Ford Roush Truck – The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team refuses to slow down. Conversely, many take advantage of pauses in racing schedules. They take every opportunity to test on various tracks. They gather information, and hone their skills – whatever they can to give them better opportunities for the next victory.
The two Roush Fenway teams needed several days to test at Darlington Raceway, which was recently re-paved. Erik Darnell at No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford gets several rounds of training and Ford Zaxby No. 09 was shared by Travis Kvapil and Bobby East. “We tested a new truck that we planned to race at Lowe’s and Dover next month, and we spent a lot of time comparing it to what we have replied to,” Darnell said. “The things we learn here will benefit us on many fast paths like Lowe,” said his crew chief, Matt Puccia.
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Travis Kvapil tested the Zaxby truck on the first day, then turned the wheel to Bobby East by entering as much time as he could. “The Zaxby truck is probably the best stock car / truck I’ve ever driven,” East said. He will start the 2008 season in Kansas. “I made around 200 rounds between two days so it was good to get round and get to know Chad (Norris, crew chief) and trucks before Kansas.”
In the north, several Chevy teams are testing at the Richmond International Racecourse. Chief crew Rick Ren said he was very happy with the track time. “We had a very good test,” he said. “We worked on a number of short track set-ups. We learned a lot and hoped to take what we learned and apply it at Mansfield. This off-week gave our two trucking teams the opportunity to assess where we are and regroup before the season stretches long heat. “