Richmond: GM Racing preview

CHEVY RACING AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY -- JEFF CHEW, MARKETING MANAGER, NASCAR, CHEVY RACING: "This will be the first time that we've brought the all-new Team Chevy Racing Display to Richmond International Raceway. There will be plenty...

CHEVY RACING AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY -- JEFF CHEW, MARKETING MANAGER, NASCAR, CHEVY RACING: "This will be the first time that we've brought the all-new Team Chevy Racing Display to Richmond International Raceway. There will be plenty for the entire family, like green-screen photos with their favorite Chevy driver, and the opportunity to learn about Chevrolet's 2010 lineup of award-winning cars and trucks."

* Ryan Newman, No. 39 US Army Medicine Chevrolet, will appear in Chevy Stage in the display for a fan Q&A on Saturday at 4:15 p.m.

* Pit Crew for Jeff Burton's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet will sign autographs at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday

TEAM CHEVY AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY -- ALBA COLON, GM RACING PROGRAM GROUP MANAGER NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES: "What a race at Talladega! You never know how things are going to work out. It was great to see Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil RCR Chevy team get the win; and to see the EGR teams have top finishes. It was exciting to watch so many Chevy drivers battling for the win.

"It's a new weekend, a new game, and another opportunity for our Chevrolet teams to position themselves for a win at Richmond. There's nothing like short track racing under the lights, and Richmond is a fun track with multiple racing lines that drivers, teams, and race fans really enjoy.

"The shorter two-day schedule with no practice session following qualifying makes for some interesting strategies. There is a fine line of how much time to commit to qualifying set-ups, but most of the teams will be utilizing the practice times to work on their racing set-ups. There's extra incentive in qualifying well even for teams guaranteed a starting spot since it is rare that a Cup race is won from outside the top 10 starting spots.

"Setup is at a premium in getting the cars to turn well through the corners and carry good speed off turns two and four. Our GM Racing engineers work closely with our Chevy teams in areas that can impact their performance. From shock and 7-post testing, to wind tunnel and chassis simulation programs, we work hard to provide the necessary tools for them to be able to win races. The teams will also be taking a lot of notes this weekend to use when we return to Richmond in the fall since it will be the last race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins.

"Chevrolet hasn't won a Cup race at Richmond since September, 2008, so we are looking forward to being back in the winner's circle again Saturday night."


JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS CHEVROLET, POINTS LEADER: "I'm a little shocked to see some of the big gaps (in the top-12 drivers) right now. I think here over the next month or so, things will stabilize. There's some guys that are further down then we'd expect to see with some bad luck and all that. I think you'll have some guys moving up and maybe some guys falling out of the top-12, but I think it's going to be pretty stable for the most part from here on into the Chase. I don't know if the spoiler is really going to pose that big of an issue as time goes on and really mix things up all that much. Speak to another point, I know in 2008, it took us quite some time to hit our stride. Fortunately, we were decent in the points and we were running consistent, but we weren't really championship material, but over the course of the year we were able to get ourselves in position and just in time when the Chase started. I don't think you can have a clear cut favorite for the championship yet, there's still a lot of time between now and when the Chase starts and a lot of time for the good cars to slow down and the slow cars to speed up."

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 REESE'S CHEVROLET, 2nd IN STANDINGS: "Richmond is just one of those places that fit the way that I drive. It has a lot of heavy braking, and you can trail brake and drag the left-front tire on the apron to make the car turn well through the center of the corner. On the exit of the corner, you want to drive it straight out and you do that with rear grip. It just fits all the characteristics that my driving style has and I love racing there. Richmond, if it's not our best race track, then it is definitely in the top three tracks for us. Even when we ran badly last year, we still ran strongly at Richmond. Our bad finish was due to a cut tire, but we were running well at the time. Coming off that win at Talladega and going to one of our best race tracks at Richmond, everyone on the team is very excited."

MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM/GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET 6TH IN STANDINGS: "Richmond is a favorite of the fans as well as the drivers. It's big enough that you can get out there and put a lot of cars out there. It's also got great racing room on it the way the transitions and the banking and just the way it runs. You can run multiple lines around the race track and it's some of the best racing that we do all year. It's fun. It's just fun to race there. The last three weeks have been huge for this race team. We haven't always had the best car, but we've done the best with what we had and that made the difference. Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) has made all the right calls in all of these races. And to finish in the top five at Talladega, that's just huge. It felt like a win for me. We're on a roll, and we just gotta keep it going."

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD/AMP ENERGY CHEVROLET, 8TH IN STANDINGS: "I like Richmond a lot. It's a lot like Myrtle Beach (S.C.), where I ran a lot in the late models. There's a lot of similarities. But I just like short-track racing. We seem to do really good on the short tracks. It's got a lot of different grooves that you can run. You can move around. I think the track puts on one of the more exciting races in the season. We got a couple good racetracks coming up. We do pretty good at Darlington (S.C.). I always love running at Charlotte (N.C.)."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET, 10TH IN STANDINGS: "I've always liked racing here in Richmond, but we went through some races where we sure didn't have runs we were hoping for and it wasn't much fun. We seem to have turned it around though, and I'm really looking forward to this weekend's race."

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 BB&T CHEVROLET, 11TH IN STANDINGS: "Richmond is one of those tracks that just has good, action-packed racing. The outside groove has really come in so there is always two-wide racing somewhere on the track. The fans get a real sensation of the speed as they watch it from the stands and, although it's challenging for the drivers, it's just a fun track."

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET, 12TH IN STANDINGS: "Richmond is one of the places where handling means everything. The key factors in running well is getting through the center of the corners and throttling up without losing rear grip. It sounds simple to do, but the one that wins did it the best. I just think for the teams, for the fans and for everybody that it takes to make this sport work, Richmond is 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."

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/OLD SPICE CHEVROLET, 14TH IN STANDINGS: "Actually, Richmond is my favorite Cup track on the schedule. I just have always thought that it was the perfect size track for a Cup race. It's where the two short track races that we run other than Richmond, with Martinsville and Bristol they're both really cool in their own right, but there is a lot of congestion at both of those tracks. It just seems like that extra quarter-mile, and that three-quarter mile shape, and how wide the groove gets there; it's a neat track for the drivers. It seems like we have to race ourselves and race the racetrack versus racing each other a lot of times. You do have to race each other, obviously, but there's a lot of times during the race where you have the flexibility to move around on the race track and try to find a spot that your car likes better than somewhere else. That's something that a lot of times on a short track you don't have the flexibility. You're more narrowed down with what groove you're going to be in."

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS CHEVROLET, 17TH IN STANDINGS: "The key to having success at Richmond is obviously being the fastest car, as well as making sure you make the most on the restarts. The inside line is the preferred groove to run on, so a lot of times it gets hard to fight your way forward in the field if lapped cars are running that line. I'm really looking forward to this weekend with the Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats team along with all the exciting two-wide racing you'll see Saturday night. We've got some great momentum coming out of Talladega, and we'll try to continue that this Saturday night"

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 US ARMY MEDICINE CHEVROLET 18TH IN STANDINGS: "After last week, I welcome a short track race, especially at Richmond where we have had success in the past. Richmond is a great venue and fans almost always see an exciting race. I wish we had more Richmond tracks. We took a hit literally in Talladega after having three strong finishes, including the win in Phoenix. We're confident that we will regain the momentum that we had prior to Talladega. We're on the cusp, and Richmond could be another launching pad of success for the U.S. Army team. It will be a privilege to drive a car honoring the Army Health Care Team which works by the motto -- to save, to heal, to serve. Each time I visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center I am overwhelmed with the professional care and professional services that are provided to our brave and wounded Soldiers."

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET, 20TH IN STANDINGS: "We haven't had much luck at Richmond, we just typically don't run well there. So for that reason, not one of my favorites. It is a pretty tricky track to get around and the way things have been going we either finish 30th or in the top 10. Let's hope this turns out to be a good weekend for us and not one of those 30th place finishes."

CASEY MEARS, NO. 36 TOMMY BALDWIN RACING CHEVROLET: "I'm excited to have the opportunity to go racing again. Tommy is working hard over at TBR and he is really looking to build something there. It's great to be part of that and I'm looking forward to this weekend at Richmond."

-source: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman