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Chevrolet to Showcase Silverado at Daytona International Speedway in Chevy Silverado 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race For Third Consecutive Year, Chevy Silverado Headlines Season-Opening Event Detroit (February 12, 2008) - For the third...

Chevrolet to Showcase Silverado at Daytona International Speedway in Chevy Silverado 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race

For Third Consecutive Year, Chevy Silverado Headlines Season-Opening Event

Detroit (February 12, 2008) - For the third consecutive year, Chevrolet will sponsor the season-opening Friday night NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race held at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The nationally televised Chevy Silverado 250 will once again be the fast and furious opening event of the NASCAR weekend at DIS on February 15, 2008.

"Chevrolet is proud to have a longstanding relationship with Daytona International Speedway," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. bWe have sponsored the season-opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race there since 2006, and there's no better venue and series in which to promote the Chevy Silverado. The Silverado 250 is an exciting race under the lights and has featured some fantastic finishes that always starts the season for fans of the NCTS and Silverado with an action-packed event."

The Silverado is not only the strongest ever truck offered by Chevrolet, but delivers segment-topping fuel economy -- a combination that is winning over more and more customers. No one matches GM's depth and breadth of its Silverado portfolio to fit the need of every customer.

The Silverado's exterior design delivers on its reputation as the industry's strongest, most dependable and longest-lasting pickup truck. It has a broad, chiseled face, which accents a broad-shouldered stance and gives the Silverado a powerful, muscular presence. The front-end appearance is unique to Silverado, including the front fenders, grille, headlamps, bumpers, power dome hood, taillamps, box design and flared rear fenders.

Silverado is the Most Dependable, Longest Lasting pickup on the road, and the 2008 Silverado is the strongest, most capable Silverado yet.

Built on GM's full-size truck platform, the Silverado incorporates features such as a fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. It also has wide front and rear tracks that enhance stability and driving confidence through a more secure road feel.

Responsive ride and handling traits deliver a heightened feeling of control while supporting class-leading capability, including segment-best towing capacity of for crew and extended cabs 10,500 pounds (4,763 kg) and a maximum payload of 2,160 pounds (980 kg).

Silverado has a long and winning history in NCTS competition. Chevrolet Silverado drivers have scored the most wins (132 of 317 possible) in the series; captured the most driver championships (nine of 13 possible) since the inaugural 1995 season and most manufacturers' championships (six of 13 possible).

Ron Hornaday, Jr.'s dramatic come-from-behind effort to capture the 2007 NCTS championship, the third of his career, is back in the familiar No. 33 Camping World Silverado fielded by Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI). Hornaday and crew chief Rick Ren will not only be on a quest to become the first owner/driver/crew chief combination to win back-to-back NCTS championships, but to stay in front of his new KHI teammate, Jack Sprague, also a three-time champion.

The powerful Silverado duo will keep the level of excitement on the track high for the entire season pushing one another to perform at the top of their game every race.

"Our Silverado teams are as well prepared for the season opening Chevy Silverado 250 at Daytona as they have ever been," said Dayne Pierantoni, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series program manager for GM Racing. "The GM Racing engineers have worked closely with our Silverado teams throughout the off-season and in to testing at Daytona and Atlanta. The data we gathered allowed us to develop what we believe will be a highly competitive package for Daytona.

"Coming off Ron Hornaday's 2007 championship, there is an excitement and momentum as we approach the first race. With Jack Sprague back behind the wheel of a Silverado as Ron's Kevin Harvick, Inc. teammate, we have the only pair of three-time championship-winning drivers to push one another throughout the season in pursuit of a fourth title for one of them."

Pierantoni concluded by saying: "We have a solid core of veteran drivers as well as new drivers in the Chevy rank to carry the Bowtie banner throughout the season. As always, the competition in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will be strong and not only every race, but the championship will come down to the wire. But, our Chevy Silverado teams are up to the challenge and are ready to get the 2008 season kicked off."

Joining the Chevy Silverado lineup at Daytona will be veterans Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menard's Silverado; 2002 NCTS champion Mike Bliss, No. 71 TRG Silverado and Chad Chaffin, No. 40 Key Motorsports Silverado. Erin Crocker will pilot the No. 46 foneGEAR Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Silverado at Daytona.

Also behind the wheel of Silverado race trucks will be talented newcomers Andy Lally, No. 7 Line-X Bedliners Silverado; Shelby Howard, No. 13 ThorSport Racing Silverado and Marc Mitchell, No. 15 ErgonHyprene Silverado.

The Silverado 250 is scheduled to take the green flag on Friday, February 15, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. EST. SPEED TV will provide live coverage worldwide to television viewers. MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 128) will carry all the live action over the airwaves.

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Andy Lally , Shelby Howard , Chad Chaffin , Mike Bliss