BUSCH: Dover: David Stremme preview

Stremme Looking for "Monster Mile" Redemption Mooresville, NC (June 2, 2004) - In David Stremme's 2003 Busch Series Rookie of the Year title-winning season, his two worst finishes were 21st and 31st. Both disappointing finishes...

Stremme Looking for "Monster Mile" Redemption

Mooresville, NC (June 2, 2004) - In David Stremme's 2003 Busch Series Rookie of the Year title-winning season, his two worst finishes were 21st and 31st. Both disappointing finishes came at Dover International Raceway, the next stop on the 2004 Busch Series circuit. However, Stremme remains optimistic heading into this weekend's race, having struggled with "The Monster Mile" before.

"Dover is actually one of my favorite tracks," said Stremme, driver of the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge. "There are a lot of G-forces in the turns, it's very physically demanding. Although it is like a larger Bristol, there is more of a second grove. I am looking at this weekend like it is a whole different year and last year's bad luck there means nothing."

Stremme has reason to be confident in his abilities on the one-mile concrete oval. He was running in the top 10 in both Dover races when he was wrecked, once by another competitor, and once in a multi-car wreck caused by oil on the track. In fact Stremme qualified seventh in only his second start there last fall.

"I am optimistic about this weekend," said Stremme. "I know we are prepared. Randy (Cox) has been doing an excellent job in the shop, to the point where I have been more relaxed and able to concentrate on the race."

Since new crew chief Randy Cox took the reigns of Team TRIMSPA in May, Stremme has raised five positions from 20th to 15th in driver's points. The notable turnaround has been taken in stride at Braun Racing where the team has persevered through a roller coaster season thus far.

"Randy (Cox) and I had a meeting this morning and we outlined our goals for the upcoming events," said Stremme. "Of course we ultimately want to be back in the top 10 in points but right now we are focusing on specific goals. There are about three guys at the track we are really competing with. We are only about 30 points out of twelfth-place right now. I always think we are capable of winning, but we need to focus on some immediate goals. "

Team TRIMSPA will be back on track this Saturday for the MBNA America 200 at Dover International Speedway. The event will be televised live Saturday, June 5th at 12:30 p.m. eastern time on FX and will broadcast nationally at that same time on radio stations affiliated with Motor Racing Network (MRN) and XM Satellite Radio Channel 144.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers David Stremme