Nashville: Andy Houston preview

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 10, 2004) -Andy Houston has plenty of experience on Nashville Superpeedway's 1.33 mile tri-oval. The only problem is there was no one else to race with at the time. While The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series does not allow...

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 10, 2004) -Andy Houston has plenty of experience on Nashville Superpeedway's 1.33 mile tri-oval. The only problem is there was no one else to race with at the time. While The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series does not allow teams to test at tracks on the schedule, except for occasional manufacturer and tire tests, Houston was able to sneak in a few laps in a NASCAR Nextel Cup car during some early season Dodge testing sessions. It is experience that he hopes will make a difference in Saturday's Toyota Tundra 200.

"It was pretty neat because I did some testing on the 2005 Dodge chassis," Houston said. "It helped me because I hadn't had a lot of laps on the newer Nashville track. Nashville Superspeedway is a great facility. It is really smooth, it reminds me a lot of Kansas and Kentucky. It is big and it has a lot of grip. The concrete provides a different feel than some other places but it still has plenty of grip. I felt very comfortable at Nashville and I think we can have a really good run in the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge on Saturday."

Houston grew up in a NASCAR family, his dad Tommy has 24 NASCAR Busch Series wins. Nashville has often been a summer stopping off point for the Houston family. They used to set up camp at the old half-mile fairgrounds facility and they now have much plusher accommodations at the sparkling new Nashville Superspeedway.

"They have really done a great job with this racetrack," Houston said. "Nashville has always been an important city for NASCAR. With the commitment they made with this new facility it will remain an important venue for years to come. It is a great track to race on. It is fast with plenty of room to race and they fans really come out to support us. We have had some great crowds this year at places like Kentucky and St. Louis, places where they don't have a cup date. Those fans really appreciate the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events and we appreciated their dedication to us."

The Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway in Nashville, TN is slated for Saturday August 14th. The event will be broadcast live on the Speed Channel, MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio at 5:00pm ET.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Andy Houston