GM TRUCK TEAMS ELATED WITH TEXAS TEST RESULTS
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Feb. 3, 1999) -
Smiles were abundant throughout Texas Motor Speedway's garages Tuesday and Wednesday following two days of test sessions by General Motors NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams.
Record-breaking unofficial speeds and a feeling of stability from the new Silverado Chevrolet truck body had crew chiefs and drivers smiling from the results. Several clocks caught Jay Sauter (GM Goodwrench) at a lap of 30.08 seconds during Wednesday's session on the 1.5-mile superspeedway. Sauter's unofficial speed of 179.521 mph eclipsed Jack Sprague's 1998 track record of 178.542 mph.
Seven Chevrolet Craftsman truck drivers turned hundreds of laps during the two-day session without incident. Those participating include Sauter, defending series champion Ron Hornaday, 1997 titlist Jack Sprague, Rick Carelli, Lonnie Rush, Dallas-area Craftsman rookie Joey Sonntag and David Starr.
"Our new truck (Silverado) has felt great both days," Sauter commented. "It handled so well right after we unloaded it off the hauler yesterday. I can' t wait for the season to begin."
Hornaday echoed Sauter's sentiments. "You can really tell a world of difference from last year's Chevy and the Silverado," said Hornaday. "Apples to apples, this year's Chevy really felt stable all throughout the test."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visits Texas Motor Speedway twice in 1999, June 11 for the Pronto Auto Parts 400 and October 15 for the inaugural Bluebonnet 300. Tickets are available at the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, at all area TicketMaster locations and on-line at Texas Motor Speedway's website at www.texasmotorspeedway.com.