Cook Heats Up Atlanta 4 Wallace
October 25, 2006
Furniture Row Racing heads to Atlanta this weekend. NASCAR Craftsman Truck driver Terry Cook will be filling in for Cup driver Kenny Wallace during qualifying. Wallace has a prior commitment in the Busch Series in Memphis that will prevent him from qualifying the #78 Cup car. However if Cook qualifies, Wallace will head to Atlanta to run the Cup race on Sunday.
If Wallace runs Atlanta, he will have a lot on his plate. Atlanta Motor Speedway is known for its high speeds - the track record is over 197mph. In addition, its 1.54-mile layout also features multiple racing grooves. The result is close racing and fantastic finishes. Pure speed and Horsepower are needed at Atlanta, but many other important details and strategies cannot be overlooked.
Atlanta dictates that the #78 speed slows significantly over the course of a fuel run (the time on the track in between pit stops for fuel), due to wear of the tires during this same period. As tires wear down, Wallace will adjust his "line" and search for the best lane to maximize his speed based on the chassis setup and level of tire-wear. This generally requires beginning a fuel run at the bottom of the track, then gradually shifting towards the top.
Another critical component to a successful run is camber. Camber is the amount that a tire is tilted in or out from its vertical axis, Perpendicular to the racetrack. Changing the camber affects handling and tire-wear and will be a crucial adjustment in Atlanta. Because of tire wear, Crew Chief Joe Garone must strive for near-perfect camber angles to get maximum performance from the tires. This is especially true on the front of the car, where tires take more of the weight load as the car enters the corners.
The team is anxious to take on the challenges of Atlanta, after running well last weekend at Martinsville. Garone elaborates on Martinsville, "After qualifying at 40th, we had some mechanical problems during the first practice which took us out of happy hour. Prior to the race we were unsure about our set up. However, during the race we were able to adjust the car to its best potential, we avoided both mechanical failure and accidents, and were able to cinch a 29th place finish."
Atlanta marks the seventh race in the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. The field is separated by only 171 points from first place through 10th-the closest margin among the top 10 after six Chase events. Although the #78 Cup team is not in the Chase, the goal of the remainder of the season will be to accrue valuable owner's points.
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