BUSCH: Bristol: Casey Mears preview

Casey Mears No. 66 Phillips 66 Dodge Intrepid NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division March 23, 2002 - Bristol Motor Speedway Race Information Saturday, March 23, 2002 Channellock 250 Bristol Motor Speedway Track Size: .533-mile oval Laps:...

Casey Mears
No. 66 Phillips 66 Dodge Intrepid
NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division
March 23, 2002 - Bristol Motor Speedway

Race Information
Saturday, March 23, 2002
Channellock 250
Bristol Motor Speedway
Track Size: .533-mile oval
Laps: 250
Miles: 133.25
TV: FX- 1:00 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN- 1:00 p.m. ET

Notes & Quotes
Testing,Testing... The Phillips 66 team spent two days testing at Bristol Motor Speedway last week. The team brought a Chevrolet and Dodge to the test. Mears first made laps in the Chevrolet to get a feel for the track before jumping into the Dodge.

Casey Mears' Thoughts On Bristol... "It's an impressive place, just like everyone talks about. The track itself reminds me of the half-mile track back in Bakersfield (California)- Mesa Marin Raceway. Bristol definitely has more banking than Mesa Marin, but they are shaped similarly. So when I when out on the track for the first-time at Bristol I didn't feel completely out of place."

Crew Chief Donnie Richeson's Thoughts On Racing At Bristol... "When you go to Bristol you can toss the aerodynamics package out the window. Bristol is all about springs, shocks and sway bars. For a crew chief, Bristol is fun because it relies upon your basic knowledge of the chassis that you've grown up with."

The Equipment... "Gambler" is the car the Phillips 66 team will compete with this weekend in Bristol. After making the change to Dodge during the off-season, "Gambler" is the only chassis the team elected to keep from last year's inventory. Saturday's Channellock 250 will mark the 2002 debut for "Gambler". "Gambler's" last start came at Darlington in September 2001.

Open-Wheel Ties...Casey Mears is one of three drivers entered in Saturday's Channellock 250 with winning ties to the Indianapolis 500. In addition to Mears, Larry Foyt and Christian Fittipaldi are also entered in this weekend's race at Bristol. Between the three of them, members of their families have combined to win the Indianapolis 500 10 times.

Now Appearing... Casey Mears will be attending the Food City Family Race Night on Thursday, March 21 at the Kingsport Convention Center. Mears will be sign autographs from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Casey Mears , Christian Fittipaldi , Larry Foyt