Triple Starts in Texas for Busch 'Busch First Driver to Race in All Three Premier NASCAR Series in Three Separate Locations' Denton, Texas (June 2, 2008)-NASCAR Phenom Kyle Busch will be the first driver to attempt to race in each of NASCAR's ...
Triple Starts in Texas for Busch
'Busch First Driver to Race in All Three Premier NASCAR Series in Three Separate Locations'
Denton, Texas (June 2, 2008)-NASCAR Phenom Kyle Busch will be the first driver to attempt to race in each of NASCAR's premier touring series this weekend at three different locations. Busch will participate in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next Sunday at the Pocono Raceway, the Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event Friday night at the Texas Motor Speedway. Busch will be in Pocono on Friday afternoon for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying but will then head to the Texas Motor Speedway to race in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra Friday night.
Airplanes and helicopters will carry Busch on his endeavor and hopefully good weather will be on his side as he crisscrosses the country.
"The Cup (NASCAR Sprint Cup) stuff comes first," Busch said. "We had a decent test at Pocono and the Cup cars have been really, really good this year. The full emphasis will be set on the Cup schedule. I am going to make every practice and qualifying in Pocono. I'm going to miss qualifying and practice in the truck and in the Nationwide car but I will be there to race it. It's just about racing it and trying to keep ourselves up in the points and keep Billy Ballew up in the owners standing and keep myself going in the driver standings. A lot of it has to do with the fans. They like to see it and they want to go see a driver trying to race as many races as they can and to see someone be as crazy as I am most of the time."
Crazy could be used to describe Busch's attempt to drive all three races in all three locations but Busch sees it is about the race fans.
"I really want to thank all my fans for their support and especially want to thank all the NASCAR fans for coming to these events and putting NASCAR on the map," Busch added.
JR Norris, the 2006 AutoZone Southeast Series Tour Champion and developmental driver for Billy Ballew Motorsports will practice and qualify the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Tundra. Norris had two starts in the Craftsman Truck Series for Ballew in 2007 including one start at the 1.5- mile speedway just outside Dallas, Texas. Norris posted a 20th place finish at his first start at the track.
"I'm a little nervous because I haven't been in a truck all year," Norris said. "But I'm comfortable about getting to go to Texas. I ran pretty well there last year. Getting to drive the No. 51 Tundra is exciting for me as well because of how well they have been running all year. I really want to thank Billy (Ballew) and Richie (Wauters) for giving me this opportunity. I also have to thank Kyle (Busch) for having the confidence in me to practice and qualify for him. Richie and I have a lot of history together racing so we already have the communication to set the truck up the way that Kyle will need it for the race. I wish I could race the truck myself but if Kyle was to win I know that I played a part in that and that is a good feeling. Maybe if this goes well I can get another chance to drive or race for this team or who knows, maybe for someone else."