Texas II: GM Racing preview

*Silverado has won six of the 17 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), more than any other manufacturer *Silverado drivers have scored more top-five and top-10 finishes at TMS than any other manufacturer in...

*Silverado has won six of the 17 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), more than any other manufacturer

*Silverado drivers have scored more top-five and top-10 finishes at TMS than any other manufacturer in the 10-year NCTS racing history at the 1.5-mile banked tri-oval

*Mike Bliss, No. 16 Xpress Motorsports/Struttmasters.com Silverado, NCTS winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway, has two poles at TMS in eight previous starts, best finish is fifth

*Clint Bowyer will make his third NCTS start of 2006 behind the wheel of the No. 46 Jack Daniels Silverado fielded by Morgan-Dollar Motorsports

*Kyle Busch returns to cockpit of No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Silverado

Ft. Worth, TX - The Silverado 350K at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) is up next on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (TMS) schedule and Team Chevy Silverado is ready to continue their winning ways in the Lone Star state.

Silverado drivers have made their way to victory lane six times at TMS, more than any other manufacturer. Silverado drivers have more top-five and top-10 finishes as well at the 1.5-mile banked tri-oval.

"Texas Motor Speedway has been a great track for our Silverado teams and drivers," said Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing NCTS program manager. "The track is smooth and fast so it takes a complete package including aero, engine, and handling to run up front. Our teams have been working hard to finish the year on a high note. We have had our share of challenges this year but we showed last week that we can still compete for wins at the big tracks. Of course, with this race being the Silverado 350, we want to see everyone of our Chevrolet drivers do well and celebrate with someone in victory lane."

Mike Bliss, No. 16 Xpress Motorsports/Struttmasters.com Silverado, win last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway was the 124th NCTS win for Chevy, more than any other manufacturer in the NCTS. It was the Bowtie brand's fourth NCTS win of the 2006 season and the 13th of Bliss' career including five victories during his 2002 championship year. He has scored two poles at TMS but is still looking to find his way to victory lane.

Dennis Setzer, No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado, leads the Chevy Silverado contingent with two wins; six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes at TMS. Still looking for that breakout win in 2006, Setzer has the stats at TMS to give him a leg up on the competition. With $343,345 in winnings, Setzer holds the record for most money won of all drivers at TMS.

Clint Bowyer will make his third NCTS start of the 2006 back in the cockpit of the No. 46 Jack Daniels Silverado fielded by Morgan-Dollar Motorsports. Bowyer was headed to the front of the field in his most recent start at Martinsville Speedway when a carburetor issue brought him down pit road under green flag conditions putting him out of contention.

Kyle Busch will return to the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Silverado and run the triple at TMS - NCTS, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

DRIVER: DENNIS SETZER
TEAM: No. 85 FlexFuel E85 Silverado - Morgan Dollar Motorsports

"Texas has been a good track over the years. They have reconfigured it a couple of times and I guess they have made it better each time. It was good for the trucks right out of the box, so it has been fortunate for us to have run well there. It has been a high priority track for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports because David (Dollar, team owner) lives in Oklahoma, and it is very important for us to run well there. It is exciting to win close to David's hometown for him as an owner. I was also fortunate enough to win Dodge's first superspeedway race there a few years ago, so it has been a good track for me.

The track has always drawn a good crown there, and they have promoted the race well. Eddie Gossage (track president) has done a great jog getting fans in for the truck race, whether it be a stand-alone race or not. With it being with the Cup series this weekend, it is another feather in the truck series cap, and should draw some more people to the race."

On race being sponsored by Chevrolet:
"It is our highest priority to promote Chevrolet and the Silverado every weekend, but we have special races that Silverado is the sponsor, so Chevrolet is a sponsor of the track, and all of the vehicles at the track are Chevrolet's or Silverado's. That puts another little boost in the weekend, and you try a little extra hard. It would really be nice to win at a Chevrolet track, I know there will be some high ranking officials there, you just want to solidify your team in any way possible."

DRIVER: CLINT BOWYER
TEAM: No. 46 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet Silverado - Morgan Dollar Motorsports

"I'm excited to get behind the wheel of the Jack Daniel's Chevrolet Silverado this weekend at Texas. Everyone over at Morgan-Dollar Motorsports was great to work with at New Hampshire in September. They gave me a great truck but we had some carburetor problems and that would up costing us a handful of laps but, up until then, we had one of the trucks to beat.

These trucks are a lot of fun to drive. They are so forgiving and you can drive them down into the corner for what feels like a mile further than the Cup or Busch cars. The big spoilers and the huge sides on these trucks give the driver a whole lot more flexibility when it comes to passing or picking out a line to run. We'll also have RCR power under the hood so I know Steve Allen, (RCR Truck Series Trackside Engine Manger) will slide me the steam. Plus, it's hard to find a truck that looks any cooler than mine with Jack Daniel's on the hood and down the side. I've only been in two Truck races and each time it has been in a truck that was capable of winning the race so hopefully the third time will be a charm."

DRIVER:  RON HORNADAY

TEAM: No. 33 AES HR Solutions Silverado- Kevin Harvick, Inc.

"Going back to Texas is always a treat for me and the team. We run really well there, and it is always an exciting race for the drivers and the fans. The track has been extremely good to the Chevrolet brand, and hopefully we can bring them and our sponsor, AES HR Solutions another win before the season is over. Texas would be the perfect place to get that done. In the spring, we seemed to qualify well (7th) but during the race we seemed to struggle. Hopefully, we can get a good run for our team, and Kevin and DeLana (Harvick, team owners) and finish out the year on a good note."

DRIVER:  ARIC ALMIROLA

TEAM: No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado - Spears Motorsports

"After not running so well out there in the spring, we are looking to come back and make a statement in our Spears Manufacturing Silverado. We qualified eighth, and really had a tough time during the race, and we spun in Turn 3, and finished a ton of laps down. The team has had a tough couple of weeks, so hopefully we can rebound this week in Texas."

DRIVER:  MIKE BLISS

TEAM: No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Silverado

"After coming off of a huge win for the whole Xpress Motorsports team, we are ready to go to Texas and be in the hunt for another win. Texas is a great place to visit and the race track is awesome. The Xpress team won a race in Texas last season, so hopefully we can use our momentum from last weekend to get Chevrolet and the team another win. The fans in Texas are great too, and usually draws a pretty good crowd for our race, plus, lately, the racing has been really exciting for all of the fans, so having them cheer us on makes it that much cooler to head to Texas."

DRIVER:  SHANE HUFFMAN

TEAM: No. 40 Key Motorsports Silverado

"I've never been to Texas Motor Speedway before. In fact, the closest I've come to the state is the Navy's USS Texas submarine. But I'm looking forward to running both the Truck and Busch Series races this weekend, and the added seat time should be beneficial to both programs. Key Motorsports had a great truck for me at Martinsville, and I'm confident we would have had a top 15 finish if the engine had lasted. We'll pick back up where we left off there and have a great run in the #40 at Texas."

DRIVER: CHAD MCCUMBEE
TEAM: No. 08 GPS Store.com/Garmin Silverado - Green Light Racing

"We had a real good run there in the spring where we ran ninth, and I think the biggest decision is what truck to take. The truck that we ran ninth with in Texas was our back-up truck for Atlanta, so we are going to have some decisions to make. I am excited about it, like I said, I think we have some good tracks coming up, I have never been to Phoenix or Homestead, but I am looking for a good run at Texas, and I am hoping to finish out the year strong."

DRIVER: KYLE BUSCH
TEAM: No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Silverado

On racing the #15 truck in Texas:
"I am looking forward to it. We are going to take the same four springs and shocks with us that we had at Charlotte, and hopefully it will run as well there as it did in Charlotte and we can have another win under our belts. Texas, for some reason, I have always been fast there, but never when it seems to count. I led a lot of laps there last year, and we finished third. I know (Todd) Bodine won, and I am not sure who finished second, but we got beat out by just a little bit. We just need to make our stuff a little bit faster at the end of the run."

On doing the triple (Cup, Busch and Truck) in Texas: "It is not necessarily a positive or a negative, it is what it is. We are going to go out there and I have always wanted to run a truck race there so it is going to be fun. In the Busch race we seem to run well, and in the Cup race we seem to struggle, so hopefully we can take two mediums and turn it into a good race on Sunday."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Dennis Setzer , Mike Bliss , Clint Bowyer , Steve Allen , Kyle Busch