GET BACK--Â Crew chief Bryant Frazier, who joined BLV Motorsports in Darlington, has been to victory lane before at Dover.Â In 1997, Frazier celebrated a win with Bobby Labonte as crew chief for his Busch Series program. Â There's nothing...
GET BACK-- Crew chief Bryant Frazier, who joined BLV Motorsports in Darlington, has been to victory lane before at Dover. In 1997, Frazier celebrated a win with Bobby Labonte as crew chief for his Busch Series program. There's nothing Frazier would like better than to return with the youngest rookie driver in NASCAR, Brian Vickers.
CHASING THE MONSTER - "It felt good to be back in the car, especially after the bad luck we experienced in Richmond. I'm sure lots of drivers say this when they come here for the first time - Dover reminds me of a big Bristol; however it doesn't have quite as much banking. Every time we went out on the track during out test session, we picked up speed. If we can just have a little bit of luck to go with a solid run when we go back, I think we'll be alright. According to the other drivers I've spoken to, the amount of rubber on the race track affects the handling of the car the most, so the track changes with the temperature and the number of laps that have been run on it."
IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE... Although he's graduated to the Busch Series, the 18-year- old Vickers still remembers what it was like to be a fan in the garage at the race track. "The unique thing NASCAR has going for them that sets them apart from other sports is the fans' accessibility to the drivers. It's a cool deal because I loved being able to talk to these guys as a kid, when I was just a fan. Now that I'm a driver, I understand what it's like to have a bad day on the track and get out of the car upset, hot and tired - and be faced with people that immediately want a piece of your time as soon as you turn toward the hauler. It's a big responsibility, because sometimes you just need your own space and you'd rather not have people grabbing you right after you get out of the car. I hate the idea of reduced access for the fans, but eventually it's going to come a point when NASCAR may have to limit access to the garage area, especially when we're on track."
FRAZIER ON VICKERS - "Brian got more confident in the car each time on the track at Dover. He's very mature for his years and has a good head on his shoulders - which provides a good balance to the fact that he's also got a lot of talent and isn't shy about holding the throttle wide open when he needs to. Dover is a place where you can't lose focus for one moment. If we can give him the car, it's a place that could play to his strengths."