Watkins Glen: Billy Johnson preview

* The Driver...Billy Johnson will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Saturday at Watkins Glen International. Johnson, an accomplished road course racer for Roush Performance in the Grand Am Series, has one victory in five career Grand Am...

* The Driver...Billy Johnson will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Saturday at Watkins Glen International. Johnson, an accomplished road course racer for Roush Performance in the Grand Am Series, has one victory in five career Grand Am starts at Watkins Glen. Over the last three years, the 23-year old San Clemente, Calif.-native has the most wins (seven) and most podium finishes among all drivers in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series.

* The Machine...The No. 6 Ford Fusion once again carries the CitiFinancial colors this weekend. CitiFinancial is the primary sponsor for 25 races in 2010 for Roush Fenway Racing. The team will use chassis #RK-343 in the Zippo 200. Johnson tested this chassis at Road Atlanta in July. This chassis was also used in 2009 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with driver Erik Darnell. Darnell started 29th and finished 12th at the Montreal track.

* Locked In...The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team is 23rd in owner points and for the fifth consecutive week is guaranteed a spot in the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on Saturday afternoon. The top-30 teams are locked into the event.

Billy Johnson on racing at Watkins Glen:

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to race at Watkins Glen with the CitiFinancial team. Roush Fenway Racing has great people and great equipment and I can't wait to get on track. I tested at Road Atlanta with the No. 6 team and crew chief Mike Kelley and I feel like we have a fast car for this weekend. There is some great talent in the series and I know it is going to be a challenge but Jack (Roush) has put together a great team and I am just a small part of that."J J Crew Chief Mike

Kelley on racing at Watkins Glen:

"We have really stepped up our road course program over the last year and a half so I am looking forward to going to Watkins Glen this weekend. We have known for the last month or so that Billy Johnson was going to be in the car and we are excited to have him. When we tested last month at Road Atlanta, Billy (Johnson) was fast and seemed to have a good grasp of the Nationwide car which is a positive. He has plenty of experience on road courses and has even won at the Glen before so it should be a great weekend for our team."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Billy Johnson , Erik Darnell , Mike Kelley
Teams Roush Fenway Racing