Drivers Excited About Racing At Atlanta With New Rules Package
Monday, March 8, 2004
After three races with the new spoiler rules and tires, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers are giving the new package a passing grade. But even they have said that the true test won¿t come until this weekend in Atlanta.
¿At Las Vegas, it was hard to test, because the performance of the tires has typically fallen off anyway, but I think the new package is working,¿ Tony Stewart said. ¿My gut feeling is that our package is better and it's going to make the racing better for the fans and they're going to actually get to see us be able to race and not have to worry about fuel mileage."
And that¿s exactly why the changes were made ¿ to improve the racing. Instead of playing the fuel mileage game in the pits, the drivers will be in charge of their own destiny.
¿Now we're pumped up and getting ready for Atlanta,¿ said Stewart, who won the spring race here two years ago. ¿After a good day in Las Vegas, it gives us a lot to look forward to at Atlanta because we normally go really fast at Atlanta also."
Stewart and his Joe Gibbs racing teammate, Bobby Labonte, have been near-perfect at Atlanta in recent years. Gibbs Racing has seven wins in the last 15 races at Atlanta ¿ six with Labonte ¿ and Stewart has scored five straight top-10 finishes at the high-banked superfast speedway. Stewart has also led at least one lap in every race since November 2001.
NEXTEL CALL FOR ACTION: Nextel Communications Inc. is putting the call out to NASCAR fans to donate their old wireless phones to support the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services at races across the country this season, including the March 14 Golden Corral 500.
In 2003, Nextel raised nearly $400,000 for the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services through the American Red Cross DONATE A PHONE program, as well as other fundraising efforts.
This year, Nextel hopes NASCAR fans across the country will help the company surpass that goal by simply donating their old wireless phones from any manufacturer, in any condition, at NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races, at any of Nextel¿s 500 retail stores, or through www.nextelbuyback.com. Net proceeds of the resale value from the recycling of the phones, which averages $1.70 for each phone collected, are directed to the Armed Forces Emergency Services program and help U.S. service men and women stay connected with their loved ones back home.
NASCAR fans can support this cause at the Golden Corral 500 by taking their old wireless phones to The Nextel Experience or a Nextel sales or service kiosk located in the display lot.