BUSCH: Notes of interest, facts for MIS event

What: GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race (23rd event on the 36-race 2003 NWCS schedule) When: Sunday, August 17, 2:00 p.m. (EDT). Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, ...

What: GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race
(23rd event on the 36-race 2003 NWCS schedule)

Sunday, August 17, 2:00 p.m. (EDT).

Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan.

Live on TNT starting at 1:30 p.m.

Live on MRN. Area affiliates include: WDFN 1130-AM (Detroit); WTKA 1050-AM (Ann Arbor); WKHM 970-AM (Jackson); WABJ 1490-AM (Adrian); WCSR 1340-AM, 92.1-FM (Hillsdale).

Official pre- and post-race tailgate shows and official Michigan International Speedway WTKA 1050-AM (Ann Arbor), WKHM 105.3-FM (Jackson) and WITL 100.7-FM (Lansing). WWJ 950-AM (Detroit) will carry live traffic reports on the eights prior to the Sunday, August 17 GFS Marketplace 400.

Tickets: General Admission (infield) tickets for Sunday's race go on sale Sunday morning August 17 at 6 a.m. at the tunnel entrance and at 8 a.m. at other Speedway ticket offices.

2002 Race Recap: Dale Jarrett overcame an early race spin on lap 11 and used the next 189 laps to get back into position for his second win of the year, his fourth at MIS and the 30th of his career. Jarrett took the lead for good on lap 197 when he put his UPS Ford under Jeff Burton in turn three after Burton^Òs engine began to lose power. Five laps earlier Burton had led by 1.1 seconds. Once he moved in front, Jarrett pulled away to beat Tony Stewart in his Home Depot Pontiac by 2.2 seconds. The August Winston Cup race at MIS has been run on August 18 three times, races all won by Jarrett.

About Gordon Food Service: Gordon Food Service is a 106-year-old family-owned and managed company. The company's distribution network services more than 30,000 customers with more than 14,000 products. The company also operates a chain of retail GFS Marketplace stores. The GFS Marketplace stores, begun in 1979, service the emergency needs of GFS truck delivery customers and are also the primary supplier to many smaller operators who prefer to pick up their products including: restaurants, churches, day care providers, service clubs, caterers, adult foster care facilities, convenience stores and concessionaires. Party planners and fundraising groups also find a wide variety of restaurant quality products that will make their event a success. The stores are open to the public and do not charge a membership fee. With 94 retail stores strategically located throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan, GFS Marketplace is dedicated to providing superior customer service and restaurant quality foodservice products.

Cabela's 250 NASCAR Busch Series Race
(23rd event on the 34-race 2003 NASCAR Busch Series schedule)

Saturday, August 16, 1:30 p.m. (EDT).

Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan.

Tickets: Reserved seats are still available for the Cabela's 250 by calling the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office at (1-800-354-1010 or 517-592-6672), or by going on-line at www.MISpeedway.com.

Live on TNT at 1:30 p.m.

2002 Race Recap: A fierce side-by-side duel between Jeff Burton, Scott Riggs and Todd Bodine with less than 15 laps left gave Michael Waltrip the breathing room he needed to win the Cabela's 250. Waltrip finished strong, beating Burton in his Gain Ford by 3.901 seconds. Waltrip took the lead for good on lap 103 during pit stops when he took only two tires and fuel while others took four. The win was Waltrip's first ever at Michigan in 41(Winston Cup and Busch Series). In all, there were eight different leaders in the first half of the 125-lap event, in a race that saw an MIS Busch series record of 21 lead changes.

About Cabela's: Based in Sidney, Nebraska, Cabela's opened its seventh omniplex dedicated to wildlife preservation in Dundee at the intersection of U.S.-23 and M-50 in the fall of 2000. The Dundee store was built in the natural "bringing the outdoors indoors" style that has become the hallmark of retail facilities for Cabela's, which today is the largest mail-order outdoor outfitter in the world. Since the store's opening over three years ago, more than 6 million visitors on average pass through its turnstiles each year, making it a tourist hotbed for the state. Cabela's also features outlets in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota and in Kansas City near Kansas Speedway, which is owned by MIS' parent company International Speedway Corporation.



-- Michigan International Speedway is the fifth-fastest track on the current NASCAR Winston Cup schedule behind only Talladega, Daytona, Atlanta and Texas. Dale Earnhardt Jr's Bud Pole speed of 191.149 mph set in August of 2000, is the only qualifying speed at MIS over 190 mph in a NASCAR Winston Cup car.

-- There have been 10 different pole winners in the past 15 NASCAR Winston Cup races at MIS. Ward Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte (two each) have repeated as the pole winners since 1996. Labonte completed the feat by winning the pole for June's Sirius 400 at MIS.

-- Six of Bill Elliott's seven Michigan victories came in an eight-race span. He won the June 1984 race at MIS, then swept 1985 and 1986 before topping off his MIS dominance with a victory in August of 1987. He hasn't posted a victory at MIS since he rolled into victory lane in the June 1989 race. Elliott started his 50th NASCAR Winston Cup race at MIS in June.

-- Only 11 races at Michigan have been won from outside the top-10 starting positions (16 percent) and all have occurred in the last 24 races at MIS. Kurt Busch won June's Sirius 400 from the fourth starting position. The farthest back that a MIS race winner has started is 28th by Tony Stewart in June of 2000.

-- Starting up towards the front is the place to be at MIS. Forty of the 68 NASCAR Winston Cup races at MIS have been won from the first four starting positions (58 percent). Kurt Busch started fourth and won June's Sirius 400. Also, fourteen MIS race winners have won from the pole, more than any other position. Drivers may want to start up front in the GFS Marketplace 400.

-- There have been eight different winners in the last eight NASCAR Winston Cup races at MIS. Bobby Labonte's win in the August of 1999 race at MIS started the streak. Labonte, Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Sterling Marlin, Matt Kenseth, Dale Jarrett and Kurt Busch have all won during the streak. Will the GFS Marketplace 400 make it nine?

-- June's Sirius 400 at MIS was Michigan International Speedway's 25th NASCAR Winston Cup sellout, dating back to June of 1991. The GFS Marketplace 400 is on the verge of selling out, making it sellout No. 26 in a row.


--The NASCAR Busch Series points battle is one of the closest in series history coming into the Cabela's 250 next weekend. Scott Riggs leads a tight points battle by a slim seven points over second place David Green. Riggs teammate, Jason Keller, is third only 35 points back. Ron Hornaday is fourth 58 points back and Brian Vickers in fifth place is 99 points back. Vickers may be the hottest driver of late, capturing his first career Busch Series Victory. Vickers has posted seven top 5's and 10 top 10's in his last 12 races.

-- The Cabela's 250 will be the 12th NASCAR Busch Series race in Michigan International Speedway history. Todd Bodine, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte, Steve Park, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman and Michael Waltrip are all past champions of the Cabela's 250 and are all current Winston Cup Series regulars. Jeff Purvis is the only driver to win a Busch Series event at MIS that is not a current Winston Cup Series regular. Mark Martin and Todd Bodine are the only repeat winners of the Cabela's 250.

-- Holt, Michigan native Tim Fedewa is tied with Jason Keller -- who is third in Busch Series points going into the Cabela's 250 -- with the most career NASCAR Busch Series starts at MIS with nine.

-- In last year's Cabela's 250, there were 21 lead changes, the most in NASCAR Busch Series history at MIS. Last's year's winner Michael Waltrip also led the most times during a Busch Series event at MIS when he led a record seven times. Last year's race also tied the record of most lead drivers in a race with 10. The other two times it happened was August 1992 and August 1996.

-- There has never been a repeat pole winner in NASCAR Busch Series competition at MIS. Kevin LePage broke the Busch Series track record last season with a 185.644 mph qualifying lap. His lap broke the previous track record set the year before by Jimmy Spencer. Will we see three Busch track records three years in a row?

-- Tony Stewart has 9 Winston Cup Starts at MIS with one win, one second place and a third. The Cabela's 250 will be Stewart's first NASCAR Busch Series start since 1998. He is expected to make his first NASCAR Busch Series start at MIS in the 3 Doors Down sponsored car for Chance 2 Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr.

-- Last year's ARCA RE/MAX Series winner Chad Blount will return to MIS next weekend in the No. 66 NASCAR Busch Series car. NASCAR legend and three-time MIS winner Bobby Allison is involved in the program that will sport the paint scheme from Allison's NASCAR Winston Cup championship season in 1983. If Blount were to win the Cabela's 250, he would be the only driver to win both an ARCA and Busch series race at MIS.


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Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Jason Keller , Jimmy Spencer , Sterling Marlin , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Chad Blount , Jeff Purvis , David Green , Scott Riggs , Brian Vickers , Bobby Allison , Mark Martin