Loudon: GM Racing preview

RON HORNADAY, JR. IS ON THE MARCH TOWARD HIS SECOND CONSECUTIVE AND FOURTH OVERALL NCTS CHAMPIONSHIP. HE RETURNS TO NHMS AS THE DEFENDING RACE WINNER. TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado Program Manager,...

RON HORNADAY, JR. IS ON THE MARCH TOWARD HIS SECOND CONSECUTIVE AND FOURTH OVERALL NCTS CHAMPIONSHIP. HE RETURNS TO NHMS AS THE DEFENDING RACE WINNER.

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado Program Manager, NCTS: "New Hampshire being a flat one-mile track really highlights the overall chassis setup of the truck. The aero isn't as critical as in the 1.5-mile tracks, but we have still seen some advantage for the guy out front in clean air. In the past his track has produced some great side by side battles however last year Ron Hornaday pretty much dominated the race leading 174 of the 200 laps. Both of the KHI trucks were really good last week in St. Louis with Hornaday and Jack Sprague running 1-2 for many laps. I would expect much of the same for their Silverados this week."

SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY:

* Chevrolet Silverado drivers have won four (4) of the 12 previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS)

* Ron Hornaday is the defending NHMS winner, the only repeat NCTS winner

FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO: "New Hampshire is a track that fits my driving style. It's flat for the most part and has a little bit of banking in the turns. I have had some really good runs at New Hampshire in the past. We had a good race there last year and led the most laps and won. I'm the only repeat winner at that track, so hopefully we can put together another solid run and put the No. 33 Camping World Silverado back in victory lane this year."

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO: "Places like Phoenix and here in New Hampshire really remind me of the short tracks that I grew up racing on. A few years ago the groove here was right around the bottom of the track, but it has moved up over the years and the groove is more in the middle of the track. The expansion of the racing lane makes for better racing and gives the trucks almost a two-lane race track. I like it when we have the opportunity to move around a track and see which lane works best for our truck. A good way to dominate at a race track is to find a lane that no one else can run and make it work for you."

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO: "Loudon is a track that is unique in its own right. I've always enjoyed racing there. It's a flat track, so it's important that your truck handles well...it brings driver ability into the equation more, also. Hopefully, we can stay out of trouble, have good pit stops, and come out with a top-5 finish to reestablish our momentum. There's a lot of racing left, and we need to be on top of our game each week."

CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOLMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO: "I'm actually really excited about going to Loudon. With our continued improvement on short and flat tracks I feel very confident in this coming weekend. We had a solid finish at Gateway and should be able to translate what we learned there to Loudon. It has been so hard to gain some of those points back that we lost a few months ago but hopefully we can keep getting the solid finishes we need to get back in the top 10 in points."

DONNY LIA, NO. 81 NATIONRIDES.COM SILVERADO: "New Hampshire is the closest thing to a home track that I have on the truck series. I've raced at New Hampshire for a few years now. Being that I came from the modified series we raced there twice a year and last year I won a modified race there. It's a track that I really enjoy going to. Of all the tracks that we race on in the truck series, New Hampshire by far I have the most experience at. I'm just looking forward to going there again and looking forward to racing the truck again. It was a little hard watching the race and not being in it, but definitely looking forward to this weekend. More so than I probably have looked forward to going racing all year, so definitely very excited about it. It's probably a little bit of pressure on us to perform being it's Randy Moss and we're up in New England. I'm really looking forward to it; it should be a very cool experience. I'm real honored to be able to be a part of it."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague