TMS - Speed Reads Testing Fever Carries On at Texas Motor Speedway FORT WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2005) - Eight NASCAR teams maintained the beehive of activity at "The Great American Speedway" Tuesday and Wednesday preparing for the...
TMS - Speed Reads
Testing Fever Carries On at Texas Motor Speedway
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2005) - Eight NASCAR teams maintained the beehive of activity at "The Great American Speedway" Tuesday and Wednesday preparing for the upcoming Samsung/RadioShack 500 race week. The flurry of testing activity marks the second straight week NASCAR teams trekked to Texas in search of speed.
Drivers putting their NEXTEL Cup machinery through the paces were Bill Elliott, 16-time NASCAR Cup Series Most Popular Driver; Kasey Kahne, 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year; Boris Said and Robby Gordon. Busch Series teams included defending champion Martin Truex Jr.; 2003 O'Reilly 300 winner Joe Nemechek; Paul Menard and Brandon Miller.
Kahne finished just 0.028 of a second behind Samsung/RadioShack 500 race winner Elliott Sadler last year. But Kahne's focus is on improvement.
"Everything is totally different this year than last," Kahne said. "The cars are so much different with the new Dodge Charger and the rules that NASCAR brought in. It has been a good test for us, we are learning a lot.
"We have been working with new cars this year and the Evernham chassis. We have changed about five things this year when most teams may have changed two. In the long run, once we figure it out, it will be better."
Wednesday's speeds: NEXTEL Cup: Elliott, 188.416 mph; Said, 187.500 mph; Kahne, 186.657 mph. Busch: Nemechek, 185.886 mph; Menard, 182.432 mph, Truex and Miller, no speed reported. Miller was uninjured after late afternoon contact with the turn four wall.
Tuesday's speeds: NEXTEL Cup: Gordon, 189.474 mph; Kahne, 186.981 mph; Said, 186.207 mph; Elliott, 185.440 mph. Busch: Truex, 185.249 mph; Nemechek, 184.300 mph; Miller, 183.175 mph; Menard, 182.432 mph. Kahne was not injured after making contact with the second turn wall in the morning.
NGK SPARK PLUGS SHOOTOUT ATTRACTS SCHRADER TO DIRT TRACK
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader will return to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track Saturday night, April 16 for the NGK Spark Plugs Shootout featuring the O'Reilly Southern United Professional Racing (SUPR) late models. Schrader will be seeking the $10,000 winner's prize at the end of the 50-lap feature around the 4/10-mile clay oval. The event is the richest in the 16-year history of the O'Reilly SUPR Late Model Series and is the first time the organization has competed at the Dirt Track during the Samsung/RadioShack 500 weekend.
Schrader battled 61 other late model drivers during his first 2005 visit to the Dirt Track March 4-5 for the Pro-Cuts Texas World Dirt Track Championship. The frequent dirt track competitor and owner of Missouri's I- 55 Raceway sustained front suspension damage when forced into the infield in the opening night program. Schrader returned to finish sixth in the March 5 feature.
"We have run the dirt car a lot this year, in Phoenix, Florida, Alabama, all over," Schrader said. "I always look forward to getting in it. There's not a nicer dirt track in the country, both here and at Charlotte. So when I get a chance to get here, I do it."
Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. for the NGK Spark Plugs Shootout with the first race at 7:15 p.m. Legends Cars will also compete. Tickets are on sale daily at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations.
LAST LAP...Saturday night's Lone Star Legends racing program at Lil' Texas Motor Speedway was rained out. Weekly competition for the Legends Cars, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters continues Saturday night with spectator gates opening at 6 p.m. and the first race at 7:30 p.m..Through the generosity of Texas Motor Speedway corporate partners, 322 prime frontstretch tickets to the Samsung/RadioShack 500 have been returned by companies and will be released for sale to the public Thursday, March 31 at 9 a.m. Central Time. The tickets will be available at the speedway, by calling the ticket hotline, online on the speedway website or at Ticketmaster locations... The CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet NEXTEL Cup team announced Wednesday that Boris Said would compete in 13 NEXTEL Cup races in 2005, two more than originally planned. The addition includes the inaugural Dickies 500 at Texas November 6.