Busch teams head to the Glen early to work on cars
The second of back-to-back road course races, and the final one of the season, has crews scrambling to prepare for this week's Busch series race at Watkins Glen.
Stock car drivers are generally considered oval specialists, so scheduling two road course races in an eight-day span has put pressure on everyone in NASCAR's Busch series.
The series made its Canadian debut Aug. 4 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, home of the Canadian Grand Prix Formula One event. The Busch drivers now move to Watkins Glen, N.Y., for another road race on Saturday.
"Watkins Glen, being the second of back-to-back road-course events, presents a unique challenge to the NASCAR Busch series teams," series director Joe Balash said. "Teams have either had to build a third road course car to be prepared, or they're spending extra time driving from Montreal to Watkins Glen so they can get to the garage early to do the maintenance on their cars from last weekend.
"A number of Busch series teams arrived (at Watkins Glen) early Monday to change engines, rebuild brakes, switch out transmissions and restore sheet metal on the road-course cars."
Balash said these races, along with the March road course event in Mexico City, offer a good opportunity for the Busch drivers.
"This is the third of three road courses in 2007, which gives our drivers a broad experience to build their road course talents," he said. "The Glen is a wider track, with more sweeping turns. It races more like a speedway than the tight chicanelike turns of Montreal.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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