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* Chevrolet has seven victories at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), more than any other manufacturer Ft. Worth, TX - The first of two annual visits to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) is next on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) schedule for Team ...

* Chevrolet has seven victories at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), more than any other manufacturer

Ft. Worth, TX - The first of two annual visits to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) is next on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) schedule for Team Chevy Silverado.

Since the inaugural NCTS race at the impeccable TMS facility in 1997, Silverado drivers have visited victory lane seven times, more than any other manufacturer.

Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado and his Rick Ren-led Kevin Harvick, Inc. team are on a roll, capturing the win at Dover International Speedway, his second in three races. Sitting second in the point standings, just 77 points out of the lead, the two-time NCTS champion and race wins record holder with 31 NCTS victories, is clearly feeling the momentum his team is building. The goal is to win races and the points will continue to take care of themselves.

"I don't even know where we are or how far behind," said Hornaday. "We will worry about that with five races to go or so. We are going to keep doing what we are doing. Racing hard and make sure all the nuts and bolts are tight on our Chevrolet and concentrate on the job at hand, keep my nose clean and race hard, and do what I know how to do.

"We have had top 10 finishes and led laps at Texas, but have never gone to victory lane. I am confident that with the help of my Camping World Chevrolet team, we can change that."

Dennis Setzer, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, and Brendan Gaughan, No. 77 South Point Hotel Silverado, are looking to add to their already impressive TMS records.

Setzer, who scored his first win of 2007 season at Mansfield in May, has two previous wins at TMS. Coupled with six top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes in 17 previous TMS starts, Setzer is always a favorite to win on the banked 1.5-mile Texas track.

"Texas is one of my favorite tracks," said Setzer. "My Spears Silverado team has had some great top-10 runs at TMS but not made it to victory lane. I think we have a legitimate shot to be a contender for the win this weekend. Texas has always been a great track for the Chevy Silverado. It would be good to build on our momentum of one win so far this year and get another one on a bigger track.

"The track is smooth and fast. It is definitely a horsepower track but you have to have a truck that handles well to get the power to the race track. The track has always drawn a good crowd there, and they have promoted the race well. Eddie Gossage (track president) has done a great job getting fans in for the truck race, whether it is a stand-alone race or not. The fans are really in to the NCTS so it is great for us to go there. We always put on a good show and I think this weekend will be a crowd pleaser."

Brendan Gaughan was the king of TMS in 2002 and 2003. The Las Vegas native captured four consecutive victories there. This weekend he is looking to find that luck again behind the wheel of his Silverado.

"We've been working really hard in the wind tunnel and engineering things with Chevrolet," said Gaughan. "Bryan Berry and Mike Roos, who is our shock specialist, really work great together. They really do a lot of things that I think are going to make this team special. We're starting to get a special team and I hope that my special team can translate into us figuring this whole program out.

"I don't know what we're going back there with. I know that Bryan is scared not to take Lone Star because I always say I won't go back to Texas without my Lone Star, but I hope that's not why he's doing it. And I know he's not. Bryan wants to take the best piece that can win. If it's Lone Star, he thinks it can win. I know that we sent it back to AJ Henry, our body man, and he just did some modifications, and it will be in the wind tunnel before the Texas race. We think it should be the best aero piece that we can bring there. Thanks to Chevrolet, we're getting another chance at the wind tunnel to see if it's back to speed."

Rookie contender Willie Allen, No. 13 ThorSport Silverado, has been creeping up on the competition. After running in the top-five the majority of the Mansfield race where a late race stop for fuel put him back in the field, Allen turned around and reeled off a solid 14th place finish at Dover.

"I love Texas Motor Speedway," said Allen. "I'm really excited about the series heading there. It's a really fast track and a very nice facility. The track has more than one groove so it makes for exciting side-by-side racing. You don't have to follow the leader at Texas. Hopefully we can get the truck dialed in during practice and get it to turn in the middle of the corner so we can keep our momentum going down the long straightaway. We'll try to stay out of trouble and bring home a good finish for the No. 13 Chevy Silverado."

Tim Sauter, No. 07 Lester Buildings Silverado, is another NCTS and Silverado full-time newcomer that is starting to make his presence know in races.

"We need to keep finishing races and earning points," said Sauter. "We've had three straight top-20 finishes, now it's time to build on those finishes and turn top-20's into top-15's."

"We're bringing the same truck we ran at Charlotte and at Dover. Our Silverado was pretty good at the end of the Charlotte race, so I'm hoping we can pick right up from there."

Kraig Kinser and the No. 47 Ginn Resorts Silverado have been the recipient of bad luck virtually every race so far this season. After an early exit at Dover as a result of being the innocent victim of a first-lap multi-truck accident, Kinser is ready for a solid run at TMS.

"I look forward to heading to Texas this next week," said Kinser. "Hopefully, we can avoid the wrecks and be there at the end. After a hard and very discouraging week in Dover, the whole team is looking for a big turn-around. Texas is a very high-speed track, and it allows for some great racing for the drivers and the fans. This will only be my second trip to the track, but I have done fairly well on the dirt track, so maybe that is why it is always fun to go back to Texas. It would be awesome to get a great run for everyone at Morgan-Dollar Motorsports and Ginn Resorts, and we are going to concentrate very hard on achieving that this weekend."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Dennis Setzer , Tim Sauter , Brendan Gaughan , Kraig Kinser , Willie Allen