Ricky Carmichael cast his vote for his favorite NASCAR track on Friday.
Explaining his quick adaptation to the flat, tight Martinsville Speedway in his Camping World Truck Series debut there, The GOAT -- "Greatest of All-Time," from his motocross days -- turned his thoughts to New England.
"This place to me, for some reason, when I went out there and I made my first couple of laps it felt like a miniature Loudon, and Loudon is my favorite track," Carmichael said, referencing the town where New Hampshire Motor Speedway sits.
"I don't know if it's mental or if it really is like that, but I'm going to use it to my advantage."
Carmichael, a rookie in the Truck Series while driving for Kevin Harvick Inc., posted the 13th-fastest speed in practice for Saturday's Kroger 250.
He spun in practice, but didn't do anything in the way of damage to the truck.
"Kevin will be happy, just because I'm learning the limits of the trucks. Man, I just need to get up on it, know what I mean?" Carmichael said. "I can't just be rolling around there. I'm ready to take that next step, and with that there's going to be a couple of spins here and there. Part of the reason I spun is just me giving false information and telling (the team) we need to free it up when really should have been going the opposite way."
Carmichael sits 18th in the Truck Series standings with one top-10 finish in three races. He trails J.R. Fitzpatrick by three points in the rookie standings.
Carmichael finished sixth in the Camping World East Series standings last year, winning one pole award while posting top-10 runs in eight of his 13 starts as a rookie.
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