USAR: Peach State II: Andrew Rogers preview

Andrew Rogers Gets a Taste of the Bristol High Banks Before Heading to Popular Half-Mile, Peach State Comes Up First Denver, NC (August 11, 2005) -- Of all the tracks in the United States of America, there are a handful that almost all racers...

Andrew Rogers Gets a Taste of the Bristol High Banks Before Heading to Popular Half-Mile, Peach State Comes Up First

Denver, NC (August 11, 2005) -- Of all the tracks in the United States of America, there are a handful that almost all racers say they'd love to get a chance to race on. Obviously, some of the first ones that come to mind are Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, the tracks that host the two biggest races in the country, the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.

However, there is one little half-mile speedway settled in the rolling hills of Northern Tennessee that ranks high on almost everyone's list as well; Bristol Motor Speedway.

USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series driver Andrew Rogers recently got a chance to tackle the high banks of Bristol for the first time in a full-bodied stock car when he tested his #18 Termidor/Bombardier/SeaDoo car there in preparation for the August 24th Food City 150 for the Pro Cup Series Southern Division.

"I learned this place is fast," said Rogers of his test. Rogers had raced at Bristol one other time, behind the wheel of his Thunder Roadster.

"I learned a lot about how this car is going to react out there. I am really satisfied with the times that we ran during testing. We were one of the quickest cars testing during our test day. Compared to what they were running last year, we will be able to go out there and easily qualify in the top five. We seemed to be good on long runs too. We were very consistent and didn't drop off too much."

The Bristol event is one of the most anticipated events on the schedule. It gives the short track series a chance to shine in front of the national media as they share the stage with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

"This place is a lot of fun. It is nerve-racking, though. It will be pretty hard on the body as well. We made a 20-lap run and my neck was about to kill me. We'll make some adjustments to the headrest and I'll be hitting the gym and do some neck exercises before we come back.

"It is going to be a tough race. You need to stay focused and if you want to see what is happening in front of you, you need to look out your window net. I think if we can avoid the wrecks, we will have a shot at winning when we come back.

"I think the biggest challenge will be staying patient. It is going to be a little more of a sprint race. I don't know if there will be many long, green-flag runs. You just got to be patient and let the car come to you."

But before Andrew and the team head to Bristol, they've got to focus on the series' second stop at the half-mile Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, GA. The team finished 16th at the track earlier this year despite getting caught up in an early accident.

"I liked Peach State because it is a fast race track," added Rogers. "We just ran into some bad luck there last time, but I think we could have been a top-10 or a top-five car before the night was over. We've got a much better system going now and that should help us at Peach State. Before, it was the fourth race of the year and we were all still very much rookies. Now, with a solid crew chief and all, I think things will be much better."

The Up The Creek Fish Camp & Grill 250 presented by Tucson at Peach State Speedway is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.

-AndrewRogersRacing.com.

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