Hendrick, Team GMAC Chevy Focused On Richmond NCTS Challenge RICHMOND, VA. (August 31, 2001) - Ricky Hendrick, driver of the No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet, has raced at Richmond International Raceway and knows it is anything but easy.
Hendrick, Team GMAC Chevy Focused On Richmond NCTS Challenge
RICHMOND, VA. (August 31, 2001) - Ricky Hendrick, driver of the No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet, has raced at Richmond International Raceway and knows it is anything but easy. After a strong fifth-place finish in the most recent NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Nazareth (PA) Speedway, Hendrick is confident he can conquer the challenging Richmond oval in the Kroger 200 Thursday.
"I am really looking forward to racing in Richmond," said Hendrick. "We have some experience there and I think that will really help. We have developed so much as a team and so have I as a driver. It is a track I would love to win at because it's such a tough track." Hendrick competed in the NASCAR Busch Series event at Richmond in the Hardees 250 and struggled to a 28th-place finish. The NCTS Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate thinks that experience will prove valuable in the upcoming Kroger 200 clash at RIR.
"I always feel a little better about going back to a track I've been to before," said the 21-year old Charlotte, NC native. "There are no guarantees in racing. They put a sealer down on the track and I'm sure that will change everything. You can't go there with a normal setup. Maybe it will help the rookies out because everyone will be trying to get it figured out."
Hendrick has posted 14 Top-10 finishes in 18 NCTS events this season, including his first career NCTS victory at Kansas Speedway. Team GMAC crew chief Lance McGrew has confidence his young driver can turn in another top performance at Richmond.
"I'm depending on Ricky's experience to help us perform as well as we have been," said McGrew. "I think he is more confident in his abilibites as a driver after nearly a full season in the Craftsman Truck Series. Richmond is a very challenging track and the driver has to have confidence he can turn in a winning performance."
Richmond International Raceway has been on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule since it's inception in 1995. Jack Sprague, Hendrick's NCTS teammate, has won at Richmond before and posted three Top-5 finishes in six events. Knowing his Hendrick Motorsports team has the ability to go to Victory Lane has Hendrick looking for a top finish in the Kroger 200.
"I would really like to win at Richmond," said Hendrick. "I hope to be racing for a long time and this track is an important event for the Truck, Busch and Winston Cup Series. I would like to learn how to be really good at this track because the turns are so different. It is impossible to set up your truck to be really good through the whole track. It almost requires two set-ups. That is the challenge for the driver."
Hendrick and Team GMAC will take the green flag in the Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway Thursday, September 6 at 8 p .m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live by ESPN2 and broadcast live 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.