NAZARETH, PA. (August 20, 2001) - Even though Ricky Hendrick and his GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado crew have never raced at Nazareth Speedway, they're eager to take on the challenge of the unique, one-mile Nazareth oval in the Chevy...
NAZARETH, PA. (August 20, 2001) - Even though Ricky Hendrick and his GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado crew have never raced at Nazareth Speedway, they're eager to take on the challenge of the unique, one-mile Nazareth oval in the Chevy Silverado 200 Sunday.
"I am really looking forward to this race," said Hendrick. "Nazareth is as close as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series comes to a road course this season. It will be a new track for us and a definite challenge. I have heard it's a really fun place to race. As a racer, that exactly what I want."
As rookies in the series, Hendrick and crew chief Lance McGrew know they will have to work quickly to get to know the track and dial in their red, white and blue GMAC mount.
"I am hoping Nazareth will feel familiar even though I haven't raced there," stated Hendrick. "Nazareth has a big dog leg in it and so does Concord Motor Speedway, a pretty unique short-track where I grew up racing. We will be looking for any advantage, and that could be one for Team GMAC."
Hendrick has posted 13 Top-10 finishes and scored his first series win at the inaugural NCTS race in Kansas City. Recently, Hendrick has struggled finishing out of the Top-10 for three straight weeks.
"We are a new team," said Hendrick. " We knew we would be on the learning curve this season. We set our goals very high and we had met all of them at the halfway point of the season. We have struggled the last three races. Although we are always very focused we know there is no reason not to finish every race in the Top-10 and maybe even win another race. We are capable and we know it, it's time to get back to proving it on the racetrack."
One advantage Hendrick will have an additional NASCAR sanctioned test day Friday along with Saturday's regular practice and qualifying schedule. The extra track time is sure to help the 21-year-old Charlotte, NC driver adapt to the multi-turn Nazareth track.
"We've had a couple of test days this year, the most recent one at the new track in Nashville," said Hendrick. "Every minute of additional seat time is important to us and I'm sure the extra time on the track at Nazareth will help us a lot."
While Hendrick would welcome a solid run at Nazareth, a win in the Chevy Silverado 200 would be even bigger for the young driver.
"We really want another victory," said Hendrick. "Hopefully, having a Chevrolet this weekend will be an advantage since they have done so well at this track. Jack (Sprague) has won there twice so we hope to unload with a good set-up. We also have an extra day to gain track experience. Nazareth Speedway could be just what we need to get our record back on track."
The Chevy Silverado 200 will take the green flag at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Saturday, August 26. The race will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast worldwide on MRN radio.
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.