HOMESTEAD, Fla. (April 1, 1998) Bob Keselowski turned in the fastest lap by a Dodge driver in unofficial NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series testing for this weekend's Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motor Sports ...
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (April 1, 1998)
Bob Keselowski turned in the fastest lap by a Dodge driver in unofficial NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series testing for this weekend's Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motor Sports Complex.
Keselowski was one of nine Dodge drivers to participate in the two-day test session last week on the reconfigured 1.5-mile oval.
"You're in the corner a long time here, and it's important to have the truck really balanced," said Keselowski, who turned in an unofficial lap of 146.739 mph. "The speeds here are fast enough that aerodynamics are also very important, too. We're not pleased with the way the truck is running yet, we're not getting into the corners as deep as we'd like to."
Keselowski won at Richmond International Raceway in 1997 to score one of Dodge's two victories last season. The Michigan veteran and former ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series champion finished 14th in the 1997 standings.
Other Dodge drivers to test included Jimmy Hensley, Butch Miller, Lance Norick, Dominic Dobson, David Donohue, Tommy Archer, Randy MacDonald and Billy Pauch.
"The track is a lot quicker, and pretty smooth," said Hensley, driving the No. 43 Cummins Dodge owned by racing legend Richard Petty. "It's pretty wide and we've got a lot of room. We're running a lot faster, too."
Hensley was the highest-finishing Dodge driver in the 1997 point race, placing eighth.
"This is a way better race track," said Miller, who drives the No. 18 DANA Dodge for L&R Motorsports. "I think it's going to promote more side-by-side racing. I'm real happy with our test. We don't have a terrific motor in the truck, and we're still running pretty quick. This is nowhere near as good as our race motor."
"I like the changes," said Norick, whose truck is sponsored by the National Hockey League. "This is going to be a lot better track for racing. We've got a lot more room. We'll be all right for the race."
The Florida Dodge Dealers 400 pairs the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks with the Slim Jim All Pro Series, a NASCAR Touring Division for Late Model stock cars. The weekend opens with truck practice at noon on Thursday. Friday's practice for both divisions begins at 8:30 a.m. EST, with Bud Pole Qualifying getting underway at 1:30 p.m. EST.
The 50-lap Slim Jim All Pro race gets underway at noon on Saturday, with the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 taking the green flag at 1:30 p.m. EST.
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