BUSCH: Milwaukee: Shane Huffman preview

HUFFMAN READY FOR FIRST TRIP TO THE MILWAUKEE MILE * Fresh off his first top-five finish of the 2007 season, Shane Huffman will make his first NASCAR Busch Series start at The Milwaukee Mile on Saturday driving the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your...

HUFFMAN READY FOR FIRST TRIP TO THE MILWAUKEE MILE

* Fresh off his first top-five finish of the 2007 season, Shane Huffman will make his first NASCAR Busch Series start at The Milwaukee Mile on Saturday driving the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the AT&T 250.

* Even though Huffman has yet to make a lap at Milwaukee, he will have the leadership of veteran crew chief Wes Ward to guide him as he makes his first start at the one-mile track. Ward, a crew chief in the Busch Series for more than 10 years, scored his first win in the series with driver Dale Jarrett in 1995 at The Milwaukee Mile.

* Last year at Milwaukee the Navy team started 12th and was on the verge of a top-five finish before the No. 88 Chevrolet was collected in an accident with three laps to go.

* The JR Motorsports team will race Chassis No. JRM 025 this weekend at Milwaukee. JRM 025 is the same car the team has used in the previous two races at Phoenix International Raceway.

* Last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Huffman started 15th and finished fifth, collecting his first top five of the year and matching his career-best finish (fifth at Memphis in 2006).

* Sixteen races into the 2007 season, Huffman and the Navy team have scored one top five, three top 10s and led 28 laps. Huffman is ranked 15th in driver points and the No. 88 team is 26th in the owner standings.

Shane Huffman, Driver, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

"Milwaukee will be challenging this weekend, but I'm confident that my Navy team will back up our run from last week at Kentucky with another solid finish. This will be my first visit to the track, but Wes has a lot of experience at Milwaukee, so he knows what it takes to run well there. Wes' experience has been very beneficial to me this year. A number of the tracks we're racing at this season are new to me and his knowledge has been a key resource for me to tap into each weekend."

Wes Ward, Crew Chief, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

"We had a really good run at Milwaukee last year. We were running in the top five until the very end. This year we're going back with a different tire, so we'll have to adjust for that. The new tire is similar though, so our setup from last year should still be a good point to start from. Shane's never been to Milwaukee before, but he should adapt fairly quickly. He's been really good at that this year. We're also taking a really good short track car that we've run well with a few times."

Navy Notables

The fleet honoree for Saturday's race at The Milwaukee Mile is Naval Special Warfare Group TWO (NSWG-2). A component of Naval Special Warfare Command, NSWG-2's mission is to train, organize, equip, deploy, and sustain Naval Special Forces to conduct special operations in support Theater Combatant Commanders around the world. As the parent command to the Navy's four east coast-based SEAL Teams, NSWG-2 has consistently deployed SEAL Teams to Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places around the world since the Global War on Terror kicked off following 9-11. Naval Special Warfare Group TWO was commissioned July 1, 1975 at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia. Since its commissioning, the command has trained and deployed Navy SEALs across the globe to conduct special operations missions protecting America's interests.

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Shane Huffman
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports