NASCAR drivers to keep eye on RIR races

NASCAR DRIVERS LOOKING FORWARD TO USAC EVENTS AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY JUNE 29-30 Richmond, VA (June 25, 2007)--With the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series visiting New Hampshire this coming weekend, would you expect the minds of ...

NASCAR DRIVERS LOOKING FORWARD TO USAC EVENTS AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY JUNE 29-30

Richmond, VA (June 25, 2007)--With the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series visiting New Hampshire this coming weekend, would you expect the minds of NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards and Jason Leffler to be on the June 29-30 USAC/IndyCar® Series open-wheel weekend at Richmond International Raceway? Well, believe it or not, those NASCAR drivers will be paying a lot of attention to what happens on Friday and Saturday when the USAC National Sprint Car Series and USAC Silver Crown Series descend upon America's Premier Short Track.

Tony Stewart, who has visited Richmond International Raceway's Gatorade Victory Lane five times in his NASCAR career, owns two USAC National Sprint Car Series cars which have enjoyed quite a bit of success. His #20 car, driven by Levi Jones, sits atop the owner and driver points standings. In 12 starts, Jones has compiled four wins, six top-fives and 10 top-10 finishes. Stewart also fields the #21, which is currently piloted by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Stenhouse has one win, two top-fives and four top-10 finishes. The #21 is sixth in driver points, while Stenhouse is 13th in driver points. (The #21 car was driven by Tracy Hines during the first three races before he was involved in a motorcycle accident.)

"I'm really excited for my guys to be driving at Richmond International Raceway this weekend," said Stewart. "I've had a lot of success there in both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Craftsman Truck Series, so I hope they can build upon that success for me. Both Levi and Ricky have been awesome for Tony Stewart Racing and I hope I get some more good news this weekend."

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne also owns two cars in the USAC National Sprint Car Series. Kasey Kahne Racing's cars are third and seventh in owner points. His drivers, Kevin Swindell and Brady Bacon, are fourth and fifth in driver points, respectively. Jason Leffler fields a USAC National Sprint Car Series car--the #71, driven by Damion Gardner. Gardner is seventh in driver points. On the USAC Silver Crown Series side, Carl Edwards fields a car which is first in entry points.

The USAC National Sprint Car Series and USAC Silver Crown Series return to Richmond International Raceway during the fastest weekend of the season at America's Premier Short Track, June 29-30. The weekend starts with NBC12 Day on Friday, featuring practice and qualifying for the SunTrust Indy Challenge Presented by XM IndyCar® Series race, as well as the USAC National Sprint Car Series race. The weekend continues on Saturday with the USAC Silver Crown Series race, followed by the SunTrust Indy Challenge Presented by XM. Tickets are available by calling 1-866-455-7223 or visiting www.rir.com.

-credit: rir

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kevin Swindell , Kasey Kahne , Tracy Hines , Carl Edwards , Levi Jones , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , Damion Gardner