SWS: Woodside Irwindale preview

July 25, 2000 (Palmdale, Calif.) - Sean Woodside, driver of the REF Motorsports ...

July 25, 2000 (Palmdale, Calif.) - Sean Woodside, driver of the REF Motorsports #4 Pontiac in the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring, and the REF team expect tire management to be the overriding factor in this Saturday evening's Food 4 Less 150 at Irwindale Speedway.

Although the 150-lap race will be the longest event the Southwest Series has run at Irwindale to date, Woodside could have an edge over the Series regulars. His 1999 championship season in the Winston West series included two 250-lap events at the track dubbed "L.A.'s 1/2-mile Super Speedway."

"Tires will be very critical," commented Woodside. "Whoever's the best at saving them will win. We always seem to be around at the end. This time, we'll have the extra 25 laps we could have used at Tucson and Mesa Marin."

In both the March race at Tucson Raceway Park and the most recent meet at Mesa Marin Raceway, Woodside was bearing down for the win during the final laps, but simply ran out of time. He settled for second place at Tucson and third place at Mesa Marin.

Team owner Bob Farmer agrees that the length of the race makes tire management the number one priority.

"Our big concern will be keeping tires under the car," Farmer noted.

"Sean's got the experience of running the longer Winston West races at Irwindale, which will help a lot. We'll use what he learned to set up and run conservatively, so we're there at the end."

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