Loudon II: Ricky Craven preview

HICKORY, NC (September 14, 2004) - Ricky Craven will make his final appearance in the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet this weekend at his home track, New Hampshire International Speedway. Ricky will also take his first turn behind the wheel of a NASCAR ...

HICKORY, NC (September 14, 2004) - Ricky Craven will make his final appearance in the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet this weekend at his home track, New Hampshire International Speedway. Ricky will also take his first turn behind the wheel of a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series truck in the companion race this weekend at NHIS. He will drive the No. 47 ACXIOM Chevrolet.

Special Paint Scheme: The No. 32 Tide Chevrolet will feature a special paint scheme at New Hampshire this weekend for a new product, "Tide with a touch of Downy." Tide with a touch of Downy is a combination of the cleaning technologies of Tide and the softness and freshness technologies of "Downy Through-the-Wash". "Downy Through-the-Wash" is a new formula of Downy that contains detergent-compatible softness technologies to deliver softening even when it's added to the wash cycle. Look for Tide with a touch of Downy in these three scents - Clean Breeze, April Fresh and Soft Ocean Mist - and experience a touch of softness you never imagined from Tide! The No. 32 team debuted this paint scheme last month at Bristol and will also run this paint scheme at Martinsville this fall.

Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet:

What are your feelings coming to New Hampshire this weekend with it being your last race with the Tide team?

"I have mixed emotions on it. The idea of racing the Tide car again is a bit difficult. On one hand, it is a great opportunity for me to say thanks and end the association at a place that is important and special to me, in front of a group of people that have been as loyal and supportive as any can be. On the flip side, I've circled the wagon on whether this makes sense or not, or whether I should be doing this. At the end of the day, both Cal and I would agree that we've done more good for each other than we have had disappointment. It doesn't always have to end ugly. This is a good opportunity for us to finish it the right way and at my home track."

"The first three years of racing with the Tide team were very, very good to me. I think we had twenty-something top-10s, ten top-fives and a couple of wins. It is a performance business and we had a very disappointing first half of this year and where we are at, I'm fine with. I do like the idea of finishing it the right way and having the opportunity to say thanks, and that is what my intention is. I'm going to go to New Hampshire this weekend and start it out by racing a Craftsman truck on Saturday and have a lot of fun doing it with a terrific group of drivers in a very legitimate series. Sunday will be about basically tipping my hat to the fans of New England and say thanks for all the support for the three and a half years I raced for this team."

Chassis No. 46: The Tide Racing team is taking Chassis No. 46 to Loudon this weekend. The last time the car competed was with Craven behind the wheel three weeks ago at Bristol Motor Speedway, where the team was happy with the car's handling before getting involved in an accident.

-ppi-

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