Huffman and No. 88 Navy Team Looking for Top Finish at Kansas
Shane Huffman will drive the JR Motorsports's No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Yellow Transportation 300 at Kansas Speedway.
Saturday's race will mark Huffman's first trip to Kansas Speedway and his fifth race of the season.
The team is running chassis No. 022 at Kansas. The team scored a third-place finish with this car at Michigan in August and a ninth-place finish at California Speedway earlier this month.
Huffman will sign autographs for fans at the U.S. Navy's display at Kansas Speedway on Saturday from 10:15 -- 10:45 a.m.
Next week Huffman will undergo a two-day naval service training session at the Recruit Training Command at Naval Station Great Lakes in Great Lakes, Ill. While there, he will get accustomed to what recruits go through to become sailors. He will complete the SEAL Challenge, the swim test SEAL hopefuls must take to qualify for the program, visit the Confidence Chamber and witness shipboard fire fighting techniques.
Last weekend at Dover, Huffman qualified 20th. He ran as high as seventh before the No. 88's right-front tire blew out on Lap 117, relegating Huffman to a 36th-place finish.
Shane Huffman, Driver, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
"I've never even seen Kansas Speedway before, but I'm looking forward to getting on track and making some laps there. Wes Ward and the entire Navy crew have put together an awesome car for the race and I'm excited to have the opportunity to get up on the wheel of it and have a good run at Kansas."
Wes Ward, Crew Chief, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
"Kansas Speedway is a 'cookie cutter' track. It's fairly similar to several other tracks that we go to throughout the season, so we have a notebook of information to look over going into that race. We're also taking car No. 022, and so far this season it's proved to be a good car at Chicago, Michigan and California.
"Even though Shane has never been there before, I think he will do exceptionally well at Kansas and bring home a good finish for the Navy team."
The fleet honoree for Saturday's race at Kansas Speedway is the Electronic Attack Squadron 209. Electronic Attack Squadron 209's mission is to provide electronic attack and electronic support to United States and Coalition Forces in the suppression of enemy air defenses. The 'Star Warriors' of VAQ-209 are currently deployed to Western Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and have been in theater since May. The squadron was commissioned on October 1, 1977 under the operational and administrative control of Commander, Carrier Air Wing Reserve 20. In its 29 years of existence, the Star Warriors have deployed around the globe in support of national interests. The VAQ-209's deployments have spanned the globe from Japan to the Balkans, and into Southwest Asia with detachments participating in exercises in Canada, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark, Turkey, and the federal Republic of Germany. The Star Warriors are based out of Naval Air Facility, Washington, DC.
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