Raines eyes Michigan debut BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 10, 1998) Tony Raines is getting that winning feeling. Now that he's been in Victory Lane twice this season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, he hopes to parlay that into ...
Raines eyes Michigan debut
BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 10, 1998)
Tony Raines is getting that winning feeling. Now that he's been in Victory Lane twice this season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, he hopes to parlay that into success in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series this weekend when he makes a rare attempt there in the Miller Lite 400 at Michigan Speedway.
Raines has collected two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series wins in the last three weeks in the No. 19 Pennzoil/Yellow Freight Ford F-150. The first came May 23 at I-70 Speedway and the second came this past weekend at the redesigned Texas Motor Speedway.
"We really hope the momentum carries as we go to Michigan to qualify for the Winston Cup race," Raines said. "Our win at Texas was quite a milestone for the entire team. This week would be absolutely perfect if we ended it by racing in the Miller Lite 400."
The Roehrig Motorsports-owned team took their Ford Taurus to Michigan last month for a two-day test session.
"Those two days were invaluable," team owner Kurt Roehrig said. "By the end, Tony seemed much more comfortable with both the track and the Taurus, and we were making adjustments that made the car come to us. Going against more than 40 of the world's best driver's to make a Winston Cup race will always be an intense experience, but we feel like we've got the right tools to accomplish that goal at Michigan."
Although this will be Raines first NASCAR race at Michigan, he has competed on the two-mile oval before while racing in the American Speed Association.
"While we were testing back in May, the more laps I made the more I recalled about that ASA race," Raines said. "It's obviously a completely different story this weekend. The test session allowed us to learn a vast amount about the Taurus. I really feel like we're in the range this time. We don't want to return to North Carolina disappointed."
Source: NASCAR Online