Loudon: GM Racing preview

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 LENOX INDUSTRIAL TOOLS IMPALA SS, leads Team Chevy to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) with a record four (4) wins to his credit, '97, '98, '99 and '00, more than any other driver. The driver of the Richard Childress Racing...

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 LENOX INDUSTRIAL TOOLS IMPALA SS, leads Team Chevy to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) with a record four (4) wins to his credit, '97, '98, '99 and '00, more than any other driver. The driver of the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet has 26 previous starts at NHMS and has scored seven (7) top-five finishes including four (4) victories and 12 top-10 finishes. He has completed 93.1% of possible laps and led 694 laps. TEAM CHEVY RACING IN NASCAR

TEAM CHEVY AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: TECH TIPS: PAT SUHY, GM RACING NASCAR GROUP MANAGER: "Loudon is a fast, flat track; a drivers track for sure. With the long straights and flat tight turns, it's one of those tracks where the good cornering ability of a short track car and aero platform management of an intermediate track both are critical. More than at some tracks, our Chevy teams will have to find the right balance of trade-offs to run up front. The teams have great chassis engineering support, from both their internal organizations and from GM Racing's chassis and aero group. Together they continue to use all of the advanced tools we have at our disposal to better understand and manage those trade-offs."

CHEVY RACING AT THE TRACK: This weekend, the Chevy Racing display at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will give fans the opportunity for an up close and personal look at the hottest street vehicles in Chevrolet's lineup including the amazing Corvette ZR1.

Team Chevy driver Aric Almirola will sign autographs for fans on Saturday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m.

The pit crew for the Richard Childress No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS will sign autographs for fans on Sunday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. IMPALA SS

FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

* Jeff Burton, No. 31 LENOX Industrial Tools Impala SS: "I certainly have high hopes going there. I'm real comfortable with the race track, but at the same time, we've haven't won a race there in years and we haven't had the success that we need to have there. We tested at Milwaukee a couple of weeks ago and worked pretty hard learning more about the new car. We're also taking a car that has been very good to us so I'm going into this weekend being optimistic. First off, the big challenge is the fact that the turns are so flat and the groove is half-a-lane off the bottom. The track has continued to gain grip through the years. It used to be real easy to spin the tires and we didn't have any rear grip but today it is actually pretty good with rear grip. Getting the car to turn is your biggest battle in New Hampshire where it used to be getting the rear wheels to hook up. Racing the new car has changed things for sure. There's a lot of work going into the new cars by a lot of different people trying to become more successful, and we're one of them. We haven't run as well as we need to, but that doesn't mean we can't. That just means we've got to figure it out, and we're working a lot right now to try and figure those things out."

* Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS: We had two good runs here last year. That extra lap (referring to race being 301 laps this year) sure would have been nice then. I don't think it would have made any difference in the second race. Clint Bowyer had us covered in that one. This has been a good track for us in the past, so that gives us some confidence heading into this weekend. But we can't rely on the past. We have to go out there and make it happen on Sunday."

* Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS: "I think the track, with as flat as it is and with as little banking as it has, it's tough to really race side-by-side. When we look at coming back a second time, I think the car is going to put on a better race because we are smarter about what it can do there. We went to Milwaukee and tested and saw that a lot of other teams tested too, so I think people are going to be geared up and ready for the race."

* Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS: "It's one of those places where you have to get through the center of the corner and get up off the corner wide open. That makes it really hard to get through the center of the corner and turn good like you need to. Getting up off the corner under full power without getting loose is really tricky. Passing is harder there than at most places because it's so hard to make your car work getting up off the corner. That makes track position probably the most important thing. We had a lot of success at New Hampshire last season. Our flat-track program has been really good over the past few years. Richmond, Loudon and Phoenix have been places that have been really good to us. We look forward to going to New Hampshire every year and this year is no different. We enjoy the race track since they put the progressive banking in. Since the progressive banking, you can race side-by-side and pass people and do the things you need to do to get toward the front. I like this type of track because it's flat. I started my racing career on flat tracks out west. We've always had a fair amount of success at New Hampshire. The track hasn't changed a lot and we've had a lot of success here in the past, so that always makes it fun to go back to."

* Dale Earnhardt, Jr. No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Impala SS: "I really like racing at New Hampshire. I really like running there; we've always run well and led some laps. It's a good racetrack; it's a lot like racing used to be. The crowd is a lot smaller, the infield congestion is less, and it's just a lot easier for me to negotiate my way around the entire weekend."

* Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Impala SS: "It certainly is exciting going back there. It is where I got my first win; we were very good. A lot of things have changed; a lot of people have really worked hard and focused on this car. Where last year, you had both cars to work on. I think everybody stepped up their game with this car, so it will be a little bit different, but I am looking forward to. I know that has typically been a good track for us in the past and I can't wait until I get back there."

* Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Impala SS: "We've always been good at Loudon so it's definitely a race that we mark on our calendars. I'm not one to make predictions, but I like our chances on Sunday. We've led some laps and gotten some great finishes on the Cup side and we've won a Nationwide Series race there (2005). Bono (crew chief Kevin Manion) and a bunch of the guys on the team are from the area, so they enjoy coming back to Loudon. He and some of the guys built a modified car and they're going to be racing it Saturday with Kyle Busch behind the wheel. Plus, they always try to catch a Red Sox game while they're up there. This race for them is kind of like what the Dover race is to me -- a chance to see a lot of family members and catch up with some old friends. It makes the whole weekend less stressful when you've got so many people around that you've known for a long time and are there to support you."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Martin Truex Jr. , Clint Bowyer , Aric Almirola , Kyle Busch
Teams Richard Childress Racing