HUFFMAN AND NAVY TEAM PREPARING FOR THE 'MONSTER MILE' Shane Huffman will make his second start at Dover International Speedway in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Dover 200. The race will also mark Huffman's 25th start in NASCAR Busch Series ...
HUFFMAN AND NAVY TEAM PREPARING FOR THE 'MONSTER MILE'
Shane Huffman will make his second start at Dover International Speedway in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Dover 200. The race will also mark Huffman's 25th start in NASCAR Busch Series competition.
Before traveling to Dover, Huffman will spend Wednesday in Washington, D.C. While there he will visit Bethesda Naval Hospital and the Navy Criminal Investigative Services headquarters.
Huffman has one previous start at Dover. Last fall he qualified 20th and finished 36th after the right-front tire blew out on his Navy Chevrolet.
JR Motorsports will run Chassis No. JRM 016 this weekend at Dover. The team last raced this car in 2006 at O'Reilly Raceway Park where they finished 17th.
Last weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway Huffman started 23rd and finished 24th in his second start at the 1.5-mile speedway.
Making just his 25th start in the Busch Series this weekend, so far Huffman has collected one top five, four top 10s and led 45 laps. He is currently ranked 21st in the driver point standings.
Thirteen races into the 2007 season, the No. 88 Navy team has compiled two top-10 finishes and currently sits 27th in the owner point standings.
Shane Huffman, Driver, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
What are you thoughts on returning to Dover?
"Dover's a tough track, and definitely deserves the name the 'Monster Mile.' It wasn't too kind to me last year, but I've learned a lot since then. I'm also running the truck race this weekend, so I'll get additional seat time which will help out when I get behind the wheel of the Navy Chevrolet. Wes (Ward, Crew Chief) has a ton of experience at Dover and so does Dale Jr., so I plan to spend a good amount of time picking their brains this week before we get to the track."
Wes Ward, Crew Chief, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
What is your take on racing at Dover?
"Dover is a hard place to figure out, but once the driver gets accustomed to it, it's a pretty cool place to race. It's a concrete track, so the weather doesn't affect it much, but when the rubber builds up on it the track gets pretty tight. Shane got some seat time there in the fall, and the laps in the No. 40 truck should help acclimate him to the track even more, so I think we've got a good shot at a solid run this weekend."
The fleet honoree for Saturday's race at Dover International Speedway is VR-64. Established on September 18th, 2004, VR-64 is the newest of five Navy Unique Fleet Essential Airlift squadrons flying the C-130T aircraft. These squadrons are tasked to support Combatant Commander logistics requirements and provide continuous short notice worldwide joint forces and fleet logistics support. Conducting missions for every Combatant Commander and all Carrier Air Groups, the Condors supported Operations Nobel Eagle, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Completing 2107.5 flight hours and 228 essential missions, VR-64 safely transported 3,102 passengers and delivered 2,725,881 pounds of cargo. Tasked by Commander, Navy Air Force Reserve to stand up an Aerial Refueling program, the Condors were extremely successful in validating the ability to convert the C-130T airframe to a KC-130T configuration while simultaneously training aircrew and maintenance personnel to conduct this demanding mission.