Martinsville II: GM Racing preview

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado Program Manager, NCTS: "As the season winds down, the battle for the championship continues to heat up. Ron (Hornaday, Jr.) is as hungry as he has ever been for wins and...

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado Program Manager, NCTS: "As the season winds down, the battle for the championship continues to heat up. Ron (Hornaday, Jr.) is as hungry as he has ever been for wins and the opportunity to become the first four-time champion and give Team Chevy's KHI (Kevin Harvick, Inc.) back-to-back championships. The point's scenario as it stands makes Martinsville a very pivotal race in how the season plays out. It is a rough and tumble short track where anything can happen in a split second. What will make the race even more exciting is having Kevin (Harvick) behind the wheel of his own No. 2 Silverado. Matt (Crafton) ran a very strong second at Martinsville race and I expect him to have a good run and work at moving from third to second in the standings. In addition, Donny LIa will be in the No. 81 Silverado and has proven he is strong on the short tracks. Our Silverado short-track program has been very strong this season. I am expecting a very exciting race at Martinsville and believe we have a strong opportunity to make another trip to victory lane.

FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD 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. The better brakes you have there, the better you can get around the track. And you have to time your braking just right when you go into the turns. Overall, I have had some success at Martinsville and we have been pretty good there recently so hopefully we can take care of business this time around and put that No. 33 Camping World Silverado in victory lane."

KEVIN HARVICK NO. 2 YOU CRATE SILVERADO:
"Martinsville is one of those tracks where you can be good all day long and have something go wrong at the end. You have to make the truck roll through the tight corners and keeping the brakes on the truck the entire race is very important. Avoiding wrecks is another key to a successful day at Martinsville. It's a short track and things happen in a hurry. If we can stay out of trouble, I think we have as good a chance as anyone. KHI has worked really hard on our flat-track program. Martinsville is one of those places where you have to have great pit stops and do everything right. This will be my seventh start in the Truck Series at Martinsville and I hope I can bring the No. 2 team its first win of the season."

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO:
"I expect us to be really good at Martinsville...we tested at Sandusky recently, and were really happy with our truck, and usually when we test well at Sandusky it translates to success at Martinsville. Martinsville is back to the roots of short-track racing, where so many of the guys in the Truck Series started; I like Martinsville because of the tight corners, and the racing always seems to be exciting there. The fans are awesome, too, which helps get everybody extra pumped up. If you aren't careful at Martinsville, you can get shuffled to the back of the pack pretty quickly, and it's real hard to work your way back up front. Our goal is to be patient and stay out of trouble and be there at the finish. I expect us to contend for the win and bring home another top-five finish like in the spring. After the off week, we're looking forward to getting back on the track at Martinsville."

DONNY LIA, NO. 81 NATIONRIDES.COM SILVERADO:
"Martinsville is one of my favorite race tracks . To me, it's very similar to the bullring that I started racing at, Riverhead Raceway in Long Island, NY. I think that is why I have always run good there. I won the Whelen 300 last year en route to the Whelen Modified Championship and then got my first top 10 ever in a truck there this year. Martinsville has definitely been good to me and my career which is why I love racing there."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick