Hendrick, Team GMAC Ready To Try Luck In Las Vegas LAS VEGAS, NV. (October 8, 2001) - Rolling off his fourth straight Top-10 finish, Ricky Hendrick and his No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet are hoping Lady Luck will smile on them when...
Hendrick, Team GMAC Ready To Try Luck In Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NV. (October 8, 2001) - Rolling off his fourth straight Top-10 finish, Ricky Hendrick and his No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet are hoping Lady Luck will smile on them when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Orleans 350.
"Every driver wants to win at Las Vegas," said the 21-year old Charlotte, NC native. "We've been waiting all year to get to this race. The track and the fans are great and the nightlife is just unbelievable. It's been awhile since we rolled the GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet into Victory Lane, so a win at Las Vegas would be huge."
While Hendrick will be a rookie at the 1.5-mile desert oval, Team GMAC tested at Las Vegas last November affording crew chief Lance McGrew valuable on-track information heading into Sunday's 150-lap test.
"We have really good history at this track," said McGrew. "Hendrick Motorsports has done very well at Las Vegas. Jack Sprague (Hendrick's NCTS teammate) has won two Truck Series races there and Jeff Gordon always runs well at Las Vegas in the Winston Cup car. We'll use all that information and hopefully that's going to give us that extra edge we need to grab another win for Team GMAC.
Hendrick heads for the desert following a 146-lap shootout under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway where he qualified third and finished eighth on the lightning-fast 1.5-mile oval.
"We ran a great race at Texas," said Hendrick. "We didn't finish quite as well as we wanted to, but we are happy to get another solid Top-10. We dropped a cylinder there at the end, but it still was a good night. It's disappointing when that kind of thing happens, but we were able to salvage a good finish and keep ourselves in contention for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award. We were fast all night so no one has any reason to hang their heads. Now we're are ready for Vegas."
With three events remaining, Hendrick is sixth in the championship chase, just 191 points out of first behind Sprague.
"The competition in the Truck Series is really tough," said Hendrick. "We are giving it everything we've got and I know every other team is too. The championship may come down to the last race and the Rookie race is up in the air too. We still have a lot of work to do and not many races left to get it done."
The Orleans 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will take the green flag Sunday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 22nd race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN2 and broadcast on MRN radio worldwide.
GMAC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors since 1919, is the financial arm of the corporation. Through an original mission to provide wholesale and retail financing to GM dealers and customers and then to offer a variety of automotive insurance services, GMAC had provided $1 trillion to finance nearly 150 million cars and trucks worldwide. Over the last 15 years, GMAC has greatly diversified into today entity of GMAC Financial Services, with some 29,000 employees at 700 facilities in 40 countries. Its offerings today also include residential and commercial mortgages; real estate and relocation services; special programs for members of the GM Family and GM Supplier community; and commercial financing. For more information on GMAC Financial Services products, log on to www.gmacfs.com.