Brainerd: Richie Stevens Jr preview

STEVENS RESTED AND READY FOR BRAINERD BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 8, 2006) - Richie Stevens Jr. was ready for a break following the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Western Swing (Denver, Seattle, Sonoma, Calf.), but now that he's had over a week at...

STEVENS RESTED AND READY FOR BRAINERD

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 8, 2006) - Richie Stevens Jr. was ready for a break following the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Western Swing (Denver, Seattle, Sonoma, Calf.), but now that he's had over a week at home in New Orleans, the 27-year-old driver of the Team Mopar/Valspar Dodge Stratus R/T Pro Stock car is ready to get back into the thick of things at this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.

"I'm ready to get back to it. I had a week off and a lot of time to think about where we are headed as a team," said Stevens.

"I feel really good about how I've been driving, and I just had a slip-up there in Sonoma (red-light start in first round). In this ultra-competitive class you're going to have those every once in awhile, but hopefully that will be my last of the season.

"David (Nickens, crew chief/engine builder) had a week off to work with the engines down in Texas. He needed some down time to look over stuff. Since he's taken over the program it's been one week after the next. He's made improvements in that time, and the time off will just be a bonus," offered Stevens.

"Brainerd (International Raceway) is going to be a good track for us. We've done well on the cool tracks and on the hot tracks, so I'm sure David will get a handle on the track really quickly, and we'll be competitive come race day.

"For these next two races (Brainerd and Memphis back-to-back) we want to stay in the top-10 points battle (currently 10th, 29 points behind ninth), and carry some momentum to Indy for the U.S. Nationals (Sept. 1-4)."

-credit: dsr

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