Martinsville: Ricky Craven preview

HICKORY, NC (April 12, 2004) - Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet, has one win and one pole at Martinsville Speedway. The team tested at Martinsville on Tuesday, April 6th and Wednesday, April 7th. Ricky Craven, driver of the No.

HICKORY, NC (April 12, 2004) - Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet, has one win and one pole at Martinsville Speedway. The team tested at Martinsville on Tuesday, April 6th and Wednesday, April 7th.

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

Take me for a lap around Martinsville--

"Racing at Martinsville is a throw-back to the old days. It reminds me of racing in New England. You are on the gas, you drive deep in the corner, then you are on the brakes and you set the nose to try to roll through the corner and carry as much speed as possible. You exit the corners as straight as possible so you can accelerate down the straight. You are on the gas 1000 times and on the brakes 1000 times. From my seat, it's as much fun as anything we do all year. I wish we raced at tracks like this more. I just love it!"

What does it feel like to return to the track of your first Cup pole and win?

"It is obvious that it works for the Tide team and that is very valuable. Martinsville is a place where I enjoy and a place where I've run well, so both those things work in our favor each time we return there. Having that type of mentally when you get to a race track already puts you up on your other competitors."

What does it take to be successful at Martinsville?

"Brakes are a piece of the puzzle, but they are not everything. You have to have a good handling car. You need a car what will roll in the corner so you can carry more speed in the corner. Brakes are critical at Martinsville, but the best way to save them is to have a good handling car."

You tested at Martinsville last week. How did that go?

"We tested two days at Martinsville. The first day we spent running two cars and at the end of the day decided to run the car that gave us the best opportunity to win the race. We picked chassis number 52 which was designed specifically for Martinsville. We spent the second day on long runs with the idea of being better prepared for race, since qualifying is so close anyway with times."

Appearances: Craven will make the following appearances during the race weekend at Martinsville Speedway. * Thursday, April 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Craven will sign autographs at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia for a charity event for Kroger. * Friday, April 16th, following qualifying: Craven will sign autographs at his souvenir rig. Please check with the souvenir rig in advance for ticket distribution.

Chassis No. 52: The Tide Racing team is taking Chassis No. 52 to Martinsville this weekend. This car is brand new and was specifically designed for Martinsville. The car has turned laps only during the Martinsville test last week.

-ppi-

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Series NASCAR Cup
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