Team Walker Motorsports Kansas 100 preview

May 29, 2001 (North Hollywood, Calif.) - Sean Woodside, driver of the ...

May 29, 2001 (North Hollywood, Calif.) - Sean Woodside, driver of the #45 Team Walker/Ron's Rear Ends/NAPA Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston West Series, and the team head to Kansas Speedway (Kansas City, KS) for the inaugural Kansas "100" this Saturday with a sense of how far they have come this season.

All on the team are veterans in NASCAR racing. However, as a relatively new team that is competing in its first full Winston West season, it is fine-tuning its short-track, superspeedway and road course programs. "Our performance at Mazda Raceway (at Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.) is proof to us that we have our road course program together, and we have third-place finishes on two different short-tracks this season," Woodside commented. "We're looking forward to getting to Kansas City and showing that we also have something for the superspeedways." This will be the first NASCAR event held on the 1.5-mile oval.

Woodside tested his car with its new 2001 Monte Carlo body at Las Vegas Motor Speedway just prior to the Winston West's annual visit to California Speedway (Fontana, Calif.) in late April. The test session was great, but the team had to settle for a 15th place finish in Fontana as it settled into the updated body style.

Since that event, the team has notched consecutive third place finishes at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway and Laguna Seca. The team easily won the Bud Pole Award at Laguna Seca, and led 22 of 75 laps.

"It's exciting to be involved in an inaugural event like this one," continued Woodside. "Since this is a new track for all the teams, the playing field will be fairly even. We will hope for the best and work toward that, but it should at least be interesting."

"Sean has a great deal of confidence in his team, and he appreciates the hard work and dedication they have shown in preparing and transporting the car for the Kansas race," said team owner Donna Walker. "We're looking forward to a great weekend and, hopefully, another great performance."

The Kansas "100" will be televised tape delayed on Fox Sports Net, date and time to be announced.

More information is available at the team's Web site at http://www.teamwalkermotorsports.com.

Team Walker Motorsports is a multi-team racing operation owned by Donna Walker and her son, Michael. The team fields the #45 Team Walker/Ron's Rear Ends/NAPA Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston West Series, featuring driver Sean Woodside, and the #23 Team Walker/Ron's Rear Ends/Quixote/Sunset Expendables/NAPA Chevrolet in Irwindale Speedway's Super Late Model program, driven by Mike Walker. North Hollywood, Calif.-based Team Walker Motorsports debuted in 1999 with a limited Late Model schedule.

-TWM-

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