First Start at Darlington Nothing New to Stremme MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 12, 2004) -- When TRIMSPA driver David Stremme buckles in to race at Darlington Raceway in the Diamond Hill Plywood Co. 200 next weekend, it will be his first look at the...
First Start at Darlington Nothing New to Stremme
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 12, 2004) -- When TRIMSPA driver David Stremme buckles in to race at Darlington Raceway in the Diamond Hill Plywood Co. 200 next weekend, it will be his first look at the historic speedway. For a young NASCAR driver with only 21 starts, Darlington can be an intimidating track. But Stremme has proven time and time again he can run well in his first visit to a speedway.
"The drivers call Darlington the 'Lady to Tough to Tame'," said Stremme. "I'm not looking to tame anything. I just want to have a nice date with her. I don't need her to bite us. We are just looking to stay out of trouble, fall in and get a decent finish."
This will be Stremme's third first-time visit to a track in the 2004 Busch season. Stremme finished sixth in his first visit to Daytona International Speedway, and third in his first visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway just one week ago. While the driver of the X32 TRIMSPA Dodge has become known as a quick learner in his brief career, Stremme is also aware of the living history that Darlington represents.
"Just driving from Charlotte to a race at Darlington is a reminder of NASCAR's roots," explains Stremme. "Last week we raced at Las Vegas. The huge crowd and new market shows you how much the sport has developed into the mainstream. But driving those two lane roads to Darlington reminds you of where NASCAR came from, and what racing still is for most local weekend racers."
While Darlington Raceway may be historic, one thing has changed. The track has been fitted with the recently designed safe wall barriers, an example of NASCAR's cutting edge safety technology.
"I don't really care to find out how well they work," said Stremme. "I just applaud NASCAR and Darlington Raceway for continuing to make this a safer sport. I look forward to having them at all tracks."
Stremme will again be driving Braun Racing chassis ten this weekend at Darlington. It is the same car that sat on the outside pole at North Carolina Speedway and finished third at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, both this season.
"Right now that's my favorite car," admits Stremme. "That's why we are taking it to three out of the first four races. But I have a lot of faith in the rest of our equipment, and our team's ability to prepare these cars from the ground up. Heck, we have McMurray's winning car from Rockingham and we aren't even taking it as the primary."
Stremme and the X32 TRIMSPA Team will look for another strong finish when they visit Darlington Raceway for the Diamond Hill Plywood Co. 200 next weekend. The race will be televised live, March 20, at 12:30 p.m. eastern time on FX, and broadcast nationally on radio stations affiliated with Motor Racing Network.