19-YEAR-OLD HAS TESTED AND WORKED TO PREP FOR GREENVILLE-PICKENS OPENER John Freeman Is Well Schooled for First Busch East Start Concord, NC (June 5, 2006) -- John Freeman is getting ready for his first race in a NASCAR Busch East...
19-YEAR-OLD HAS TESTED AND WORKED TO PREP FOR GREENVILLE-PICKENS OPENER
John Freeman Is Well Schooled for First Busch East Start
Concord, NC (June 5, 2006) -- John Freeman is getting ready for his first race in a NASCAR Busch East Series (formerly Busch North Series) machine. But the 19-year-old driver won't be totally green himself when the green waves on Saturday, June 10th, at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC). He's been cramming for his opening day test in the school of NASCAR Touring competition.
First off, Freeman has been hard at work in the Vermont raceshop of Motion Racing learning the nuts and bolts of a BES racecar from team owner Barney McRae, who is a veteran in the series as a driver and also coached Sean Caisse to the 2005 Rookie of the Year title.
Secondly, Freeman has been getting track time of his own. Last week, he tested the #5 car at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) and Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) to get some valuable seat time.
"The tests went very well," said Freeman. "We shook the car down and made sure that all of the nuts and bolts were in place. Eventually, I got to get on it a little bit and got to learn the car. I got it going pretty well and we posted some strong times compared to the other guys out there."
Freeman has competed in the Legends car ranks as well as in the Late Model Stock Car world of the Carolinas. He really enjoyed his first laps in a heavier BES car.
"I liked it better, because it suited my style of driving better," said Freeman. "I'm more of a finesse driver and I like the big springs and big power."
The test also allowed the team a little bit of time to gel together.
"We all clicked very well right off. We know what we need in the trailer now. I think that it will make for a very good season with myself and the Motion Racing team."
Despite racing at tracks throughout the Southeast during his young career, the North Carolina-native has not raced at Greenville before now, but he's not intimidated by the legendary track either.
"I have not been to Greenville. It's an inside wall/outside wall Southern track and it's a lot like other tracks where I've raced down there, so I don't think that I'll have too much trouble adapting. It will be an interesting race at a track where there is a lot of history. I'm looking forward to it."
Freeman is also looking forward to the possibility of starting off his season on the right foot with a strong Greenville effort.
"I really have to come out of Greenville with a decent finish. It will be a learning experience for me and coming off of Greenville, we have several races in a row. To come out of Greenville clean, with the fenders on the car, will be very important."