BUSCH: Richmond test notes 2005-04-26

MARTIN AND HAMILTON JR. COMPLETE FIRST OF TWO TEST SESSIONS AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY NASCAR drivers Mark Martin and Bobby Hamilton Jr. recorded some extra laps with a day of testing today at Richmond International Raceway. Martin was...

MARTIN AND HAMILTON JR. COMPLETE FIRST OF TWO TEST SESSIONS AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

NASCAR drivers Mark Martin and Bobby Hamilton Jr. recorded some extra laps with a day of testing today at Richmond International Raceway. Martin was setting up his #9 Pennzoil NASCAR Busch Series car while Hamilton Jr. turned laps in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series #32 Tide Chevrolet.

Martin has run 22 NASCAR Busch Series races at Richmond International Raceway and plans to run his 23rd on May 13 in the FUNAI 250. Martin has five NASCAR Busch Series wins at "America's Premier Short Track," as well as 13 top-five finishes and 17 top-10s.

"Richmond is a nice place to race," said Martin, who will run double duty at Richmond International Raceway May 13-14. "It's a great racetrack and the fans have always been great here since 1981-the first time I came."

Martin turned in a best lap time of 21.45 seconds on Tuesday, his first of two consecutive days of testing at Richmond International Raceway.

"The track has weathered well and I think as we get more racing on it throughout race weekend it will get better and better," said Martin. "It's a nice racetrack, nice shape, nice pavement and layout. It makes for good racing."

Martin is just one of many NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series regulars who plan to compete "under the lights" in the NASCAR Busch Series FUNAI 250. Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Michael Waltrip, Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray are also scheduled to battle it out with NASCAR Busch Series regulars Matin Truex Jr., Reed Sorenson, Clint Bowyer and Kenny Wallace, along with Virginia drivers Denny Hamlin, Jon Wood, Ashton Lewis and Stacy Compton.

Hamilton Jr. will compete in his third NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race "under the lights" May 14 in the Chevy American Revolution 400. Hamilton Jr. turned in a best lap time of 21.40 seconds after his first of two testing sessions.

Although the May 14 Chevy American Revolution 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event is sold out, tickets are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series FUNAI 250 "under the lights" at Richmond International Raceway Friday, May 13. Reserved seats are only $45 and general admission tickets are $35. Children 12 and under are admitted free in general admission sections with a ticketed adult. For more information, please call the ticket office at 1-866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com.

NASCAR drivers Mark Martin and Bobby Hamilton Jr. recorded some extra laps with a day of testing today at Richmond International Raceway. Martin was setting up his #9 Pennzoil NASCAR Busch Series car while Hamilton Jr. turned laps in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series #32 Tide Chevrolet.

Martin has run 22 NASCAR Busch Series races at Richmond International Raceway and plans to run his 23rd on May 13 in the FUNAI 250. Martin has five NASCAR Busch Series wins at "America's Premier Short Track," as well as 13 top-five finishes and 17 top-10s.

"Richmond is a nice place to race," said Martin, who will run double duty at Richmond International Raceway May 13-14. "It's a great racetrack and the fans have always been great here since 1981-the first time I came."

Martin turned in a best lap time of 21.45 seconds on Tuesday, his first of two consecutive days of testing at Richmond International Raceway.

"The track has weathered well and I think as we get more racing on it throughout race weekend it will get better and better," said Martin. "It's a nice racetrack, nice shape, nice pavement and layout. It makes for good racing."

Martin is just one of many NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series regulars who plan to compete "under the lights" in the NASCAR Busch Series FUNAI 250. Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Michael Waltrip, Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray are also scheduled to battle it out with NASCAR Busch Series regulars Matin Truex Jr., Reed Sorenson, Clint Bowyer and Kenny Wallace, along with Virginia drivers Denny Hamlin, Jon Wood, Ashton Lewis and Stacy Compton.

Hamilton Jr. will compete in his third NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race "under the lights" May 14 in the Chevy American Revolution 400. Hamilton Jr. turned in a best lap time of 21.40 seconds after his first of two testing sessions.

Although the May 14 Chevy American Revolution 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event is sold out, tickets are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series FUNAI 250 "under the lights" at Richmond International Raceway Friday, May 13. Reserved seats are only $45 and general admission tickets are $35. Children 12 and under are admitted free in general admission sections with a ticketed adult. For more information, please call the ticket office at 1-866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com.

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Kenny Wallace , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Stacy Compton , Jon Wood , Jamie McMurray , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Ashton Lewis , Elliott Sadler , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson , Mark Martin