Martinsville: GM Racing preview

SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY * Silverado drivers have won six of the 18 previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races at Martinsville, more than any other manufacturer * Defending NCTS champions, Ron Hornaday, Jr., No....


* Silverado drivers have won six of the 18 previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races at Martinsville, more than any other manufacturer

* Defending NCTS champions, Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 VFW Silverado, has scored four top-five and six top-ten finishes in 11 previous starts

* Jack Sprague, No. 2 Silverado, has three poles at Martinsville, more than any other driver and one victory (Fall, '06)

* Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards Silverado, has one top-five and four top-10 finishes in 12 previous starts and qualified a Martinsville career-best second for the Fall '07 race

* Morgan-Dollar Motorsports will field two entries with open wheel standout Scott Speed in the No. 46 Silverado and Timothy Peters in the No. 47 Silverado

DAYNE PIERANTONI, GM RACING SILVERADO PROGRAM MANAGER FOR NCTS: "Our Silverado teams and drivers are looking forward to Martinsville. We had a successful test two weeks ago and the Chevy teams left with good data for the setups they will start with Friday.

"Martinsville has been a good track for Chevrolet and everyone enjoys going there. The crew chief and over-the-wall crews are crucial components because every second on pit road is critical. If you lose track position, it is virtually impossible to make it up because the NCTS race is short, fast and furious.

"To help their crews, drivers have to keep the fenders straight on their Silverados and save their equipment to be in position to race for the win. There have been some exciting finishes over the years and I think we will have a few Silverados in the front battling for the trip to victory lane."

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 RVS.COM SILVERADO: "Martinsville is just one of those old school places. It is good old hard-nosed short-track racing. Martinsville is a place where you can beat, bang, route and gouge and it is acceptable. The competition is also so close that it makes it fun."

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO: "Martinsville is a symbol of the old days of racing, a reminder of the Saturday night, short-track races that most of us came up thru while trying to get to this level... the track has been around for almost sixty years, and there just aren't many tracks left on our schedule with that kind of history. The track can take a tremendous toll on your truck. Handling and track position are key at Martinsville. Handling is important because the corners are so short."

SCOTT SPEED, NO. 46 RED BULL SILVERADO: "We tested at Martinsville a few weeks ago and the test was really positive for us. I think we're working with a top-ten car, and if we can get a good qualifying position, then we're even better off. I'm new to racing on ovals and I've only been in the Truck on a 1.5-mile (Atlanta) and a short track (Martinsville), but the short tracks seem to just come natural for me. Braking is very important at Martinsville, and that's already a strong point for me in these Trucks. I've been used to braking my whole life racing on road courses, so I think I've got that skill down now!"

RON HORNADAY, JR., NO 33 VFW SILVERADO: "Martinsville always has some of the best racing. It is a flat, short track that has a little bit of banking in the turns but the straight-aways are just flat. You definitely have to have good brakes at Martinsville. I know it sounds weird, but the better brakes you have there, the better you can get around the track. And you have time your braking just right when you go into the turns. Overall, I have had some success at Martinsville, but I have never won there so I am looking to change that."

BRIAN SCOTT, NO. 16 SHARK ENERGY DRINK/ALBERTSONS SILVERADO: "You have to be tough. You can't let guys punt your around because if you do that, they will take advantage of you all day long. You have to stick up for yourself and know when it's time to not give an inch and when it's a better time to give.

"It's easy to look like a hero at a test when your team shows up as prepared as mine did. We unloaded really fast and stayed that way throughout the entire test. Even though we were really good, we didn't just sit around and adjust air pressures. The team tried a lot of stuff that we normally couldn't do during the couple hours of practice you get before a race. We tried a bunch of things we were curious about. Some worked out and some didn't. In the end, we had two days of everyone working their tails off to get us the best data and information possible so that when we come back to Martinsville to race, we'll be in a position to run up front and have a good finish."

CHAD CHAFFIN, NO. 40 KEY MOTORSPORTS SILVERADO: "We have not had any breaks so far this season, so we're hoping to get things finally turned around at Martinsville. We tested there last week and came away with a race truck that can drive really well through the corners and can stay on the bottom, which you have to do there, so we expect to be pretty good come race time. We need a good finish right now."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Matt Crafton , Scott Speed , Timothy Peters