Richmond: GM Racing preview

TEAM CHEVY RACING IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP COMPETITION: Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Impala SS, leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) point standings after nine (9) races Team Chevy currently leads the 2008 Manufacturers' ...

TEAM CHEVY RACING IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP COMPETITION:

    Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Impala SS, leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series (NSCS) point standings    after nine (9) races

Team Chevy currently leads the 2008 Manufacturers' Championship standings

Chevrolet has won a record 31 NSCS Manufacturers' Cups

Team Chevy drivers have collected the coveted NSCS driver's championship 24 times

The Bowtie Brigade has won a total of 624 races in NSCS competition

IMPALA SS ON THE TRACK: Richmond International Raceway

Team Chevy drivers have won 32 times in the 103 previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), more than any other manufacturer

A Bowtie driver has won the last four consecutive races

Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS swept both races at RIR in 2007

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard/AMP Energy Impala SS has three (3) victories at RIR, more than any other active driver (spring of '00, '04, '06). Junior's first and last Cup wins were at RIR.

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, has two wins at RIR ('96, '00)

Scott Wimmer, No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet will attempt to qualify for his first NASCAR Cup Series race of the season giving RCR four Impala SS entries.

Five Team Chevy drivers are currently in the top-12 point standings with eight (9) races in the books

QUOTABLE QUOTES - TECH TIPS FOR RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

FROM PAT SUHY, GM RACING NASCAR GROUP MANAGER:

"I really look forward to going to Richmond. The racing is always close and exciting, and the fact that Chevy has won the last four in a row there doesn't hurt either. It's an impound race, which will make for some interesting practice and qualifying strategies. Teams outside the top 35 may be forced to give up some early run raceability in order to ensure a starting spot on Saturday night. There's extra incentive in qualifying well even for teams guaranteed a starting spot since no Cup race since the fall '02 has been won from outside the top 10 starting spots.

"With the shallow banking, 14and 80x0b20Richmond places a premium on getting the cars to turn and finding a setup that can deal with that asymmetry. As always, GM Racing engineers work closely with our teams in areas that can impact their performance. From shock and 7-post testing and test methodology development, to supporting the various chassis simulation programs our teams use, we have a highly talented group working to make the Impala SS as good as it can be at Richmond and at every NASCAR event."

FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 AT&T IMPALA SS, CURRENT NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES POINTS LEADER, HOMETOWN SOUTH BOSTON, VA: "It takes a lot of different stuff to run well on a short track. I think things get magnified on a short track. Being off a little bit makes you off a lot more on those tracks. I don't think it's unlike Martinsville, Phoenix or New Hampshire. There seems to be some teams that do a better job of being ready and some drivers that do a better job of being ready for that type of racing because it is different than what we're doing at intermediate tracks. You do drive the cars different and you set them up differently. So there are a lot of factors that go into it. Having cars that drive well and having a driver that does well on those race tracks are very important. You can't deny that some drivers do a better job at that type of race track than others. Kevin (Harvick) is a good example. He always runs well at those race tracks and you can't deny that it has something to do with his driving."

"I just think for the teams, for the fans and for everybody that it takes to make this sport work, it's the best all-around track. Richmond has good racing action. It's big enough where it's not wreck after wreck, but small enough where it's close side-by-side action since you have multiple grooves. To me, it's a really hard race track to beat competition-wise."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S IMPALA SS, WINNER OF THE LAST TWO EVENTS AT RIR: "I'm excited to go to Richmond. We've won the last two there and that's been one of my toughest tracks. So I'm really excited to go back. Our short track program is working really well for us and hopefully we can visit victory lane again."

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL IMPALA SS KNOWS HIS WAY AROUND RIR WITH ONE SPRINT CUP WIN AND 4 NATIONWIDE WINS: f#8220;We have been able to run really good at Richmond since I have been at RCR. We have been able to win three Nationwide Series races in a row and finish first and second in the Cup car in 2006. Richmond is one of those places where I really enjoy racing. You can move the car all over the race track. It seems like the groove moves around as the race goes on. I am just really comfortable racing at Richmond and I hope for another great finish this weekend."

JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW RACING IMPALA SS, FRESH FROM WINNING THE POLE LAST WEEK AT TALLADEGA, MARKS THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS WIN AT RICHMOND ON MAY 3, 2003: "Richmond has always been a special place for me, even before I won there '03. It's a fun track to race at because you can pass and make things happen on your own. I can't believe it's been five years since my win there. It seems like yesterday I was celebrating in Victory Lane. We're making progress with the COT, but there's a lot to learn about the car. The key about Richmond is that the car needs to get through the corner. It sounds simple, but there's a lot of work and research that goes into finding the right combination."

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD/AMP ENERGY IMPALA SS SCORED BOTH HIS FIRST AND MOST RECENT NASCAR SPRINT CUP CAREER WINS AT RIR (May 6, 2000 and May 6, 2006, respectively): "That was a great night. You always remember your first win and hope it's not your last. The last time I won was at Richmond seems like forever ago, but I try not to think about it. I don't want to be thinking of how long it's been since a win. Knowing we have a shot at it every week and something or another happens can make it frustrating. We couldn't be doing anything different to prepare -- the team and everyone at Hendrick has been working so hard. It will happen."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Scott Wimmer