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Chevrolet Team Silverado Ready for Martinsville Speedway Bobby Labonte Is Looking Forward to Second Run in No. 47 Chevrolet Silverado All Star Truck Kevin Harvick Goes for Three Consecutive NASCAR Major Series Wins Martinsville, VA -- ...

Chevrolet Team Silverado Ready for Martinsville Speedway
Bobby Labonte Is Looking Forward to Second Run in No. 47 Chevrolet Silverado All Star Truck

Kevin Harvick Goes for Three Consecutive NASCAR Major Series Wins

Martinsville, VA -- Chevrolet Team Silverado driver Ron Hornaday heads to the 0.526-mile short track in Martinsville, Virginia with the momentum of his exciting victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Hornaday beat Bobby Labonte by a mere eight thousandths of a second in the third closest finish in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to take his No. 6 GM Goodwrench Silverado to victory lane for the first time in 2005. To win back-to-back races, Hornaday faces the task of not only beating his fellow Team Silverado drivers and the regular NCTS competitors, but his boss, Kevin Harvick.

The April  9, 2005 Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway is the fourth race of
the season for  the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Labonte will again join drivers, Dennis Setzer, Jack Sprague, David Starr and Hornaday as a member of Chevrolet Team Silverado as the driver of the No. 47 Chevrolet All Star Silverado. It will be Labonte's second NCTS of 2005 and his second NCTS race at Martinsville Speedway. He finished third behind Setzer in the October 2004 event.

In the Spring  2004 Martinsville event, Sprague won the pole and Team
Silverado drivers  captured four of the top-ten finishing positions with Setzer and
Sprague,  finishing second and third respectively.
The Martinsville  Speedway is unique to other short tracks on the circuit in
that it has long  straights and very tight corners.  Of the many descriptions
given to the track by drivers over the years,  visualizing a paper clip seems
to be the most  accurate.

"Martinsville offers its own unique set of challenges," said Dayne Pierantoni, program manager for Chevrolet Team Silverado in the NCTS. "The ability to manage tires and brakes are two of the key components to success at Martinsville. During our recent testing there, these were the primary focus areas and I feel like our Team Silverado drivers will have what they need this weekend.

"Coming off the  great win and second place we had at Atlanta gives everyone
involved in our  Chevrolet Silverado program great momentum and enthusiasm as
we head to  Martinsville. Being a short track with such tight corners, there
is always the  unexpected but we have done our homework and are well prepared
going in to the  weekend so if we have the appropriate racing luck, we will
have another great  weekend for Silverado."

The GM Team:

Setzer, No. 46  Chevrolet Silverado driver, will again team with 2000 NASCAR
Cup champion  Labonte for the Martinsville event.   Labonte will make his
second appearance as the driver for the 2005  Chevrolet Silverado All Star Program
in the No. 47 Silverado with country music  star trio Trick Pony on the hood
and Rodeway Inns and Econo Lodge on the rear  quarter panels. In 2004, Setzer
qualified 10th and finished second in  the Martinsville spring race on the way
to his second consecutive runner-up  season-ending points finish.
Sprague will once  again be driving his No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado with a
cast and protective  boot over the injured heel he suffered just prior to the
California race.  After two days of testing with the boot,  the three-time
NCTS champion is ready to improve his third place finish from  last year.
Hornaday, driver  of the No. 6 GM Goodwrench Silverado, hasn't raced a truck
at Martinsville  Speedway since April, 1999 when he started sixth and finished
 16th.  To win  back-to-back races, Hornaday faces the task of not only
beating his fellow Team  Silverado drivers and the regular NCTS competitors, but
his boss, Kevin  Harvick.  Harvick, who won both the  NASCAR Busch Series race
and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race last weekend at Bristol  Motor Speedway, will
drive his own No.92 Yardman Chevrolet Silverado as  Hornaday's teammate.
Starr and the No.  75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado team heads to
Martinsville determined to  continue their steady climb in the NCTS standings.
Consistency has been the key so far this  season for Starr, who currently sits ninth
in the standings, and his team with  one top-five and two top-10 finishes thus
far in the 2005  season.

Practice and qualifying for the Kroger 250 will take place on Friday, April 8, 2005. The race will take the green flag at 1:15 pm EDT on Saturday, April 9, 2005. The 250-lap/131.5 mile race will have live flag-to-flag television coverage provided by SPEED. The race can also be heard on MRN Radio as well as XM Satellite Radio.

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Labonte , David Starr , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer