Richmond: Ryan Hemphill preview

Billy Ballew Motorsports set to start Johnny Sauter in no. 9 truck MOORESVILLE, NC (September 1, 2003) -For the second race in a row, Ryan Hemphill is testing uncharted waters. Hemphill makes his inaugural trip to Richmond International Raceway...

Billy Ballew Motorsports set to start Johnny Sauter in no. 9 truck

MOORESVILLE, NC (September 1, 2003) -For the second race in a row, Ryan Hemphill is testing uncharted waters. Hemphill makes his inaugural trip to Richmond International Raceway this Thursday night hoping that this first visit will be kinder than the last one, a trip to Bristol Motor Speedway on August 20th that yielded a 28th place finish.

"I have never raced at Richmond," Hemphill said. "From everything I've heard from other drivers, it's considered a driver's track. I think it will match my driving style pretty well. I usually don't overdrive the corners and that is one thing that you don't want to do there. If you overdrive the corner then it kills your center and exit speed, and you need a good exit off the corner to get down the straightaway."

Hemphill makes his third consecutive start for the VOKAL Clothing Dodge. His Billy Ballew Motorsports team is focusing on improved results for the 21 year-old Apollo, PA native. New crew chief Cal Boprey and Hemphill are committed to making progress with the No. 15 Dodge.

"We are looking for better results for the VOKAL Dodge," Hemphill said. "We know that these Dodge trucks are capable of running up front and we are beginning to learn how to dial them in. We just need to keep our nose clean and get a good finish. I am really excited about this opportunity and about racing at Richmond. It's a great facility and I can't wait to get there."

Billy Ballew Motorsports will start NASCAR Busch Series campaigner Johnny Sauter in their second entry, the No. 9 Ford. Ballew was impressed by Sauter's performance at Bristol even though it was derailed halfway through the event by engine woes.

"Johnny did a great job at Bristol," Ballew said. "His lap times were comparable to the leaders and he was looking at a great finish until we had some unforeseen problems. Johnny is a very competitive driver and we are hoping to get him a good finish at Richmond. Ryan is showing a lot of promise as well. It is tough for him to go to these tracks where he has never been before. Both Ryan and Cal are starting to gel together and that should result in some good finishes in the near future."

The Virginia is for Lovers 200 is scheduled for Thursday, September 4th at Richmond International Raceway. The race will be broadcast live nationally on the Speed Channel and MRN Radio at 8pm ET.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Johnny Sauter , Ryan Hemphill