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Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

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CHEVY RACING AT THE TRACK-TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY– JEFF CHEW, MARKETING MANAGER, NASCAR, CHEVY RACING: “We always look forward to bringing the Team Chevy Racing Display to Texas Motor Speedway, because the fans are always so incredible. Racing is a very important part of Chevy’s long history, and sharing that history with our fans is very important to us. We’ve added more elements to the display this year, like the latest GM Performance Parts crate engines and Chevy accessories and performance parts that fans can purchase from their local Chevy dealer, to go along with interactive games, digital photography and other activities for fans of all ages.”


“So far in 2011, Team Chevy is off to a strong start. Congratulations to Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress racing on their back to back victories. Congratulations to Johnny Sauter too, not only for his win at Martinsville, but on the birth of his daughter as well. The weekend sweep at Martinsville was a treat and is a testament to the strength of our support program across the board in NASCAR. Our GM Racing program managers and engineers work as hard as anyone in the industry, making sure that the parts and technical support we provide our teams gives them what they need to go out and win races and championships.

“Coming to Texas Motor Speedway for the first stop at the track in 2011 brings hope that our luck here will change. The teams will be running a tire combination that they're familiar with from last season, which should allow them to use what they learned from racing on it last year to fine tune their setups for this fast mile and a half track. That, along with a lot of work behind the scenes on seven post testing and other chassis engineering projects, should allow our teams to have their usual good chance of coming away from Texas with another victory for Team Chevy. I'm looking forward to a Texas-sized celebration in victory lane.”


JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S/KOBALT TOOLS CHEVROLET – 3RD IN STANDINGS - HAS ONE TMS VICTORY (’07): "My first thought is what the hell are we doing with this weird schedule at Texas? We practice on Thursday night and all the other stuff that's going on. So I'm still trying to get my head around that (laughs). But we're excited to go back to Texas; obviously is a great spot for our circuit with a lot of great fans. Night races are always good. I hope it's warm. We have a chance where it can be awfully cold there. But I'm looking forward to going back. The Dallas/Ft. Worth area has been very supportive of NASCAR and it'll be good."

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET – 5TH IN STANDINGS: “Texas hasn’t changed over the last couple of years, but there for a while, every year we would come back it would change a lot. Goodyear has done a good job with the tires to make them still wear out, but they’re really, really fast at the beginning of the run and they last fairly long through the runs. As far as the race track goes, it still has big bumps in the middle of Turns 1 and 2 and it still has the little bumps on the bottom of Turns 3 and 4. There’s still a big bump in that corner over the tunnel, so it has character. It wears the tires out of the car and they become harder to drive as the run goes on. It’s a fun race track to race on because you have options to move around, but you still have really, really big speed at the beginning of the runs.”

So far in 2011, Team Chevy is off to a strong start.

Pat Suhy

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 US ARMY CHEVROLET – 6TH IN STANDINGS - WON AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY (TMS) IN ‘03: "We're off to a strong start and if we're going to continue to have success we need to do well at the intermediate tracks like Texas. In the past, the mile-and-a-half and two-mile tracks gave us problems, but so far this season we have had good results at those venues with fifth-place finishes at Las Vegas and Fontana. Texas will be another good test for our U.S. Army Reserve Chevrolet. I've had a mixture of results there including a win (2003), but it's going to be more interesting this weekend with it being a night race. The balance transition at night races is key and with this being the first night race at Texas that's the big unanswered question. It's the same for everyone, but I feel good about how our U.S. Army team has been communicating and working through problems. I think we put ourselves in a better position team-wise and communication-wise to be more successful this year. After two years of working together, we’ve learned what we needed to work on and I think we did a good job in the off-season of doing that.

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET – 7TH IN STANDINGS: “I like Texas believe it or not. Our results haven’t been that great there but it’s a track I enjoy racing at. You can run against the fence there and make up good ground especially in (turns) three and four. The racing there suits my driving style. Our program has definitely improved over the last couple of years and our Target Chevy’s are strong so I’m looking for a good points day.”

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET – 8TH IN STANDINGS – HAS ONE (1) TMS WIN (’00): “I look forward to going to Texas -- it's a real fast place, and it’s wide. The car needs to move around, and it needs to work in several different groves. Texas has some really, really tricky transitions. The exit off of Turn 2 is a real, real tricky corner -- it is real loose off if you aren’t careful.”

MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET – 10TH IN STANDINGS – HAS WON ONCE (1) AT TMS (’98): “Who doesn’t like a good night race? I’m excited about it. It’s our first one of the season, and I think that everyone, the drivers, the fans, the sponsors, gets pumped up for night races. I think it’s a good call by the Texas track and I am looking forward to it.”

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 MOBIL 1/ OFFICE DEPOT CHEVROLET – 11TH IN STANDINGS – HAS ONE (1) TMS WIN (’06): “I’ve always liked Texas. I’ve been there clear back in my Indy car days in ’96. The fans in Texas and the people that come to Texas Motor Speedway are really appreciative of the drivers and the teams. They’re just really passionate about their racing. They have a great promoter with Eddie Gossage out there. It’s just a fun track, it’s a fun weekend, and it’s a place that we run really, really run fast at. It’s a fast track. That makes it one on the schedule that you look forward to because you know you’re going to get to let your legs stretch out, so to speak, and run some quick lap times.”

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET – 12TH IN STANDINGS – HAS WON ONCE (1) AT TMS (’09): “We haven’t always run well at Texas, but I am cautiously optimistic heading into the weekend. The differences in our performances in the spring and the fall races recently is probably just different weather and track conditions at that time of year. This track has always been one of the premier facilities – if not the premier facility. There is no other place like this and it has really turned into a fantastic track. When we first came here, it was a really, really challenging race track. It was fast and the transitions were really abrupt, and it was hard just to stay out of the wall. But as the surface has worn and as we've gotten the cars handling better, it's become one of the premier tracks. The race track itself has come into its own and made great racing with the groove widening out. It seems like it gets better every time we come here.”

PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 QUAKER STATE/MENARDS CHEVROLET – 13TH IN STANDINGS: "I feel really good about heading back to Texas (Motor Speedway). We actually had a better car there in the spring race. We didn't qualify very well, but we drove up into the top 10 pretty quickly. There was a big wreck on the front stretch, and we were involved in that. There were about 10 cars involved, and it ruined our day. Then we had a top 10 in the fall. It's a good track for me. You drive Texas a little different than you would Charlotte (Motor Speedway) or Atlanta (Motor Speedway). There are some characteristics of TMS that I enjoy and seem to work out pretty well."

I look forward to going to Texas -- it's a real fast place, and it’s wide.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 CHEERIOS/HAMBURGER HELPER CHEVROLET – 16TH IN STANDINGS: “We’ve always run decent in Texas. It’s just sometimes things don’t work out like you want them to. There’s a lot of different things that come into play; sometimes its fuel mileage, I think we even got caught up in a wreck last year during the spring race. I’m looking forward to going there, always a lot of fun. You’re going over 200 mph, but when you turn off into the corner; you’re turning a pretty sharp turning-radius. The g-forces throw the car and slam it down in the corner up near the banking. It’s a pretty wild feeling. You’re really getting after it.”

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS CHEVROLET – 23RD IN STANDINGS: “I love Texas! I grew up only about five hours from the race track so It feels like home, and it's one of the nicest facilities that we go to. We didn't run very well there last year, so we're going with a completely different style of a setup. Texas has usually been a good track for me, so hopefully we'll hit on something this weekend and bring home another solid finish for our Bass Pro Shops Chevy.

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET – 28TH IN STANDINGS – HAS TWO (2) WINS AT TMS (’97 & ’07) “I really don’t remember it (first Texas race last year). I remember the second Texas race – that’s when Jeff (Gordon) and I had our altercation. That certainly was forgettable for me. That’s been a sticking point for me. It’s not something I’m proud of. It was a bad day for the No. 31 Caterpillar team and me, in particular. By the same token, Texas is a track that I’ve had a lot of success at. At this track, we’ve either done really, really well or really, really bad. I was leading the race in the spring race, had a great opportunity to win the race and drove away from Hamlin. Then, we got a red flag. We sat there for 30 minutes and I don’t know if we lost air pressure in the tires or what, but we couldn’t run a lap after that. We finished 12th. I thought we had the race won. That was kind of how our year went. If you look at Texas, we ran really well and had a chance to win the race and finished nowhere as near as where we should have. Then, towards the end of the year, we had that calamity with Jeff (Gordon). Those two races summed up my year to be honest.”

REGAN SMITH, NO. 78 FARM AMERICAN CHEVROLET – 30TH IN STANDINGS: "We're going to Texas knowing that our luck cycle needs to change. It's been a frustrating start for our No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team. We've done so many things well, but can't seem to avoid trouble and mechanical issues on race day. We know as a team that we've made big gains this year even though the results haven't been what they should be. We've been hit pretty hard so far this season with unexpected issues. All we can do is keep plugging away and stay positive. I'll be driving the Farm American Chevrolet this weekend and hopefully that will change our luck. I think the last time I drove the Farm American car was in California last fall and finished 12th."

-source: team chevy

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Johnny Sauter
Teams Furniture Row Racing , Hendrick Motorsports
Tags chevrolet, havick, jeff gordon, johnson, sprint cup, steward, texas