HUFFMAN LOOKS TO CONTINUE JR MOTORSPORTS' RESTRICTOR-PLATE STREAK * Shane Huffman, driver of the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet, will make his second start at a restrictor-plate track when the NASCAR Busch Series visits Talladega Superspeedway this ...
HUFFMAN LOOKS TO CONTINUE JR MOTORSPORTS' RESTRICTOR-PLATE STREAK
* Shane Huffman, driver of the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet, will make his second start at a restrictor-plate track when the NASCAR Busch Series visits Talladega Superspeedway this Saturday for the Aaron's 312.
* If history is any indication, the odds look good for the JR Motorsports team to score a top-10 finish in Saturday's race. No. 88 Navy team has placed eighth or better in two of the four restrictor-plate races the team has entered in the past two seasons.
* Saturday's race will be Huffman's first at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. In his only other attempt at a restrictor-plate track, Huffman finished 36th after getting involved in a wreck in February's race at Daytona International Speedway.
* In last year's Busch race at Talladega, the No. 88 Navy team finished seventh, picking up JR Motorsports' first top-10 finish in Busch Series competition.
* JR Motorsports' No. 88 Navy team is bringing chassis No. JRM 020 to Talladega this weekend. This is the same car Huffman drove in February at Daytona.
Shane Huffman, Driver, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
The No. 88 team has had a rough couple of weeks. What are your goals for this weekend?
"We've got to get back on track and start knocking off top-10 finishes again. We've had some rough luck the last two races, but I know this team is much better than our stats show at this point. We've just got to keep pushing forward and focus on getting better finishes and not let our bad luck get us down. The Navy team ran really well at Talladega last year, and we're taking a great car with us this weekend, so I'm looking for a top-15 run."
Your team owner (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) has quite a history at Talladega (five Cup wins). Has he offered you any advice?
"We talked a lot about drafting and running at these restrictor-plate tracks at the start of the season before we went to Daytona. He gave me some tips on what to do and we watched some old race footage. I'm sure we'll sit down again before this weekend and talk some more. That's one of the great things about having him as a boss. He has a lot of experience and give me information about tracks I've never been to before, so that I have an idea of what to do before I even get there."
You visited the USS Cleveland last week. What does meeting the sailors mean to you?
"I always enjoy going out and meeting the sailors on all the trips we do with the Navy. It's pretty cool to get to experience stuff that not too many other civilians get to even see. It gives me an even greater appreciation for all that the sailors do for our country. Seeing what they do for us makes me work even harder to try to get the Navy and all of the sailors across the world their first win in NASCAR. I want them to be as proud of me as I am of them."
The fleet honoree for Saturday's race at Talladega is the Navy Operational Support Center Bessemer. Located in Bessemer, Ala., the 16-acre, six-building facility was constructed to accommodate training and administrative support for 650 Navy and 350 Marine Corps Reservists. NOSC Bessemer's tenant commands include Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 12 Headquarters, Headquarters Anti-Terrorism Battalion 4th Marine Division, multiple area recruiters, and 14 additional Navy Reserve units providing operational support to the fleet. In addition to training and administering to a large Drilling Reserve population, the Center provides services ranging from ID cards to Funeral Honors for Navy and Marine Corps active and retired personnel and their families throughout the State. Excelling in its primary mission, Navy Operational Support Center Bessemer has mobilized over 250 "ready and fully integrated" REserve sailors during the past two years in direct support of the Global War on Terror.