Ricky Carmichael to drive Oakley truck at Martinsville
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (March 17, 2009) – Ricky Carmichael has been entered in the No. 4 Oakley / KHI All-Stars team Chevrolet Silverado for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Saturday, March 28. Carmichael was not originally scheduled to compete at this event, but Oakley has signed a sponsorship agreement with Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) to back the rookie driver and the KHI All-Stars team at Martinsville for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race.
In the history of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), no other rider has won as many championships (15) and races (150) as Carmichael, earning him the nickname the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time). Carmichael was a record five-time AMA “Rider of the Year.”
Ricky Carmichael Quotes: "I’m really pumped for Martinsville. This is the first short track for us in the Truck Series this season, so it’s the first time I’m going into a weekend with at least some sense of what to expect. I have some short-track experience, so I’m already ahead of where I’ve been before practice started for the first three races. It’s been completely new for me every week up until now.
“We tested at Rockingham (at the half-mile test track similar to Martinsville) and it went really well. There was a Cup team there the same day, and the team tells me we were running laps times that were very competitive with them.
“Thanks to Oakley for stepping up for me and KHI. They are another of my long-time motocross sponsors that have continued to support me in my NASCAR efforts. We were originally scheduled for 14 races this year, and the only way we can add more to that is for the sponsors to write a check, so I’m excited to be carrying Oakley’s logo on the truck.”
The No. 4 KHI team is led by crew chief Billy Wilburn, a veteran of many years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
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Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), established in 2001, is a 70,000 sq. ft. facility located in Kernersville, N.C. KHI houses two full-time Truck Series teams, including the 2007 series champions, the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado driven by three-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday and the No. 4 KHI All-Stars Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ricky Carmichael and a variety of NASCAR Sprint Cup stars. KHI is also home to the No. 33 Chevrolet Impala competing full-time in the Nationwide Series, with drivers Kevin Harvick (a two-time Nationwide Series champion), Hornaday and Cale Gale. The 2009 season marks KHI’s sixth year of full-time competition in NASCAR’s elite divisions. Visit http://www.kevinharvickinc.com for more information.
Camping World Truck Series
Career Starts: 3
Avg. Start: 8
Avg. Finish: 17.6
Top-10 Finishes: 1
Truck: No. 4 KHI All-Stars Chevrolet Silverado
Chassis: No. 18 / Driven previously by teammate Ron Hornaday, with a victory at Memphis and led 154 laps at Martinsville’s fall 2008 race.
Kroger 250 250 laps / 131.5 miles / Martinsville (Va.) Speedway
Race Date: Saturday, March 28 / 2:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX-TV / 2:00 p.m. ET “Live so be sure to tune in”
No. 4 / KHI All-Star Team Chevrolet Silverado
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Remaining Scheduled Starts:
March 28 Martinsville
April 25 Kansas
June 5 Texas
June 19 Milwaukee
June 27 Memphis
July 18 Kentucky
July 24 Indianapolis
August 1 Nashville
August 29 Chicago
September 5 Iowa
September 12 St. Louis
September 26 Las Vegas
October 31 Talladega