Hendrick, GMAC Chevy Ready For Short-Track Action At Memphis MEMPHIS, TN (June 18, 2001) - When it comes to action-packed racing, Ricky Hendrick knows short tracks give drivers and fans alike plenty of what they are looking for. "There will be...
Hendrick, GMAC Chevy Ready For Short-Track Action At Memphis
MEMPHIS, TN (June 18, 2001) - When it comes to action-packed racing, Ricky Hendrick knows short tracks give drivers and fans alike plenty of what they are looking for.
"There will be some good beating and banging," said Hendrick, as he looked forward to this weekend's Memphis 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park. "There will be a lot of action. Memphis is a tight, fast three-quarter-mile track and everybody will be hitting everybody. Qualifying will be really important because track position up front will hopefully keep you out of some of the action back in the pack."
The Memphis event will mark a return to the Truck Series for Hendrick and his No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado after rolling to a 15th-place finish in the Outback Steak House 300 NASCAR Busch Series event at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. The 21-year-old driver has been near or at the front of the pack posting eight Top-10 finishes in 10 Truck Series events this season. Currently fourth in the season point standings and the leading contender for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award, Hendrick is confident he'll find the fast way around the Memphis track.
"Jack won the Truck Series race at Memphis last year we will go there with a really good set-up," said Hendrick of his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jack Sprague. "That's a big advantage. Hopefully there will be less to figure out when we unload the GMAC Chevy. Dennis Connor (Sprague's crew chief) and Lance McGrew (Hendrick's crew chief) are very experienced and will have two hours of practice to figure out what we will need to practice, qualify and race well."
That will be important for Hendrick given the Memphis 200 will mark his first-ever appearance at the track.
"Memphis is one of those tracks that's not too hard to figure out," said Hendrick, referring back to his short-track roots. "It's your typical Saturday night shot-track racing. If you can run on the bottom grove than you will be in good shape. We should be good and we are really looking forward to getting back into the Truck Series with a good finish at Memphis."
Hendrick and his GMAC Financial Services Silverado will take the green flag in the Memphis 200 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Saturday, June 23. The event will be telecast live by ESPN and will be broadcast live on MRN Radio.