BUSCH: Texas: AJ Foyt IV preview

AJ FOYT IV RETURNS HOME TO THE LONESTAR STATE FOR RACING AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY * This weekend will be a homecoming for Foyt, a Hockley, Texas native, who will make his 11th career NASCAR Busch Series start in this weekend's O'Reilly...

AJ FOYT IV RETURNS HOME TO THE LONESTAR STATE FOR RACING AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

* This weekend will be a homecoming for Foyt, a Hockley, Texas native, who will make his 11th career NASCAR Busch Series start in this weekend's O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Foyt has one previous Busch Series start at Texas under his belt -- last fall Foyt finished 39th after being involved in an accident in his second career NBS race.

* Trent Owens, a Randleman, NC native and nephew of Richard Petty, has been named crew chief of the No. 38 Great Clips team. Owens will begin calling the shots for driver AJ Foyt IV in this weekend's O'Reilly 300 at Texas.

* The Great Clips team is the defending race winner of the O'Reilly 300. One year ago, the No. 38 Great Clips team went to victory lane with driver, Kasey Kahne, behind the wheel.

FOYT ON HIS SEASON TO DATE:

"You never know what to expect going into your rookie season in a new series. For me, making the transition from Indy cars to stock cars has definitely been challenging because there are so many differences in the cars and how they handle. The Busch Series competes at some of the same tracks as the Indy cars, and even though I have some experience at those tracks, I pretty much have to start from scratch when I jump in the Busch car at a place like Texas. There is that much of a difference. The Great Clips team has hit some bumps in the road so far this season but we are learning every week and improving every week and that is really our goal for the first half of the season -- to learn as much as we can so that when we return to a track in the second half of the year we will know what to expect and know what we need to do in order to have a good run."

FOYT ON RETURNING HOME FOR RACING AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY:

"It's nice to be returning home to Texas. I recently moved to the Charlotte area to be closer to the team and I miss seeing my family and friends on a regular basis. The NASCAR schedule doesn't really let you take off and go home on weekends to see everybody, so you have to take what you can get. It will be nice to have family and friends there supporting and cheering on the Great Clips team on Saturday."

FOYT ON THIS WEEKEND'S RACE:

"I think that this weekend's race at Texas could be a turning point in our season. The Great Clips team won this race one year ago, so these guys know what needs to be done to run well at this race track. As for me, I feel that after running here in the Busch race last fall and having just that little bit of experience will be a big advantage for us. I am going to know more going in and there will be less of a learning curve when we unload and get out onto the track for practice. We can focus on our race set-up and spend more time getting the car to handle the way we need it to for Saturday's race."

EQUIPMENT INFORMATION: The No. 38 Great Clips team will compete with chassis #36 this weekend. This is the same car that Kasey Kahne drove to victory lane in the spring event at Texas Motor Speedway last season. AJ Foyt IV drove chassis #36 in the 2005 season finale at Homestead, posting a career-best NASCAR Busch Series finish of 22nd.

-braun/atkins

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne , Trent Owens