BUSCH: Lake Speed Over sees Move to New shop

CONCORD, N.C. (April 7) -- Midwest Transit Racing has found a new, spacious home here as it prepares for its comeback race under the guidance of General Manager Lake Speed. The team, owned by Hal Hicks and Mike Witters, decided to move from ...

CONCORD, N.C. (April 7) -- Midwest Transit Racing has found a new, spacious home here as it prepares for its comeback race under the guidance of General Manager Lake Speed.

The team, owned by Hal Hicks and Mike Witters, decided to move from its Mooresville shop to a 20,000 square foot facility formerly occupied by Team 34. Last year Team 34, a NASCAR Busch Grand National Series operation, raced three separate entries from this very shop.

"The shop we had was just too small," said driver Dan Pardus, who's running for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors in NASCAR Winston Cup Series competition. "When Lake came aboard to lead our team, the first thing he did was look for a bigger shop. He said we needed a foundation to be successful. Now we have that foundation."

With this latest move now complete, Speed is inspecting Midwest Transit Racing's fleet of Chevrolet Monte Carlos to see which of them stays or need modifications. Some of the inventory may be sold off, due to Speed's extremely high racing standards.

"He's analyzing all the cars we have," said Pardus. "He's making changes on some of them. He did some major changes on one of superspeedway cars. I came back Tuesday morning, and man, it looks nice."

Speed has booked Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway for a test April 13-14. Midwest Transit Racing plans to compete in the Diehard 500 at Talladega on April 25.

Pardus likes the 2.66-mile track. He finished third in an ARCA race at Talladega last fall.

"I'm really looking forward to it," said Pardus. "And I'm looking forward to having Lake there to guide us at the race track. Since he was a Winston Cup driver, we talk the same language."

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