BUSCH: Texas Motor Speedway pre-event news

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 12, 2005) - The green flag drops on the NASCAR Busch Series O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 16 at 1:12 p.m. on FOX. Radio coverage is live on Performance Racing Network (PRN) and XM...

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 12, 2005) - The green flag drops on the NASCAR Busch Series O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 16 at 1:12 p.m. on FOX. Radio coverage is live on Performance Racing Network (PRN) and XM Satellite.

NEXTEL CUP REGULARS IN O'REILLY 300
Fifteen drivers who are regulars on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series circuit are entered in Saturday's O'Reilly 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Texas. That includes the defending race champion, Matt Kenseth. Last year's Nextel Cup Series winner at Texas, Elliott Sadler, is among those slated to do battle in the O'Reilly 300. Other Nextel Cup drivers in the Busch race are Johnny Sauter, Jeremy Mayfield, Mark Martin, Derrike Cope, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Sterling Marlin, Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Joe Nemechek, Michael Waltrip, and Kyle Busch.

YOUNG GUNS LEADING POINTS CHASE
Four of the top-10 drivers in the NASCAR Busch Series points standings, including the top two drivers, are rookies in the series coming to Texas this week. Carl Edwards has an 81-point margin on first year driver Reed Sorenson. Edwards, who powers the No. 60 Charter Ford for Roush Racing, already has a win, three top-five finishes and seven top-10 showings in the first seven races of the year. Sorenson has a win (Nashville) and five top- 10 finishes. Rookies Denny Hamlin (8th) and Jon Wood (10th) are also in the early points chase.

KENSETH IS MR. CONSISTENCY
Matt Kenseth, the defending O'Reilly 300 champion, has been a model of consistency in the seven Busch Series races he has competed in at Texas Motor Speedway. He has completed all but one lap in those seven outings and has top-10 results the last six Texas races, including last year's win.

IT'S NOT WHERE YOU START THAT COUNTS
No pole winner in the Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway has ever won the race. Mark Martin won from the outside front row spot in 1999 and again in 2000. Martin came from the worst starting position, 20th, and won the race in 1997, the first race ever run at Texas Motor Speedway. Martin, the Busch Series all-time wins leader with 47, won both of the series races he has entered this year (Las Vegas and California).

TEXAS BUSCH SERIES WINNERS A WHO'S WHO
Five of the six drivers who have won Busch Series races at Texas are currently in the Nextel Cup Series: 1997-Mark Martin, 1998-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 1999-Martin, 2000-Martin, 2001-Kevin Harvick, 2002-Jeff Purvis, 2003- Joe Nemechek, 2004-Matt Kenseth.

PRE-RACE FESTIVITIES
The national anthem for the O'Reilly 300 will be sung by Kerry Harvick, cousin of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick. The Re/Max Sky- Dive Team will perform and Navy F-18s will provide a fly-by during the national anthem.

LAST LAP.The purse for the O'Reilly 300, one the richest payouts in the
Busch Series, is $1,396,315.Justin Labonte's #44 Coast Guard Chevrolet will carry a special decal in Saturday's race honoring his father Terry Labonte, who will be inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame on Wednesday night. The Hall benefits Happy Hill Farm in Granbury, Texas, a residential school for at-risk children.

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jeremy Mayfield , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Sterling Marlin , Jon Wood , Justin Labonte , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , Elliott Sadler , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin