* Ambrose Arrives Home In Time For Birth Of Second Daughter NBS, Etc. Off To See The Wizards: David Ragan will be at the Kansas City Wizards-L.A. Galaxy soccer match Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium. He'll participate in a pre-game autograph and...
* Ambrose Arrives Home In Time For Birth Of Second Daughter
Off To See The Wizards: David Ragan will be at the Kansas City Wizards-L.A. Galaxy soccer match Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium. He'll participate in a pre-game autograph and media session and at halftime, will assist teams from Kansas and Missouri in the Special Olympics' "Border Showdown" soccer game. Also, Back40 Records artist Christopher Hatfield will sing the national anthem during pre-game ceremonies. Back40 Records is a creation of driver Carl Edwards and a high school friend to promote and showcase musical talent in Edwards' hometown of Columbia, Mo.
Telling It Like It Is: Jeff Burton (No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet) on the series' owner title race: "All the pressure is on the No. 60 car. It would be much more disappointing for them to win the drivers' championship and lose the owners' championship. And it is our job to make that disappointment. For them to honestly say that they are the best team in the Busch Series, they have to win both. The best teams in the garage, with the exception of the No. 60, aren't running a full season. For them to claim victory, then they need to win both. It is the same for (us). For us to claim that we were the best, we have to win the owners' championship."
Of Note: Marcos Ambrose's wife Sonja gave birth to their second child -- Adelaide Elizabeth Ambrose -- last Sunday afternoon. After finishing 20th at Dover, Ambrose flew directly back to Charlotte for the birth. "Mum and baby are great," he said. "Thankfully, she looks more like her mum than me." ... Kansas City native Jennifer Jo Cobb (No. 44 Driver Boutique Chevrolet) will attempt to become the first female series driver of 2007 at Kansas. ... Kevin Harvick's No. 029 KHI chassis went through one of the world's best wind tunnels in Torino, Italy. The car will be making its debut at Kansas. ... There has yet to be a repeat race winner at Kansas Speedway.
The Director's Take: Kansas
"Kansas Speedway is one of the true tri-ovals in NASCAR. Each of these tracks has its own unique points. Kansas is more of a true tri-oval whereas other tracks have more of a double dog leg on the front.
"With this type of track cars carry more speed going into Turn 1 than Turn 3. On a true oval the speed is the same in 1 and 3. This causes drivers to use more brake at one end of the track than the other.
Crew chiefs and drivers will talk about how the car is better at one end than the other. Fans will see a driver get passed on one end and then pass back at the other, this going on for lap after lap. These differences cause the teams to look for that elusive balance -- the car working well on both ends.
"Watch for action in Turns 1 and 4. Drivers will take chances going into 1 to gain that extra spot. Having a little extra speed with a loose car coming out of 4 and a driver will be testing the paint on the SAFER barrier.
Rookie Spotlight: No Quit In Ragan In His Attempt To Make Raybestos Rookie History
Ragan Continues Quest For "Double:" As a full-time rookie driver in both the NASCAR Busch Series and in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, David Ragan still has an opportunity to claim Rookie of the Year honors in both series. With a comfortable 24-point lead with seven races to go over Marcos Ambrose in the NASCAR Busch Series chase, Ragan is in the opposite position in his premier series rookie race. There, he's in second, 15 points behind Juan Pablo Montoya. Although Montoya is fourth in the NASCAR Busch Series rookie rankings, his season is effectively over in the nation's No. 2 motorsports series so he can concentrate on his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup program with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Ragan has eight races remaining in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition to become the first driver to claim Rookie of the Year honors in both series in the same season.
Ford Looks For Late-Season Momentum; Goes For Series-Leading Third Win At Kansas
Denny Hamlin's third win of the season last Saturday at Dover was the 17th for Chevrolet in 2007 and added to the manufacturer's championship points tally in the Bill France Performance Cup standings.
Chevy clinched its 14th crown -- building on its series record -- following its win at Richmond International Raceway earlier this month.
Second-place Ford has two previous wins at Kansas, but those victories came in the first two series races at the track in 2001-02.
Kevin Harvick took Chevrolet to victory in this event last year, but Kasey Kahne won third-place Dodge's first race at the track in 2005. Fourth-place Toyota will be making its series debut at Kansas and will look to improve upon its 1.5-mile track program that's produced only one top-10 finish so far this year.
Manufacturers' Championship 2007 Point Standings
Up Next: Dollar General 300 At Lowe's Motor Speedway
Following an open week, the NASCAR Busch Series returns to Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Dollar General 300 for night racing on Friday, Oct. 12. ESPN2 will carry the race live beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Dave Blaney captured his first NASCAR national series win in this event last year, while Kevin Harvick was crowned series champion. It all followed a wild finish where the leaders were involved in a series of accidents in the last 10 laps that allowed Harvick to earn enough points to claim his second title despite a ninth-place finish.
Mark Martin has the most wins at LMS with four, while Matt Kenseth leads all drivers with four Busch Poles. Carl Edwards won the pole for this event last year. Kasey Kahne won this past May at the 1.5-mile track that the majority of drivers call their home venue.
The Race: Yellow Transportation 300
The Place: Kansas Speedway
The Date: Sept. 29, 2007
The Time: 3:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: ESPN2, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Track Layout: 1.5-mile tri-oval
Race Purse: $1,544,672
2006 Winner: Kevin Harvick
2006 Pole: Matt Kenseth
Pre-Race Schedule: Friday -- Practice, 1:15-2:15 p.m.; Rookie Practice, 2:30-3:00 p.m.; Final Practice, 4:45 p.m. (one hour, time permitting). Saturday -- Qualifying, 10:05 a.m. (impound).