BUSCH: Atlanta: Aaron Fike preview

Aaron Fike makes the 42nd NASCAR Busch Series start of his career and his first on the mile-and-a-half Atlanta Motor Speedway quad-oval when he gets behind the wheel of his ...

Aaron Fike makes the 42nd NASCAR Busch Series start of his career and his first on the mile-and-a-half Atlanta Motor Speedway quad-oval when he gets behind the wheel of his #43 Flagstar Bank of Atlanta/CAPG Dodge for Saturday's Nicorette 300.

Last Saturday at Las Vegas, Fike and the #43 CAPG team made an early exit from the Sam's Town 300 when, just 20 laps from the end of the 200-lap NBS race, a broken rear-end gear sent him to the garage.

The 23-year-old driver from Galesburg, Ill., started this season -- his first full-time assault on the NBS schedule -- with a front-row qualifying effort at Daytona.

Product partner Wiley X Eyewear has stepped up this weekend in donating promotional space on the #43 CAPG Dodge on behalf of the Disabled American Veterans organization. Among the organization's dignitaries who will be guests of Wiley X and the team Saturday for qualifying and the race will be National Commander Paul Jackson, and National Adjutant/CEO Arthur H. Wilson.

Smith Transport, the Roaring Spring, Pa.-based trucking firm with a nearby location in Ellenwood, Ga., is also a special guest of the CAPG team this weekend. Its national "Driver of the Year," Bill Musselman of New Enterprise, Pa., will serve as an honorary crew member during Saturday's Nicorette 300.

AARON FIKE QUOTES ON ATLANTA -- "The good news coming to Atlanta is we're bringing the new car we took to Las Vegas last weekend, and I think it could become one of my favorites. After working the bugs out through practice, qualifying and the early part of the race, we had it running fast laps before the rear-end gearing broke on us. (Crew chief) Joe Shear and the guys will have it back and running hopefully even better at Atlanta this weekend. It's a fast track and there are multiple fast lines around it. We'll have special guests on hand from Flagstar Bank, Smith Transport, and Honda's Power Equipment Division from just up the road. And thanks to Wiley X, we'll be paying a special tribute to the Disabled American Veterans. So we'll just have to put on our best show of the year. We're due."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Aaron Fike