Rookie Renfrow likes his chances at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA. (April 1, 2002) -- Randy Renfrow and his assault on the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit could be could be considered a bit like David's battle with Goliath. But don't try to convince Renfrow or any of his Price Motorsports ...

MARTINSVILLE, VA. (April 1, 2002) -- Randy Renfrow and his assault on the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit could be could be considered a bit like David's battle with Goliath.

But don't try to convince Renfrow or any of his Price Motorsports team members.

"David and Goliath? No, I don't think like that," Renfrow said Monday afternoon during a test session for the April 14th running of the Virginia 500 Winston Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. "I can drive with these guys."

The veteran of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the weekly racing wars through the Carolinas and Virginia will be trying to make his first Winston Cup race in qualifying for the Virginia 500 on Friday, April 12th. Earlier this season he tried and failed to make a Cup race at North Carolina Speedway, but after Monday's Martinsville session, he feels pretty good about his chances of breaking into the Virginia 500 field.

"Today will help a lot ^Å a big bunch. We've been trying to get everything dialed in or pretty close so when we'll come back, we'll have that out of the way," said Renfrow, whose best Martinsville finish in a Craftsman Truck race was a ninth.

"We messed our good motor up this morning and this one's kind of a slug and that has hurt our times. But we've got the car feeling pretty good."

Renfrow and the Raleigh, N.C.-based Price Motorsports team will attempt to make "10 or 12" races this year. Including Martinsville in that bunch was pretty much a no-brainer.

"We had some pretty good runs here in the truck series and I've run Late Models there and one All-Pro race," said Renfrow. "And the track's only a hundred miles away from home, so that's good."

Renfrow said making the Virginia 500 wouldn't be any bigger to him than making any other Winston Cup race. But, he says, just making a Cup race will be a pretty big deal.

"It would be a big show for us, but it's just another race, no different than making any other race," said Renfrow. "But we're an independent team and making any race is a big deal. We've got some pretty good stuff lined up on sponsors and I mean good sponsors. That hopefully will start at Martinsville."

Renfrow was one of five drivers testing at Martinsville Monday, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Michael Waltrip, Mike Skinner and Bill Elliott. Earnhardt Jr. , Waltrip, Skinner and Elliott will be back for a final day of testing Tuesday.

Action kicks off at Martinsville Speedway on Friday, April 12 with MW Windows Pole Day. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors will time trial for the Advance Auto Parts 250 at 1:30 p.m. while qualifying for the Virginia 500 is set for 3 p.m. Tickets for qualifying are $15 for adults and children under 12 get in free.

The Craftsman Truck Series racing action begins at 2 p.m. on April 13 when the green flag waves on the Advance Auto Parts 250. Tickets for the Advance Auto Parts 250 Craftsman Truck race are $30 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. All seats are unreserved.

There still are great seats available for the Virginia 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race for $40-$70 each. To purchase tickets call the speedway ticket office toll free at 877-722-3849 or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bill Elliott , Michael Waltrip , Mike Skinner