HUFFMAN LOOKING TO CONTINUE TOP-10 STREAK WITH CHASSIS JRM 022 * Shane Huffman and the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet team plan to continue their success with chassis JRM 022 in Friday's NASCAR Busch Series Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington ...
HUFFMAN LOOKING TO CONTINUE TOP-10 STREAK WITH CHASSIS JRM 022
* Shane Huffman and the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet team plan to continue their success with chassis JRM 022 in Friday's NASCAR Busch Series Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington Raceway.
* The team has run JRM 022 twice so far in 2007 and taken home top 10s in both instances. Driving JRM 022, Huffman finished ninth in March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and took home sixth-place honors in April at Nashville Superspeedway.
* Friday night's race will be Huffman's first at the 1.366-mile track. Both of his top-10 runs in JRM 022 also came in his first visit to each track.
* The No. 88 Navy team qualified 28th and finished 18th in last year's Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington.
* Huffman will sign autographs for fans at the Motorsports Authentics trackside souvenir hauler on Friday at Darlington from 2 -- 2:30 p.m.
* Eleven races into the 2007 season the JR Motorsports team has compiled two top-10 finishes, one top-five start and led 28 laps. The Navy team is currently ranked 26th in the owner point standings and Huffman is 18th in the driver point standings.
* Last weekend at Richmond, Huffman qualified third (tying his best-ever start in the NASCAR Busch Series). He ran in the top 10 for the first half of the race before the car developed handling problems and he dropped back to finish 18th.
Shane Huffman, Driver, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
What are your thoughts heading to Darlington this weekend?
"Darlington is known for being a pretty tough track. I've never raced there before, but I've heard a lot of stories from the other drivers and some of the crew chiefs.
"I raced at tracks that are pretty similar to Darlington in my Pro Cup days and had a good bit of success, so I'm looking forward to racing there this weekend. From what I've heard, Darlington is a challenging track and I've always loved trying to figure out difficult tracks.
"We're bringing a really good car that I've had some great runs in so far this year. I hope we can bring it back home in one piece without too many 'Darlington Stripes,' and get a solid top-10 run."
The fleet honoree for Friday's race at Darlington is the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). An AEGIS guided missile cruiser, the USS Philippine Sea was built to sustain combat operations far from our Nation's shores. To that end, the crew trains to simultaneously conduct decisive combat actions in a multi-mission environment, including Air, Surface, Undersea, Strike and Maritime Interdiction Operations. Like her sister ships, the USS Philippine Sea may operate alone or in company. AEGIS cruisers are typically included in both Carrier Strike Group and Expeditionary Strike Group Orders of Battle. The ship's name commemorates the World War II Battle of the Philippine Sea, fought near the Mariana's Islands in June 1944, in which the U.S. Naval forces destroyed more than 400 Japanese planes and three aircraft carriers. The USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) was commissioned in March 1989 and is home ported in Mayport, Fla.