BUSCH: Rockingham: Casey Mears preview

Casey Mears No. 66 Phillips 66 Dodge Intrepid NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division February 23, 2002 - North Carolina Speedway Seat Time At The Rock... The Phillips 66 Racing Team tested at North Carolina Speedway for two days in...

Casey Mears
No. 66 Phillips 66 Dodge Intrepid
NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division
February 23, 2002 - North Carolina Speedway

Seat Time At The Rock... The Phillips 66 Racing Team tested at North Carolina Speedway for two days in January. Although the team will be running a Dodge Intrepid in the Busch Series this season, the team elected to bring one of their old Chevrolets to the test.

Last Weekend at Daytona . . . "We started out in Daytona having a tough week, but I'm proud of the way this team bounced back and prepared the car in a way that worked well in the race. Early on in the race we struggled a little, but I was proud of the way the team and gelled and progressed throughout the race. I'm very pleased with the overall performance at Daytona, but obviously disappointed with how it ended."

Casey Mears' Thoughts On Rockingham... "I feel really good about the test we had there in January and believe we will be even better there this weekend. I had a blast during our test session. The great thing about Rockingham is the fact that there are so many different grooves in which you can run."

Casey Mears On What He Learned About Rockingham... "Probably the biggest thing I learned was the how to take care of the tires. I now have a good idea of how hard I can drive the car and maintain consistent lap times without abusing the tires. It's all about conservation, and knowing that how hard you run a set of tires in the beginning will dictate what you have left for the end of the run."

Crew Chief Donnie Richeson on Rockingham... "We tested at Rockingham a few weeks ago and had a successful test. Our main objective was to get Casey a lot of laps there and we managed to do that. We ran something like 502 miles while we were there and Casey was able to learn the track and how to tune the car to the weather conditions.

"The key to Rockingham is how close you get your initial race set-up and how well your driver takes care of his tires during the race. I believe Casey figured out that how you run the first five laps on a set of tires will dictate what you have left at the end."

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