ROYAL CROWN RACE NOTES DODGE CALIFORNIA TRUCK STOP 250 MESA MARIN RACEWAY MARCH 26, 2000 Mike Cope, driver of the No. 86 RC Dodge is optimistic about his chances this weekend at Mesa Marin Raceway and with good reason. Cope, a two-time...
ROYAL CROWN RACE NOTES
DODGE CALIFORNIA TRUCK STOP 250
MESA MARIN RACEWAY
MARCH 26, 2000
Mike Cope, driver of the No. 86 RC Dodge is optimistic about his chances this weekend at Mesa Marin Raceway and with good reason. Cope, a two-time champion of the All-Pro Series, has an impressive record at Nashville Speedway with a couple of wins and top-fives at the .596 mile track. "Some of the drivers told me that Mesa Marin is just like Nashville," said Cope. "Same type of surface with the same style of driving. I'm confident that we'll be competitive this weekend." Mesa Marin is a half-mile oval that is known for great short track racing that is tough on tire wear.
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS
After the first three races this season, Team RC is settling into the role as a contender for the NCTS title. "We struggled early this year," noted crew chief Bryan Berry. "We are becoming more competitive each race and with some help we should have a strong run here at Bakersfield. Dennis Setzer and Rick Crawford have given us tremendous support. We sat down with both drivers and they gave us plenty of information to prepare for this race." Cope is currently 11th in the point standings.
DOWNTOWN BAKERSFIELD, ME AND MY RC
Team RC will sponsor the annual downtown festival in Bakersfield this race week that starts with the hauler parade on Thursday and ends with the running of the Dodge California Truck Stop 250 on Sunday at Mesa Marin Raceway. Nearly 20,000 fans are expected at the driver's autograph session and rib cook-off in the streets of Bakersfield. Plenty of thirsty fans will be able to enjoy the cold refreshing taste of a RC while visiting the top drivers of NASCAR today.