Chevrolet claims 2002 Manufacturer's title

PHOENIX - The Chevy Silverado claimed its 10th win of the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck season on Friday to earn Chevrolet's fifth manufacturers' title in eight years since the inception of the series in 1995. Chevrolet clinched the title in ...

PHOENIX - The Chevy Silverado claimed its 10th win of the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck season on Friday to earn Chevrolet's fifth manufacturers' title in eight years since the inception of the series in 1995.

Chevrolet clinched the title in championship style as the title sponsor of the Chevy Silverado 150 at Phoenix International Raceway by powering Kevin Harvick to the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck victory of his career.

With the season finale set for Homestead, Fla. on Nov. 15, Chevrolet's championship records in the Craftsman Truck series continue to dominate the record books. The win was the 97th in the history of Chevrolet, 39 career victories more than the current second place manufacturer. As one of three manufacturers competing in the series, Chevrolet has won more than 50 percent of all the races NASCAR has held.

"It's very satisfying to win the championship this year," said Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing's Craftsman Truck program manager. "We've worked hard as a team to make the Silverado the best truck in field. We couldn't have won if not for all of our team's outstanding efforts this season."

Six Silverado drivers won races this year: Mike Bliss (5), David Starr (1), Dennis Setzer (1), Travis Kvapil (1), Tony Stewart (1) and Harvick (1). Bliss, who has more wins in 2002 than any other driver, also holds a 32-point lead in the drivers' championship heading into the final race in Homestead.

"Chevy races to win in every form of motorsports in which we compete," said Steve Shannon, GM executive director - marketing services. "Chevy's winning tradition is unequaled in racing. Wherever there's a winner's circle, Chevy will be there."

General Motors (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets cars and trucks worldwide, and has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Tony Stewart , David Starr , Dennis Setzer , Mike Bliss , Travis Kvapil