Pocono II: Ricky Craven preview

HICKORY, NC (July 27, 2004) - Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet, returns to Pocono Raceway for his 15th appearance at the uniquely shaped track. Coming off a great qualifying effort last weekend, the Tide Racing team is looking ...

HICKORY, NC (July 27, 2004) - Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet, returns to Pocono Raceway for his 15th appearance at the uniquely shaped track. Coming off a great qualifying effort last weekend, the Tide Racing team is looking forward to this weekend's event at Pocono.

Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet:

With Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s injury last week at Infineon Raceway, there has been much discussion regarding fire-safety. What are you thoughts on this topic and what do you do to keep yourself safe in the race car?

"My team protects me well with all the essentials. It would be wise to wear the protective underwear, but I haven't before due to the heat. I haven't talked to Dale Jr. to see some of the challenges he had with his wreck in Sonoma. It was a severe fire, so sometimes it is nice to talk about those situations to educate yourself. I'm glad he's okay and look forward to he being back and well as soon as possible."

It seems like many teams had problems with motors at Pocono during the first race this year, including the Tide Racing team. Will the teams be more conservative with their motor programs this weekend or will you do anything different this weekend to extend the motor during the race?

"No, I'll drive the same way I always have. A few years ago at Pocono, I missed a shift and blew the engine. I felt really, really bad. I drove to the shop in Hickory the next day and apologized to the team because it was a driver error. At the race earlier this year at Pocono, it was just an engine failure. The day of being conservative is gone. If you are conservative, you are going to get beat and get beat bad. We're going to have to go there, muscle up and run it hard, but I have confidence in the guys and believe they can do it."

Mike Beam, crew chief of the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet:

One company has come out with a fire-extinguishing paint that can be used in many capacities. Are there any other fire-safety measures that can be used on a car?

"I think the first thing the drivers need to do is to wear all the safety equipment they can like the open-wheel drivers do. I've seen some drivers race without gloves on in this day and age. I really feel they need to take responsibility for themselves. I haven't heard about this paint, but I'd be interested in taking a look at it."

Appearance: Craven will sign autographs at the Tide Souvenir Rig this weekend. Please check with the souvenir rig in advance for ticket distribution, date and time.

Chassis No. 53: The Tide Racing team is taking Chassis No. 53 to Pocono this weekend. The car has made three starts this season in the All-Star event, Michigan and Chicago.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ricky Craven