Driver Ashton Lewis, Jr. looking forward to another solid finish. Concord, NC (September 23, 2002) -- Ashton Lewis, Jr. and the Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet racing team head to Kansas Speedway, after a solid run at Dover International Speedway,...
Driver Ashton Lewis, Jr. looking forward to another solid finish.
Concord, NC (September 23, 2002) -- Ashton Lewis, Jr. and the Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet racing team head to Kansas Speedway, after a solid run at Dover International Speedway, that moved Lewis up three positions in driver's points.
Lewis and the CAP team tested at Kansas Speedway on September 9th and 10th. Lewis had this to say about the test.
"I was very pleased with our test in Kansas. We went there with our Chicago setup, and the track itself reminded me a lot of Chicagoland so that was good (Lewis had an 11th place finish at Chicagoland Speedway earlier this year). We took a brand new car, and I was really happy with the way it drove and the way it handled, although I am going to end up taking the car that I had at Chicagoland to Kansas Speedway and use the car we tested in Kansas at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "
There are eight tracks on the Busch series circuit that measure 1.5 miles. When asked which track is most like Kansas, Lewis said, "Kentucky is pretty close, but Chicago reminds me more of the way that you enter the corners and that kind of thing."
Kansas Speedway is one of the newer facilities on the racing circuit. Lewis compares the newer facilities to the older ones in saying, "The biggest difference is the smoothness of the track. Charlotte (Lowe's Speedway) is one of the roughest places we go to, that's why we are going to take the car we tested in Kansas to Charlotte.
They (the tracks) just seem to be faster the newer they are, and once the rubber gets laid down they tend to get even quicker. There were only a few cars testing at Kansas on the first day we were there, and we did alright. There were a lot of cars there on the second day, and we were much faster as all of the rubber got laid down. It's not a very high banked track, the corner speeds are really fast and the track has got some good grip in it."
Fans will have the opportunity to meet driver Ashton Lewis, Jr. on Thursday, September 26th at the Second Annual Midwest Thunderfest. Lewis will be on hand to sign autographs starting at 6:30 pm. For more information on the event call 816-561-RACE or go to www.thunderfestkc.com.
The Mr. Goodcents 300 will be broadcast live, September 28th, on TNT and MRN starting at 1:30 pm ET. The next event on the schedule is the Little Trees 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 12, 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.