March for Meals: Larry and his legendary father, A.J. Foyt, visited the nation's capital Wednesday to lend support to the Meals on Wheels Association of America as they kick off their first "March for Meals" campaign. During March, the ...
March for Meals: Larry and his legendary father, A.J. Foyt, visited the nation's capital Wednesday to lend support to the Meals on Wheels Association of America as they kick off their first "March for Meals" campaign. During March, the Harrah's Racing Team has pledged to donate one meal for every lap Foyt runs, 10 meals for every lap he leads; and an additional 10,000 meals for a visit to victory lane. In addition, A.J.'s Indy Racing Team has pledged an identical contribution based on performance. The Harrah's Racing teams have contributed a total of 660 laps/meals to date -- 272 (Busch) and 388 (IRL).
Bird's Eye View: Skip Eyler, spotter for Foyt Racing's Busch and Winston Cup teams has a critical role at Bristol -- keep an eye on his driver, yet stay far enough ahead of the Foyt entry to miss a wreck in racing conditions that feature heavy braking into each corner at one of the quickest venues in the sport. Drivers are constantly in the middle of traffic, so Eyler is continually looking a corner or straightaway ahead to allow his driver enough time to take evasive action should a wreck occur in front of him. When it comes right down to it, it's the driver that makes the final move. "A spotter's role is to tell the driver what he can see," Eyler said. "No guessing allowed -- they make the final decision because they're down there behind the wheel and I'm way up top."
Larry Foyt -- Secret Square??: The No. 14 Harrah's Chevrolet Monte Carlo will sport the logo of longtime celebrity game show HOLLYWOOD SQUARES on its hood for the Channellock 250 this weekend. Harrah's slot customers are the first in the country to play the new HOLLYWOOD SQUARES video slot machines manufactured by WMS Gaming Inc. HOLLYWOOD SQUARES branded slot machines will be premiering exclusively at Harrah's properties all over the United States for a limited period of time. The nine-line, nickel-denominated games offer a top jackpot of 25,000 coins.
Larry Foyt: "Even though the track has given me no reason to look forward to returning, I am anxious to get back to Bristol because I've run well on half-mile ovals in my previous experience in ASA (American Speed Association). Back in 2000, I sat on the pole (breaking Mark Martin's record) at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, another high-banked half-mile oval like Bristol. It is a very tough, concrete racetrack and we don't race on too many concrete racetracks, other than Dover and Nashville. Your car reacts differently on concrete than on asphalt, so you can't be a defensive driver there. I enjoy the short track beating and banging that goes on where you have to fight for every position. To be successful at Bristol, you have to stay up on the wheel and run your hardest every lap because it's literally nose-to-tail the entire race."