Kentucky: JR Motorsports preview

Coleman Pressley No. 88 RightWay Chevrolet What was last week like for you in your first race with JRM? "I was really pleased we were able to come away with a 12th-place finish last week. When I spun it out on lap four, I never thought we'd ...

Coleman Pressley No. 88 RightWay Chevrolet

What was last week like for you in your first race with JRM? "I was really pleased we were able to come away with a 12th-place finish last week. When I spun it out on lap four, I never thought we'd rebound the way we did. Thankfully, it happened early because it gave us the time to drive back up through the field and that was great experience for me. We just kept at it, kept digging all race long. Coming into the race, my biggest goal was just to finish, so to come out of it all with a top 12 was awesome."

Is there anything that sticks in your memory from last week? "Last week was fun for a number of reasons. The one that really sticks out to me was walking from driver intros to the 88 car before the race. Jerry Punch [ESPN pit reporter] was walking with me and told me a story of one of Dale Jr.'s first Nationwide races. He was there with Dale Earnhardt [Sr.] when he came up to the car and talked to [Dale] Jr. before the race. It was really neat to hear that story, to hear the things Dale Sr. said to [Dale] Jr. Growing up, Dale Earnhardt was one of the drivers I looked up to most, so that was cool."

How will you prepare for Kentucky? "I've been to Kentucky before to watch the races there, but this will be my first time to drive it. Still being a rookie, most of the places we go I've never raced at before. Leading up to the race though, I do my homework. I'll watch DVD's of past races there, and I'm always logging laps on my simulator. That helps me get a good read on hitting my marks before I even get to the racetrack."

Josh Wise No. 7 JRM Chevrolet

What was last week like for you in your first race with JRM? "It was a new experience working with the 7 team at Nashville last week. I didn't really know what to expect, but I knew JR Motorsports had great equipment. I just wanted to take care of the car and get them a solid point's day. Fortunately, we were able to do that. Tony [Eury] Jr. is a very talented crew chief and I'm hopeful we can build and improve on last week's finish at Kentucky."

How will you prepare for Kentucky? "I spent Tuesday of this week watching videos of the Kentucky races on the internet. It's really helpful. I started taking notes on the races and ended up with over two pages by mid morning. It reminded me of being in school again.

"You'll hear the term cookie cutter thrown around this weekend at Kentucky, but that's not a fair assessment. These mile-and-a-half tracks may look similar, but they each offer their own challenges and have features that make them all unique. They did a good job putting this place together, and the finished product offers some great racing for the fans. Kentucky is cool for me because I led my first laps in the series there. The track gives you a couple grooves to move around in, so you can find where your car works best. Drivers really like having a choice on where to run their car, high or low. It's pretty wide coming off the corners too, so it opens up your passing options."

TEAM POINTS POSITION - The No. 88 team is ranked 10th in the 2010 owner points after Nashville. The No. 7 team gained two spots last week and is 26th in owner points, 54 points ahead of 30th place.

KENTUCKY AUTOGRAPH SESSION - JRM drivers Coleman Pressley and Josh Wise will both be participating in the NASCAR Nationwide Series fan autograph session at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, June 12th from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Nationwide Series Mobile Marketing Display.

-source: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Josh Wise , Coleman Pressley
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports