Michigan: GM Racing preview

MATT CRAFTON HEADS TO MICHIGAN LEADING THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES POINTS: It's nice to be leading the points race, but anybody who's been involved in this sport knows how this deal works; our focus is about being the best we can be...

MATT CRAFTON HEADS TO MICHIGAN LEADING THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES POINTS: It's nice to be leading the points race, but anybody who's been involved in this sport knows how this deal works; our focus is about being the best we can be each race, each week; we can't afford to do anything else. If we're fortunate enough to be sitting where we are now at the end of the season, then we will have accomplished our goal. But there's way too much racing left to get caught up in any of that. We're looking to win the war, not the battle, and that means winning races and finishing in the top-5 every week. That's the focus. We have great trucks each week, and we've always known what we're capable of. It's a matter of executing like we know we should, and not wasting energy worrying about things we can't control. If we continue to do that, we'll be where we wanna be."

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO INSIDE THE GARAGE AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY--DAYNE PIERANTONI, GM RACING SILVERADO PROGRAM MANAGER, NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES: "Michigan is one of the races that everyone wants to win. It is high profile due to the fact that most of the manufacturers have a strong presence in Detroit. It is also an opportunity for the teams and drivers to showcase their talents in front of the Chevrolet and GM Racing management and personnel that don't have the opportunity to attend every race.

"Michigan is a very demanding track. With the two-mile length it is similar to Daytona and Talladega with much less banking. This presents a challenge to the teams to keep the drag low without sacrificing too much downforce in order to provide grip through the relatively flat corners. The chassis package plays a huge role in establishing the attitude of the body in order to accomplish these goals. Naturally the engine is also quite important due to the long straightaways and sweeping corners. Finally, the pit crews play a key role as well. This track tends to produce long green flag runs with few cautions so it is likely that the pit crews will make one or more green flag stops.

"I guess it is quite fitting that we are in the Manufacturer's back yard, with all of the demands of the Michigan Speedway, it becomes quite obvious which teams have a solid foundation and have done their homework. Our GM Racing engineers have been working closely with our teams in order to exploit the strength of our Chevrolet Silverados. We would like nothing more than to take a trophy back to GM's headquarters on Saturday."

-credit: gm racing

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