Ricky Carmichael: Talladega Race Preview

PREVIEW: RICKY CARMICHAEL (NO. 4 MONSTER ENERGY CHEVROLET)

VENUE: TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY (2.66-MILE TRI-OVAL)

CIRCUIT: NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (RACE 22 of 25)

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EVENT: MOUNTAIN DEW 250 FUELED BY FRED’S (94 LAPS, 250.4 MILES)

DATE: OCTOBER 30, 2010

CARMICHAEL AT TALLADEGA: Ricky Carmichael as made three previous starts at Talladega Superspeedway – twice in the ARCA Series and once in the Camping World Truck Series. In his 2008 ARCA race, he started ninth and finished 30th, and earlier this year he started 14th and finished 31st. His only NCWTS start came in 2009, when he began the race in the 15th-position and finished in 20th.

CARMICHAEL ON TRUCKS: Carmichael’s last race came at Martinsville Speedway, where he began the race in the sixth-position and secured another top-10 by finishing in ninth. So far this season, Carmichael has scored two top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

CARMICHAEL ON COMPETING AT TALLADEGA: “The goal this weekend for me is to finish the race! I’ve been there three times and was involved in a wreck each time, so just making it to the end will be an accomplishment for me. It’s nothing like Daytona as far as handling goes – it’s just hoping you’re in the right place at the right time and putting yourself in the right position to finish the race. The rest will take care of itself.”

BEHIND THE WHEEL: Crew chief Doug Randolph has chosen chassis No.16 for Carmichael to pilot at Talladega. This is a brand new Leavitt chassis for Turner Motorsports and the Monster Energy team.

MEET THE DRIVER: NASCAR fans at Talladega Superspeedway will have the chance to meet Ricky Carmichael this weekend. The 2009 series Most Popular Driver will be signing autographs at the NCWTS Autograph Session on Friday from 2 – 3 pm.

RIDING WITH RICKY: The Monster Energy Chevrolet will be hosting Kangaroo convenience stores on the rear quarter panels this weekend at Talladega. Fans can sample new Monster Energy products and get a first-hand look at the Monster Energy Chevrolet when the show truck appears at the Pantry convenience store (199 Main St. in Trussville, Ala.) on Thursday from 4 – 8 pm and at the Pantry convenience store (1601 Hwy 21 South in Oxford, Ala.) on Friday from noon – 4 pm.

HIT THE POLLS! Fans only have a few more weeks to vote for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Most Popular Driver! 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.

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 Mountain Dew 250 will take the green flag this Saturday, October 30th at 3:30 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.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SpeedwayMedia.com.

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