The POWERade Series' Countdown to the Championship regular season concludes this weekend in Reading, Pa. and the eight-team fields will be set at the race's conclusion. The playoffs begin two weekends later at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. This...
The POWERade Series' Countdown to the Championship regular season concludes this weekend in Reading, Pa. and the eight-team fields will be set at the race's conclusion. The playoffs begin two weekends later at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
This weekend's race will be televised as always on ESPN2 (qualifying at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, Race at 10 p.m. on Sunday).
Here are some highlights of today's call:
DAVE GRUBNIC: "I think that was the initial goal of the Countdown was to lift the excitement and to get the fans behind it and everything. And as I said before, without being premature, it looks like at this stage it is and it's definitely -- well, from a personal standpoint it's made it exciting for me."
MELANIE TROXEL: "I certainly don't think we would cut it this close if we had a choice on it. But we're excited. If we get in, we feel like we definitely have momentum and the car is running good. That's the best possible scenario for the new point system is to come on strong in the late part of the year. So hopefully we just aren't a little too late to make that happen. But if we make it in, I think we've got a great shot."
MELANIE TROXEL: "if we hadn't changed to this new point system, then at this time of year there wouldn't be a whole lot of excitement around points for our team. I mean, you know, being ninth in points, it would be pretty unlikely that we would come back and win the championship. It might be the best we'd hope for is to win several races and make a big jump and get maybe get in the top four or something. So it has added a lot of excitement and some pressure."
MELANIE TROXEL: "Our destiny is in our own hands in this situation."
CORY MAC: "So it's still exciting to be in this position. I think right now our game plan has really not changed. We need to be consistent. We need to qualify well. We need to go some rounds on Sunday if we're going to be in that top 8, be part of the (POWERade Series playoffs). But kind of slim for us at this point.J