NASCAR driving veteran and Petty Enterprises test specialist Steve Grissom took driver's seat of the No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge during a two-day, fact-finding test at Kentucky Speedway.

"We have some things we're trying for the (Petty Enterprises) teams - a little bit of chassis stuff, a little bit of aero stuff," Grissom said. "It's our responsibility to try some different things to see what works and doesn't work. It's all about getting it to Daytona and getting it (the NASCAR Winston Cup season) started."

Grissom said he is optimistic about Petty Enterprises chances for a successful 2002 season. "They definitely made a lot of moves both last year and this year, but it's something that takes time," he said. "They have Robin Pemberton on board now and a completely different engine program, so that's definitely going help. It's all about getting it to Daytona and getting it started off."

Grissom made one NASCAR Busch Series start in 2001 and said he has no immediate plans to race full time in 2002. "We've been pretty busy doing 'R&D' work and it looks like we're going to continue to be pretty busy."

Kentucky Speedway opens its 2002 season May 10-11 with a Friday evening "Short Track Special" and the ARCA RE/MAX Series "The Channel 5-155" on Saturday evening. Tickets for all 2002 events at Kentucky Speedway are on sale now and can be purchased in four easy ways:

  • By phone at 1-888-652-RACE
  • On the World Wide Web at
  • In person at either the speedway's Ft. Mitchell ticket office or at the Kentucky Speedway Fan Center off Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.
  • At and all retail outlets located in Greater Cincinnati area Meijer Hader Hardware and Play-It-Again Sports stores.