Nashville: Mike Bliss preview


STEADY IMPROVEMENT - The #40 Key Motorsports Chevrolet and driver Mike Bliss return in red, white and green livery this weekend for the Nashville 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. The team looks to better its only two appearances at the track, which brought finishes of 28th and 33rd last year after respective 29th and 33rd place starts in March and June. The latter finish was the result of a mechanical failure of a normally trustworthy part -- a wheel.

Bliss brings 6 Top-10 finishes at Nashville to contribute to the team's outlook. Bliss's most recent finish at the Tennessee oval was one of his three 4th place finishes at the track, spending all but 4 laps running in the Top-15. "Nashville is one of my favorite places to visit each year," Bliss said earlier this week and with a record like his at the superspeedway, that's hard to dispute.

Crew Chief Gary Showalter and the team have developed a solid working relationship with the driver, causing improved performances in each event this season. A finish of 40th in the season-opener at Daytona, turned into an 8th place finish with over half the race among the Top-15 after starting 41st for the most recent event at Bristol Motor Speedway. "I'm lovin' the way this is going and can't wait to pull together even better finishes," Showalter confided.

ASSOCIATE SPONSOR REVELS IN EXPOSURE-Team Owner Curtis Key will be urging the rising #40 Key Motorsports Chevrolet through the entire 300 miles without a sponsor on the hood for the full-time competitors. The logo of the Fiddler's Inn will appear on the NASCAR Nationwide Series car as an associate sponsor.

BLISS TO GREET LOCAL FANS -- On Friday, April 2, the driver of the Key Motorsports #40 Chevrolet will appear for a NASCAR autograph party hosted by The Fiddler's Inn in Nashville, Tennessee. The 2002 NASCAR Truck Series champion will be available to pose for photos and sign autographs beginning at 8 p.m. in the main lobby at 2410 Music Valley Drive in Nashville, Tennessee. "There are a lot of great fans in the Nashville area, they have been so supportive and I am looking forward to spending time with them at the Fiddler's Inn Friday evening."

POINTS IMPROVEMENTS -- The performance of the #40 Key Motorsports effort at Bristol, TN propelled the organization to 27th in Owner's Points. This weekend's event opening the Nashville Superspeedway's tenth season will be the last one in which previous year's points are used to determine guaranteed starting positions. Currently even a rained-out qualifying session cannot prevent the Chevrolet piloted by Mike Bliss from participating.

-source: key motorsports

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