David Stremme to Make His First Start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 1, 2004) -- David Stremme has never driven in a race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This weekend's Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series Race will be...
David Stremme to Make His First Start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 1, 2004) -- David Stremme has never driven in a race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This weekend's Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series Race will be his first event at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. While the odds of a first-time driver finishing well are not all that high, TRIMSPA driver David Stremme has continually proven that he can rise to the challenge of racing up front at a new track.
"I went to the Las Vegas race last year when I was teammates with Jamie (McMurray), but it was just to watch him race," said Stremme, driver of the X32 TRIMSPA Dodge. "I had not even made my first Busch start at that point. The only experience I have driving at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is on NASCAR 2003 on my computer. Jamie tested with Braun Racing at Vegas before the season so we should come to the track with a good setup and a strong car."
Stremme has always out-driven expectations when he first competes at a new track. Just three weeks ago the South Bend, Indiana native placed sixth at Daytona International Speedway in his first race there. His finish was the highest of any driver who does not compete fulltime in the Nextel Cup Series.
In his Busch career, consisting of 15 first starts at NASCAR tracks, Stremme has finished inside the top 10 at five of those races, including a third-place finish in his first visit to the Milwaukee Mile.
"I am confident that Braun Racing and the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge will run well at Las Vegas," said Stremme. "I know we have great equipment. The body placements and overall balance of our cars really shows at the intermediate tracks. Casey (Mears) got the pole for Braun at the Busch race in Chicago last year, which shows how strong we can be at a similar track to Vegas."
This weekend Stremme will have to learn the Las Vegas Motor Speedway without the help of Braun Racing teammate, and fulltime Nextel Cup driver, Jamie McMurray. McMurray, who drove to victory in a second TRIMSPA sponsored Braun Racing Dodge at North Carolina Speedway last weekend, had to scratch plans to run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when sponsorship could not been found for his No. 30 Braun Racing Dodge.
"We can take what Jamie learned in testing and translate it to my X32 TRIMSPA Dodge," said Stremme. "But I would rather have him there as a teammate at the track. It's a shame when a winning team can't compete because of sponsorship."
Stremme and the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge team will hit the track Saturday, March 6, at 3:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the third race of the 34-race Busch Series schedule. The Sam's Town 300 will be telecast live on FX and broadcast worldwide on PRN radio.