BUSCH: Travis Kittleson Memphis test notes

Kittleson Hyped After Successful Busch Series Test ASA Regular Will Now Head To Kentucky Gunning For The Gold CONCORD, NC (September 16, 2004) -- Travis Kittleson and his R/T Racing team have been a busy group lately. In addition to their...

Kittleson Hyped After Successful Busch Series Test
ASA Regular Will Now Head To Kentucky Gunning For The Gold

CONCORD, NC (September 16, 2004) -- Travis Kittleson and his R/T Racing team have been a busy group lately. In addition to their regular grind of ASA National Tour competition, they also made their first laps with a NASCAR Busch Series machine this week in a test session at the Memphis Motorsports Park (TN).

Kittleson tested at the facility on Tuesday and Wednesday along with the DEI Busch Series duo of Martin Truex, Jr. and Paul Menard. The team was very happy with the way that everything went.

"I don't think that it could have gone much better," said Kittleson. "Our team isn't even on a shoestring budget. It's more like a dental floss budget for us. But we still had very competitive times compared to the DEI cars. On a simulated qualifying run, we were about as fast as Martin.

It feels good just to be in the same second bracket as those guys."

The test was not easy for the team, but they made the most of it and packed quite an education into two days at the track

"I learned how to spin on the first day, but I didn't hit anything," said Kittleson. "It actually worked out good because I learned what the car would do in a slide. The car started out really tight, but we threw everything but a new paint scheme at it over the test and we came away with a good car."

The team was helped by former Evernham Motorsports Cup Series crew chief Patrick Donahue who served as a consultant over the weekend. Kittleson and Donahue clicked so well that the team will bring him to Kentucky this weekend for Saturday's ASA event.

"He's coming with us to learn more about my habits and driving style," said Kittleson. "Patrick communicates very well with me and he has seen all types of drivers. He picks up your habits quickly."

When the team returns to Memphis on October 23rd, they will be well prepared and going with a driver who has set high goals.

"I'm going to spend every night in the shop before then to make the most of this opportunity," said Kittleson. "I can lie and say that my goal is just to make the race, but as a racer I want to go there and qualify in the top ten. I realistically think that we can go and qualify in the top 20 and hopefully finish in the top 15 or 20. I've waited all of my life to get into one of these cars and I'm going to take full advantage this."

Before Memphis comes around, the team has a few other races in their more familiar ASA car to look forward. Kittleson skipped the last series race at the Elko Speedway (MN) for business reasons and to prepare for the Memphis test.

"With ASA losing their TV deal, we had to pay back some of our sponsorship money," said Kittleson. "We lost money and we're out of the points chase, so we skipped Elko to get

ready for Memphis and go through our speedway ASA car from top to bottom. When we go to Kentucky this weekend, we are looking to redeem ourselves. We had a fast car in testing there earlier this season and went back to the track with the wrong set-up. We want to go back and do well.

"I'm always looking for a win and the last few races this season are important to me. I want to get noticed and picked up for someone's driver development program to make it to the next level of this sport. It's next to impossible for us to compete in the Busch Series on our own."

Although that may be true for a full-time deal, the R/T team showed at their test that the are definitely prepared to give the teams of the Busch Series a run for their money.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Martin Truex Jr. , Paul Menard , Travis Kittleson