Kevin Harvick Inc's J.R. Fitzpatrick will be making his first start at Michigan International Speedway in Saturday's 'Camping World Truck Series' Michigan 200 race.
Being just 252 miles from his Cambridge, Ontario, Canada home, he will have family, friends, and fans cheering for him at MIS.
"This weekend will be exciting for me especially racing close to home," said Fitzpatrick.
"There are a lot of NASCAR fans in Canada and I know they will be keeping an eye on me in the truck race Saturday. Hopefully I can put on a good show for them and give them something to be proud of."
Fitzpatrick will use the practice sessions to learn how to drive around the track. He'll talk with Ron Hornaday to get his input and maybe even follow him around. The other key is finding which groove works best for you to get through the corners.
The keys for him will be qualifying well inside the top-10, just logging laps, staying out of trouble and, then in the close stages of the race, battling for the best possible finish.
"I feel very comfortable at tracks where drafting comes into play. I know I will have a great truck, so I think if I can just get a feel for the track and make sure the truck isn't too tight to drive, we will be able to draft pretty well. I am looking forward to having a great-time and going for a top-10 finish."
Fitzpatrick will be racing chassis No. 029 which is a brand new truck in the KHI stable in 2009 only recently used as a back-up truck and never raced on track.
Michigan is a track where drafting comes into play, along with finding your preferred line on a multi-groove track and getting through the corners well.
If Fitzpatrick can do that, he'll be in good shape with a solid top-10 finish, but if he races like he did at Daytona we could just see him win.
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