Milwaukee: GM Racing preview

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado Program Manager, NCTS: "We are looking forward to the Milwaukee Mile this week. With the long, flat corners handling is critical on this one mile track with many short track...

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado Program Manager, NCTS: "We are looking forward to the Milwaukee Mile this week. With the long, flat corners handling is critical on this one mile track with many short track tendencies. The last couple of years have produced a number of cautions but we have also seen this race run almost caution free you really have to be prepared either way. Our Chevrolets have had some great runs in Milwaukee, Hornaday finished second there a year ago and I am sure that he will be trying hard to make up for the one that got away last year. With all of the great short track racers in the Silverado camp it's hard to predict exactly how it will play out."

SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: THE MILWAUKEE MILE: @* Silverado drivers have won four (4) of the 13 previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races held at The Milwaukee Mile (TMM)

EVENT FACTS: @* Event Name Milwaukee 200 @* Race length: 200-laps/200-miles @* Banking/Turns: 9.25 degrees @* Track layout: 1.0-mile @* Shape: Oval @* Green flag: 8:30 p.m. EDT, Friday, June 20, 2008 @* Live Coverage: SPEED TV -- 8:00 P.M. EDT; Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SIRIUS Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 128

FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

* RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO: "Milwaukee has been a really good track for me. My racing career started on flat tracks like Milwaukee and I think that is why I have been so successful on the shorter flat tracks. I won there in 1997 and finished in the top five in every race there but one. Last year, we started 14th and finished second. It's definitely a track I know how to get around and we'll be looking at making another good run."

* JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 RVS.COM SILVERADO: "There really is no secret to being good at Milwaukee. You just need to have a good-handling race truck. One key thing is to keep the fenders on the truck all race long. It is a short track so it is fairly tough to pass. That makes qualifying and track position pretty important. I have to admit I like the one-day schedule. It is not fun for the guys if something happens in practice or qualifying because you're scrambling to fix the truck. However, one-day shows are good for the fans. They can come watch everything we do in one day. Plus, I hate waiting around so I like it when everything happens back to back."

* MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO: "We were just way off at Michigan; it was a disappointing weekend all the way around. We expect to bounce back at Milwaukee. I like racing at Milwaukee, and have usually run pretty respectable there. Passing at Milwaukee is tough, so qualifying and track position will take on added importance this week, and we'll have to have good pit stops. It will be interesting to see how the different pit strategies play out."

* CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOLMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO: "Milwaukee is a place that I have never really found the trick to. However I have been able to race fairly well there and compete for top 10 or 15 finishes in my couple of visits. Even though we struggled at Mansfield with the MRD Chevy I feel like we hit on a couple of things that will help our flat track program moving forward. We have worked and made our short track truck better and this is the most confident I have been going into this race. I'm really proud of all the guys; we're doing things this year that we're not supposed to be doing and really turning some heads."

* SHELBY HOWARD, NO. 13 BOBCAT SILVERADO: "We didn't get the finish we wanted at Michigan...we were decent the first two runs, but we just fell off after we took our last set of tires. We're taking to Milwaukee the truck we finished 6th in at Mansfield; we feel good about our short-track program right now. We're confident we'll get the results we want at Milwaukee. It's a fun place to race, a flat 1-mile track, and you can pass pretty well there. We're hoping we can come out of Milwaukee with a top-10 finish."

* BRIAN SCOTT, NO. 16 ALBERTSONS SILVERADO: "I am excited to go to the Milwaukee Mile," It has a great reputation and a reputation of being a driver's track. It is a flat track and this team has always done well on flat tracks so I look forward to it. Every racetrack you go to helps you learn more about this series and about these trucks. Milwaukee will be similar to two other one mile tracks that I have run in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series -- New Hampshire and Phoenix. Every track you go to has its own character and its own set of challenges. You have to learn what the tendencies for each track are, what the line is, how far to drive it in. That is one of the things I really enjoy about going to a new racetrack, working on all those aspects. It can be a lot fun."

* SHAWN MURPHY, NO. 07 ASI LIMITED SILVERADO: "I'm looking forward to racing at Milwaukee. We had a good showing at Mansfield and I'm looking to pick up where we left off and have a solid finish at Milwaukee. The truck series is tough and fun racing. It's a one day show so we need to be on top of our game from morning till night."

-credit: gm racing

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