Iowa: Ricky Carmichael preview

CARMICHAEL AT IOWA: Ricky Carmichael made one start at Iowa Speedway in 2009 where, despite having a 26th-place qualifying effort, he finished the race in the 13th position. CARMICHAEL ON TRUCKS: Carmichael was last on-track in his Monster ...

CARMICHAEL AT IOWA: Ricky Carmichael made one start at Iowa Speedway in 2009 where, despite having a 26th-place qualifying effort, he finished the race in the 13th position.

CARMICHAEL ON TRUCKS: Carmichael was last on-track in his Monster Energy Chevrolet nearly one month ago at Michigan International Speedway where he scored a 15th-place finish. So far this season, Carmichael has scored one top-five (Dover) and two top-10 finishes (Atlanta and Martinsville) in the first nine races of the 2010 season.

CARMICHAEL ON COMPETING AT IOWA: "I'm really excited about going to Iowa. The racetrack is really neat...it's a great facility and there's great racing there. I did pretty well there last year in a back up and I'm really looking forward to getting back. The fans are great -- they get a huge turnout and the fans have always been great to me there. There are a lot of motocross fans in that part of the country as well who come out to watch the NASCAR race. I'm just really excited to get back racing. It's been nice to have the three weeks off, but I'm ready to get back to racing and Iowa's a great place to start back. I'm looking forward to this 9 week stretch to get some great finishes."

BEHIND THE WHEEL: Crew chief Mike Fritts has chosen Turner Motorsports chassis No.008 for Carmichael to pilot at Iowa. Carmichael last wheeled this chassis to a 10th-place finish at Martinsville. Chassis No. 3 will serve as the team's back-up truck -- it has not seen on-track activity in 2010.

CREW CHIEF'S KEYS TO SUCCESS: "The corners at Iowa are really tight, so getting the truck to a point where Ricky is comfortable and he can easily rotate in the center is important. Since this is a short track, brakes are a big issue, so you have to make sure you have a good brake package. What's the best thing is that Ricky's raced at Iowa before and he was good there, so we've got an advantage over the last few tracks."

HIT THE POLLS: It's time for NASCAR's Most Popular Driver fan vote! Carmichael won the award last season and is hoping his fans will help him win a repeat. Go to NASCAR.com to cast your votes today.

-source: tms

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ricky Carmichael
Teams Turner Motorsport