NASCAR Craftsman Truck Teams To Test Tuesday-Thursday At Atlanta Motor Speedway
Monday, August 25, 2003
Just because Atlanta Motor Speedway isn¿t on their 2003 schedule doesn¿t mean teams from NASCAR¿s Craftsman Truck Series aren¿t interested in testing out its 24-degree banking.
That¿s just what they¿ll be doing this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, as eight NASCAR truck teams visit Atlanta. Bobby Hamilton Racing, Orleans Racing, Ultra Motorsports and Ware Racing Enterprises will all hit the track Tuesday and Wednesday during a Dodge test. The session will be open to the media but closed to the public.
On Thursday, driver Rick Crawford will help Ford Racing test the 2004 model. The session is closed to both the media and the public.
Of the eight Craftsman Truck Series drivers who will be on-track at Atlanta Motor Speedway this week, three are in the top 5 in points, and more than half of the top 15 will be making laps. Drivers expected to attend the Dodge test Tuesday and Wednesday are are Bobby Hamilton, Chad Chaffin, Bill Lester, Brendan Gaughan, Jerry Hill, Jason Leffler and Ted Musgrave.
Hamilton, who won four races at the Winston Cup level, now concentrates on his truck team. He owns three trucks, including his own No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram, which is seventh in Truck Series points. He also owns the trucks of Atlanta resident Bill Lester, who is thirteenth in points, and Chad Chaffin, whose No. 18 Dickies Dodge is 11th in Craftsman Truck Series points.
Gaughan is second in the points. The 28-year-old Vegas resident races for his family-owned No. 62 Orleans Racing team, sponsored by Orleans Hotel.
Ted Musgrave races the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge for Ultra Motorsports. The Illinois native is third in Truck Series points.
California-born Jason Leffler is eighth in points in his No. 2 ASE/Carquest Dodge. His Ultra Motorsports team took their first win earlier this season.
Jerry Hill drives the No. 5 Ware Racing Enterprises Dodge for Ware Racing Enterprises. He is nineteenth in points.
Alabama driver Rick Crawford drives the No. 14 Circle Bar Motel/RV Park Ford. Crawford, 45, is fifth in points will make the first test runs of the 2004 Ford truck on Thursday.
The Craftsman Truck Series does not currently race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but testing at Atlanta helps teams prepare for races at similar tracks including Lowes Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.