Hendrick, GMAC Chevy Ready To Rock In Nashville LEBANON, TN (August 6, 2001) - Ricky Hendrick and Team GMAC are hoping lightning will strike twice when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series makes it's first appearance at the all-new ...
Hendrick, GMAC Chevy Ready To Rock In Nashville
LEBANON, TN (August 6, 2001) - Ricky Hendrick and Team GMAC are hoping lightning will strike twice when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series makes it's first appearance at the all-new Nashville Superspeedway this weekend.
Just a month ago, Hendrick and his No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado posted their first NCTS win at the inaugural O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway. This time,Team GMAC will be looking to do it again at the brand new Nashville Superspeedway in the Federated Auto Parts 200.
"I think this race is going to be pretty hairy," said Hendrick. "I watched the NASCAR Busch Series race on TV and there was a lot of trouble. We have done so well in Nashville in the past, but we have a whole new track to figure out and it looks fast. It seems to have everything we like about racing."
Hendrick is coming off a disappointing 18th-place finish in the most recent series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The subpar effort marked only the second time in 15 events this season that Hendrick did not finish in the Top-10. Team GMAC crew chief Lance McGrew knows the team will have its work cut out for it on the new Nashville track.
"We all are a little intimidated after watching the Busch race," said McGrew. "We will have a lot to work on during the open test day. We are going in the same as every other team except that Ricky figures out new tracks pretty quickly and we consider that a definite advantage. We got our first win on a new track and now we are looking for our second."
Hendrick ranks superspeedways as his favorite kind of racetrack, so he should feel right at home on the fast, 1.333-mile Nashville layout. Earlier this year, the Busch race posted an average speed of over 105 miles per hour and featured 15 lead changes. The event was also punctuated by 11 caution periods.
"We wanted to race Nashville this year in a Busch car," said Hendrick. "Our focus is on the Craftsman Truck Series this year and we thought getting some experience would be a definite advantage. We were unable to test there, so we canceled it. I think every member of Team GMAC watched the race on TV and we are fired up to go there and race. It's definitely going to be wild."
Last year, Hendrick qualified 18th and finished ninth in the NCTS event at the .596 Nashville Speedway USA racetrack. The team also raced at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds the No. 24 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Hendrick's first career Busch Series start in 2000. The effort produced a career-best fifth-place NBS finish for the 21-year-old Charlotte, NC native.
"We have done very well in Nashville," said Hendrick. "This new track is going to be a whole different animal. It's a superspeedway and I love to go fast, so hopefully we can adapt quickly."
The Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway will take the green flag at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Friday, August 10, and will be telecast live on ESPN. MRN Radio will also broadcast the 16th of 24 NCTS events this season.
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