Richard Childress Racing
August 14, 2013
"From the Pit Box": Michigan International Speedway
Read up on how crew chief Shane Wilson and the No. 62 Truck Series team prepares for the race at Michigan.
“From the Pit Box”
Shane Wilson – No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Sliverado
Michigan International Speedway
In 2013, Shane Wilson was reunited with driver Brendan Gaughan following a 10-year split, assuming the role of crew chief for the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The RCR crew chief joined the company in December 2005 when he was paired with Bakersfield, Calif., native Kevin Harvick to head the No. 21 NASCAR Nationwide Series entry. Since joining the RCR family, Wilson has worked with several of the organization’s drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series.
Thus far this season, Wilson has led Gaughan and the No. 62 team to six top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 11 races.
Q: How do you set up the truck for Michigan International Speedway?
A: “The modern day Michigan (International Speedway) is really smooth, and with the tires Goodyear brings, we’ll be running flat out all weekend. We’ll start at a certain point and try to trim out the truck to be sure that we have speed. For the Truck Series, Michigan is almost like a true superspeedway race where they’ll be out there running flat out in a draft.”
Q: How does the track change during the race?
A: “We’re not quite at the limitation of the tire at Michigan (International Speedway), so our truck will change as the fuel burns off, it’ll become tighter and tighter. During practice, we’ll be sure to try and almost run the truck out of fuel to make sure the handling and speed will be ok during the race when that happens.”
Q: What are the keys to success at Michigan International Speedway?
A: “Figuring out fuel mileage and making sure you have speed. Last year the race wasn’t won by the fastest truck, it was won by the truck that was able to make it to the end on fuel. A lot of times Michigan is a fuel mileage race, but you still have to try and be the fastest truck out there.”
Q: What is your favorite race memory of Michigan International Speedway?
A: “My favorite memory was winning the race in 2003, by a pretty good margin, with Brendan (Gaughan). It was a pretty great feeling winning that race, especially in the dominate fashion like we did, since the year before we got lapped.”