NASCAR Busch Teams Finish Two-Day Test at California Speedway Stacker 2 Team Satisfied With Test, Ready For Stater Bros. 300 FONTANA, Calif. (February 1, 2005) --- Below the snow-kissed San Gabriel Mountains, 15 NASCAR Busch Series teams enjoyed...
NASCAR Busch Teams Finish Two-Day Test at California Speedway
Stacker 2 Team Satisfied With Test, Ready For Stater Bros. 300
FONTANA, Calif. (February 1, 2005) --- Below the snow-kissed San Gabriel Mountains, 15 NASCAR Busch Series teams enjoyed a two-day test at California Speedway. Though speeds were not "officially" tracked, several teams were on top of their game despite recent rule changes and look forward to the Stater Bros. 300 on February 26.
"The test went good," said Kenny Wallace, driver of the No. 22 Stacker 2 Ford. "We worked on race setup the whole day. The track looked beautiful." Despite blowing a motor at the end of Monday's session, Wallace's team pulled out a new car for Tuesday. He joins ppc Racing in 2005 with his multi-year sponsor, Stacker 2.
"The test went real good," said Wes Ward, crew chief for the No. 22 team. "Basically, we're just trying to learn Kenny. We were pretty close with both cars when we showed up, but we're just trying to learn what he wants, what he likes, being that this is our first year with him.
"We're happy with the speeds," he said. The team's best time came on Monday when they toured the 2-mile, D-shaped oval in 39.72 seconds (181.36 mph), merely half a second off of the pole speed record of 39.15 seconds (183.941 mph) set by Kevin Harvick in 2003. "We did a lot of work in two days. Actually, we're done. It's lunch on the second day and we're done. We're pretty happy. Kenny's happy, and we're excited about what the future might bring."
"I thought it went pretty good," said Stacy Compton, driver of the No. 59 Kingsford Ford. "We unloaded pretty good this morning. We lost some speed, and at the end of the day, we got it back. I was pretty happy with it. We were almost three-quarters of second faster than we were here in the fall race. Everybody looks like they're a little bit quicker. I think we're probably a lot better than we were when we were here before."
"Here, you have to work on aero stuff," Compton said. "Everything you do here is aero. This place has got such long straightaways. It's a lot like a Michigan or an Indianapolis. The straightaways are so long you've got to get the cars down. You've got to get them sealed to the racetrack. And that's about all we worked on all day."
Among speeds collected around the garage area on Tuesday, Martin Truex Jr was the quickest, circling the oval in 39.62 seconds. Other speeds for the day include 40.17 sec. for Michel Jourdain Jr., 40.24 sec. for Clint Bowyer, 40.43 sec. for JJ Yeley, 40.53 sec. for Tim Fedewa and 41.60 sec. for Jon Wood.
Many teams utilized every minute of the test at the superspeedway, going on track at exactly 9 a.m., breaking only for the required hour at noon for lunch and continuing until the caution lights came on track at 5 p.m. Truex's Chance 2 Motorsports team was among those who used their time wisely.
"We're just going through some stuff," said the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series champion. "We've got a car here we've had a whole lot of success with, but it's not running too good here. It seems like a lot of the stuff we were running last year doesn't seem to work on it. We've got a new car we're trying out, and it's about the same. We've got a lot to learn about."
The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series test session at California Speedway on February 2-3 is open to the public for free. Gates open to the public on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and guests are invited to watch the cars on-track from above the Terrace Suites along Pit Road. After the cars have finished testing for the day, guests are invited to attend the fan forum, which will be limited to the first 1,500 guests in the standing-room-only tent (guests will be admitted in the tent beginning at 4:30 p.m.). Guests can also attend the test on Thursday, February 3rd from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tickets to February's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Auto Club 500 are on sale. For more information, call 800-944-RACE  or visit www.californiaspeedway.com. - Auto Club 500 -