Travis Kittleson Nabs Barry Dodson as Busch Series Consultant Duo tests at Nashville and finds instant chemistry CONCORD, NC (June 2, 2005) -- In the NASCAR Busch Series, there are some heavy hitters. Richard Childress Racing, Roush...
Travis Kittleson Nabs Barry Dodson as Busch Series Consultant
Duo tests at Nashville and finds instant chemistry
CONCORD, NC (June 2, 2005) -- In the NASCAR Busch Series, there are some heavy hitters. Richard Childress Racing, Roush Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and Chip Ganassi all have full time teams. Robert Yates and Ray Evernham have teams that show up to some of the events on the schedule. Slaying these giants is next to impossible. To even stand next to them on the same stage is very difficult for a small family-owned team, but when you have the right General on your side it helps.
Travis Kittleson has found that person in Barry Dodson. The man who led Rusty Wallace to his only NASCAR Cup Series championship is teaming up with the #68 R/T Racing team as a consultant for the upcoming Busch Series event at Nashville Superspeedway on June 11th.
"It means a lot to be able to work with somebody like Barry," said Kittleson. "For him to take the time out of his day and consult us is great. I want to take every opportunity to learn as much as I can from him. He probably has forgotten more than I'll ever learn.
"He's everything that you think he would be. He really watches the car through the corners and down the straightaways. He really watches every angle of it. He pays attention to every little detail. Being able to work with him is everything that you could imagine."
The chemistry between Kittleson and Dodson was nearly instant.
"We communicate really well and that's huge. He knows how to ask me questions to get information out of me that I might not know to give. He can dig that little bit extra. He has been there and done everything. He knows when a car could be doing something that I don't know how to explain to him. He'll figure out a way to ask it and pull that information out of me."
The R/T Racing team tested on Tuesday at Nashville with Dodson on hand to call the shots. Kittleson set the bar high for the test and at first was disappointed with the lap times of his car. However, once he put things into perspective, he realized that he was right here with the other cars in attendance -- including an entry from the Childress superteam.
"I'm really excited," Kittleson said immediately after his test. "I was a little concerned about the times that we were running. We were right there with all of the cars there today and maybe a little bit better, but our times seemed off. I was talking to a few people and they told me that the times really fall off between the spring and summer races."
The Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway will take place on Saturday, June 11th. It starts at 7:30pm and will be broadcast on FX and MRN Radio.