LARRY PEARSON ATTEMPTS TO MASTER NAZARETH SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Nazareth Speedway is a short, flat race track, but despite its simple description Nazareth is extremely challenging. In the 11 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division races...
LARRY PEARSON ATTEMPTS TO MASTER NAZARETH
SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Nazareth Speedway is a short, flat race track, but despite its simple description Nazareth is extremely challenging. In the 11 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division races at Nazareth, no driver has been able to master the one-mile, D-shaped oval. In fact, there has only been one repeat winner.
Larry Pearson, driver of the No. 00 Cheez-It® Racing Pontiac, hasn't had the best of luck at Nazareth Speedway in his past four starts. But he is looking to turn his luck around on his fifth attempt during the upcoming First Union 200 on May 23, 1999.
"I hope to improve my record at Nazareth this time around," Pearson said. "Out of four starts, I have been involved in three accidents there. One wreck in 1995 stands out more than any other, but I'd like to erase it from my memory. I was racing into turn two, which is a blind corner, and I ended up in the wall. I hurt my wrist and had to wear a cast for the next two races after that. I wrecked again during the race in 1988. I was leading over half of the race that year, so I know I can get into victory lane if I can just avoid the wrecks. I hope I can change my luck at Nazareth this time around, because I really enjoy competing there."
Although he doesn't have the finishes he wants, Pearson likes competing at the Pennsylvania track because or its unique characteristics. "The track is different than any other track we compete on, which makes it fun to race there," Pearson said. "The track is sort of triangle shaped, with slight banking in the turns. It is like a small Pocono because each turn has different banking. You have to go uphill on the frontstretch and a little downhill on the backstretch.
"It is a unique configuration and extremely challenging as a competitor to race there. Nazareth is a short track that constantly changes. As a driver you have to change your line around the race track throughout the race because it is hard to pass. You have to really work hard to get around someone." After gaining momentum over the past few weeks, Pearson and the Buckshot Racing team are ready to take the No. 00 Cheez-It® Racing Pontiac to victory lane for the first time in 1999.