BUSCH: Atkins to field two cars at Kansas

Akins Motorsports To Field Two Cars at Kansas Speedway MOORESVILLE, NC-Akins Motorsports team owners Doug Stringer and Brad Akins will enter two cars at Kansas Speedway as drivers Kasey Kahne and Brent Sherman will race as teammates in the Mr.

Akins Motorsports To Field Two Cars at Kansas Speedway

MOORESVILLE, NC-Akins Motorsports team owners Doug Stringer and Brad Akins will enter two cars at Kansas Speedway as drivers Kasey Kahne and Brent Sherman will race as teammates in the Mr. Goodcents 300 NASCAR Busch Series event.

Kahne will race his No. 38 Great Clips Dodge, while Sherman, who is currently second in the ARCA RE/MAX Series points going into the season finale at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, will get behind the wheel of the No. 58 Serta Mattress/Hickory Farms Dodge for Akins Motorsports.

"We're looking forward to having both Kasey and Brent compete for us in Kansas," said Stringer. "Brent tested in one of our cars at Kansas a few weeks ago, and I was happy with his progress. This was his first time in a Busch car and he picked it up pretty quickly. I'm looking at the race in Kansas as a great opportunity for him to get seat time. Right now that's the most important thing.

"Next season Brent will be running a limited schedule for Akins Motorsports, so our immediate goal is to get him in some Busch races this season so that he's prepared for 2005."

While the No. 38 Great Clips team will head to Kansas "business as usual," they will be without a crucial member of the team-car chief Joey Fellores-who will stand in as crew chief for the No. 58 team with Sherman. Fellores will also serve as crew chief for Sherman as the team plans to compete in two additional Busch events this season (Memphis Motorsports Park and Homestead-Miami Speedway) for Akins Motorsports.

"Assuming the responsibility of crew chief for a new team is going to be a challenge, but it's something that I'm ready for. I've set goals for myself, and this is definitely one of them.

"We had a good test at Kansas with Brent. He'll have some adapting to do from an ARCA car to a Busch car. The tires are probably the biggest difference. The Hoosier tires that he's used to in the ARCA Series are looser, so Brent is trying to get adjusted to a tighter Goodyear tire.

"His comments from the test were pretty close to Kasey's, so that's always a good thing. Basically, the goal for these three races with Brent is to first qualify, then to run the whole race. Just getting him seat time is important right now, so that's what we're looking to do."

Sherman, whose resume includes more than six years of service in the United States Air Force, has raced in numerous events including the Barber Dodge Pro Series, Hooters Pro Cup, Go-Karts and Prototype racing. He is wrapping up his second full season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, where he currently has eight top fives and 13 top 10's. He finished fourth in the point standings in 2003, recording six top fives and 11 top 10's.

Kahne is in his second full season in the NASCAR Busch Series with Akins Motorsports, and last season the team finished seventh in the point standings. This season, the No. 38 Great Clips team has posted 10 top-five finishes, 13 top-10 finishes and two Busch Poles (Dover Downs International Speedway and Richmond International Raceway). The team currently sits in ninth position in the NASCAR Busch Series owner and driver point standings.

The Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway will take place Saturday, October 9. The 200-lap event will be televised live on TNT with the live radio broadcast on MRN Radio.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Brent Sherman