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* Kyle Busch Eying Third Consecutive Win At Lowe's * LMS Race Starts Seven-Week Stretch * Series Approaches 300th Race 'Rowdy' Busch Looks For Third Straight At LMS DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 14, 2007) -- When Kyle Busch pulled into...

* Kyle Busch Eying Third Consecutive Win At Lowe's
* LMS Race Starts Seven-Week Stretch
* Series Approaches 300th Race

'Rowdy' Busch Looks For Third Straight At LMS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 14, 2007) -- When Kyle Busch pulled into Victory Lane in the No. 51 Chevrolet at Lowe's Motor Speedway last season, the name "Rowdy" Busch was painted above his window.

Busch, a long-time Days of Thunder fan, had the name put there in honor of "Rowdy Burns," the character who drove the No. 51 in the movie.

This weekend, Busch is back in the No. 51 Chevrolet for Friday's Quaker Steak and Lube 200 presented by Circle K -- and so is "Rowdy".

Busch will be aiming for his third consecutive win at Lowe's, a task he knows is difficult.

"Its going to be really tough," Busch said. "You have plenty of good guys out here. We're just trying to work with what we have to make it three-in-a-row."

Although three consecutive wins at one track is not a series record, it is rare. Jack Sprague (No. 60 Con-way Toyota) (Phoenix 1996-97) and Ted Musgrave (No. 9 Team ASE Toyota) (California 2001-03) are the only other drivers to accomplish it. Brendan Gaughan (No. 77 South Point Hotel Chevrolet) holds the series record with four straight wins at Texas Motor Speedway from 2002-03.

Busch competed in seven races last season, putting together impressive results. He finished in the top 10 in all seven and had three top-five finishes.

"You come over here wanting to have some fun and race hard and do a good job," Busch said. "That is what we're going to do."

Teams Eager For Seven-Race Stretch

Friday night's race will be the first of seven in consecutive weekends -- the longest stretch on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule. The first five races of the season have been spread over three months, which has given teams the opportunity to brainstorm and fine-tune.

"It has given us a lot of time to go back to the shop and make some different changes to our trucks each week," said series veteran Dennis Setzer (No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet). "Hopefully we can get all of that together and put it to some use these next seven races in a row."

Rick Crawford (No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford) and his Circle Bar Racing team have put the early off-weeks to good use as well.

"We have had a lot of work to do at Circle Bar Racing," Crawford said. "The off-weeks have been a welcome, because we've been trying to build our truck inventory.

"When the season first starts, you always look at the schedule and try to have yourself ready to go when that long stretch starts. We're coming to Charlotte ready to go put on a great show for the fans."

That is not to say that the team is looking ahead at upcoming races.

"Charlotte is first; we'll worry about the rest of them later," Crawford said.

NCTS Notebook: 300th Race Nears; Darnell Wins Again

Countdown to 300: Hornaday Wins 100th at Evergreen ... The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will race for the 300th time on June 1 in the AAA Insurance 300 at Dover International Speedway. The race will feature six full-time drivers that competed in the series' 100th race - the NAPACARD 200 at Evergreen (Wash.) Speedway on April 3,1999.

Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet) and team owner Dale Earnhardt shared a $100,000 bonus posted by sponsor Craftsman for winning at Evergreen. Hornaday, who started on the pole after qualifying was canceled due to weather, battled 1997 champion Jack Sprague in the early going and Butch Miller in the latter stages of the 200-lap race around the .646-mile oval. He took the lead for good at Lap 162, edging Sprague by 2.509 seconds to win his second consecutive race.

Both drivers, as well as Miller and Rick Carelli were eligible to collect the Craftsman bonus, having run all 99 races leading up to the milestone event. Carelli finished sixth, Miller 16th.

Hornaday was the defending series champion at the time, but Sprague went on to win his second series title.

Darnell Wins Again ... Just two weeks after his win at Kansas Speedway, Erik Darnell (No. 99 Northern Tool-Equipment Ford) drove to Victory Lane again. Only this time, he did it in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

Darnell's Kansas win was the first of his career and was the quickest of a non-winning Raybestos Rookie of the Year, taking only 31 starts.

Darnell is currently 10th in the standings.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Rick Crawford , Rick Carelli , Brendan Gaughan , Butch Miller , Kyle Busch