DEI Development Drivers Test at Lime Rock After putting all three of their cars in the top 10 in last week's NASCAR Camping World East Series event at Adirondack International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Inc. drivers Jeffrey Earnhardt, Jesus ...
DEI Development Drivers Test at Lime Rock
After putting all three of their cars in the top 10 in last week's NASCAR Camping World East Series event at Adirondack International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Inc. drivers Jeffrey Earnhardt, Jesus Hernandez and Trevor Bayne were hard at work Tuesday. The trio tested at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, honing their road-racing skills.
The three drivers will compete in the Camping World East Series event at the 1.53-mile track on August 16th.
"The test went really well," said Earnhardt, who finished fifth in the Adirondack event. "The track was still a little wet from rain the night before, so the first few laps were a little tricky. It dried up nicely, though, so we were able to get in a lot of laps. We were fast when we unloaded and only got better as the day went on.
"The track's been repaved and I was impressed with the surface. It's a lot smoother. I can't wait to race there next month."
Richmond Burgdoff, crew chief on Hernandez's No. 11 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet, was impressed with his driver's ability at the track.
"We actually struggled a little bit at the beginning, but Jesus' times kept getting better as the day went on," Burgdoff said. "He gave us a lot of good feedback on how the car was handling and that allowed us to make the proper adjustments. We were running some really good lap times at the end of the day, so I think we'll be good when we come back for the race."
Bayne, driver of the No.1 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet entry, was having what his crew chief, Haskell Lavalette, described as a "great" test session until a minor incident in Turn 1.
"Trevor was really getting it done, especially considering that he had never been there before," Lavalette said. "He picked up over three seconds on his lap times over the course of the day. For us, it was all about getting him some seat time so he'll know what to expect when we come back.
"As far as his mishap was concerned, Trevor missed a shift going into Turn 1 and ran off the course. Normally, it wouldn't have been that big of a deal but the ground was muddy from all the rain and it just sucked the car in.
"The left side was torn up a little bit but we'll be fine."
Bayne is currently second in Camping World Series points, 57 points out of first. Hernandez is fourth in points, 131 points out of the top spot. Earnhardt is ninth, 228 points out of the lead.