Hernandez, Carmichael Claim Successful Results for Ginn Racing Development Teams MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 23, 2007) -- Ginn Racing development drivers Jesus Hernandez and Ricky Carmichael each enjoyed a successful weekend of racing in their ...
Hernandez, Carmichael Claim Successful Results for Ginn Racing Development Teams
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 23, 2007) -- Ginn Racing development drivers Jesus Hernandez and Ricky Carmichael each enjoyed a successful weekend of racing in their respective divisions.
Hernandez, 26, finished fifth in Thursday night's NASCAR Grand National Division West Series event at Phoenix International Raceway. It was Hernandez' first start in the NGND series. He competes regularly in late model events in the Whelen All-American Series.
Carmichael, 27, finished seventh in a 50-lap super late model race Saturday night at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway. It was the second late model race for the 15-time motocross/supercross national champion.
"This was my first race in a big stock car and it felt great to end up with a strong finish," said Hernandez, who drove the Waste Management Chevrolet, "I had a talented team behind me and it all came together. It was an awesome experience and I am looking forward to the next race."
Hernandez's next NGND race will be Saturday night (April 28) at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway. Along with competing in the NGND series, Hernandez is slated to enter a selected number of ARCA and NASCAR Craftsman Truck races this season.
Carmichael was feeling upbeat after his successful ride in the 16-car field at New Smyrna.
"It was mission accomplished for our Monster Energy team," said Carmichael, who had a tire go down in his first race on March 24 in Ellisville, Fla. "We ran against some guys who raced at New Smyrna for a long time and we held our own. I was really pleased with everything. The seat time is so valuable and I've learned so much in a short period of time."
Carmichael will be back at New Smyrna Speedway Saturday night for a 100-lap super late model race. Joining Carmichael will be Ginn Racing teammate Matt Martin.
Mark Martin, who will miss this weekend's Nextel Cup race at Talladega as part of his limited 2007 schedule, will also be on hand at New Smyrna in his role as driver development director for Ginn Racing. He will be mentoring Carmichael as well as his son Matt.