Kentucky: Eddie Sharp Racing preview

MOORESVILLE, NC (May 2, 2007) -- "Dominance" was the word of the day for Eddie Sharp Racing at Winchester Speedway; however, a win wasn't in the works as various mechanical and tire troubles marred good runs by both ESR entries. After a broken...

MOORESVILLE, NC (May 2, 2007) -- "Dominance" was the word of the day for Eddie Sharp Racing at Winchester Speedway; however, a win wasn't in the works as various mechanical and tire troubles marred good runs by both ESR entries.

After a broken caliper took Michael McDowell and the No. 2 ESR car out of the race, Josh Wise and the No. 22 machine looked poised to step out of the shadows and into the winner's circle. After leading 48 laps on the day, Wise cut down a tire and pitted under green flag conditions, going one lap down. He finished 7th in the race, adding to a Winchester record that already includes a 5th and a 6th in the USAC National Series.

With two top-ten finishes in a row, the ESR No. 22 team heads to the Kentucky Speedway for the Buckle-Up Kentucky 150, full of optimism. Ken Butler III will return to the driver's seat of the Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota after a successful test at the 1.5 mile track last month.

Butler has finishes of 20th (Lakeland) and 32nd (Salem) in two races this year. Even though the rookie hasn't had the finishes to his liking, the success of the test, as well as ESR's prowess at intermediate tracks has team owner Eddie Sharp looking for a solid finish in Sparta, Kentucky:

"The whole (No. 22 team) has improved as far as overall results go and I fully expect Ken to be very capable of a good run this weekend," said Sharp. "Bad luck has been the story of the year thus far, but the cars have been running well and the two teams have been feeding of each other's success. There's no reason we can't finish up front at Kentucky."

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Michael McDowell , Josh Wise