CICERO, IL (August 18, 2001) - Ricky Hendrick knew the Sears Craftsman 175was going to be a tough race. After all, neither the young driver or his crew chief, Lance McGrew, had ever seen Chicago Motor Speedway and they knew it would be a ...
CICERO, IL (August 18, 2001) - Ricky Hendrick knew the Sears Craftsman 175was going to be a tough race. After all, neither the young driver or his crew chief, Lance McGrew, had ever seen Chicago Motor Speedway and they knew it would be a challenge.
"After my first lap in practice yesterday I knew we were in for a ride," said Hendrick, who steered his No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado to an 11th-place finish in the event. "People have compared this track to Martinsville (VA) and New Hampshire International Speedway. I have been to both those tracks and I'm telling you there isn't any track like this one. I gave the GMAC Chevy a real workout today and Chicago Motor Speedway gave me a real workout too."
Hendrick started ninth and battled just outside the Top-10 throughout the 175-lap test on the tight, paperclip shaped one-mile Chicago oval. Despite Team GMAC's best efforts, the 21-year old Charlotte, NC native couldn't advance any farther than 11th at the finish.
"I really had trouble keeping the truck from walking in the corners," said Hendrick. "You build up so much speed on the straightaways and then I would have to brake really hard in the corners and shift. It' like nothing I have ever done on a racetrack."
Hendrick earned $10,275 in prize money and for the effort and remained fifth in the championship points, just 148 markers out of first place. According to Hendrick, his Team GMAC unit is ready to move forward.
"We knew that we would struggle here, " said McGrew. "It's a new kind of track for Ricky and for me. We didn't quite have the right set-up and never really got the GMAC Chevy dialed in. We are happy to have this race behind us. The rest of the season looks good."
The No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Silverado NCTS entry will next compete in Nazareth, PA in the Chevy Silverado 200, Sunday, August 26 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 19 race of the 24-event NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tour will be broadcast live on MRN radio network and ESPN.