Atlanta II: Ryan Mathews preview

* Ryan Mathews will drive the No. 4 Open Joist Dodge this Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Defending race champion and regular driver Mike Bliss will competes in the NASCAR Busch Series race in Memphis this weekend. * Mathews will be...

* Ryan Mathews will drive the No. 4 Open Joist Dodge this Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Defending race champion and regular driver Mike Bliss will competes in the NASCAR Busch Series race in Memphis this weekend.

* Mathews will be making his 13th career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start this weekend at Atlanta. He made his first NCTS start earlier this season at Mansfield in May. J

* The Lake Geneva, Wisconsin native won his first pole in only his seventh start at Kentucky this season.

* Matthews will pilot "Magnum" in the Easycare Vehicle Service Contracts 200. This particular chassis is the newest truck to come out of the BHR stable. It first competed at Gateway International Raceway in September.

Head and Neck Cancer Screenings at AMS: On Friday, October 26th, free Head and Neck Cancer screenings will be conducted 'inside the track' for race teams and crew members, by physicians, nurses and speech pathologists from Emory University Hospital. These screenings will occur near the media center from 9am until 4:30pm. Then outside the track on Saturday, October 27th, from 9 a.m. until the race starts there will be head and neck specialists from Atlanta area hospitals that will provide information and conduct free screening exams to check for oral, head and neck cancer. The screening tent is open to the public and will be located in the vendor area near Gate 15 across from the General Motors and Motor Racing Outreach displays. BHR has taken an active role in promoting Head and Neck cancer since Bobby Hamilton Sr. was diagnosed and passed away in January from complications from Head and Neck Cancer.

Mathews on Atlanta: "When you go to a new track that you have never been to it can be a little challenging. So this past weekend I went to Martinsville and talked to a couple of drivers about the characteristics of Atlanta. I spent some time with Johnny Benson because he has so much experience in this sport. He warned me of how free going into turn three can be. He said turns one and two were pretty normal to get around, but to really watch out for turn three. Then I asked Mike Bliss and he gave me some tips on how to maximize all three grooves at Atlanta during the race. During practice he said to really get your truck comfortable on the bottom because that is where you will spend most of the race. I think they helped me understand a lot of what I'm going to experience before I get there. That's what is nice about the NCTS. You have several older drivers who don't mind helping us young guys."

-credit: bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Johnny Benson , Mike Bliss , Ryan Mathews