DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 5, 2004) -- It will be all in a day's work, literally, for the NASCAR Busch Series this weekend at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis. Practice, qualifying and the Charter 250 will all be held on ...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 5, 2004) -- It will be all in a day's work, literally, for the NASCAR Busch Series this weekend at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis.
Practice, qualifying and the Charter 250 will all be held on Saturday. Indianapolis Raceway Park has been the only "one-day show" the last few years in the NASCAR Busch Series, but this year, Gateway is host to the first of three -- in addition to The Milwaukee Mile June 26 and August 7 at IRP.
Drivers Bobby Hamilton Jr. (No. 25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford) and David Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac) are all for the new schedule.
"We are really looking forward to racing at Gateway, now that it's a one-day show," Hamilton says. "I really believe that when practice time is limited, it falls right into our hands due to my crew chief, Harold Holly. Harold is one of the best chassis men in the sport, and generally, he is one of the first to get the track figured out. With the limited time we are going to have this weekend, I feel like we will be strong and contend for our first win of the season. It's been an up-and-down year so far, but we are capable of winning two or three races in a row if luck will fall our way."
Green, fourth in the NASCAR Busch Series driver standings heading into Gateway, won't be concentrating on a qualifying setup as he and his Brewco Motorsports crew prepare for the event. There won't be time for such luxuries.
"The new schedule should give us a better indication of what we'll have for race time," Green says. "I think it's a great format that allows us to work solely on race setup. It'll make for a better race for the fans."
Gateway's 1.25-mile layout presents a challenge for Green and others. Some have gone so far as to compare it to a road course.
"Gateway is a little like Darlington, in that both ends are very different, which to me, makes it a lot of fun," Green continues. "Being odd-shaped like that creates an opportunity to do a lot of cool stuff from the driver's seat, like shifting as many as four times a lap. It's definitely a driver's race track. You have to get the car to turn well in Turns One and Two, but typically, that makes it too loose through Turns Three and Four."