BUSCH: Myrtle Beach Tony Raines Preview

Tony Raines, driver of the No. 33 Bayer Chevrolet, and the BACE Motorsports team prepare for another stellar short track weekend at the Myrtle Beach Speedway this Saturday. The team, which had a first-rate performance at the South Boston Speedway...

Tony Raines, driver of the No. 33 Bayer Chevrolet, and the BACE Motorsports team prepare for another stellar short track weekend at the Myrtle Beach Speedway this Saturday. The team, which had a first-rate performance at the South Boston Speedway (SBS), intends on continuing their outstanding efforts.

The BACE Motorsports team will take the same car, which was touted as the fastest and best running car of the whole weekend, to the Myrtle Beach Speedway. The Myrtle Beach Speedway is only .138 miles longer than SBS.

Raines' comments on SBS and the upcoming race at the Myrtle Beach Speedway:

"Our car was good off the transporter at South Boston. We were top ten in practice and were hoping for top ten in qualifying. When I ripped that lap, I think I was just as surprised as everyone else. I'm not known for my qualifying. I've always been like that, a racer not a qualifier. But the team had given me a great car. We thought we had that pole too, but I knew we'd have to wait and see what Casey (Atwood) would do. I knew he'd be fast. So we got the outside pole when what we were shooting for was to be in the front of the field."

"During the race we lead at half way and that was really cool. We didn't pit for the longest time because fuel is never a problem- you can run the whole race on the fuel you put in at the start- and tire ware isn't an outstanding issue there either. During practice my car was better on older tires anyway, so that helped a ton too.

"I had the opportunity to take (Jeff) Green out on those last two laps, but that's not me. I don't race like that. I race clean and fair. The temptation was there -don't get me wrong- but at that point in the race his car was better than mine. He had a good car, and though I would have loved to win, it would not have been because of my car or my ability to drive. It would have been because I didn't race the way I was taught to race."

"We're taking the same car to Myrtle Beach. It was an awesome car- by far one of the best I've had all season. It tightened up through out the race, so that'll be the major kink we're going to get out of it.

"Last year we took a provisional to get into the race but I don't think we will this year. We've got a great car from the get go and all the momentum from our finish last week. We haven't had to take hardly any provisionals at all to begin with. We're making marked improvements every weekend. "I never really looked forward to going to South Boston, and I felt the same about Myrtle Beach. Maybe that's the key and I'll have a repeat of Saturday night."

Myrtle Beach 250:

* Tony Raines and the BACE Motorsports team qualified last year's event in 31st the position, using a provisional.

* Raines finished the race in the 19th position, completing 248 laps, running.

BACE Motorsports captured three NASCAR Busch Series Championship titles in 1995, 1996, and 1997. Bace Motorsports also holds two Rookie of the Year titles in 1994 and 1999. Driver Tony Raines possesses the 1996 American Speed Association Championship title and the 1999 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year title. Raines also holds four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series wins.

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