BUSCH: Charlotte II: Ashton Lewis Jr. preview

Last Race - (Mr. Goodcents 300)- Lewis, Jr. and the No. 46 Civil Air Patrol Racing team posted a 6th place finish at Kansas Speedway, their 8th top-10 of the season. Standings - Lewis, Jr. remains 13th in the NASCAR Busch Series Drivers' Points...

Last Race - (Mr. Goodcents 300)- Lewis, Jr. and the No. 46 Civil Air Patrol Racing team posted a 6th place finish at Kansas Speedway, their 8th top-10 of the season.

Standings - Lewis, Jr. remains 13th in the NASCAR Busch Series Drivers' Points Standings. Team owner Ashton Lewis, Sr. moved up one spot to 14th in the Owners' Points standings.

Ashton Lewis, Jr. on Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"Lowe's Motor Speedway has a personality all its own," said Lewis, Jr. "I struggled the first few times I raced on it but over the last two years feel like I have gotten a better handle on it. It's a very unforgiving race track. If you make a mistake, you're going to pay for it. If you overdrive it, you'll either lose a lot of positions trying to get back in it or you'll wreck. This will be our first event under the lights at Lowe's and I think that will make it even more exciting for the drivers as well as the fans. However, with this track being so sensitive to temperature, finding the right set-up could be tricky. The cooler temperature at night will make it seem like a completely different place. The first practice is at noon with qualifying in the afternoon and happy hour at night. As the day progresses our set-ups will change and we will try a number of different combinations. Happy hour will be key and unfortunately we only have 45 minutes. I think those that tested here for the two days last week will definitely have the advantage."

"I expect the Civil Air Patrol team to have a strong run Friday night. We're taking the same car that we have raced the last two weekends at Dover and Kansas where we finished 6th and 7th. This is definitely the best car we've ever taken to Charlotte so I can't wait to see how it will perform. We're still looking to get that first win, especially for the Civil Air Patrol who has supported us for two years. I think this weekend would be a great place for that to happen."

Ashton Lewis, Jr. on Last Weekend's Confusion on NASCAR's New Yellow Flag Rules:

"Those that saw the number of people waiting outside the "blue truck" last weekend in Kansas after the race knows that we have a problem. We were hurt twice by the confusion surrounding the new rule. We passed the 8 car before the second to last caution moving us to 5th, but we forced back to 6th before the restart, as NASCAR wasn't sure that we had passed him before the caution. Then it happened again on the final lap. I applaud NASCAR for putting this new rule into affect, at least from a safety standpoint. However, they are going to need much more than just the tv footage to rely on. If the rule is that cars freeze their positions the second the caution lights come on, NASCAR needs a way to accurately determine where each car is at that given moment. Whether it be to install stationary cameras at various areas of the track or installing the loops under the race tracks. There has to be a reliable indication of where the cars are at the second the caution comes out. We feel like in reality we finished fourth last weekend yet we were scored as finishing sixth. That's the difference in a top-five as opposed to a top-10 and about $12,000."

Equipment:

The No. 46 Civil Air Patrol Racing team will compete with chassis No. o4 this weekend in the Little Trees 300. Chassis No. 04 has been carrying quite a workload as this is the car Lewis, Jr. has driven in the last two events at Dover (7th) and Kansas (6th).

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ashton Lewis