BUSCH: Darlington II: Ashton Lewis preview

CAP Racing Notes & Quotes Last Race - (Food City 250)- Lewis, Jr. and the No. 46 Civil Air Patrol Racing team posted a 10th place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway for their sixth top-10 of the season. Standings - Lewis, Jr. moved up one spot...

CAP Racing Notes & Quotes

Last Race - (Food City 250)- Lewis, Jr. and the No. 46 Civil Air Patrol Racing team posted a 10th place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway for their sixth top-10 of the season.

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

Ashton Lewis, Jr. on Darlington Raceway:

"Darlington is a pretty tough track to race on. It's demanding, both physically and mentally. You have to race the track as much as your fellow competitors. The surface of the track is so abrasive that it eats up the tires after just a few laps. As a driver you have to keep your patience in check but you have to be aggressive. If you are too aggressive, you'll wear the tires out even faster so you have to pick the right moments to make a pass. On the other hand, passing is tough so when you have even a small shot you have to go for it. Finding a setup that is good on long runs and on worn out tires is the key to a good run at Darlington. If you can't, it' s probably going to be a really long day."

Crew Chief, Charlie Lewis on Darlington Raceway:

"Darlington is one of the oddest shaped tracks on the circuit and one of the most difficult to find the right set-up for. The track is shaped like an egg and turns three and four are much tighter with less banking than one and two. When settling on a set-up you have to compromise. There is no way for the driver to be perfectly happy with the car on both ends of the track. If the car handles too good in turns one and two, it will be terrible in three and four, and vice versa. So you have to give up a little on both ends of the track to make it perform well all the way around."

Equipment:
The No. 46 Civil Air Patrol Racing team will compete with chassis No. 5 this weekend in the Winn Dixie 200. Lewis, Jr. has recorded three top-10 finishes with chassis No. 5 this season at Charlotte (8th), Kentucky (7th) and Pikes Peak (9th).

Vive Las Vegas:
It's been a busy week for Lewis, Jr. as he arrived home from Bristol around 2am on Saturday morning then caught a flight the next day for Las Vegas, NV. The purpose of the trip? The annual Civil Air Patrol National Board meeting that was held on Monday at the MGM Grand Hotel.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ashton Lewis