BUSCH: Watkins Glen: Round 24 preview

* NASCAR Busch Series makes return to The Glen after four-year absence * Truex's sixth win of season at IRP doesn't offer much breathing room in standings DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 9, 2005) -- It's not often that a defending race winner has...

* NASCAR Busch Series makes return to The Glen after four-year absence

* Truex's sixth win of season at IRP doesn't offer much breathing room in standings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 9, 2005) -- It's not often that a defending race winner has to wait four years to challenge for his title.

Ron Fellows (No. 43 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet) is in that very situation.

The Canadian road-course ace won the last NASCAR Busch Series race held at Watkins Glen International in 2001. He is entered in the field of 54 drivers -- no less than 11with extensive road-course experience -- that marks the series' return to scenic upstate New York.

Watkins Glen joins the historic race in Mexico City in March as the second road-course event of the season, a series first.

Fellows has three NASCAR Busch Series wins at The Glen, second only to Terry Labonte's record of four. He also has captured two Busch Poles at the venue, and won the 2000 race from that position.

Fellows will be joined by other road-course specialists, among them Boris Said (No. 1 Miccosukee Dodge), Scott Pruett (No. 4 GEICO Dodge), Joe Fox (No. Racegirl/Family Dollar Chevrolet), Chris Cook (No. 7 TradePortal Chevrolet) and Mexico City pole winner Jorge Goeters (No. 32 Canel's Ford).

And road-course artists from the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series such as Tony Stewart (No. 33 Old Spice Chevrolet) and Robby Gordon (No. 55 Red Bull Chevrolet), who have won two and one NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at The Glen, respectively, are also entered.

Despite what seems to be a deck stacked with experienced road-course drivers, NASCAR Busch Series regulars have their own agenda at The Glen, namely a tight championship race that requires a top finish regardless of the location.

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 8 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Chevrolet), the defending series champion, comes to The Glen after winning at IRP last Saturday night. He increased his championship points lead over Clint Bowyer (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet) by 15, but is only 85 points ahead of Bowyer, who finished second at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Raybestos Rookie Reed Sorenson (No. 41 Discount Tire Co. Dodge) was third at IRP and remains third in the points, only 19 behind Bowyer. At 104 points out, Sorenson is within striking distance of Truex.

Truex and other series regulars showed their mettle in Mexico City against some of these same road-course specialists. Six of the top-10 finishers at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez -- including Truex, the winner -- were NASCAR Busch Series regulars. And series regulars have their own record of success at The Glen. David Green (No. 27 Kleenex Ford) won the pole in 1996 and has three top-five finishes in eight races there. Jason Keller (No. 35 McDonald's Ford) has four top 10s, while Kenny Wallace (No. 22 AutoZone Ford) has two top-10 finishes.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Kenny Wallace , Robby Gordon , Ron Fellows , Scott Pruett , David Green , Martin Truex Jr. , Clint Bowyer , Joe Fox , Reed Sorenson , Chris Cook , Jorge Goeters