O'Reilly 400 Texas preview

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 22, 2001) - The drivers competing in the O'Reilly 400, presented by Valvoline DuraBlend, at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night, June 8, will display their racing skills in front of one of the year's largest NASCAR Craftsman...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 22, 2001) - The drivers competing in the O'Reilly 400, presented by Valvoline DuraBlend, at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night, June 8, will display their racing skills in front of one of the year's largest NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series crowds. In addition to their driving skills, O'Reilly 400 competitors have other unique characteristics. Did you know:

* NASCAR Craftsman Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates Rickey Hendrick and Coy Gibbs are sons of championship NASCAR Winston Cup car owners Rick Hendrick and Joe Gibbs.

* Craftsman Series title contender Joe Ruttman operates a catering business with his wife Peggy when not racing.

* Long-time Craftsman Truck Series competitor Lance Norick comes from a politically active family, team co-owner and father Ron Norick is a former mayor of Oklahoma City as his Lance's grandfather.

* Driver Carlos Contreras of Mexico City served as an analyst in the first Spanish-language broadcast of a NASCAR Winston Cup race April 1 at Texas Motor Speedway that was produced by Performance Racing Network.

* Series veteran Randy Tolsma and his wife Tiffanie are active in a number of Christian fellowships including Motor Racing Outreach that serves NASCAR racers.

* No driver has been able to repeat a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway, there have been six winners in six races.

* Three of the six Craftsman Truck winners have won starting from the pole position: Jay Sauter in October, 1999; Greg Biffle in June, 2000 and Bryan Reffner in October, 2000.

Tickets for the O'Reilly 400, presented by Valvoline DuraBlend, are available daily at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations.

-TMS-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Jay Sauter , Coy Gibbs , Lance Norick , Carlos Contreras , Joe Ruttman , Randy Tolsma