Hendrick, Team GMAC Back On Track With Fifth-Place NCTS Finish At Nazareth NAZARETH, PA. (August 26, 2001) - In the last three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, Ricky Hendrick and his GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado have struggled...
Hendrick, Team GMAC Back On Track With Fifth-Place NCTS Finish At Nazareth
NAZARETH, PA. (August 26, 2001) - In the last three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, Ricky Hendrick and his GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado have struggled finishing outside the Top-10 in each of those events. Nazareth Speedway, one of the toughest one-mile tracks on the circuit, hardly seemed like the place where the rookie team would recover, but they did just that finishing fifth in the Chevy Silverado 200 Sunday. "I heard so many things coming into this race," said Hendrick. "No amount of advice in the world can prepare you for this racetrack. We really are thrilled to come here and finish fifth, especially after struggling for the last three weeks. The GMAC Chevy and our team were all at there best today. If we hadn't gone a lap down, I feel sure we would have finished third. Still, it was a good day - we'll take it and get ready for Richmond."
Hendrick started the race from sixth position and moved up one position over the first 50 circuits. While the cautions came when Team GMAC needed them and Hendrick's pit stops were flawless, Nazareth Speedway showed it's unforgiving side as Hendrick dropped from third to ninth on one lap on one restart.
"The guys kept drilling it into my head to hit my marks," said the 21-year old Charlotte, NC native. "I was so focused on hitting them and after the second restart, I couldn't get into position. We dropped six spots pretty quickly. We got them all back, but I saw first hand how easy it is to lose position. It was a tough place both mentally and physically and we all learned a lot today."
"We knew this track was going to be difficult," said Team GMAC crew chief Lance McGrew. "We have never run here or at a track that is anything like this. We took a lot of advice and we did the best we could. We're happy with the end result today. Ricky drove a great race and all the things we worked on really paid off. I told him to drive like he had an egg under the gas pedal. He really drove a great race and the team had great stops. After struggling for three weeks, we look like Team GMAC again."
Hendrick earned $13,700 in the fifth-place effort and gained seven points on Travis Kvapil for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year battle. Hendrick is a mere five points out of the lead for the prestigious Rookie battle. Hendrick is still fifth in the NCTS championship chase, just 130 markers shy of the lead with six races remaining.
After a weekend off, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to the track for the Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway September 6. The race will be telecast live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. and telecast worldwide on MRN radio.
GMAC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors since 1919, is the financial arm of the corporation. Through an original mission to provide wholesale and retail financing to GM dealers and customers and then to offer a variety of automotive insurance services, GMAC had provided $1 trillion to finance nearly 150 million cars and trucks worldwide. Over the last 15 years, GMAC has greatly diversified into today entity of GMAC Financial Services, with some 29,000 employees at 700 facilities in 40 countries. Its offerings today also include residential and commercial mortgages; real estate and relocation services; special programs for members of the GM Family and GM Supplier community; and commercial financing. For more information on GMAC Financial Services products, log on to www.gmacfs.com.