* Contreras, Goeters, Jourdain Jr. entered at Kansas * Edwards to receive different kind of ride in F-16 fighter jet NEWS & NOTES More Midwest homecomings ... In addition to Emporia's Clint Bowyer, two other prominent Midwestern drivers...
* Contreras, Goeters, Jourdain Jr. entered at Kansas
* Edwards to receive different kind of ride in F-16 fighter jet
NEWS & NOTES
More Midwest homecomings ... In addition to Emporia's Clint Bowyer, two other prominent Midwestern drivers are entered in the NASCAR Busch Series event at Kansas. Carl Edwards (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford) is a native of Columbia, Mo. -- about 120 miles from Kansas City -- and will be making his first NASCAR Busch Series start at Kansas Speedway. Edwards, currently fourth in the NASCAR Busch Series championship standings and sixth in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, has had great success at Kansas in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition. He won there last year, was second in 2003 and eighth in his first NASCAR national series effort in '02. Rusty Wallace, the 1998 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who currently ranks third in the "Chase," will make his fourth NASCAR Busch Series start of the season in the No. 64 Miller High Life Dodge -- and his first series start at Kansas. Wallace, who owns his NASCAR Busch Series team, hails from St. Louis, some four hours from Kansas Speedway. He will be joined in the event by his two racing brothers, Kenny (No. 22 AutoZone Ford) and Mike (No. 38 Great Clips Dodge). The last time the three raced together was this past July 30 at Gateway, located in their hometown.
Contreras, Goeters, Jourdain entered at Kansas ... For the fourth time this season, the NASCAR Busch Series hopes to feature multiple Hispanic drivers in an event. Carlos Contreras (No. 40 Cottman Transmission Dodge), Michel Jourdain Jr. (No. 15 Centrix Financial Ford) and Jorge Goeters (No. 73 Red Cactus Salsa/US Mortgage Chevrolet) are entered at Kansas. Only Contreras, via owner Armando Fitz' 26th-place standing in the NASCAR Busch Series owners point rankings, is guaranteed a starting spot. Jourdian has competed in 19 series races this year for ppc Racing while Goeters has participated in his first three NASCAR events this year, all in the NASCAR Busch Series. He was the pole winner at Mexico City this past March. Contreras also has three series appearances this year. All three drivers will be racing at Kansas for the first time in their series career, however Contreras posted finishes of 12th and 16th in 2001-02, respectively, in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition at the track. Other races where more than one Hispanic driver participated are Mexico City (10), Watkins Glen (2) and California (3).
Edwards to go up, up and away ... Carl Edwards will look forward to experiencing a different type of speed on Wed., Oct. 19 when he is scheduled to fly in an F-16 fighter jet with the South Carolina Air National Guard 169th Fighter Wing based at the McEntire Air National Guard Station in Eastover, S.C. The National Guard is a co-associate sponsor on Edwards' No. 60 Ford, and his series public relations representative, Randy Fuller, is a former Air Force F-16 crew chief. He has been asked to serve as honorary crew chief for Edwards' flight. Edwards will undergo training and briefing during the morning and will have the opportunity to meet with troops at the station before the scheduled take-off at 1:30 p.m. The flight is scheduled to last an hour, and media are invited to attend. Contact Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Todd Bodine in for two for Cicci/Kelly Racing ... Todd Bodine, a 15-time winner in the NASCAR Busch Series and currently fourth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings, will compete in two races in the No. 34 Dollar General Chevrolet for Frank Cicci Racing with Jim Kelly. Randy LaJoie, a two-time series champion, has started 28 races in that car this season (he started in a second Cicci/Kelly car at Bristol). Bodine is scheduled to start Saturday at
Kansas and again at Charlotte in two weeks. LaJoie will remain with the team and is slated to return to the No. 34 at Memphis. Drivers make trek to Gulf Coast ... Kevin Hamlin (No. 4 GEICO Dodge) joined fellow NASCAR Busch Series driver David Stremme (No. 14 U.S. NAVY Dodge) and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competitor Casey Mears on a trip to the Gulf Coast last Thursday to provide airlift support to Charlotte SWAT team members who are protecting Carolina Medical Center's mobile hospital, MED-1 in Waveland, Miss., following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. "You can't really put it into words when you see that sort of destruction in person," Hamlin said. "We got to see the area and it's right where the eye of the hurricane hit. It was a very eye-opening experience. I flew down with Casey and David as we gave some Charlotte SWAT team members a lift down. We also brought some guys back who had been down there for awhile." According to WCNC, Carolinas' News Channel, MED-1 has treated over 5,000 patients in the past five weeks.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
There have been four different race winners at Kansas, with the Green brothers -- Jeff (2001) and David (No. 27 Kleenex Ford -- 2003) claiming two of those victories. Three former series champions are among the four previous winners -- the Greens, who remain the only siblings to capture NASCAR Busch Series crowns in 1994 and 2001, respectively, and defending race winner Joe Nemechek (No. 87 Cellular One Chevrolet), who won the title in 1992. Nemechek swept the weekend events at Kansas last season. ... Michael Waltrip (No. 99 State Fair Corn Dogs Chevrolet) -- has two Busch Poles at Kansas. Paul Menard (No. 11 Menard's Chevrolet) captured the pole here last fall. ... Greg Biffle (No. 66 Subway Ford), the 2002 series champion, leads all drivers with four top five and four top-10 finishes in four races at Kansas. ... Ford leads manufacturers with two wins at Kansas.
Denny Hamlin (No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet -- fifth) and Kenny Wallace (sixth) are separated by only 13 points in the NASCAR Busch Series championship standings while eighth-place David Stremme holds a slight one-point lead over ninth-place David Green. Just 74 points separate Stremme from 11th-place Greg Biffle -- Biffle has competed in 22 of 29 races this year. ... Jon Wood (No. 47 Clorox/Wisk Ford) will make his first NASCAR Busch Series start at Kansas, but like Carl Edwards, has a win (2003), three top fives and one top 10 in four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts at Kansas. ... Mark Martin (No. 9 Pennzoil Platinum Ford), the series all-time leader in wins (47) and poles (28 -- tied with Tommy Ellis), is entered at Kansas. He has two wins, a pole, and six top-10 finishes in six starts this year. ... Paul Menard has finished in the top 10 in 12 of the last 14 races. ... Clint Bowyer has finished 25th or worse twice this year, the best mark in the series. ... Brewco Motorsports announced a joint promotional venture with the United States Postal Service for the month of October in an effort to raise awareness for Child Health. The team's three Fords -- Biffle and Aaron Fike's No. 66 and David Green's No. 27 -- with the newly-issued "Child Health" commemorative postage stamp, beginning this weekend. The promotion comes at an appropriate time as the first Monday in October is designated as "Child Health Day" and this year is designated "The Year of the Healthy Child" by the Surgeon General. ... Gere Kennon will replace Jon Wolfe as crew chief for the No. 38 Great Clips Dodge effective this weekend. Kennon began the season as crew chief for Michael Waltrip's No. 99 Chevrolet. ... For the third time this season, three Raybestos Rookies -- Reed Sorenson, Carl Edwards and Hamlin -- rank in the top five in the NASCAR Busch Series points standings. ... NASCAR is a final nominee for a Horizon Award for Sports Business honor in the Best Sports-Themed Advertising category for its 2005 NASCAR Busch Series TV ad campaign. The winners will be announced Nov. 2 in Atlanta. ... Johnny Sauter (No. 1 United Way Dodge) participated in an on-line auction used to generate donations to the United Way prior to Saturday's race. Sauter bid on a special package, which included space on his race car. He gave his winning spots back to the United Way so it could feature three of its main charity beneficiaries on the car during the event. All three charities listed -- American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Catholic Charities -- are currently focused on providing aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
"For one reason or another, Kansas has been really good to me. Being one of the newer tracks on the circuit, it's fairly green but nonetheless, we've nailed the set-up there year after year. This type of track really plays into my hand." -- Greg Biffle.
"We all understand the odds of repeating last year's performance, but we go into every race, every weekend thinking we can win it. You have to have that mentality if you want to be successful" -- Joe Nemechek
"It will help us build momentum going into the last six races of the season. You also have to realize the Kevin has so much more experience than Brandon (Miller), and that'll give us a great shot to make a run on some of the teams ahead of us in the points." -- Crew chief Ricky Viers on Kevin Harvick (No. 21 Reese's Chevrolet) driving three of the last six races of the season.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Since the first NASCAR Busch Series race at Kansas Speedway in 2001, Greg Biffle is the only driver to post top-10 finishes in each of his races there. In the four events held at the 1.5-mile track, Biffle has finished no worse than fourth. He was runner-up in last year's event and picked up a pair of third-place finishes in 2001 and '03. He was fourth in '02.
By contrast, Biffle has one top 10 starting position -- ninth in 2001 -- and has led a total of 18 laps since '01. His consistent finishes, however, outshine his competitors.
ON DECK: LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Although not an off-week, it is a "home game" for many NASCAR Busch Series drivers when the series makes its annual fall trek to Charlotte on Oct. 14 for the Dollar General 300. Mark Martin leads the way with six wins at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 26 races. Kyle Busch won for the second time in three races this past May, while Mike Bliss provided one of 2004's most memorable moments in the NASCAR Busch Series with his first career win in this race last year. Bliss utilized a daring, middle-slot pass on the frontstretch between Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson to take the lead with only seven laps to go.
Next Race: United Way 300 presented by Yellow Transportation and Sprint Nextel (Race No. 30 of 35 in the NASCAR Busch Series).
Where: Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
When: 2:10 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 8.
Track Layout: 1.5-mile paved.
Race Length: 300 miles/200 laps.
Posted Awards: $1,436,086.
TV: NBC, 2:00 p.m. ET.
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
2004 Winner: Joe Nemechek.
2004 Polesitter: Paul Menard.
NASCAR Busch Series Top 10: 1. Martin Truex Jr. 4,063. 2. Clint Bowyer 4,037. 3. Reed Sorenson 3,805. 4. Carl Edwards 3,733. 5. Denny Hamlin 3,496. 6. Kenny Wallace 3,483. 7. Paul Menard 3,330. 8. David Stremme 3,194. 9. David Green 3,193. 10. Jason Keller 3,147.
Pre-race schedule (all times local): Fri., Oct. 7: Practice -- 9 -- 10 a.m.; 10:30 -- 11:50 a.m. Qualifying -- 4:05 p.m. Cars impounded after qualifying.