Atlanta II: GM Racing preview

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado Program Manager, NCTS: ""Atlanta Motor Speedway produces some of the most exciting racing we see in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Drivers love the track because it is...

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado Program Manager, NCTS: ""Atlanta Motor Speedway produces some of the most exciting racing we see in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Drivers love the track because it is wide and you can move around in grooves from the bottom to the top of the track to find where your truck works best. It's a tough track that requires the complete package engine, handling and aero. Chevrolet has more wins than any other manufacturer at Atlanta, it's always exciting, and it usually comes down to the last lap. Ron Hornaday has had great success at Atlanta. He finished second there in the spring and was strong throughout the entire race. Ryan Newman will make his career-first NCTS start in the No. 2 KHI Silverado. These guys along with the rest of the Chevrolet camp should put up a strong fight Saturday night, but it's never easy in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Atlanta."

FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO: "Atlanta has been one of our best tracks lately. We started on the pole for the past two races and led a lot of laps, but finished second both times. Atlanta Motor Speedway is a very fast track, probably one of the fastest tracks we run on. The turns have a lot of banking and you can carry some really good speed into the straight-a-ways. We're going to go to Atlanta this time and try to seal the deal and get another win."

RYAN NEWMAN NO. 2 AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES SILVERADO: "It's the first time I've had the opportunity to run in the Truck Series. Everyone has always told me how much fun they have running the trucks, and now I've got the shot to see what it's like. I expect to go there and have fun. But in saying that, we should have a shot at the win in the end. KHI has two really strong trucks. My teammate is Ron Hornaday, who is currently second in points, and I think he was second at Atlanta earlier this year so I expect we'll have a really good truck - a top-five or top-10 truck. And by halfway, I'd like to be in a position where we have a shot at the win. I have never driven a truck before and it was really something that I wanted to have the chance to do. Kevin and DeLana (Harvick) are good friends of mine and (wife) Krissie's, and when the seat came open in their 2 truck, we talked about it and he asked me if I would be interested. The timing was just right. It's kind of a difficult time for them with having the need for a driver to fill the seat for the last few races, and I am glad to help them out at Atlanta this weekend."

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO: "I love racing at Atlanta...it's one of my favorite tracks. You can run the white line around the whole track, or you can run up against the fence. We can run two and three-wide, and there's no 'follow the leader' type of racing there. It's really fast, and you can hold it wide-open there for awhile, but handling is still a factor because the tires wear out quickly....after about 15 laps, we're all kind of back on an even playing field, and that's where handling becomes important. The turns there have almost as much banking as Daytona and Talladega, and you can carry some really good speed going into the straightaways. We feel real comfortable at Atlanta, and tend to run well there. I'm confident we can run with the race leaders, and be there at the end of the day with a chance for another top-5 finish."

CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOLMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO: "After a tough weekend in Martinsville I'm looking forward to Atlanta. I felt as though we could have run a little better this past weekend had it not been for a prolonged brake problem we have experienced this year. Fortunately the guys we are racing to get back into the top 10 didn't have really great days so we are still in striking distance. We learned quite a bit at Las Vegas and hopefully be able to apply that to Atlanta and Texas coming up. I had my first career top 5 at Atlanta so it would be really special to get my first win there as well."

DONNY LIA, NO. 81 NATIONRIDES.COM SILVERADO: "I really learned alot in the spring race at Atlanta. I felt as a driver I was leaps and bounds better at the end of the race. I've come to enjoy running on the 1.5 mile tracks quite a bit, and I am really looking forward to going back to Atlanta with the No. 81 RMM Chevrolet Silverado. I've had a great time working with everyone on the team and I know that together we can get the finishes that we deserve. Qualifying and running in the Top-10 would be a great day for us. As a driver I am going to do my best to keep out of trouble and be there at the finish. I feel we are capable of a top-10 finish and possibly a top-five. I have a lot of faith in my team and all the guys on the crew that make these trucks what they are, and I know we will have a great truck once again."

T.J. BELL, NO. 7 HOME4THEHOLIDAYS.ORG SILVERADO: "I've been to Atlanta before and I like it. Atlanta is fast and it's a pretty challenging race track. It's big and fast and you can move around. That's what I like. You can really move around to try and find a groove that will make your truck work. Of course, you definitely want to be on the bottom -- that's where everyone's going to be going the fastest -- but you can move around a little bit in case you're just not right. I'm pretty excited about going to Atlanta. I've ran good there, I just haven't had very much luck there in the past. We're taking truck 001 and we ran really well at Las Vegas with it. We think we found some stuff there. It will be fun to run that truck on a good tire, unlike Las Vegas. It should be good. Obviously we've had six top-10's in the last eight races so I just want to run in the top-10 there. The closer we get to the front, the easier it is to race. The guy's give and take more and the more they respect each other when you're racing up there. It makes it a lot easier on me and a lot easier on the team when you race up there with those good people that respect each other."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ryan Newman , Ron Hornaday Jr.