Kansas: GM Racing preview

SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: KANSAS SPEEDWAY * Silverado drivers have won two of the seven (7) previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races at Kansas Speedway (KSS) * Defending NCTS champions, Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping...

SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: KANSAS SPEEDWAY

* Silverado drivers have won two of the seven (7) previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races at Kansas Speedway (KSS)

* Defending NCTS champions, Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, has scored one top-10 in three NCTS starts at KSS

* Jack Sprague, No. 2 American Commercial Lines Silverado, has one top-five and two top-10 finishes in five NCTS starts at KSS

* Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards Silverado, has one top-five and three top-10 finishes in seven NCTS starts at KSS

* Chad McCumbee, No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Silverado has two NCTS starts at KSS

* Morgan-Dollar Motorsports will field Hendrick Motorsports development driver Landon Cassill in the No. 46 Silverado

QUOTABLE QUOTES:

DAYNE PIERANTONI, GM RACING SILVERADO PROGRAM MANAGER FOR NCTS: "The Chevrolets have had a bit of a dry spell at Kansas Speedway. We won the inaugural race with Ricky Hendrick back in 2001 and backed that up with a win by Mike Bliss in 2002. Since then things have not really gone our way.

"Four of the last five wins at Kansas have come from a single manufacturer. We are looking to change that this week.

I believe that last month's race in Altanta was an indication that the Silverados are ready to race on the 1 ½ mile tracks. Our teams have really been focusing their preparations on the intermediate tracks. I look for our KHI trucks with Ron Hornaday and Jack Sprague to qualify and race strong. Several drivers have "broken out" with their first wins at Kansas Speedway and I would love to see that happened for either Matt Crafton or Chad McCumbee. They both had great runs in Atlanta and I really believe either one could bring home a trophy from Kansas."

FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES SILVERADO: "I have had some great trucks here; I have come so close to winning. I really don't know why this track is so difficult. I guess it is because it's not like any others on the circuit. I remember in 2001 I was driving for Hendrick Motorsports, Ricky Hendrick was my teammate. I had led a large majority of the race, it was coming down into the closing laps and I broke a motor. Ricky Hendrick went on to win his first and only Truck race here. It was a bitter sweet feeling, we were all really excited for Ricky but we really wanted that win."

RON HORNADAY, JR., NO 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO: "Kansas Speedway is a pretty new track for the NASCAR Truck Series. I have only been in three truck races there, so we're still learning different things about the track. Turn three at Kansas can be slippery if the sun is out and the track temperature is hot. One of the main things you have do if you want a good run there is get through turn three without any trouble."

CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO: "I am really looking forward to Kansas. We have been working really hard to make our intermediate program even better than it has been. I feel that Kansas could be a great opportunity for us to get our first win. Hopefully we can get some points back that we lost at Martinsville. I know our team is capable of being in the top 10 in the standings. I can't thank everyone at MRD enough for their hard work and dedication!"

CHAD CHAFFIN, NO. 40 WRAPITUPVEHICLEWRAPS.COM SILVERADO: "Lance (new crew chief Hooper) has obviously brought some knowledge over with him to our team and I think it's going to really help us. We have a lot of good people here, but being a single truck team we may not have taken advantage of all the resources available to us in an effort to get better. All of these changes should help us do just that. I'm excited about our chances at Kansas, a place that I sat on the pole for a Truck Series race back in 2003 and know I can get around if I have the equipment to do so."

BRIAN SCOTT, NO. 16 SHARK ENERGY DRINK/ALBERTSONS SILVERADO: "A lot of people relate Kansas to place like Kentucky and Vegas. Kind of a typical mile and a half, it has corners that are different, they're not identical corners. You gotta really put a lot of emphasis on being able to keep your foot down and especially with the rules how they are this year with the new tapered spacer on the engine, you just sacrifice so much to get everything out of it. It is going to be very important to have stability in the truck while still having the needed speed level. I necessarily don't think the best thing to do is to go out there and be loose and be able to hold it wide open but be on the edge because like all mile and a half places people are going to take advantage of you. You might need to sacrifice a little bit of speed qualifying or a little bit of speed when you are out there by yourself to get a stability and comfort level so that you can really go out there and race those guys, because like all mile and a half tracks, you have speeds of a super speedway but you race like a short track. "

TEAM CHEVY NEWS FROM DETROIT - PEPER PROMOTED: Effective June 1. Ed Peper is appointed North America Vice President, Chevrolet Channel. Peper is a 23-year GM veteran and has served as Chevrolet General Manager since April 2005. He has had numerous assignments in GM's field operations and central office, including general manager of GM's Northeast Region and vice president of sales for Saab Cars USA. In his new role, Peper emerges as the lead executive for Chevrolet Racing and will closely oversee the continued growth and success of Team Chevy on-track.

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ricky Hendrick , Jack Sprague , Matt Crafton , Mike Bliss , Landon Cassill , Chad McCumbee
Teams Hendrick Motorsports