St. Louis: GM Racing preview

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado Program Manager, NCTS: "It's been a while since we have won in St. Louis. Ron Hornaday finished second last year and Jack Sprague is a past winner at Gateway. With its ...

TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado Program Manager, NCTS: "It's been a while since we have won in St. Louis. Ron Hornaday finished second last year and Jack Sprague is a past winner at Gateway. With its relatively flat and tight corners Gateway really has more short track tendencies than most tracks of its size. I think you'll see the guys like Hornaday and Crafton who have been really good at the short tracks shine this week. I know that our teams have been working hard. Our teams have made some changes based on the last few short tracks that have been run. Hopefully at the end of the day we'll see one of our Silverados in victory lane.

FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

# RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO: "I like racing at Gateway. I haven't always had the best luck there, but hopefully that will change this week. Gateway is very different from other tracks we race on because of the way the corners are. Turns one and two are tight and banked and three and four are wide and flat. We had a good day at Gateway last year; we started and finished second and led the most laps. We need to do the same thing this year, but finish one position better than last year."

# JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES SILVERADO: "Gateway is really two drag strips that someone decided to put corners on. Gateway has two distinct ends. Usually you will be really good through turns one and two but have to give up a little in turns three and four to make your truck work the way you need it to. Gateway is a give-and-take kind of race track. The key to success at Gateway is having a strong motor and really good brakes."

# MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO: "I always look forward to racing at Gateway...we've always had real good trucks here. Last year, we had a great truck but we had a couple of flat tires and fell a lap down for most of the race, but we ended up running down the leader to get our lap back and finished in the top-10 (9th); We always feel confident at Gateway. This track reminds me a lot of Phoenix, where we've had lots of success. We will keep doing what we're doing, and racing hard each time out...racing each race like it's our last. There's a lot of racing left this season, and we'll stay focused and do what we do the best we can each week. As far as the championship is concerned, we'll keep our focus on each race and we'll look up with a couple of races to go and see where we are."

# CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOLMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO: "Gateway has always been a solid track for me in the past. I really hope that we have turned out bad luck of late around. Any time you can come out of Bristol with a truck left and a respectable finish it's a good thing and we were able to do that last week. I was pretty pleased with our performance in Milwaukee and that should play into the next couple of races here on these flat tracks. I've got to thank all the guys at MRD for working so hard. We have had alot of work to do putting trucks back together for the end of the season and they have stepped up and got it done."

# MARC DAVIS, NO. 81 HOWARD UNIVERSITY'S WHUR 96.3 RADIO SILVERADO: "This is a big day for me. I have been preparing for it all my life a chance to race in NASCAR on a national level. Randy Moss and David Dollar have given me a wonderful opportunity for my first start in the NCTS. I would like to thank WHUR for their belief in my talent and for coming on board to support my debut in the Truck Series."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague