HICKORY, NC (June 15, 2004) - Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet, has one pole, one second-place finish and two top-15 finishes at Michigan International Speedway. Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet: You've had...
HICKORY, NC (June 15, 2004) - Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet, has one pole, one second-place finish and two top-15 finishes at Michigan International Speedway.
Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet:
You've had two 15th place finishes in the Tide Ride over the past two June races at Michigan...
"We've run really well in both of those races. In 2002, we had a flat tire and lost a lap. We were the first car one lap down at the end, but we had a car much better than 15th. Last year, we were unbelievable. We took a provisional to start, but drove up to the second position under green. We were really, really smokin'. We got caught up in an incident with a lap car and it tore the fender off our car and we limped home 15th. At the time we were battling Tony Stewart for third."
Why is Michigan one of your favorite racetracks?
"If I were going to build a race track, Michigan would be a great template. And they actually did that with California. The reason why is it is a two-mile track, so you have a lot of speed, but it is unrestricted, so you have corner entry speed fast enough where you have to use some brake. Handling is a premium, but aerodynamics is a big issue and you and mix it up a little... you can run side-by-side or push someone down the frontstretch. It seems like it has all elements of racing. Even fuel mileage plays a factor."
What is your favorite thing to do while visiting Michigan?
"While Michigan is one of my favorite race tracks, it is also one of my favorite places to visit. I love the weather and the environment. There is an enormous ice creamery in Jackson that my family and I frequent.... I can't seem to recall the name, but it is awesome."
Appearance: Craven will sign autographs on Saturday, June 19th approximately from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Tide Souvenir Rig. Please check with the souvenir rig in advance for ticket distribution.
Chassis No. 53: The Tide Racing team is taking Chassis No.53 to Michigan this weekend. The car has competed only once this year, at the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge held at Lowe's Motor Speedway last month.
Driver Notes: Craven attended the Victory Junction Gang Camp Grand Opening celebration on Tuesday, June 15th with his family on behalf of Tide Racing. Tide is the official sponsor of Victory Junction's laundry hut, freshly painted in Tide orange, yellow and blue and officially named "Tide's Soap Box Racer." Tide also donated brand-new Whirlpool appliances in the laundry hut, as well as will annually supply Tide laundry detergent and Downy dryer sheets to meet the needs of Victory Junction on a year-round basis. Lastly, Tide donated a Tide/NASCAR racing simulator and slot car game for Victory Junction's recreational facilities.