KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – Ricky Carmichael has been entered in the No. 4 Monster Energy/ KHI All-Stars team Chevrolet Silverado for Saturday’s American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). Carmichael was not scheduled to run the Atlanta race, but because of the on-track success for the No. 4 team in the first two races of the season, Kevin Harvick Inc. decided to enter Carmichael after an eighth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in California. Carmichael has qualified sixth and third in his two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts and is currently tied for 14th-place in driver’s point standings. After two races, Carmichael’s overall ‘driver rating,’ according to NASCAR Loop Stats, is eighth best in the Truck Series.
In the history of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), no other rider has won as many championships (15) and races (150), earning him the nickname the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time). Carmichael was a record five-time AMA “Rider of the Year.”
“This is like a home race for me,” said the 29-year old Carmichael, who resides in Tallahassee, Fla. “Atlanta was always great to me when I raced here in Supercross, and I cannot wait to get on track at Atlanta Motor Speedway. I appreciate Monster Energy and Kevin and DeLana (Harvick, team owners) for adding this race to my schedule.
“I learned so much in the race at California, I was anxious to race again as soon as I could to put all of that into action. I wanted to race again that day if they would have let me! I was scheduled to wait until Kansas (Speedway in April) for my next race, so I’m excited and grateful to have any track time I can get and run an extra race.”
The No. 4 KHI team is led by crew chief Billy Wilburn, a veteran of many years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
DID YOU KNOW? Ricky Carmichael had five victories in the AMA Supercross category in Atlanta, the closest to a hometown event for the resident of Tallahassee, Florida.
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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 www.kevinharvickinc.com <http://www.kevinharvickinc.com> for more information.
Ricky Carmichael / Camping World Truck Series
Stats: Third Career Start, Two top-10 starts, one top-10 finish
Truck: No. 4 KHI All-Stars Chevrolet Silverado
Sponsor: Monster Energy
Chassis: No. 28 (Most recently raced at Auto Club Speedway.)
Race Date: Saturday, March 7 / American Commercial Lines 200 / 130 laps - 200.2 miles
Start: 2:00 p.m. ET TV: SPEED-TV 1:30 p.m. ET
No. 4 Monster Energy / KHI All-Star Team Chevrolet Silverado
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Scheduled Starts:
March 7 Atlanta
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