BUSCH: Nazareth: Ashton Lewis preview

Lewis enters Sunday's race 19th in Busch Series points. He has one top-five and two top-10 finishes this season entering the Stacker 2 200. Lewis' best finish this season is second at Richmond while his best start is eighth at Bristol. He will...

Lewis enters Sunday's race 19th in Busch Series points. He has one top-five and two top-10 finishes this season entering the Stacker 2 200. Lewis' best finish this season is second at Richmond while his best start is eighth at Bristol. He will make his 65th career Busch Series start at Nazareth Speedway. Lewis started 18th and finished 14th in the 2001 Stacker 2 200.

ASHTON LEWIS, CIVIL AIR PATROL CHEVROLET:

"We had a pretty decent car in the race there last year and thought that we had started to get it figured out. That's kind of the way we felt about New Hampshire. We thought we kind of figured out what we needed to do there and came back here and have been strong since we unloaded. I'm looking forward to getting back there. I think it's a place that we can run well at. It's definitely an interesting place and the place is pretty unique. It adds a little flavor to the schedule so it's always nice to have a change."

CAN YOU RUN AT ROAD COURSE CAR AT NAZARETH?

"It's not a true road course. We will run a short track car there similar to what we have (at New Hampshire). It's actually (car number) three which is our Nashville car. The cars are always tight there and you do everything you can to free them up and free them up and it never seems like it's enough. It's got three completely different corners and when you get your car handling there like Greg (Biffle) did last year you can walk away and dominate it. We feel that we know what direction to go."

CAN YOU SHIFT AT NAZARETH?

"We're not going to. I think Greg shifted last year and he was the only car to shift. As much gear as we're running now I don't see where it's going to be as big of an advantage as what we were running last year. Last year we were running real tall gears and trying to get by with as little RPM as possible. Now we're doing just the opposite. We're starting to really stretch these motors. It's a place now where you'll stick more gear in it and maybe bump the (rev limiter) chip a little bit. I think that'll be faster."

HOW HARD IS NAZARETH ON BRAKES?

"It's not too bad. I guess it's (turn) three at the end of the back straightaway, that's where it's the hardest on the brakes. Everything else is more like a finesse deal. You've got one spot on the racetrack and everywhere else you have a chance to let them cool down. It won't be too bad on brakes. Richmond is really hard on brakes and New Hampshire is fairly hard on it. At Richmond we didn't have a problem with brakes so we shouldn't have a problem there."

WHERE DO YOU MAKE A PASS AT NAZARETH?

"I don't know (smiles). I've always found that it's easier to pass if you get your car working though the little dogleg, chicane or whatever they call it on the frontstretch. If you can get where you are good through there and you can get a run on him there you can really set him up to where you can get underneath him getting off into the corner, I think they actually call it two and three. If you can get underneath him getting into there, that's where you are better off. Heading down the back straightaway you can usually get underneath them there and have a shot getting underneath them coming in."

DOES THE TRACK DEMAND A LOT OF HORSEPOWER?

"Definitely, because it is so different shaped and you've got such a different RPM range in the corners you definitely need a motor that makes good power throughout the power band. Again, with the gears that we are running now, it shouldn't be real noticeable but it's something that could he an advantage."

-lm-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ashton Lewis