BUSCH: Nashville: Ashton Lewis preview

Lewis had a strong qualifying run in last year's inaugural event, taking the sixth starting position, but was involved in an early race accident and finished 42nd. Lewis is 21st in NASCAR Busch series points, five behind 20th and just 71 behind...

Lewis had a strong qualifying run in last year's inaugural event, taking the sixth starting position, but was involved in an early race accident and finished 42nd. Lewis is 21st in NASCAR Busch series points, five behind 20th and just 71 behind 15th place Jeff Purvis. Entering Saturday's race at Nashville, Lewis' best finish was eighth at Rockingham.

"Last year was our first race there. We qualified sixth and had a really good race car and were taken out 32 laps into the race. We're going back there with a little bit of vengeance. We know we should run well there. It's a flat track which suits my style. What we've learned at Vegas and what we've learned at Texas should be able to carry over to build on the notes that we have from there last year. We're looking forward to it."

WHAT CAR ARE YOU PLANNING TO TAKE TO NASHVILLE?

"We're going to run the same car that we had at Rockingham and Darlington which is a high downforce car. It has more downforce than our car at Texas had so with Nashville being a smaller track and the speeds not being as great that's the better car to take."

WE SAW A LOT OF ACCIDENTS IN TURN TWO AT NASHVILLE LAST YEAR. HAVE YOU HEARD WHAT THE TRACK HAS DONE TO REPAIR THE PROBLEM?

"Supposedly, they have ground it (the surface) there. Robert Barker (crew chief for Scott Wimmer) said it wasn't a problem. He said that they had pretty much fixed it and that the place is pretty fast now, which I would take it as they have gotten rid of that bump."

WHAT MADE TURN TWO SO DIFFICULT?

"It (the bump) was the worst spot they could have put it. The way you would want to take that corner normally you'd still have quite a bit of steering input in the car and as you went across it you would unload the back tires and it would get you real loose. You had to adjust your driving line to run across that bump straight. It wasn't the fast way around. It was the only way around there without wrecking."

WITH REGARD TO ON TRACK PERFORMANCE, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH AT NASHVILLE THIS WEEKEND?

"A top-five in qualifying and in the race."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Purvis , Scott Wimmer , Ashton Lewis