BUSCH: Texas II: John Andretti preview

HEADED TO THE LONESTAR STATE FOR A TEXAS SIZED SHOWDOWN Heading into the last three races of the season, John Andretti and fellow rookie, Danny O'Quinn Jr. are deeply entrenched in a heated battle for the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year Honors....

HEADED TO THE LONESTAR STATE FOR A TEXAS SIZED SHOWDOWN

Heading into the last three races of the season, John Andretti and fellow rookie, Danny O'Quinn Jr. are deeply entrenched in a heated battle for the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year Honors. After leading the point standings for 10 weeks, O'Quinn tied them up after last weekend's race in Memphis. Andretti and the #10 GDSI team are ready to make up some ground this weekend and regain the lead going into Phoenix.

Andretti and the team are excited to welcome Global Dehumidification Solutions Inc. (GDSI) on board the No.10 this weekend. GDSI is the primary sponsor for the Texas Challenge and will also join ppc Racing as an associate sponsor in 2007. GDSI is the leading dehumidification service company for disaster restoration. If a structure is damaged due to a natural disaster, such as hurricanes, tornados, fires and floods, GDSI, with partner Steamatic, can restore it. GDSI was paramount in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that struck the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas coasts.

The GDSI team is taking chassis #44 to Texas Motor Speedway. It's the same car Andretti raced in Kansas and California earlier this fall where he finished 23rd and 29th respectively.

Holding steady in the 13th position in the Busch Series driver point standings, Andretti is just 191 points away from the 10th position, held by Reed Sorenson. The #10 team is 18th in series owner point standings.

ANDRETTI AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Saturdays running of the Texas Challenge will mark Andretti's second Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Andretti does have experience on the 1.5-mile tri-oval. In seven Nextel Cup starts, he had an average start of 28.7 and an average finish of 28th.

CREW CHIEF STEVE PLATTENBERGER ON THE TEXAS CHALLENGE AND TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

"John really likes Texas Motor Speedway. He ran decent there in the spring and we've put a new front end on the car that we are going to try out. We're looking forward to it. The team is really pumped up after running so well in Memphis before we got that flat tire. Our mile and a half program hasn't been where it needs to be so to work on that we've put a new body on the front that has a little more downforce which should help John a lot. We're also going to start with a different approach. We're going to make sure he's comfortable on the entry to the corners and then work on the rest of the corner."

-credit: ppc racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers John Andretti , Reed Sorenson , Danny O'Quinn