Road America: Mike Bliss preview

Mike Bliss returns to the seat of the Key Motorsports Chevrolet this week at Road America to make his 12th start of the 2010 season for Nationwide Series car owner Curtis Key. Bliss will be making his first career start at the legendary Wisconsin...

Mike Bliss returns to the seat of the Key Motorsports Chevrolet this week at Road America to make his 12th start of the 2010 season for Nationwide Series car owner Curtis Key. Bliss will be making his first career start at the legendary Wisconsin racing facility in a brand new car crafted by team personnel at the Key Motorsports shop in Mooresville, North Carolina. The unsponsored Key Motorsports Chevrolet will be dressed out in signature attire, red flames accentuated with white and black backdrops.

The Key Motorsports organization has gone all-out for the Nationwide Series event at Road America, putting forth a diligent effort into the final preparation of the #40 that will compete in the Bucyrus 200 on Saturday. "We are anxious to get this car on the track," commented crew chief Gary Showalter. "The guys in the shop have worked really hard and are excited to be taking a new car to Road America for Saturday's race."

QUOTES & FACTS:

INAUGURAL RACE - The Bucyrus 200 at Road America, Saturday, June 19, 2010 marks the first Nationwide Series event in NASCAR history at the 14-turn, 4.048- mile course located between Milwaukee and Green Bay, creating a level playing field for the 43-car starting field. Road America has hosted one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race during it's long illustrious history, a 258-mile journey on August 12, 1956 won by the late Tim Flock.

VIDEO PRACTICE - While driver Mike Bliss and the Key Motorsports team will see Road America for the first time this weekend, Bliss has taken a few laps around the scenic course using video simulation. "I have probably made a dozen laps on the computer, it looks like it will be a challenge, everyone will have the same challenges as far as getting their cars where they want them. Our team is upbeat and we are ready for it," explained Bliss.

ROAD COURSE EXPERIENCE - Key Motorsports delved into the world of NASCAR road course racing during the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series tour, fielding the #40 for rookie Jeffrey Earnhardt at Watkins Glen International and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last August. The grandson of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt made his Nationwide Series career debut at Watkins Glen in the Key Motorsports Chevrolet, starting 36th and finishing 24th, before recording a 31st place finish at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 30, 2009. Team owner Curtis Key is committed to building on the organization's road course program, investing in technology and equipment for the 2010 effort.

STEADY POINTS IMPROVEMENT - The Key Motorsports team currently occupies the 22nd position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner point standings, moving up one spot at Kentucky last week after the #40 claimed its sixth top-20 finish of 2010. The team will race this weekend at Road America with the goal of gaining steady ground in the 2010 point battle.

ON ROAD AMERICA - Race length: 50 laps/200.4 miles, Track layout: 14-turns, 4.048-miles Shape: Road Course

The Bucyrus 200 will be televised live Saturday, June 19, 2010 on ESPN2 with coverage beginning at 3:00 p.m., ET

-source: key motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Gilles Villeneuve , Mike Bliss , Jeffrey Earnhardt , Tim Flock