USAR: Peach State: Chase Pistone preview

Chase Pistone Ready to Go After Peach State Test 21-Year-Old Pro Cup Rookie Adapts Well to another New Track CONCORD, NC (April 12, 2005) -- A test in racing is just like any scientific experiment. To collect the most accurate data, ...

Chase Pistone Ready to Go After Peach State Test

21-Year-Old Pro Cup Rookie Adapts Well to another New Track

CONCORD, NC (April 12, 2005) -- A test in racing is just like any scientific experiment. To collect the most accurate data, conditions have to be consistent. So when several USAR Pro Cup teams arrived on Monday to test at Peach State Speedway (GA) and were greeted with unseasonably warm temperatures, many teams were limited on what they could learn from the day.

So while Chase Pistone and his #40 FasTime Motorsports team might not have had the best situation for collecting data on the car, his test still wasn't a waste of time. The trip to the Peach State this week was Pistone's first-ever time at the track and as a rookie, any opportunity for seat time is worth it.

"It was close to 90 degrees there," said Pistone. "It's supposed to be cooler for the race. Because of that, I don't think that we learned too much on our set-up. It was definitely hot and greasy. We had no grip and were sliding around all over the place. It was still good for me to get on the racetrack".

Pistone points to the seat time as a reason for being optimistic heading into Saturday's race at the track.

"It gave me a lot of confidence for going back," said Pistone. "There weren't a lot of cars there either, so I think that we will have somewhat of an advantage this weekend."

Pistone's impressions of the Peach State facility were good.

"I like the track," said Pistone.  "It's big and wide.  I think that
you'll see some good racing there.  It's fast and it suits my style."

He had a hard time comparing it to any other tracks on the Pro Cup schedule, though.

"The surface is rough and worn out; it's kind of like Greensville, but it's got a lot more banking and is faster. The track is almost a perfect oval. It's definitely in its own category."

As the #40 team enters their fourth event of 2005, they have already made a name for themselves in Pro Cup. Pistone won the pole position for the season opening race at USA International Speedway (FL) and has run up front more often than not. Bad luck has kept him from finishing up there, however.

"I think that we are getting better every week," said Pistone. "We were running in the top three for the first two races before having flat tires. At Greenville, we struggled all day to find the set-up. We're still second in rookie points, so we are looking to finish races and keep the car together. If we do that, I think that we will be fine." And as the season progresses, the team has reason to think that they can run much better.

"We're going to start repeating tracks later in the season," said Pistone. "We're going back to Lakeland; we'll be going back to Peach State. Those will be tracks that I've been on, so we'll have a baseline set-up to work with. I think as the year progresses, we are definitely going to get better. Everybody in our shop is a rookie. We are all new to Pro Cup racing, so as time goes on we are just going to keep getting better and better."

So with the test and the progress that the team has been making, a strong run at Peach State is hopefully in the cards for Pistone and his team.

"I think that we are going to be decent there," said Pistone. "Like everywhere else, our goal is to qualify in the top 15 and run in the top 10 and I think that we can do this here."

The Aaron's 250 at Peach State Speedway will take place Saturday, April 16th, at 7:00pm.

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