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The 1.333-mile concrete Nashville Superspeedway is a new circuit this year on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Following are comments from the Chevy Silverado drivers after the first three hours of optional testing today. JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 24...

The 1.333-mile concrete Nashville Superspeedway is a new circuit this year on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Following are comments from the Chevy Silverado drivers after the first three hours of optional testing today.

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 24 NETZERO PLATINUM SILVERADO: "It's fine. I think they did a great job. It doesn't have as much grip as I thought it would, but I don't know if it's the track or the tires. There's nothing squirrelly about it; it's pretty good."

TRAVIS KVAPIL, NO. 60 CAT RENTAL STORES SILVERADO: "It's really nice. It's smooth; it seems like it's got quite a bit of grip. We still have a ways to go to find some speed, but we're creeping up on it. It seems pretty wide; it's got quite a bit of banking to it. It reminds me a little bit of Texas; it's kind of similar. It's a nice race track, a nice facility."

RICKY HENDRICK, NO. 17 GMAC SILVERADO: "It's fun. Right now it's good. We have only been out once; we made a lot of changes. We have to go back out and pick up some speed. We went around three or four times. We're still in the top 10. I think we will be right there with everybody. This place is nice. When I first saw it I thought it was like a mini-Kansas. It's shaped like a mini-Kansas. It doesn't have the traction that Kansas has, a little tighter turns. It's got some special characteristics to it. It's the first track that any of us have been on that's a 1.3-mile that's all concrete. It's different. I think that with some rubber on the track it will have a lot more grip. It doesn't have a lot of grip, but it doesn't have a lot of rubber on it either. It will be fine."

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 ACXIOM/COMPUTER ASSOCIATES SILVERADO: "The track is fine right now. We're a little tight chassis-wise. And we're trying to work through the gear situation. So we're just getting acquainted with the track right now. The surface seems fine. It isn't terribly rough or anything like that. I think it will be fine to race on." ON THE CONCRETE 1.3-MILE COURSE: "It seems that's going to be the new deal -- one-mile, one-quarter mile, one-half mile concrete circuits. That seems to be the thing of the future and the way it's going to go. You'd better learn to like it."

LANCE NORICK, NO. 90 AVENTIS BEHRING CHOICE SILVERADO: "The track really feels fine. It seems smooth to me. It's got a lot of grip. We've always had great turnouts of fans in Nashville, when we raced here at the fairgrounds. I think it's great that they have a new track here. It's very hot; perhaps they could run this race in October. At the track at the fairgrounds every year they sold out. There should be no reason that they shouldn't get a good crowd here. The track feels good. I was a little nervous coming in. Everybody said it's really slick here and there, but I think the track did some grinding on the surface. Whatever they did it seems to have added some grip, so it feels good. Hopefully we won't spin out this week like we did last week 20 times."

COY GIBBS, NO. 20 MBNA SILVERADO:  "I like it.  I didn't think I would
after I watched the Busch race here.  They were balling stuff up.  It
didn't look like it had a lot of grip.  It seems like they have
straightened everything out.  They did a great job making it good to race
on.  I don't know about racing two-wide, though.  That might be a
challenge.  It's a nice place."

-GM Racing

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