Kentucky: GM Racing preview

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO IN NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES * Silverado drivers have scored four (4) wins in 2008 * Most race victories: 132 (of 317 possible 1995-2007) * Most manufacturers championships: Six of 13 (1995-98, 2002, 2005) * Most...

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO IN NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES

* Silverado drivers have scored four (4) wins in 2008

* Most race victories: 132 (of 317 possible 1995-2007)

* Most manufacturers championships: Six of 13 (1995-98, 2002, 2005)

* Most drivers championships: Nine of 13 (1995-1999, 2001-03, 2007)

* Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, and Jack Sprague, No. 2 American Commercial Lines Silverado, are both three-time NCTS champions

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado Program Manager, NCTS: "With a couple of weekends off, our teams have been working hard and are well prepared to finish our summer stretch. At Kentucky we will be back to the higher speeds of a 1 ½ mile track. Our Silverado teams have been very good at the 1 ½ mile tracks this year, with Hornaday winning at Kansas and Texas and Matt Crafton with his first win at Charlotte. Chad McCumbee and Jack Sprague have also been strong at these tracks and I'm sure that either one would like nothing better than to get a win at Kentucky."

SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY:

* Silverado drivers have won three (3) of the eight (8) previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races held at Kentucky Speedway, more than any other manufacturer

+ Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, has one victory at Kentucky ('06)

o In three (3) previous starts, has completed every lap in NCTS competition at Kentucky

o Has led a total of 47 laps

o Randy Moss Motorsports will debut the No. 81 Rascal Flatts Silverado with 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year Willie Allen behind the wheel

o Wayne Edwards, No. 28 Silverado, is a native Kentuckian, born and lives in Shepardsville, KY

FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

* RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO: "Kentucky is another one of those 1.5-mile tracks and with the way our program has been this year, we have a chance to be really good. It is a fast race track with two racing grooves. We won this race in 2006 and I would like to win there again, especially since nobody else has won there twice. Mark Smith (engine builder) has been giving us really good engines and it makes it so much fun for me to drive these trucks. Rick Ren (crew chief) and the guys on the Camping World team will be working really hard to get the truck where it needs to be and I just have to go out there and do my part."

* JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES SILVERADO: "Kentucky is an asphalt version of Nashville, but you carry a lot more speed into the corners at Kentucky than you do in Nashville. The corners at each venue are banked the same but you have to come off the corners at Kentucky at a slightly different angle. Kentucky is nice because over the years it has become a two-groove race track. We race in the evening so the track is not as slick as it is during the day. Fans can expect to see what they see each week in the Truck Series: good, hard, old-fashioned racing. This year the competition has been extra tough. Kentucky is very fast and as long as you can keep your truck from going to the tight side by the end of the night, you should have a good day."

* MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO: "I can't wait to get back on the track at Kentucky...it's tough to be away from the track for a couple of weeks, when you're chomping at the bit to be out there. You wanna do well each week, obviously, but it's extra important that we have a strong run at Kentucky so we can re-establish the momentum we've built so far this season. We want to get back in stride. I love racing at Kentucky...the track is fast and wide, and you have plenty of room to pass no matter where you are on the track. We're ready to pick up where we left off a couple of weeks ago."

* WILLIE ALLEN, NO. 81 RASCAL FLATTS SILVERADO: "I'm very excited about the opportunity to drive the Kentucky race for Randy Moss Motorsports. Randy Moss is definitely a proven winner and I feel that he brings a lot of passion to the race team. This is a great opportunity for me and I am very grateful to Randy, David Dollar and everyone at Chevy for giving me the chance to be behind the wheel of the No. 81 this Saturday I love racing at the Kentucky Speedway. The facilities are great and the fans are awesome. The fans really support the truck series in Kentucky and it makes the atmosphere great. The track is a little bumpy so you have to stay up on the wheel all night which makes it a fun race. We tested at Darlington last week and it really helped me learn what the new spacer plate feels like on the speedways. I also feel like me and crew chief Eric Phillips really hit on our communication during the test. I think we will have a good night in Kentucky."

* DONNIE LIA, NO. 71 NATIONRIDES.COM SILVERADO: "I got some laps at Kentucky with an ARCA car a few years ago so that's good. I'm really looking forward to going to Kentucky. It should be fun. The guys are working hard at the shop. Hopefully we can run better than we have in the past at the mile-and-a-half tracks. It would be good to run better and get the morale up a little bit at the shop."

* BRIAN SCOTT, NO. 16 ALBERTSON SILVERADO: "I think Kentucky Speedway is a great race track. It has a lot of character and it's a very interesting track with pretty big corners and a short backstretch. The big corners lead to really high speeds, and you can carry a lot of speed through the corners. It's really a fast racetrack. There are some bumps to it that can pose problems if you're not quite handling right or you don't have your package or platform worked out perfectly. It's a track where you drive really deep into the corners, so it's about getting it to work through the air and being able to drive down into the corners and then get on the gas. It's also a place that does not seem to be very forgiving. You really have to look out for certain parts of the racetrack and be on your toes. For whatever reason, it seems to be one of the faster, trickier mile-and-a-half tracks. Kentucky is really like no other track we run in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, but if I had to compare it to another I'd say it is maybe closest to Kansas. Kansas has more grip and it is smoother, but cornerwise, I think Kansas is the most similar to Kentucky."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Matt Crafton , Wayne Edwards , Willie Allen , Chad McCumbee