USAR: Chase Pistone has new crew chief

Chase Pistone Heads to Greenville with New Chief 21-Year-Old Benefits from Former Truex Head Wrench CONCORD, NC (March 30, 2005) -- Putting together a winning race team in a competitive arena like the USAR Pro Cup Series is no easy task. It...

Chase Pistone Heads to Greenville with New Chief
21-Year-Old Benefits from Former Truex Head Wrench

CONCORD, NC (March 30, 2005) -- Putting together a winning race team in a competitive arena like the USAR Pro Cup Series is no easy task. It takes having the right driver, the right equipment and something that is impossible to predict or measure -- the right chemistry.

When it comes to the #40 team of FasTime Motorsports, the ingredients are all there. Chase Pistone showed that he is the right driver by winning the pole at USA International Speedway (FL), which was his first-ever start in the series. They have good cars and a strong in-house engine program. It's the chemistry piece of the puzzle that the young team is still looking for.

However, they may have found that perfect chemistry with the addition of crew chief Kevin Kramer. He helped the team in their most recent outing at Valdosta, Georgia's South Georgia Motorsports Park, and will be back on the #40 pit box this weekend at Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC).

Kramer brings a resume that includes helping another young driver who has had some success.

"Kevin was Martin Truex, Jr.'s crew chief in the NASCAR Busch North Series," said Pistone. "He's coming down south to help us and hopefully he'll join us full-time after Greenville (SC -- Saturday's event on the Hooters Pro Cup Series). He went with us to Valdosta and we seemed to work well together. We'll see how this weekend goes and see if we can put a deal together."

Although the final rundown doesn't reflect it, Pistone had a very strong run in the last race. The #40 car was solidly in the top five before running into trouble and fading to a finish of 24th.

"We seemed to work well there and we ran well," said Pistone. "We were third before the battery went dead. We've been running third a lot. We were third until 15 laps to go at Lakeland when we got into a lapped car and had a flat tire. Those are two races where we were in the top-three when something happened and that's a positive to be running that well."

One advantage that Kramer has is the experience of working with a young driver like Truex and coaching him to learn a steel-bodied car, such as a Pro Cup or Busch North machine.

"He's used to working with the younger guys that don't have much experience in the big cars," said Pistone. "We're hoping that will help us out. He's got a bunch of experience with the heavier cars, so we're hoping that plays to our advantage."

Pistone tested at Greenville-Pickens this week without the services of a crew chief and he definitely missed Kramer's presence.

"Our test at Greensville went about average," said Pistone. "Kevin didn't come with us and that was a little bit of a set back. He's still in the process of moving down here from New York. We didn't have a crew chief for the test, so I did that myself. We weren't as good as we would like, but I think we'll be a lot better when we come back."

Pistone isn't sure what he thinks of the track itself. His first impression of getting around the facility didn't put it high on his list of favorite tracks, but a good run on Saturday could change that.

"I didn't necessarily like it," said Pistone.  "That was the first
time that I've felt like a rookie in this car.  We got a little bit
better.  We're still not perfect, but we'll have a better car when we
go back.  I'd like to get in the top-15 in qualifying, keep the fenders
on it and come away with a good finish.  I think that we can do that.

The BFGoodrich Tires 250 will take place Saturday, April 2nd.

-ChasePistone.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Martin Truex Jr.