Martinsville: Kyle Busch preview

Ballew and Busch Hope Testing Proves Positive in Martinsville Martinsville, Virginia (March 26, 2008)-The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads to the Martinsville Speedway for the series first short track race of the 2008 Season. Billy Ballew ...

Ballew and Busch Hope Testing Proves Positive in Martinsville

Martinsville, Virginia (March 26, 2008)-The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads to the Martinsville Speedway for the series first short track race of the 2008 Season. Billy Ballew Motorsports with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship points leader Kyle Busch look to get through the weekend while maintaining their lead.

Martinsville Speedway is known for action packed racing on its .526-mile paperclip shaped race track. Billy Ballew Motorsports has 15 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts between the No. 51 and No. 15 trucks at the Martinsville Speedway. The team has posted two top-five finishes (Kyle Busch 2005, Rich Bickle 1998) and four top-ten finishes at the short track in Martinsville, Virginia. Busch has ten previous starts at Martinsville posting three top-five and four top-ten finishes in six starts in the Sprint Cup Series, one top-five and two top-10 finishes in three starts in the Craftsman Truck Series and one start in the Nationwide Series with a finish of 20th in 2006.

Both Busch and Ballew are hoping for a better run on Saturday than they've had in the past. To help improve their Martinsville statistics, Busch attended the open truck series test in early March with the team to prepare for the Kroger 250 slated for March 29, 2008.

"It's always work and its always work for these guys (testing) but it is still fun to come here," Busch said. "We don't run very well here in Martinsville. This isn't one of my best tracks in the truck series. We've come out of here with some good finishes but those were just luck, I guess. We want to make sure we have a better handling truck so we can come through the field in order to get to the front and make some passes. This race anyway is always a tough race because there is only like one stop and you have to have a good handling truck for a long, long period of time. So being able to work on that is going to be a big key to our success here when we come back."

"It (Martinsville Speedway) is a tough little particular racetrack. There is a certain way to run this place and there is a certain way to get into the corners, go thru the center of the corner and come off the corner. For me, I've been able to figure a little bit of that out but not exactly all of the keys that I need to win here. I haven't had a win here yet but I've had some strong runs. It's a good track for me, it's just something I run well at, but you know don't put me in your fantasy picks to win the thing."

Busch is just eight laps short in the Craftsman Truck Series for leading the most laps in all three premier NASCAR Series. He has led the most laps (336) in the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series (345 laps) but trails Ron Hornaday Jr. who has led 97 laps in compared to Busch's 90 laps in the truck series. Although Busch doesn't hold that title, he still credits racing in the Craftsman Truck Series for his successes in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series.

"The biggest thing (how it helps) is like in Atlanta," Busch said. "If I wouldn't have run in the truck or the Nationwide car, I would have went out there the first lap in the Cup car and just wrecked the thing because I got a basis for how bad the tire was going to be. With the trucks, anywhere else that we go, I use quite a bit of information like air pressures and just learning the different grooves around the racetrack. In the truck I seem to be able to maneuver a lot so being able to make my Nationwide Series and Cup car that way definitely helps me out. It gives me a sense of what exactly the racetrack has in it. So for me to be able to learn what it has in the truck, I can go utilize that in all the other cars."

Billy Ballew Motorsports fields two trucks in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The team will have an All-Star Line-up in Martinsville with Busch's Joe Gibb Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin in the No. 15 Toyota Tundra.

The Miccosukee Resorts will serve as thePrimary Sponsor for the No. 51 Toyota Tundra with NOS Sports Energy Drink as the Major Associate Sponsor for the Kroger 250 (250 laps, 131.5 miles).

"I'd like to thank James Finch and Miccosukee Resorts for coming on board and supporting the No. 51 team in the remainder of the races Kyle Busch will be driving for the 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season," team owner, Ballew said. "They have been a huge supporter of what we are trying to do and it is greatly appreciated."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rich Bickle , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch