Charlotte: Kyle Busch preview

Rowdy Ready to Return to the Trucks 'Billy Ballew Motorsports and Kyle Busch reunite in Charlotte looking for win No. 3' Concord, NC (May 12, 2008)-Kyle Busch returns to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Friday night for the running of the...

Rowdy Ready to Return to the Trucks
'Billy Ballew Motorsports and Kyle Busch reunite in Charlotte looking for win No. 3'

Concord, NC (May 12, 2008)-Kyle Busch returns to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Friday night for the running of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (134 laps, 201 miles) race at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Busch was last in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra at the Martinsville Speedway where a last lap spin sent the team home without their first top-five finish in 2008.

Busch gave up the 2008 NCTS Driver Championship points lead when a conflict of scheduling with the another NASCAR Premier Touring Series caused him to miss the fourth race of the season in Kansas. Busch dropped to the sixth place position, 130 points out of the lead. A point's deficit Busch is planning on working on this weekend. Shane Sieg did a superb job when he stepped in the No.51 Miccosukee Resorts Tundra at Kansas. Despite Sieg's solid top-20 finish, Ballew lost the owners championship lead, but only by a mere 21 points.

"We are really out here to get Billy Ballew Motorsports an owner's championship," Busch said. "If we can get close enough with having to miss a few races, we have every intention of running for a drivers' championship as well. These guys every day are working so hard to bring this equipment to the track and Billy has really stuck in there for all these years. I would love to win a championship with them."

Busch has posted two wins in 2008 for the Billy Ballew Motorsports team and heads to the Lowe's Motor Speedway to try for his third. Busch has already had two back to back wins at the 1.5-mile speedway for Ballew in 2005 and 2006 but issues with the tires kept him from victory lane in 2007 instead posting an 11th place finish.

"It felt like we were over traveling on the right front tire," Busch said. "Or that we had a wheel bearing going or something, but it was a loose wheel. We did have some tire inconsistencies, but the truck was starting to come in there at the end and we just ran out of laps."

Ballew, Busch and crew chief Richie Wauters will celebrate three years of racing together this weekend. Busch's first start for Ballew was in 2005 where he won the event. Busch is the only NASCAR driver to have double Premier Touring Series wins at the 1.5-mile Lowes Motor Speedway

Busch will also be launching his much anticipated Rowdy Busch line of truck and super late model apparel on May 19th. The line will be sold on www.rowdybusch.com.

The sixth race of the 25 race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule at the Lowe's Motor Speedway is slated to begin Friday, May 16 at 8:00pm ET. SPEED will broadcast live televised coverage of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series practice Friday at 9:00am and qualifying at 3:30pm ET. SPEED's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (134 laps, 201 miles) race coverage begins at 7:30 pm ET. MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio coverage starts at 7:45pm ET.

For more information on Kyle "Rowdy" Busch and Billy Ballew Motorsports visit www.KyleBusch.com and www.BillyBallewMotorsports.com.

-credit: bbm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kyle Busch