Casey Mears posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 120.557 mph.
Casey Mears is ready to put his last two Michigan International Speedway races behind him. He experienced an overheating problem last August to finish 42nd and crash damage this June cost him 11 laps. He crossed under the checkers 32nd in the FireKeepers Casino 400.
Casey Mears finished between 23rd and 27th in four of his last five attempts at Bristol Motor Speedway. The only time he failed to finish that well was in April 2015 because of crash damage, but he qualified 27th that afternoon.
Casey Mears finished 12th in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, which tied his season-best finish. He was also 12th in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Casey Mears posted a lap of 176.478 mph in qualification and will line up 20th on the Pennsylvania 400 grid at Pocono Raceway.
Casey Mears qualified 34th with a lap of 180.792 mph for the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard, which will mark the fifth time in his career that he starts 30th or worse at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Casey Mears finished 35th in the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, 31st at Martinsville Speedway, 29th at Richmond International Raceway, and 24th at Pocono Raceway. That steady improvement in four flat track races this season makes him one to watch at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Casey Mears has finished in the 30s in his last three restrictor-plate, superspeedway races with a 31st at Talladega SuperSpeedway last fall, a 32nd at Daytona International Speedway this spring, and a 33rd at ‘Dega in May.
Casey Mears finished 17th in summer 2014 and was 13th last spring at Michigan International Speedway. He was unable to back that up last August, however, due to an overheating problem.
Casey Mears has earned two top-20s in the first 12 races of this season. That has not been much of a benefit to fantasy owners recently, however, because both of them came in the first five weeks.
Casey Mears should finish about 25th this week if his 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s session is representative. In that session, he logged the 13th-quickest lap among 20 drivers, which puts him just below the halfway point.
For Casey Mears, consistency on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks has been a key factor in the past two seasons. All but two of his last 13 attempts on this course type dating back to the beginning of 2015 have ended in top-25s.
Casey Mears’ last two plate races have been disappointing with a 31st last fall at Talladega SuperSpeedway and a 32nd in this year’s Daytona 500, but seven of his last 11 attempts on the big tracks ended in top-15 finishes.
Casey Mears posted the third-quickest average speed in practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. His top speed of 124.440 mph was set during his first 10 laps on the track.