Cicero, IL (August 15, 2000)- "Awesome!" "Unbelievable!" "Incredible!" Just three of the words from the mouths of the somewhat shaky members of the Chicago-area media as they exited the passenger side window of the ...
Cicero, IL (August 15, 2000)- "Awesome!" "Unbelievable!" "Incredible!" Just three of the words from the mouths of the somewhat shaky members of the Chicago-area media as they exited the passenger side window of the #50 Grainger Ford F-150 from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. They had just been around the Chicago Motor Speedway in excess of 130 miles per hour with NASCAR Craftsman Truck points leader Greg Biffle behind the wheel. And just in case you thought Greg and the boys from Roush Racing were holding back, they were running lap times just about a second shy of those run in a Goodyear tire test that they ran at CMS earlier this year.
The event brought out some of Chicago's top media outlets to the Chicago Motor Speedway to get some first-hand experience with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Each member of the media was given the opportunity to suit up in a fire suit and helmet, get strapped in to a specially-designed two-seat race truck provided by Ford Racing and built by Roush Racing, and get two full laps of CMS for a real look into what NASCAR Craftsman Truck racing is all about.
Greg started the day about 7am with a "live" appearance from the track on Fox Sports morning show "Coffee with..." that showcases local celebrities and current events. Then came WGN, which was broadcast "live" nationally over their network as well. As the media began to arrive, the race truck was fired up and the hot laps began.
To say that everyone had a good time would be an understatement. The media in attendance ranged from national TV and print to Internet and local newspapers, as well as four Chicago radio stations. The most unique of which was the Piranha-man, who broadcast his two laps with Greg live over the air in both Chicago and Los Angeles. The experience in one of the "world's fastest carnival rides" seemed to generate a heightened enthusiasm about the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series.
The fun ended about 2pm and everyone left grinning from ear-to-ear with a different perspective on just what the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series is all about. It won't be hard to pick them out of what is sure to be a sold out crowd on race day. That's when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series Sears Craftsman 175 will take place. They'll be the ones telling it like it really is from first-hand experience.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will bring NASCAR back to Chicago for the first time since 1956 with the running of the Sears Craftsman 175 at Chicago Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 27. The event will be broadcast live on ESPN and MRN Radio worldwide.