Hendrick, Team Gmac Chevy Looking For 'Repeat' Win At Milwaukee MILWAUKEE, WI (June 23, 2001) - The record book shows there's never been a repeat winner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Milwaukee Mile. That's good news for Ricky...
Hendrick, Team Gmac Chevy Looking For 'Repeat' Win At Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE, WI (June 23, 2001) - The record book shows there's never been a repeat winner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Milwaukee Mile. That's good news for Ricky Hendrick, who will be making his first appearance on the historic one-mile track in the GNC Live Well 200.
"There is a lot of history here at the Milwaukee Mile," said Hendrick, driver of the No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado. "We'd like to be part of it. If this place holds true to its tradition, there will be a new winner. It happened last year when Kurt Busch won. He was a Truck Series rookie and he scored his first career win at Milwaukee. We are due for a win, so Milwaukee could be the place where we break through, just like Kurt did last year. We'd sure like to repeat what he did. That would be great."
While Hendrick has never raced one the flat one-mile Wisconsin State Fair Park oval, he believes the track will have a familiar feel to one of his favorites.
"Milwaukee is a lot like Loudon," said Hendrick, referring to New Hampshire International Speedway. "You could say they are sister tracks. We've done really well in the past at New Hampshire, so hopefully we will do well at Milwaukee. Drafting will be an issue and you've got to have a strong motor on a one-mile track. What is really amazing about Milwaukee is the fans. They have been going to that track forever and they love all kinds of racing, just like we do."
Hendrick, the leader in the NCTS Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings, has had an outstanding freshman campaign scoring eight Top-10 finishes in the first 10 events of the season. Currently fourth in the championship standings, Hendrick qualified twelfth and finished seventh in the most recent event on the tour, the Memphis 200 at Memphis (TN) Motorsports Park.
The Milwaukee race won't be all work for the 21-year-old Charlotte, NC driver. When not at the track, Hendrick and his GMAC teammates hope to take in some of the activities that make Milwaukee a special place to visit each summer.
"We are excited to be racing during Summerfest," said Hendrick. "I've heard that it's a really cool deal. Some of the guys from Jack's team (Hendrick's teammate, Jack Sprague) went last year and we're all planning on going together this year. I understand Prince is performing there and I'd really like to see that. Everyone talks about the fireworks. Of course, the biggest fireworks we'd like to make is on the track and get to Victory Lane."
Hendrick, will take the green flag in the GNC Live Well 200 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Saturday, June 30. The event will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Radio.
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