Four Short Trackers Prep for Truck Series Debut at NHIS by Mike Twist
The Magic Mile Becomes The Land of Opportunity
Four short trackers will be looking to make their Truck Series debuts at NHIS this weekend. Each one has a different background, and a different ride. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour point leader Donny Lia will drive the #36 Bill Davis Racing Toyota, NASCAR Busch East Series standout Sean Caisse will wheel the #03 Germain Racing Toyota, Pro Cup regular Brian Scott will be in the #16 entry fielded by Xpress Motorsports and Scott Racing, while Super Late Model pilot Shane Seig will drive Billy Ballew’s #15 Truck.
In talking to all of the wheelmen, the word opportunity seems to come up more than any other word.
"It is a great opportunity for me to drive Billy Ballew's equipment," Sieg said. "His trucks have the reputation of being fast and I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do in the No. 15 Silverado. Loudon is a great track to race on with the flat corners and fast straights so it should be an exciting race for the drivers and the fans. I can't thank Swift Transportation enough for stepping up and sponsoring us for the New Hampshire race. They are a great company to work with and we hope to just get our Chevy upfront and be consistent throughout the 200 lap race."
Donny Lia tested the #36 Truck this weekend at Caraway Speedway in preparation for his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut. (51 Photos)
New Hampshire International Speedway is commonly referred to as the Magic Mile, however looking at the entry list for Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race there, it might be more appropriate to dub the one-mile oval as the “land of opportunity” – at least for this weekend.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of a team of this caliber,” said Scott. “I can’t wait to go out and race against some of great veterans running in the truck series.”
The NHIS race is just the tip of the iceberg for Scott, who plans on running all but one of the Craftsman Truck Series races left on the 2007 schedule.
Meanwhile, Caisse is a driver who is looking even further down the road as he plans his first entry into the Truck Series.
“I have a good network of people that give me the right advice on what to do to further my racing career,” said Caisse. “A lot of people told me to run a Truck Series race – that it would give me the experience I was looking for on radial tires, in tough competition. The team that was on the top of the list when I asked who to call was Germain Racing. Casella Waste Systems, my sponsor in the Busch East Series, was on board and we’re very happy to put this together for my Truck Series debut in the New Hampshire 200.
“My goal is to race in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Germain Racing has two Truck Series champions driving for them, they are the Truck Series champions, and they have been strong in the Busch Series races they’ve run. My experience this weekend should help me understand how to continue to build my career toward my goal of Nextel Cup racing.”
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at NHIS is set for Saturday afternoon. Lia will also compete in Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at NHIS and Caisse will race in Friday’s NASCAR Busch East Series race.