WS: Mesa Marin: Scott Lynch preview

SCOTT LYNCH LOOKS FOR A HOME RUN Las Vegas...When the Lucas Oil 150, Round 2 of the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series explodes into action at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., Saturday, April 9, Scott Lynch will be looking ...

SCOTT LYNCH LOOKS FOR A HOME RUN

Las Vegas...When the Lucas Oil 150, Round 2 of the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series explodes into action at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., Saturday, April 9, Scott Lynch will be looking to hit his first home run of the season.

Extremely familiar with Mesa Marin, Lynch took a third place finish at this event last season. "I really like the track," says Lynch. "It is a fun, fast oval with lots of good wheel-to-wheel action. You can run both high and low and that makes for great passing.

You do have to practice patience though and be ready to instantly make a move when the opportunity presents itself. We tested our Dodge last week and were pretty pleased with the results. We get another test day on Friday and we will definitely be right on the money come race time."

Currently ranked 10th in the point standings, Lynch is looking to be able to take a big jump forward. "Last year we came into this race in 26th and emerged in 9th," explains the Burley, Idaho native. "This time out we are light years ahead of last season and a home run this weekend would serve to move us way up the ladder."

Piloting the 08 Dodge, Lynch is well known for his ability behind the wheel and his ability to swiftly move through the pack. In fact, at the season opener at Phoenix International Raceway, he started at the rear of the field and made his way to 10th. "It definitely makes it easier to get a front-running qualifying spot," he says with a smile. "And, that is what we will be aiming for this weekend. We know that our Dodge, our Kroyer Racing engine and our crew are first rate, so I think our chances of achieving our goal are extremely good."

Lynch, who relocated his shop to the Sacramento area earlier this year, boasts the expertise of crew chief Robert Strmiska (June Bug) and help from Orleans Racing. "When Orleans Racing added a second truck team to their stable, we needed to find a new shop for our cars, he explains. "We are still involved with Orleans Racing and their continued help is certainly invaluable to our program."

Qualifying for the 150 Lap/75 Mile Lucas Oil 150 gets underway on Saturday at 4:30 PM and racing begins at 8 PM. TV coverage will be live on HDNet with an enhanced replay on the SPEED Channel.

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