Talladega: Ricky Carmichael preview

CARMICHAEL ON ARCA RACING SERIES: Carmichael will make his sixth ARCA Racing Series start at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. In his five previous starts (Talladega, Daytona (2), Rockingham, Texas) he qualified in the top 10 twice. In...

CARMICHAEL ON ARCA RACING SERIES: Carmichael will make his sixth ARCA Racing Series start at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. In his five previous starts (Talladega, Daytona (2), Rockingham, Texas) he qualified in the top 10 twice. In February at Daytona Carmichael scored his first top-10 finish in the series by scoring a seventh-place effort.

CARMICHAEL ON TALLADEGA: Carmichael made his first ARCA Racing Series start at Talladega in the fall of 2008. He qualified ninth and finished 30th after a crash ended his day. This Friday afternoon's race at Talladega Superspeedway will be the Florida native's third start at the track. In addition to his previous ARCA start at the famed Alabama track last season he drove the No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Series event held at the speedway and scored a 20th place finish.

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW: RC is the father of twins. Kadin and Elise Carmichael made their entrance into the world the night before their dad's last Supercross race of his career in 2007. They recently celebrated their third birthday with a trip to Walt Disney World.

HARD CHARGER: The Hard Charger Award, which acknowledges the most determined riders in Motocross, was recently named after Carmichael. To date RC is the winningest rider in the history of the sport and the most successful AMA Pro Motocross Champion ever.

BEHIND THE WHEEL: Carmichael will pilot chassis No.2 this weekend in Talladega. This particular chassis has numerous laps underneath its belt, but received a new body over the winter courtesy of Kevin Harvick Inc.

CARMICHAEL ON BIKE VS RACE CAR: "I get asked a lot to compare different situations in motocross to stock car racing. For example, my reaction time in moto had to be quicker than now. You don't have a lot of room for recovery in moto. If you misjudge a jump your night most likely is done. In racing you can make a mistake and recover from it pretty quickly if you are on a wide track. Moto is a lot like racing in Martinsville. Not much room for error or you are in the wall. But my mental concentration has to be stronger in stock car racing than it was in moto. I am adapting to running 100 to 200 laps at a time in a race car and in motocross you generally run 20 laps for the main event. So much can change in 100 laps and I have to really stay focused on the big picture. Ironically, the 20 lap events in motocross are more physically demanding than the 100 to 200 laps in a stock car. Both sports are physically and mentally challenging on different levels."

-source: tma

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Series ARCA
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ricky Carmichael