CA Finishes and Solid Strategies
September 6, 2006
Denver, CO- Furniture Row Racing's Cup team and Busch team both secured a 39th place finish at California Speedway last weekend.
Cup driver Kenny Wallace qualified at 40th, stayed out of trouble, and finished the show accruing valuable owners points for the rookie team.
The Busch team had a strong qualifying run, and was running a solid race. All was going well and it appeared the team had a top 25 car. However, the car spun out creating some challenges. Crew Chief Joe Garone explains, "After the spin out, we had difficulty getting the car to handle correctly."
Next on the agenda for both teams is Richmond International Raceway this weekend.
Strategies for a successful run for the #78 Chevy Monte Carlo at Richmond include the following items. First, starting up front is important at Richmond. Hence, a good qualifying run is going to be key. The Cup program is bringing a new car so the team must work quickly to get it dialed in.
Second, Wallace and Robertson also must find a way to pass from the bottom. At Richmond, the drivers like to settle into the groove on the high side of the track. A key to success is being able to run on the low side and get the proper traction off of the corner to pass your competition on the straightaway. Also, keeping the #78 car intact is essential. With short-track racing, there tends to be a lot of rubbing and trading of paint.
The .75-mile oval offers classic short-track action – and classic short-track challenges. But at the same time, its surface facilitates passing and plenty of speed, producing an under-the-lights stock-car spectacle that many call a mixture of old and new.
Furniture Row® Companies is one of the largest family-owned specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers in the country, operating over 300 stores in 30 states. The company is comprised of five specialty store brands including: Sofa Mart®, Oak Express®, Bedroom Expressions®, Denver Mattress Co®, and Big Sur Water Beds®.