect. There are maybe only two or three of the bigger teams that have all the resources they need to be successful each time they show up at a track like Texas. But, we're not too worried about it. We know what we did at California and we faced the same challenges there.

"I'm ready to get to Texas. I think we have all the tools to have a good run. Front Row Motorsports are good people and they are doing things right. They are getting good people to work on these cars. We have good engines and great support from everyone at Camping World. That's a recipe for success. We're looking for good things this weekend.

-credit: frm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti
Teams Front Row Motorsports