Dazed By Dega
May 2, 2006
After promising practice runs last week at Talladega Motor Speedway, the Furniture Row #78 CUP program, sporting the National Day of Prayer paint scheme, was looking forward to qualifying and racing. Unfortunately, They were left wind blown at Dega, and didn't make the qualifying cut.
Aerodynamics is an enormous contributor to the success or failure of a run at a Super speedway or intermediate track. According to the SPEED Channel, the wind picked up 15 mph for the last cars to go out to qualify. The wind factor slowed down the Furniture Row Chevy Monte Carlo enough to put an end to the program's aspirations of racing last weekend. Hence the CUP and Busch program move forward and are focusing on their Next race, Richmond. The team has been testing at Charlotte for Richmond this week.
Richmond International Raceway is touted by many to be the best short track in NASCAR. Although its only 3/4 miles in length, it provides enough room to race high, low or in the middle. This allows drivers to pass at will, instead of waiting for a window of opportunity and space.
Crew Chief Joe Garone feels his short track program is dialed in and is anxious to get back onto the track. Jerry Robertson will make his second appearance in the Busch Series this season, and driver Kenny Wallace will once again drive the #78 CUP car.