Can Ashton Lewis, Jr. beat the track that is 'too tough to tame'? Darlington, SC (Aug. 26, 2002) -- In just a few days, Ashton Lewis, Jr. and the Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet racing team will take on the track that many call "Too Tough to Tame"....
Can Ashton Lewis, Jr. beat the track that is 'too tough to tame'?
Darlington, SC (Aug. 26, 2002) -- In just a few days, Ashton Lewis, Jr. and the Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet racing team will take on the track that many call "Too Tough to Tame". The CAP race team takes the No. 46 Chevrolet Monte Carlo to Darlington anxious to improve Lewis' current ranking of 21st in NASCAR Busch Series points.
The month of August has been tough for the team, which has placed 37th (accident) 38th (engine) and 39th (brakes) in the last three races. They hope that the South Carolina 200 on Saturday, August 31st does not follow this pattern.
When asked about racing at the 1.366 mile-oval, and his history there, Lewis said, "The team has always done a really good job at Darlington. We usually qualify fairly well. The problem we have always faced is finding a good race setup, and I think a lot of that has to do with the driver. I need to figure out how to race there for a long period of time on a tire run."
A number of other tracks on the circuit are approximately the same size as Darlington. Just how much can a driver learn at these other tracks?
"The only other track you can learn something from is Rockingham." Lewis said. "We actually took our Rockingham setup to Darlington for the March race, and we ended up taking it just a step too far. We are going to go off our notes from that for this race, and kind of see how it goes. I think it will be close, again it's just me figuring out how to make those tires last."
Lewis admits that racing at a facility like Darlington can be a lot of pressure in itself, and climbing out of a downhill slump makes it even more of a challenge.
"We are going to Darlington knowing we need to figure out how to race there, and the driver knows a lot of that is depending upon how he drives it."
Qualifying for the event will take place at 1:30 ET on Friday, August 30th. The South Carolina 200 will be aired live August 31st on TNT and MRN at 1:00 pm ET. The next event is the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, September 6, 2002.
Civil Air Patrol, the official Air Force Auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization with over 61,000 members nationwide. It performs more than 85% of inland search and rescue missions tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in the continental United States. Volunteers also take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the over 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs.
On the Web: www.capnhq.gov http://capraceteam.com