Cup drivers enter Richmond

AUGUST 30, 2001 -- Kevin Harvick is one of five current NASCAR Winston Cup drivers entered in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on September 6 at Richmond International Raceway. He is also the only driver who will compete in all ...

AUGUST 30, 2001 -- Kevin Harvick is one of five current NASCAR Winston Cup drivers entered in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on September 6 at Richmond International Raceway. He is also the only driver who will compete in all three NASCAR Craftsman Truck, Busch and Winston Cup races on September 6-8.

Also entered in the race are Winston Cup drivers Ken Schrader, Bobby Hamilton and Virginia natives Elliott Sadler and Stacy Compton. The last time as many as five Winston Cup drivers entered a Craftsman Truck event was in 1995 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Defending race winner Rick Carelli has also entered the race. He has not competed in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck event since the team he was driving for folded earlier this year. He will step into the No. 44 Petty Brothers Racing Dodge for Maurice Petty.

The ride will give Carelli the opportunity to defend his race title, which was one of the most emotional victories in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history. Carelli was critically injured in a wreck at Memphis in 1999 and the 2000 Kroger 200 was his first win since the accident.

Also entered in the race is sixteen-year old Kyle Busch, who is the younger brother of Winston Cup driver Kurt Busch. Kyle made his series debut two weeks ago in Chicago and will drive the No. 99 Eldon Ford, which was piloted to victory lane by Greg Biffle last week at Nazareth Speedway.

A complete entry list will be available tomorrow.

The NASCAR tripleheader weekend begins Thursday, September 6 with the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, followed by the Autolite/FRAM 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday, September 7. Many NASCAR Winston Cup regulars will drive in the Busch race. The weekend is highlighted by the Chevy Monte Carlo 400 with the Looney Tunes NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Saturday, September 8.

Tickets for Saturday's race are sold out, but seats still remain for the Kroger 200 and Autolite/FRAM 250. Admission for children 12 and under is free in the general admission areas Thursday and Friday when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, call the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 804-345-RACE (7223).

-RIR-

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ken Schrader , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Stacy Compton , Rick Carelli , Elliott Sadler , Kyle Busch , Maurice Petty