PREVIEW: RICKY CARMICHAEL (NO. 4 MONSTER ENERGY CHEVROLET)
VENUE: MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY (.526-MILE OVAL)
CIRCUIT: NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (RACE 21 of 25)
EVENT: KROGER 200 (200 LAPS, 105.2 MILES)
DATE: OCTOBER 23, 2010
CARMICHAEL AT MARTINSVILLE: Ricky Carmichael will be making his NCWTS debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
CARMICHAEL ON TRUCKS: Carmichael’s last race came at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where an early spin in the race relegated him to a 29th-place finish. So far this season, Carmichael has scored two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
CARMICHAEL ON COMPETING AT MARTINSVILLE: “I’m looking forward to going back to Martinsville. We ended up 10th there in the Spring, despite a long day and a few problems, but we worked hard to get where we needed to be in the end to put ourselves in the top-10. I know we’re going to go back there with a better piece of equipment and I’m looking forward to improving on that finish.”
BEHIND THE WHEEL: Crew chief Doug Randolph has chosen chassis No.13 for Carmichael to pilot at Las Vegas. This truck was previously on-track at Chicago and Kentucky, where he finished 28th and fifth, respectively.
NO BREAK IN THE ACTION FOR CARMICHAEL: While most of his NCWTS competitors were taking the last few weeks off, Carmichael was busy making his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Kansas Speedway and followed it up with his second race at Auto Club Speedway in California. He finished 18th and 31st, respectively.
RIDING WITH RICKY: The Monster Energy Chevrolet will be hosting The Apple Mart and Kroger stores on the rear quarter panels this weekend at Martinsville. Fans can get a first-hand look at the Monster Energy Chevrolet when the show truck appears at the Apple Mart store in Danville (4168 Franklin Turnpike) on Thursday from 2 pm -6 pm and at the Kroger in Martinsville (240 Commonwealth Blvd.) on Friday from 2 -6 pm
HIT THE POLLS: It’s time for NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver fan vote! Carmichael won the award last season and is hoping his fans will help him win a repeat. Go to NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/news/features/2010.truck.mpd/index.html) to cast your votes today.
BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW: Fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at Carmichael’s home in Tallahassee, Fla., by picking up the current issue of Architectural Digest magazine. The issue, on newsstands now, features the home’s interior design which was created by his wife Ursula’s interior design company, CDecor (www.cdecor.net). The article can also be viewed online at http://www.architecturaldigest.com/homes/homes/2010/11/ricky_carmichael_article
MONSTER MANIA: Fans can log onto www.monsterenergy.com for a chance to win race tickets, garage passes and a meet & greet with Ricky Carmichael during the 2010 season. The promotion will run throughout the remainder of the season and a winner will be awarded at each venue the Truck Series visits. Fans can always stay up to date with Ricky and the Monster Energy team via Twitter @RickyCarmichael, @MonsterEnergy and @TurnerMotorspts or online at www.rickycarmichael.com and www.teamturnermotorsports.com.
DON’T MISS A LAP: The Kroger 200 will take the green flag this Saturday, October 23rd at 12:30 PM Eastern. Viewers can watch the race live on SPEED. Additionally, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio (Channel 128) will have the live radio broadcast.