Michigan: GM Racing preview

Chad McCumbee currently sits eighth (8th) In NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings * Four Team Chevy Silverado drivers are in the top-10 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver standings * Three-time and defending NASCAR ...

Chad McCumbee currently sits eighth (8th) In NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings

* Four Team Chevy Silverado drivers are in the top-10 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver standings

* Three-time and defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday is the points leader

* Matt Crafton is second (2nd) and three-time champion Jack Sprague is fifth (5th)


* Silverado drivers have scored four (4) wins in 2008

* Chevrolet currently leads the Manufacturers' Championship standings with nine races in the books

* Most race victories: 132 (of 317 possible 1995-2007)

* Most manufacturers championships: Six of 13 (1995-98, 2002, 2005)

* Most drivers championships: Nine of 13 (1995-1999, 2001-03, 2007)

* Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, and Jack Sprague, No. 2 American Commercial Lines Silverado, are both three-time NCTS champions

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado Program Manager, NCTS: "The Michigan race is for bragging rights for the manufacturers. With the headquarters of the big three close by everyone wants to have a good showing on the home court. I really believe that our Chevy Silverados are up to the task. This race requires the entire package engine, chassis, and aero. Both of our KHI trucks have shown that they are capable or running up front every week, Crafton, and McCumbee have also been strong particularly on the big tracks. I am expecting to see several of our Silverados up front but it's likely to come down to the last lap, it often does."


* Silverado drivers have won one (1) of the eight (8) previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races held at Michigan International Speedway (MIS)

* Fans can meet Team Chevy Silverado drivers Ron Hornaday, Jack Sprague, Matt Crafton and Chad McCumbee Saturday at the Chevy Racing display located in the midway at Michigan International Speedway. The four Silverado stars will sign autographs from 11:45 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.

RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, COMING OFF WIN LAST WEEK AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AND IS CURRENT NCTS POINTS LEADER: "I've had a couple of good runs at Michigan. We finished in the top 10 the past two races there. Michigan is a lot like California as far as the layout, but for some reason it doesn't drive like California does. I think we may have learned some things over the past couple of races at Michigan that can make us better this time so we'll just have to go out see what we have in practice. I know Rick Ren (crew chief) and the guys will get the truck where it needs to be for us to run good."

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 RVS.COM SILVERADO, GREW UP IN NEARBY SPRING LAKE MICHIGAN AND CURRENTLY FIFTH IN THE STANDINGS: "I love going back home and being able to compete in front of my hometown crowd. It would mean so much for me to win at Michigan International Speedway. I think it would bring things full circle; winning here locally when I first started and now being able to win at one of the highest levels of NASCAR competition would be pretty cool.

"MIS has always been a multi-groove race track. I always like coming to MIS not only because it is home but because you have the ability to search around for a groove where your truck can work the best. The only difference I have seen is in the horsepower under the hood. The body styles are also slightly different which can give you a little more sidebite here and there and help create a little more speed. I would love not only to get my first win here but another win for Chevrolet."

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO, SITS SECOND IN THE STANDINGS: "I love racing at MIS...it's a great track, real fast racing...the key at Michigan is truck control...being able to successfully slide the truck around...because the tires really wear out in a hurry; you can lose 2 seconds from the beginning of a run until the end; so you lose grip, and the truck will start sliding sideways. You have to be able to successfully control that slide; there are 4-5 grooves at MIS; you don't have to stay glued to the white line there; we're just looking to keep building momentum...nobody on this 88 team is satisfied with top-10 finishes...we want to be in the top-5 every week; that's the difference a year makes; we might have been satisfied back then with regular top-10 finishes, but not anymore; consistent top-5 finishes will put us where we want to be."

CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOLMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO, SITS EIGHTH IN THE STANDINGS: "Michigan is a cool place to go to. Most of the major manufacturers along with Chevrolet are based in the area, so it's good when you can run well in front of them. Michigan always produces great racing and every now and then can turn in to a gambling race with fuel mileage. We are bringing the same Silverado we ran 2nd with at Charlotte. I'm looking forward to putting the #8 Malcolmson Construction Chevrolet in Victory Lane. We have had some good runs this year and hopefully someone is seeing our results. We're looking for a sponsor so we can take this program to the next level."

SHELBY HOWARD, NO. 13 BOBCAT SILVERADO: "Michigan is a real fast track, and we have lots of room to run there; there's good side-by-side racing at MIS; we feel like we're steadily putting the pieces together on this No. 13 Bobcat team, and I foresee good things for us; the guys are working so hard for me and doing a great job, and I really appreciate it. Hopefully, we can come out of MIS with a top-10. We know we're on the right track. We just have to be consistent each time out."

BRIAN SCOTT, NO. 16 ALBERTSONS SILVERADO, RUNNING BOTH THE NCTS RACE AND ARCA RACE AT MIS: "I look forward to double duty, triple duty or quadruple duty. I would race 6 times a week if I could. I love racing all the time. I wish I could race more. Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has its pros and cons. Yes, it is nice to race only 25 weekends out of the year and to have a weekend off here and there but for a guy like me who eats, sleeps and breathes racing we want to be racing all the time. Right now it is great for us to be racing the trucks in this seven week stretch. It is just nice to be racing every weekend because you can learn and retain all the lessons you are learning and apply them instantaneously. Running the ARCA race will certainly help me with Michigan. Anytime you can get more experience on the track, even if it is just getting a ride around with an experienced driver, it is going to help you get familiar with it. So having all the ARCA time this week should definitely help our truck efforts. You can figure out where passes happen, you can figure out what the track does temperature wise. You don't have to be on the same tire, you don't have to have the same body. If you get your car or truck neutral and the track changes from sun to shade or wind to no wind and your car gets looser then your truck will probably do the same."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Matt Crafton , Chad McCumbee