Winston Cup Drivers Craven, Houston and Lepage Complete Testing at Kentucky
PPI Motorsports NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers Ricky Craven and Andy Houston as well as Morgan-McClure Motorsports Winston Cup driver Kevin Lepage completed two days of testing on Kentucky Speedway's 1.5-mile tri-oval on Tuesday, May 15.
Craven, pilot of the No. 32 Tide Ford Taurus, brought two new cars to Kentucky. "We're testing everything," he said. "Testing on this tri-oval doesn't count against us so this track is a commodity. It's valuable to us. Straight away speeds here are in the range of what we need. We have two brand new cars, so the fastest horse will win. It will probably be our car at Charlotte."
Houston, driver of the No. 96 McDonald's Ford, added chassis analysis to his test schedule. "We enjoy coming to test this track because it has good grip and we can go several laps on a set of tires. That gives us a good read," Houston said. "We're working on our intermediate track program - testing different shock and spring combinations and doing some chassis related tests. This track is good to test because it simulates a lot of places - Charlotte, and they tell me Chicagoland and Kansas."
Lepage shook down his No. 4 Kodak Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo to test the attitude of shock and spring combinations. "We're here trying to get as much information as we can," Lepage said. "We're testing the attitudes of springs and shocks, spending more time with our crew chief and getting some help from GM Racing. Once we test the different shocks and springs we can talk back to them to tell them if the changes help or hurt."
Kentucky Speedway hosts the NASCAR Busch Series in the inaugural "Outback Steakhouse 300" on Saturday, June 16. The race is part of a full weekend of action that will also feature the NASCAR Gatorade ALL-PRO Series "Kentucky 150" on June 15 and the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series "Kentucky 100" following the "Outback Steakhouse 300." The speedway will also dedicate its Darrell Waltrip statue and Memorial Walkway prior to the Busch Series as part of the weekend activities. Visit www.kentuckyspeedway.com or phone 1-888-652-RACE (7223) for event and ticket information.