Divide and Conquer At Michigan
June 12, 2006
Denver, CO- Furniture Row® Racing tears into the Michigan International Speedway this weekend to take on the field. Although this is a new track for the team, they will be bringing a car previously run at Charlotte.
The Cup team placed 32nd at Pocono last weekend, which was on target with the program's base line goal of qualifying and finishing.
According to Crew Chief Joe Garone the team struggled with the aerodynamics package. However, the program obtained valuable information to help dial in the car for their next visit to Pocono.
Driver Jimmy Spencer replaced Kenny Wallace last weekend due to Wallace's commitment in the Busch series. "Jimmy was great to work with.
He remained calm the entire time, and was very trusting of the team," explains Garone.
Spencer will return this week to help the program qualify at Michigan. Spencer will cover for Kenny during his Busch commitment. However, if all goes according to plan, Kenny will take the reigns from Spencer and drive the #78 in the NEXTEL Cup race.
With a racing history that dates back to 1968, Michigan International Speedway has mirrored NASCAR‚s growth through the years. Heading into Sunday‚s 3M Performance 400, Michigan has responded with 30 consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series sellouts that date back to June 1991.
The popular two-mile oval opened in 1968 with 25,000 seats. It now seats 137,243 following last season‚s expansion of the front stretch grandstands.
Michigan's wide, fast track is somewhat easier to negotiate then other NASCAR tracks in the circuit.
This translates into fewer accidents and cautions. Generally, races at Michigan are won by the team with the best fuel mileage or the fastest pit stops.
Furniture Row® Companies is one of the largest family-owned specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers.
The company is comprised of five specialty store brands including: Sofa Mart®, Oak Express®, Bedroom Expressions®, Denver Mattress Co®, and Big Sur Water Beds®.