CHARLOTTE, N.C., (Sept. 27, 2001) Jimmy Spencer and the ...
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (Sept. 27, 2001) Jimmy Spencer and the #1 Yellow Racing Team will face some new challenges as they visit Kansas Speedway, site of this Saturday's inaugural Mr. Goodcents 300 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series event.
It is NASCAR's first race at Kansas City's new state-of-the-art 1.5-mile tri-oval. The first task for Team Yellow Racing is to learn as much as they can about the track in a short period of time before Saturday's 300-mile event.
"We didn't test at Kansas this year because we knew we would get two hours of practice on Thursday before the race," Spencer said. "We'll probably get four hours total before we have to qualify. We'll bring the Yellow Chevy that finished seventh in California, so I think we'll have a good race car for this track.
"I haven't been there yet, but the drivers I have talked to say it's a lot like Chicago," Spencer said as he described the Kansas Speedway. "I think the big thing with a new race track is its width and the entrance and exit of the corners. The drivers I have talked to say that the track doesn't have any problem areas. It sounds like we should adapt to it quickly. I hope that's the case and I hope that we put on a good show for our new race fans in Kansas City."
And what will be the first step to learning how the Yellow Chevrolet will adapt to Kansas Speedway?
"Our first practice will focus on tire wear and fuel mileage," Spencer said. "We need to know how long the tires and fuel will last during long green flag runs without a caution. If we go green for a while and it becomes a gas mileage-race, we would have to pull a higher gear. If it doesn't, we would need a little more aggressive gear.
"We also need to know if it's feasible to short pit for fresh tires, or do we leave the Goodyear Eagles on as long as we can to keep track position."
In addition to extra time on the new facility, Spencer will benefit from racing at his sponsor's home track. Yellow's corporate office is located in Overland Park, just minutes away from Kansas City, and the #1 Yellow Racing driver knows he will have a lot support going into Saturday's 200-lap race.
"We're excited about coming out and visiting the corporate office of Yellow, but we can't put any more effort into the program than we do with another venue. We'll bring the same attitude and work ethic that we took to Richmond (Va.), Dover (Del.) and other tracks where we didn't win the race. We feel we have a competitive team and race car that will make our sponsors proud in Kansas City. Our team gives 100 percent at every race for Yellow and that's all that can be asked out of our race team."