John Freeman Hopes For A Little Luck At The Magic Mile Busch East Heads to New Hampshire International Speedway COLCHESTER, VT (July 12, 2006) -- New Hampshire International Speedway is known as "The Magic Mile." Nineteen-year-old John ...
John Freeman Hopes For A Little Luck At The Magic Mile
Busch East Heads to New Hampshire International Speedway
COLCHESTER, VT (July 12, 2006) -- New Hampshire International Speedway is known as "The Magic Mile." Nineteen-year-old John Freeman hopes that when the Busch East Series heads to Loudon this weekend to compete at "The Magic Mile" that he can find a little bit of magic of his own, or at least a little bit of the good luck that he has been missing most of this season.
"Loudon is very important; we have had a real rough season up 'til now," said Freeman. "Some engine failures and just race luck have really hurt us, so it's very important to do well this weekend. We ran well at the tracks we have run at; we have had some success even though the numbers don't show it.
"We tried to think of everything that we can do to turn our luck around. The guys in the shop wanted me to switch helmets, but this week we are in a different car so I am sticking to that. The car we have been running is named "Rush," and the name of this car is "Blackjack," because Barney (McCrae) won a bunch of money on the blackjack table and used it to buy this racecar."
The new racecar comes from a stable that has had very good luck in the Busch East series, having been driven by multiple-time champion Andy Santerre.
"When we tested, we were right there with most of the other guys. I have heard a lot of good things about this car. Barney bought it from Andy Santerre a few years back, so you know it's a very good car. I think it's a car we can contend with the best of them and it's 'Blackjack,' so it is supposed to be a lucky car."
Aside from being "The Magic Mile" and the place that Freeman hopes to be able to turn his luck around at, this weekend also hosts the biggest weekend for the NASCAR Busch East Series as they are running in conjunction with the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series.
"Loudon is the biggest track that I have run so far and we will be there when all of the big guys are at it, so it would be a good place to kind of show them what we have and a little bit about ourselves.
"There is some pressure that comes with that when you have all the Nextel Cup and Busch guys there because any big mistake you make will definitely be noticed, and any big moves you make will be noticed as well. It's definitely a lot of pressure, but it makes the race what it is for the Busch East series."
In preparation for his speedway debut, Freeman headed up to Loudon to test. However, his test was a bit of a washout as rain cut it short. That left Freeman with having to use some alternative methods to learn the racetrack.
"We only got about 30-40 laps of testing in there a few weeks ago before it rained, but we really ran well and really enjoyed the track and the car was right there. We were just starting to put some of our setup stuff into it, and I was comfortable with the track and getting comfortable with driving way in there at 150 mph.
"We have gotten to spend a lot of time with the simulator," added Freeman. "I've probably driven New Hampshire more than any other track, just playing with setups and different stuff on the simulator. That was actually the track that I learned to use the simulator, so simulation-wise I have a lot of track time at Loudon. Hopefully that will be useful on race day, because it's very much a showcase. I can showcase my talent, everyone is there to watch, and I am just real excited about it."
The NASCAR Busch East Series racing action will take place this Friday, July 14th, at 4:00 pm at New Hampshire International Speedway.