TEAM CHEVY SILVERADO INSIDE THE GARAGE AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY – DAYNE PIERANTONI, GM RACING SILVERADO PROGRAM MANAGER, NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES: “Atlanta is a tough and very fast racetrack. You carry a tremendous amount of corner speed and with the trucks it is really important to keep the moment through the corners in order to get a good drive down the straightaways. It is always an exciting race to watch as the racing groove typically moves higher and higher throughout the race giving the drivers multiple lines to race on. With the NASCAR’s new pit rules requiring separate stops for fuel and tires it will be interesting to watch as the teams adapt to the rules and the strategies play out.
‘Out of all of the Chevrolet drivers I am sure Ron Hornaday is really looking forward to this week’s race in Atlanta. Ron is a previous winner in Atlanta and in the last three races there he has 2 poles, has led more than 200 laps, and has 3 consecutive 2nd place finishes. I know that he is ready to get back to victory lane. But, it won’t be easy for him. Last fall he was narrowly edged by his teammate Ryan Newman for the win and this year he will be teaming up with and racing against his truck owner Kevin Harvick. That being said, we can’t forget about our other Silverado drivers. Ricky Carmichael will be making his third truck series start following a very impressive 8th place finish last week in California. Mike Bliss is a former Atlanta truck series winner and both Matt Crafton and Chad Mccumbee have some top fives to their credit in the last few Atlanta races. I am expecting a strong showing for our Chevrolets.”
SILVERADO ON THE TRACK: ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY:
Silverado drivers have scored victories in five (5) of the nine (9) previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races held to-date at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS).
Three-time champion Ron Hornaday, No. 33 VFW Silverado has one AMS victory - ’05 – and two poles
Sits fifth (5th) in the standings
Mike Bliss, No. 40 Oak Metal Buildings Silverado, won at AMS in ‘06
Kevin Harvick, No. 2 Charter Communications Silverado, hopes to repeat what Ryan Newman accomplished last season in the Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI) Silverado
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards Silverado is currently third (3rd) in the standings
Ricky Carmichael, No. 4 Monster Energy Silverado, will make his third consecutive NCWTS start for KHI
Chad McCumbee, No. 07 SS Greenlight Racing Silverado, coming off third (3rd) place finish at California sits 8th in the standings
CHEVY RACING AT THE TRACK: ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Chevrolet will pace both NASCAR races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The all new 2010 Camaro will lead the field to green the Kobalt Tools 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Silverado will pace the starting field for the American Commercial Lines 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
MEET THE DRIVERS: Team Chevy Silverado drivers will hold an autograph session for fans on Saturday morning at the Chevy Racing Display in the Midway.
DID YOU KNOW? Chevrolet offers select models of Aveo Sedan, Aveo5, Cobalt, HHR and Malibu that all fall into the 30 MPG highway or better club.
Visit the Chevy Racing Display on the Midway at Atlanta Motor Speedway for a “showroom” full of Chevrolet’s great models.
Chevrolet NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Statistics
After 14 seasons of competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (1995-2008), Chevrolet Silverado holds the following records:
Most race victories: 142 (of 342 possible 1995-2008 – 41.5%)
Most manufacturers championships: Six of 14 (1995-98, 2002, 2005)
Most drivers championships: Nine of 14 (1995-1999, 2001-03, 2007)
Chevrolet NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champions
1995 – Mike Skinner
1996 – Ron Hornaday, Jr.
1997 – Jack Sprague
1998 – Ron Hornaday, Jr.
1999 – Jack Sprague
2001 – Jack Sprague
2002 – Mike Bliss
2003 – Travis Kvapil
2007 - Ron Hornaday, Jr.
Chevy Silverado drivers scored 10 wins in the 25-race schedule
Ron Hornaday, Jr. – Six (6) wins
Matt Crafton – One (1) win
Kevin Harvick – One (1) win
Ryan Newman – One (1) win
Donny Lia – One (1) win
The battle for the championship came down to the final event of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hornaday finished second in the standings by a mere seven (7) points.
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