Michigan: Chad Blount preview



MOORESVILLE, NC (June 14, 2005) -- This weekend, Braun Racing's #32 WINFUEL team heads to Kentucky Speedway with chassis BR15, which they've raced at both Bristol and Charlotte earlier this season, but for the first time this year 25 year-old driver Chad Blount will be behind the wheel.

"It feels good to have a chance to compete in the Busch Series with top notch equipment, and a strong DEI motor under the hood," Blount said, after confirming his first Busch series race of 2005. "I know a lot about all of the Braun race cars because I've spent time in the shop with my dad (Bob Blount) and the guys."

Blount has many ties to Braun Racing, including his father Bob who is the Manager of Parts and Distribution, at the race shop in Mooresville, NC. Chad has also been in the driver's seat of Braun Racing cars in both the ARCA RE/MAX and NASCAR Busch Series previously.

"I'm really looking forward to working with Todd Lohse and the Braun Racing guys again, especially after we worked so well together when I ran the second Busch car at Charlotte last year," Blount said. "I know that Saturday is going to be a long day with practice, qualifying, and the race all in the same day, but I am used to doing that a lot on the ARCA schedule, so I think we should have a great day and hopefully a strong finish."

Chad Blount is currently third in ARCA RE/MAX series points, with two wins in seven races this season. Blount will fly to Kentucky for the Busch race this Friday night after competing in the ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway. The Indiana-native has competed in 3 ARCA events at Kentucky Speedway, resulting in one win and two second-place finishes. Last month, Blount started on the pole and finished second to Frank Kimmel in the ARCA event.

"I've probably run over 5,000 miles testing at Kentucky Speedway for Penske Racing and Dodge Motorsports," Chad explained. "The only races that I've competed in have been three ARCA events, and I have two second-place finishes and a win. For some reason, Kentucky Speedway just really matches my driving style. I have always been fast from the first time that I went there, plus all of the seat time that I have definitely gives me confidence to build on this weekend."

Last weekend at Nashville Superspeedway, the #32 WINFUEL team recorded a 14th --place finish with driver Ron Hornaday. Hornaday will again be behind the wheel of the #32 WINFUEL Chevy next weekend at The Milwaukee Mile. Braun Racing and Hornaday are scheduled to test at Milwaukee on June 14 & 15, where Hornaday won the Busch Series event last year in the #2 AC Delco Chevrolet.

This weekend, all eyes will be on driver Chad Blount behind the wheel of the #32 WINFUEL Chevrolet in Kentucky, as he looks to improve upon the second-place finish that he already scored in the ARCA race there earlier this season. Live coverage of the Meijer 300 from Kentucky Speedway begins this Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FX.


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Chad Blount
Teams Team Penske