New Pavement at Michigan Speedway a Unique ChallengeWith an off weekend behind them, the Rick Ware Racing Team and Poynt.com head to Michigan Speedway for more intense NASCAR Nationwide Action. The team will roll out the 41 Poynt.com car for the first NASCAR race on the new repaved track surface with practice beginning on Friday. During the off season Michigan Speedway underwent a major facelift with a full track repave. Speeds are expected to reach over 215 mph heading into the wide sweeping corners and grip will be at an all time high.
The #41 Poynt.com team will roll out the same car that ran consistent top 5 speeds at Charlotte Speedway a few short weeks ago. This car is specifically designed for high downforce race tracks where speeds are excessive and grip is needed to keep cars stuck to the track. George Church, crew chief for the 41 car has his work cut out for him heading into a track with new pavement and very little time on the track. “It is always tricky when you head to a place that just went through a repave. Not sure if our notes from the past will carry over or if we will have to make significant changes to our baseline setup. What I do know is that it will be really smooth and really fast”, explained crew chief George Church.
As with the setup of the car, the driving of Michigan Speedway with new pavement is an unknown as well. “Michigan had a bunch of different grooves and levels of banking. It was also pretty bumpy which was fun and it wore the tires out pretty quickly. I am not sure if you will see any of that this first year back on fresh pavement. The bumps will probably be gone and the groove will be much narrower. I am really looking forward to those first few laps to see what happens and how the track feels.”, stated Timmy Hill.
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Dover ratings were slightly down from last year which made it only the 3rd race to see a decline. This weekends race will be a great showpiece and seen LIVE on Network TV, ABC at 4 pm eastern standard time!
ESPN's live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Saturday, June 2, earned a 1.2 household coverage rating (1.1 U.S. rating), averaging 1,455,858 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. The rating was down from a 1.7 for last year's race, which also aired on ESPN but was run earlier in the year on May 14. Of the 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series races that have aired across ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC this season, the Dover race was only the third to see a ratings/viewership decline from last year.(ESPN)(6-6-2012)