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For More Information Contact: Al Larsen Cohn & Wolfe (404) 880-5267 Raines Heads to Richmond After "Off-Week" in Minnesota Pennzoil Dodge driver Tony Raines is a racer. So with the NASCAR ...

For More Information Contact: Al Larsen Cohn & Wolfe (404) 880-5267 Raines Heads to Richmond After "Off-Week" in Minnesota Pennzoil Dodge driver Tony Raines is a racer. So with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series off until the Virginia Is For Lovers 200 at Richmond Sept. 4, he'll use the opportunity to return to the American Speed Association (ASA) and compete at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. Raines is the defending ASA champion, and already has one win to his credit in that series this year at Jennerstown, Pa. He immediately followed that victory with his first truck series win at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo., on May 24. Raines on... ...using his off-weekend to race ASA: "It's a nice change of pace for me. The Minnesota State Fair has always been a prestigious stop for the ASA, and I've run well there before. I still had a whole week off at home, which is different than usual. It's different enough from the truck series that it's a good break from my regular routine. It's really fun for me because I just kind of blow in, run the race and leave." ...approaching the race at Richmond: "I've never driven on it before, but it looks like a fun track to drive. I'm feeling pretty good about it going in. We should have a good handling truck, and with the new W-8 motor, we should have a little more power. Plus, the Pennzoil truck is due for a good run." ...the importance of finishing the year strong: "Obviously, you want to end the year on a good note. We had out share of ups-and-downs this year. It's just that the last few weeks have been more of a `down' period for us. But, I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. We just need to go out and put together another string of good finishes to end the year on, and we'll feel alright. Another win would make up for a lot of the disappointment, and I think that is within our grasp." ...his view of the truck series after 19 races: "The Truck Series and the Busch Series are both stepping-stones to the Winston Cup Series. I really see them as two very equal series. The big difference is that the trucks go to some places that the other two series can't get to, and it fills a void for NASCAR fans in those particular areas. As the truck series grows, maybe we won't be able to continue to go to all of those smaller venues. But for those that we do continue to race at, we can go in, put on a good show and give those fans their `NASCAR fix.' ###

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