BUSCH: Joliet: News of Note

NEWS OF NOTE NASCAR Busch Series rates No. 1... The NASCAR Busch Series took advantage of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series being idle the weekend of June 29-30 as the GNC Live Well 250 at Milwaukee was the most-watched motorsports event of the ...

NEWS OF NOTE

NASCAR Busch Series rates No. 1... The NASCAR Busch Series took advantage of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series being idle the weekend of June 29-30 as the GNC Live Well 250 at Milwaukee was the most-watched motorsports event of the weekend. The event, which was televised by FX, drew an audience of 1.217 million viewers. Despite being on cable, the race attracted more viewers than CART's Sunday event in Chicago on CBS (1.191 million) as well as the IRL's Saturday night race in Richmond on ESPN (612,000).

Sprague IROCin' along.... Jack Sprague (No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet), third in the NASCAR Busch Series championship race, also will compete in Saturday's IROC race. He has a pair of top-five finishes in the first two events - fourth at Daytona and fifth at California - and is fourth in the IROC championship." The last two IROC races were pretty cool and I think I managed to pull off two pretty decent finishes," Sprague said." I won a Busch race already (this season) and to get an IROC win on top of that would be pretty sweet."

Etc.... There have been 11 different winners in 18 NASCAR Busch Series races this season.... The Hispanic Racing Team (HRT) will make its second start this season with former NASCAR Busch Series champion David Green (No. 09 CICLON Energy Drink Chevrolet) behind the wheel at Chicagoland. Green finished 14th at Charlotte in his first start for the team. HRT, owned by Rudy Rodriguez and Mike Vazquez, is planning to become the first team in NASCAR to have Hispanic ownership, sponsorship and driver later in the season when Colombian Roberto Guerrero will pilot the entry....

Rookie Scott Riggs will take the Nestea plunge this weekend. Riggs, who drives the No. 10 Ford sponsored by Nestle Nesquik, will have Nestea as the primary sponsor for the Tropicana Twister 300 Presented by SAM'S CLUB. The car's paint scheme will have an iced tea splash over the hood, giving the illusion of the" Nestea Plunge." The paint scheme also will be used for the August 3 race at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

This year's polesitter and race winner are hoping a trend was established in last year's inaugural event. Ryan Newman won the pole and Jimmie Johnson the race, and this season both have moved up to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

WHAT'S THE WORD?

"Last year was the first time we went to Chicagoland Speedway and I didn't race in the Busch Series event. I drove in the Winston Cup race and started from the pole and finished 14th. Obviously, this Herzog Jackson Motorsports team knows what it takes to be successful at this track (with a win last year in the NASCAR Busch Series race) and so do I. We have had some really good runs in the past couple of weeks and I think this team has really hit its stride. I am definitely excited about our chances this weekend." - Todd Bodine (No. 92 Excedrin Chevrolet).

"The track is really similar to Kansas in that it's very fast, very throttle friendly and you don't use much brake. The bottom is the fast way around the track." - Randy LaJoie (No. 7 Kleenex/Nortel Networks Chevrolet).

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Chicagoland Speedway made its NASCAR Busch Series debut last year and will have a lasting impression on current NASCAR Winston Cup rookie Jimmie Johnson. Johnson collected the first victory of his NASCAR Busch Series career, winning by 4.932 seconds over Mike Skinner.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Jack Sprague , David Green , Scott Riggs