BUSCH: Las Vegas: Casey Mears preview

Casey Mears No. 66 Phillips 66 Dodge Intrepid NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division March 2, 2002 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Race Information Saturday, March 2, 2002 Sam's Town 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Track Size: 1.5- mile oval Laps:...

Casey Mears
No. 66 Phillips 66 Dodge Intrepid
NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division
March 2, 2002 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Race Information
Saturday, March 2, 2002
Sam's Town 300
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Track Size: 1.5- mile oval
Laps: 200 laps
Miles: 300
TV: FX- 3:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN- 3:30 p.m. ET

Notes & Quotes
Last Weekend at Rockingham . . . "I had a blast at Rockingham mainly because the track lends itself to some great racing. Lap after lap, up high or down low you're able to race with everyone around you. The guys in the pits battled real hard all race and I'm grateful for their efforts. Obviously, we would have liked to have finished better, but on the other hand I'm able to walk away from the weekend knowing I learned a lot and gained valuable seat time."

Casey Mears' Thoughts On Testing At Las Vegas... "I feel really good about the test we had there in January. During our test we didn't have our new Dodge engines in the cars we tested; we used a couple of our old Chevrolet engines. We may make a couple of changes to the car, but for the most part the car was well balanced. I'm looking forward to getting back to Vegas and being even stronger than when we tested."

Casey Mears On Adjusting To The Track... "Vegas has long corners and you're able to carry a lot speed into the corners. The big adjustment for me was making sure that I carried my speed into the entry of the corners. Because the track is so flat if you make any abrupt movements or get into trouble you don't have the banking to slow you down, so you have to be smooth. Looking back, I'm still surprised at how hard you have to drive into the corners."

Going Once. Going Twice. Sold... Mears will be one of several NASCAR drivers participating in the fourth annual NASCAR Driver Auction on Thursday, Feb. 28 at Sam's Town Live!, inside Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas beginning at 6 p.m. Fans are invited to bid on a chance to meet their drivers prior to the start of the Sam's Town 300 on Saturday, March 2. Proceeds raised from the event will be donated to Speedway Children's Charities.

<pre> Casey Mears Career NASCAR Busch Series Record . . . Starts: 3 Wins: 0 Top 5s: 0 Top 10s: 0 Poles: 0 Career Earnings: $60,570 First Career Start 11/10/01 (Homestead-Miami Speedway) Best Career Finish: 23rd- (Daytona- 2/16/02, Rockingham- 2/23/02)

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