BUSCH: Richmond to see double-duty drivers

NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES DRIVERS ADDED TO STAR-STUDDED FUNAI 250 Johnson, Biffle, Busch to Race Double Duty at Richmond The FUNAI 250 NASCAR Busch Series race at Richmond International Raceway is only a few days away, and as the entry list...

NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES DRIVERS ADDED TO STAR-STUDDED FUNAI 250
Johnson, Biffle, Busch to Race Double Duty at Richmond

The FUNAI 250 NASCAR Busch Series race at Richmond International Raceway is only a few days away, and as the entry list grows, so does the excitement and anticipation. Many NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers will run the Friday, May 13 race at "America's Premier Short Track." Several new names have been added to the entry list released today, including NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points leader Jimmie Johnson, defending FUNAI 250 champion Kyle Busch and last week's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series winner Greg Biffle.

Johnson, one of the most consistent and successful drivers in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series the past few years, has not raced at Richmond International Raceway in NASCAR Busch Series competition since 2001. He plans to run the #5 Lowe's Chevrolet.

"Double duty has been fun for me," said Johnson. Last weekend (at Darlington) I got my first Busch pole, which I really wanted on my résumé. I think that running in Richmond in the Busch car is going to be a little helpful for me. There are a couple of lanes to work with at Richmond. It's a great facility and a great location and great racing for the fans--plus, there's two-wide racing. That's why everybody is happy."

Busch had no problem figuring out the .75-mile configuration at Richmond International Raceway last year. In two NASCAR Busch Series starts in 2004, Busch finished first in May and fifth in September. Now a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series regular, Busch plans to pilot the #57 Lowe's/Triple Strike Chevrolet.

Biffle has plenty of success at Richmond International Raceway. In 15 NASCAR races, the Washington native has one win, five top-five finishes and seven top-tens. In seven NASCAR Busch Series starts, Biffle has finished sixth, third and second.

Fellow NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Elliott Sadler, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards, Jeff Green and Dave Blaney will join these three stars in the Friday night's FUNAI 250. They will battle it out with NASCAR Busch Series regulars Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Reed Sorenson, Kenny Wallace and Virginia natives Jon Wood, Ashton Lewis Jr., Denny Hamlin and Stacy Compton.

Tickets are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series FUNAI 250 "under the lights" at Richmond International Raceway this Friday. Reserved seats are only $45 and general admission seats are only $35. Children 12 and under are admitted free in general admission sections with a ticketed adult. Plus, be sure to grab a spot in the Busch Party Zone Friday night. Admission includes an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet, unlimited sodas and water, a souvenir gift and appearances by Kyle Busch, Kenny Wallace, Scott Wimmer and Stacy Compton. Admission is only $65 and does not include a race ticket. For more information, please call the ticket office at 1-866-455-RACE (7223) 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 , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Stacy Compton , Jimmie Johnson , Jon Wood , Jamie McMurray , Kasey Kahne , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Ashton Lewis , Elliott Sadler , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson , Dave Blaney , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin