BUSCH: Talladega: Larry Foyt preview

* The People Have Spoken: Prior to the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series season, 45,000 Harrah's employees cast their votes for to decide on a yellow or purple paint scheme for the No. 14 Harrah's Racing entry, designed by renowned motorsports artist Sam...

* The People Have Spoken: Prior to the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series season, 45,000 Harrah's employees cast their votes for to decide on a yellow or purple paint scheme for the No. 14 Harrah's Racing entry, designed by renowned motorsports artist Sam Bass. Although the purple prevailed, Harrah's will pay homage to the minority vote at the Superspeedway events in Talladega and Daytona by running the yellow scheme.

* Applied Science: Larry Foyt returns to Talladega for the second time in his NASCAR Busch Series career. The Harrah's Racing Team is banking on the information gathered during their January testing session and the Daytona 300 to give them the insight necessary to top Foyt's 2001 performance -- a 17th-place qualifying effort that the Harrah's team parlayed into a season-best 12th-place finish.

* Familiar Territory: Crew Chief Jon Wolfe has experienced the perfect day at Talladega. In 1998, as assistant crew chief to Jimmy Makar at Joe Gibbs Racing, Wolfe's driver Bobby Labonte grabbed the pole and drove to victory lane 500 miles later. Wolfe returns to Talladega knowing that Foyt earned the best finish of his rookie season at the 2.66-Mile Superspeedway -- and is looking forward to directing his young driver to familiar territory after the checkered flag falls.

Larry Foyt: "We haven't made many changes to the Superspeedway car since Daytona. Our 36th-place starting spot there showed that the car didn't run that well all by itself; however, our 15th-place finish was a pretty good indication of how well we raced. I'm expecting more of the same in Talladega. We'll do the best we can on Thursday, and then focus on being patient and working our way through the field on Saturday. It's a long race and in order to finish well, you really have to be patient and be able to anticipate which line to join. Ultimately the decisions you make late in the race will determine if you go to the front or fall back in the Talladega shuffle that occurs in down the stretch."

Jon Wolfe: "After a disappointing weekend in Nashville, the Harrah's Racing Team is looking to get back on track -- and I think Talladega might be the answer. Racing at Talladega is all about the how the car reacts in the draft. The driver needs to be patient, make good decisions and avoid the wrecks that happen when others don't. Larry did just that last year, ran a fairly consistent race and was rewarded with a top-15(12th) finish -- our best on a Superspeedway."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Larry Foyt