Kansas: Eddie Sharp Racing preview

Eddie Sharp Racing Brings Four Teams to Kansas Lottery $150 Grand DENVER, N.C. (April 22, 2008) -- Eddie Sharp Racing unloads four teams this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Already scoring a Top-5 at Salem and two Top-10's at Iowa this season,...

Eddie Sharp Racing Brings Four Teams to Kansas Lottery $150 Grand

DENVER, N.C. (April 22, 2008) -- Eddie Sharp Racing unloads four teams this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Already scoring a Top-5 at Salem and two Top-10's at Iowa this season, the ESR squad is a good bet to hit the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand. Having previously found victory lane at similar 1.5-mile tracks such as Kentucky and Chicagoland speedways, ESR looks to add Kansas Speedway to that list.

"It was disappointing that we were unable to get the test in here a few weeks ago," said team owner, Eddie Sharp. "It would have helped us a lot. However, I am confident that we will still have a very successful weekend. We have very talented drivers that can learn and adapt quickly to a new track, such as Kansas. And we have an experienced group of Crew Chiefs and crew to support them and coach them on the mile and a half. I wouldn't be surprised to see all of our cars in the Top -10. And hopefully one in Victory Lane!"

The Eddie Sharp Racing team of Scott Speed, Justin Lofton, Ken Butler, III and Pierre Bourque will be turning their first laps on the Kansas Speedway this weekend. Attempting to test there a few weeks ago at the ARCA RE/MAX Series open test, efforts were thwarted due to rain.

Although none have raced at the Kansas Speedway, Speed, Butler, III, and Bourque each have experience on other 1.5 mile tracks. Most recently, Scott Speed competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. At Kentucky Speedway in May 2007, Ken Butler, III and his teammate Michael McDowell qualified the Eddie Sharp Racing machines 1-2, with only 0.02 second separating pole-sitter McDowell from KBIII. Pierre Bourque finished 25th in his first experience at the Chicagoland Speedway in September 2007.

Speed will extend his Kansas Speedway experience this weekend in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Speed will be behind the wheel of the No. 22 Red Bull Toyota for Bill Davis Racing. This is the first of a multi-race deal with BDR in the NCTS.

Scott Speed (No. 2 Red Bull Toyota):

"Every car we have unloaded this season has been really strong, so I have no doubt that we will have the same at Kansas. I think this will be similar to Atlanta, where I raced a truck last month, so I'm not concerned that I haven't made any laps here at Kansas yet. I think we'll be really good here and have no problems at all."

Ken Butler, III (No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Toyota):

"It's been a little while since I've been on a mile and a half, so I'm a little rusty. But I think we are going to do really well this weekend. Our cars have been fast all year and this weekend will no different. I like Kentucky [Speedway] a lot, so I think I will be able to settle right into Kansas Speedway this weekend."

Justin Lofton (No. 93 Lofton Cattle Dodge):

"I've been putting a whole lot of laps on the ARCA SIM Racing game. Between Saturday and now I've logged over 250 laps. I'm really confident going into Kansas. If it's anything like the game, we won't have any trouble there. Also, the biggest advantage is that I have is my Crew Chief Randy Nelson and my team. I have 100% trust in them and the cars they put me in each week. Every time we have unloaded, the car is solid and spot-on. That is a huge advantage for us as a team."

Pierre Bourque (No. 02 impreMedia Dodge):

"I have never been to Kansas except for the restaurant across from the speedway. I am told it's like Kentucky and Chicagoland. I have some experience at Chicagoland and I hope that will be helpful. I'm going in there a really green rookie next week. But my Crew Chief David Leiner, Jr will be back with me and I am confident we will be very successful."

As a part of Kansas Speedway's RaceFest, Scott Speed, Justin Lofton and Ken Butler, III will be signing autographs with fellow ARCA RE/MAX Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers at The Legends on Thursday, April 25, 2008 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Legends at Village West is located between Nebraska Furniture Mart and Community America Ball Park (T-Bones). It is adjacent to Kansas Speedway.

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Michael McDowell , Scott Speed , Pierre Bourque , Justin Lofton , Ken Butler
Teams Bill Davis Racing