BUSCH: Daytona: AJ Foyt IV preview

ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR CONTENDER COMPETES IN FIRST NASACR EVENT AT DAYTONA: * AJ Foyt IV will be making his fifth career NASCAR Busch series start on Saturday in the Hershey's Kissables 300 at Daytona International Speedway. * Foyt IV is the ...

ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR CONTENDER COMPETES IN FIRST NASACR EVENT AT DAYTONA:

* AJ Foyt IV will be making his fifth career NASCAR Busch series start on Saturday in the Hershey's Kissables 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

* Foyt IV is the grandson of the legendary AJ Foyt, Jr. the 1972 Daytona 500 winner.

* When the No. 38 Great Clips Dodge Charger takes to the track in Daytona, it will mark the fifth season of Great Clips involvement in NASCAR as a primary sponsor.

Akins Motorsports and Braun Racing announced last week the merger of their two teams to form Braun-Akins Racing. The team will field two cars - the No. 38 of AJ Foyt IV and the No. 32 of Jason Leffler.

FOYT IV ON THE HERSHEY'S KISSABLES 300 AND DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:

"Competing at Daytona International Speedway is something I have looked forward to since the day I decided to move from the IRL to NASCAR. Our test session here went very well and I got a really good feel for the track and the draft. I'm excited to get back out on the track for the first couple of practice sessions to apply what we learned during the test and see how we can improve. Numbers from the wind tunnel indicate that we have a pretty solid car so I am looking forward to seeing what it can do during the race. After watching the Bud Shootout last weekend, it's pretty obvious that the key to success here is patience and control, so we'll just need to keep reminding ourselves of that. Our goal is to run a clean race and bring the car home in one piece -- if we can do that we should have no problem posting a top-10 finish."

CREW CHIEF, GERE KENNON ON THE HERSHEY'S KISSABLES 300

"We had a great test at Daytona a couple of weeks ago and I think that AJ really learned a lot about this car and this race track. This is a tough track for a rookie but it's also one where there is a great opportunity to learn from all of the more experienced Nextel Cup drivers that will be competing. The Shootout last weekend showed me that if you stay patient, stay in line and try not to get caught up in the middle you should be alright."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler