Jeff Green, Hal Martin & Eric McClure) 2013 NNS History 300 Race PreviewPress Release
Coming off a much needed off-weekend, the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to what most drivers consider to be their “home track” for Saturday’s History 300. Endurance and stamina will help play a part in 300 grueling miles around Charlotte’s 1.5-mile speedway.
Hal Martin’s been studying; Prepared for Debut:
Before making an effort to understand the new surface at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driver Hal Martin spent his off weekend ‘studying’. The History 300 will be another race and track that Martin will make his debut.
“To prepare for Charlotte, I made sure to watch the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race as well as the Sprint All-Star race this past weekend,” Martin explained. “I’m also reflecting back to my race at Texas Motor Speedway (April). Charlotte and Texas are both very similar, except Charlotte seems to be narrower,” said Martin.
This will be the third 1.5-mile track on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. At the two previous 1.5-mile tracks, Martin finished 24th (Vegas) and 38th (Texas) after suffering a parts failure 53 laps into the event.
Hal Martin Appearance’s:
Thursday 5/23: Food Lion Speed Street – Charlotte, NC (7 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
Saturday 5/25: Toyota Pit Pass – Located in the Vendor Midway at Charlotte Motor Speedway 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
McClure’s new Scheme to Beat 2009 Finish:
Not to be mistaken for a roll of Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil, Eric McClure’s No. 14 Toyota Camry will have a fresh paint scheme and a new primary sponsor for this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Race in Charlotte. The famed silver and blue of Reynolds Wrap will cover McClure’s TriStar Motorsports Toyota Camry.
Charlotte’s 1.5-mile track has been one of McClure’s stronger tracks, but after the first two 1.5-mile tracks (Texas and Las Vegas) the team is looking for improvement.
“We need to see an improvement at this type track, and try to back up last year’s effort,” said McClure, who will make his 10th career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We struggled at Texas, but we are bringing the same car we ran well with last fall and felt was solid at Las Vegas. The field is very competitive and we are hanging tough in owners’ points, despite a string of horrible luck.” McClure will try to capitalize and back-up his best Charlotte finish of 18th, which was earned in 2009.
Former Charlotte Winner, Bliss Ready to Compete:
Mike Bliss will make his 16th start at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the History 300. Bliss has two wins at Charlotte and it is considered to be one of his favorites. Bliss is the only driver on this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series entry list, who won his very first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the fall of 2004. “Winning at Charlotte [last in 2009] was a cool experience,” said Bliss. “I enjoy the type of racing it produces and I think the track really suits my driving style. I hope we can maintain the momentum we’ve been building this season and keep building our points effort.”
Going into the 10th race on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, Bliss is still 11th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Jeff Green Continues to Wheel the No. 10 for TriStar Motorsports:
With his own Charlotte success story, Jeff Green knows what it takes to withstand 300 daunting miles around the 1.5 mile oval track. With two career wins at Charlotte, Green will make his 25th start for this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the History 300.
Source: TriStar Motorsports Press Release
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