BUSCH: Nashville: Erin Crocker preview

Chassis No. 22: Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield drove this chassis last year when it was the No. 79 car. ERIN CROCKER QUOTES: What are your thoughts of competing in back-to-back races? "I am looking forward to it. The more you're in the car...

Chassis No. 22: Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield drove this chassis last year when it was the No. 79 car.

ERIN CROCKER QUOTES:

What are your thoughts of competing in back-to-back races?
"I am looking forward to it. The more you're in the car the more you get the feel for the track. It is going to be tough and I am sure by the end I will be tired. But, I am looking forward to starting that Busch race with hopes of coming off of a good ARCA race. I am just looking forward to running both races. I am thankful for the opportunity."

What are your challenges going to be and how have you prepared yourself?
"One challenge will be me being able to adjust to the Busch car getting right out of the ARCA car. Going from car to car will be a little challenging. They both drive so different. I am hoping I will adjust to them quickly. And, depending on the weather, I want to make sure I keep myself well hydrated. I have been working out a lot. You know I keep in pretty good shape. That is about all you can do to prepare yourself for races like this."

What does it mean to you to be a guest on the Grand Ole Opry?
"I am excited about it. I have been a country music fan my whole life. The opportunity to go to the Grand Ole Opry and to possibly meet some country music stars is neat for me. I have never really had any musical talent so it's something that is really exciting for me to do and be a part of."

STATS & FACTS

CROCKER HEADED TO NASHVILLE
This will be Crocker's first NASCAR Busch Series start in 2006. In 2005, she competed in four Busch Series races. Her best start was ninth at Dover and her best finish was 29th at Memphis.

Crocker competed in both ARCA RE/MAX Series races in Nashville last year. She won the pole in her debut at Nashville, finished third in her second appearance and led a total of 81 laps in both races.

DOUBLE DUTY FOR CROCKER
Erin Crocker will be competing in both the ARCA and NASCAR Busch Series races in Nashville on Saturday. She will pull double duty a total of 10 times in 2006.

CROCKER'S CREW Crocker is taking over the Evernham Motorsports' Busch team for Saturday's race. The team is led by Team Director Trip Bruce. With Nextel Cup veterans Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Jeremy Mayfield at the wheel, the Busch Series team has collected one win, one pole award, three top fives and four top 10s.

Crocker's No. 98 Betty Crocker/Cheerios Dodge Charger will be pitted by her No. 98 Betty Crocker/Cheerios Dodge Ram pit crew in Saturday's race.

WHAT ELSE IS COOKIN' WITH CROCKER?
Erin will be signing autographs at the Opry Mills Mall in Nashville from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday.

Did you know Erin Crocker is a huge Country Music fan? One of her favorite songs is "Fancy" by Reba McEntire.

Erin will be making a guest appearance on the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night at 8 p.m.

Erin recently got her first new car -- a red Dodge Durango.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Scott Riggs , Kasey Kahne , Erin Crocker