Nashville: GM Racing preview

Chevrolet Silverado has won six of the 11 NCTS Manufacturer's Championships Silverado drivers have won eight of the 11 possible Series' Driver Championships Silverado drivers have won more races than any other brand LEBANON, TN - Team Chevy...

Chevrolet Silverado has won six of the 11 NCTS Manufacturer's Championships

Silverado drivers have won eight of the 11 possible Series' Driver Championships

Silverado drivers have won more races than any other brand

LEBANON, TN - Team Chevy Silverado teams move to Nashville Superspeedway (NSS) for the next event on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) 2006 schedule.

This will mark the sixth appearance for the hard-charging truck drivers at the 1.333-mile concrete tri-oval with 14 degree banking in the corners. It is one of the three cement tracks on the circuit - Dover and Bristol being the other two.

Rookie and veteran drivers alike are looking at not only a win at NSS, but at the very unique trophy the winner takes home - a specially designed Gibson guitar.

Silverado Raybestos Rookie contenders Kraig Kinser, No. 46 CENTRIX Auto Finance Silverado and Aric Almirola, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado again face the task of conquering another brand-new race track. Neither driver has made a lap around the state-of-the-art Tennessee facility. The same scenario exists for Chad McCumbee, No. 07 U.S. Restoration Silverado.

"Man would this be a great place for our Spears Silverado team to get the first win of the season," said Almirola. "That guitar is a trophy that every driver wants in their display case. Our team is running so consistently, I am very proud of the effort we have had this year as a new team/driver combination. I want to take my guys to victory lane to reward them and Dave McCarty (crew chief) for all of their hard work. This would definitely be a great place to do it."

Kerry Earnhardt, No. 13 ThorSport Racing Silverado, will have a leg up on his fellow first-timers with four starts in NASCAR Busch Series competition that netted one top-10 finish.

Coming off his second place finish last weekend, Dennis Setzer, No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado, is looking to continue the momentum his team is carrying from Indianapolis.

"Nashville is a very fast track," said Setzer. "It is a pretty neat place to race. We will need to have horsepower, some grip with the tires, and with that, I am hopeful that we can get our E85 FlexFuel team our first win of the season. One thing that is neat about Nashville is the trophy. Every driver wants to have the Gibson guitar in their trophy case, and I know that this Silverado team has what it takes to get this guitar for the team.

"We had an awesome run last week in Indianapolis; we just couldn't quite pull off the win. Our Silverado ran extremely well and we are looking to carry some momentum from our run at ORP (O'Reilly Raceway Park) to Nashville this weekend."

Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Kevin Harvick, Inc. Silverado echoes Setzer's words on the track and the trophy.

"I have only raced once in a truck in Nashville, and we finished 12th last year," said Hornaday. "I have raced here many times in a Busch car, but have never been able to taken anything to victory lane. Our team has been performing so well together, and our great runs the past few weeks have definitely proven that. I want the guitar so bad, and our team will be a contender for the win this weekend, I can guarantee that. After our strong run at ORP last week, and the exciting battle at the end of the race, the Kevin Harvick Inc. team has momentum that will hopefully pay off for us this weekend."

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Team Chevy Silverado
Driver Quotes

DRIVER: DENNIS SETZER
TEAM: No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado - Morgan Dollar Motorsports

"Nashville is a very fast track, and is a pretty neat place to race at. We will need to have horsepower, some grip with the tires, and with that, I am hopeful that we can get our E85 FlexFuel team our first win of the season. One thing that is neat about Nashville is the trophy. Every driver wants to have the Gibson guitar in their trophy case, and I know that this Silverado team has what it takes to get this guitar for the team.

We had an awesome run last week in Indianapolis; we just couldn't quite pull off the win. Our Silverado ran extremely well and we are looking to carry some momentum from our run at ORP (O'Reilly Raceway Park) to Nashville this weekend."

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DRIVER: KRAIG KINSER
TEAM: No. 46 CENTRIX Auto Finance Silverado - Morgan Dollar Motorsports

"We are pretty excited after our run at ORP so that gives us a little momentum heading in to Nashville. It is another track I haven't seen, but I have confidence that Eric (Phillips, crew chief) and the guys know how to get us a good set-up right off the truck. I just have to really focus on getting myself comfortable in my Silverado as quickly as possible and getting up to speed.

"It is going to be a busy weekend for us with me defending my title at the Knoxville Nationals. I really appreciate everyone at Morgan-Dollar Motorsports letting me go back and forth between the two tracks to run my sprint car and race the No. 46 CENTRIX Silverado.

"We are still focused on being consistent to get a good solid top-15 finish again, maybe even a top-10. We have to get better at qualifying so that is the next hurdle for me. Track position in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is so important with the competition that every track, getting as solid a starting spot as possible is critical."

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DRIVER:  RON HORNADAY

TEAM: No. 33 Kevin Harvick, Inc. Silverado

"I have only raced once in a truck in Nashville, and we finished 12th last year. I have raced here many times in a Busch car, but have never been able to taken anything to victory lane. Our team has been performing so well together, and our great runs the past few weeks have definitely proven that. I want the guitar so bad, and our team will be a contender for the win this weekend, I can guarantee that. After our strong run at ORP last week, and the exciting battle at the end of the race, the Kevin Harvick Inc. team has momentum that will hopefully pay off for us this weekend."

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DRIVER:  ARIC ALMIROLA

TEAM: No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado - Spears Motorsports

"Man would this be a great place for our Spears Silverado team to get the first win of the season. That guitar is a trophy that every driver wants in their display case. Our team is running so consistently, I am very proud of the effort we have had this year as a new team/driver combination. I want to take my guys to victory lane to reward them and Dave McCarty (crew chief) for all of their hard work. This would definitely be a great place to do it."

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DRIVER:  MATT CRAFTON

TEAM: No. 88 Menards Silverado - ThorSport Racing

"Boy, after ORP, I am ready to for Nashville. We had a decent run there last year so we are looking for better results this year. I like that you can run different grooves as the race goes on, it is just fun to race side-by-side.

"I am sure I am not the only driver that wants that guitar trophy but it sure would be special to get our first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win in our Chevy Silverado and have that be the trophy we get to put on the shelf.

"I am looking forward to this weekend because the track is usually pretty easy on tires so you can race your race from the start of the run to the end and not have to worry about how much the tires have fallen off."

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DRIVER:  KERRY EARNHARDT

TEAM: No. 13 National Pork Board Silverado - ThorSport Racing

"Nashville will be new to me in the Truck Series. I have raced there twice before in a Busch car, but never in a truck. I haven't run real well there in the Busch car, but hopefully we can turn that around in the truck. Our team has struggled here lately, but we tested last week with my teammate (Matt Crafton), and our lines of communication have gotten much better. We bounced ideas off each other last week at ORP, and just having him to talk with is a big help. I am probably going to look to him for some help on what works best for the trucks, and hopefully we can have a good run in out ThorSport Silverado."

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DRIVER:  MIKE BLISS

TEAM: No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Silverado

"I have a had pretty good luck at the new Nashville track. I have only run there once in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series but we sat on the pole and won the race. I was driving for Dave (Fuge, team owner) and this team then, so hopefully that is an omen and we can add another guitar to the collection.

In the Busch series, I have gotten a couple of top-fives. It just seems to be a track that suits my driving style. It is a fun track that starts out as one groove usually but as the race goes on, we get to race two or three wide.

"We are so close to getting our Xpress Silverado in victory lane, this would be a good place to get the first one under our belts this season."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Dennis Setzer , Matt Crafton , Kerry Earnhardt , Kraig Kinser , Aric Almirola , Chad McCumbee