BUSCH: Beating Around the Busch, chapter 5

Beating Around The Busch By Thomas Chemris Chapter 5: Teams Gear Up For Week Three Week three for the NASCAR Busch series is gearing up as the teams prepare to head out to Las Vegas for the Sam's Town 300. Leaving Rockingham Johnny ...

Beating Around The Busch
By Thomas Chemris

Chapter 5: Teams Gear Up For Week Three

Week three for the NASCAR Busch series is gearing up as the teams prepare to head out to Las Vegas for the Sam's Town 300.

Leaving Rockingham Johnny Benson's crew chief Jon Wolfe was fined $2000.00 for a post qualifying rule infraction. Benson, who scored the pole for the event was sent to the back of the field after an illegal front spring was discovered during the post qualifying inspection.

The Las Vegas event will mark the debut of Rusty Wallace's Busch team with driver Billy Parker. The 1989 Cup Champion is once again teamed with his former crew chief Barry Dodson to make this effort happen. Both veterans are working behind the scenes, as Blake Bainbridge will head up the effort as crew chief.

Also making a debuts at Vegas are two-time series Champion Randy Lajoie driving for Fitz-Bradshaw, and JJ Yeley driving for Joe Gibbs.

Las Vegas is a homecoming for series rookie Kyle Busch. Busch who currently sits twelfth in the championship standings has been the highest finishing rookie in the first two events. Busch will have a busy weekend as in addition to the Busch event he will also attempt to qualify for Sundays Cup race. If successful, it will mark the first Cup start for the Nevada driver

Michael Holligan Racing has scored a sponsor with its pairing with Enzyte and Craftsman Truck series driver David Star. Holligan attracted the sponsor through his reality based television program "The Reality of Speed", which airs on Spike TV. The series which has been running since January has chronicled the team and there search for sponsorship." The setup allows a corporate sponsor to establish sports marketing goals without necessarily going into a sports marketing program," Hooligan explained. "Companies take from their television advertising budget and advertise on 'The Reality Of Speed."

Kenny Wallace and sponsor YJ Stinger will kick off its "Race To Bee Safe" driver education program with a visit to Dessert Pines high School in Las Vegas. "I am excited to participate in the YJ Stinger Race to Bee Safe program again this year," Wallace said. "It's a lot of fun going into the schools and talking to these students. We try to keep it fun and entertaining, but we really want students to walk away realizing how important it is for them to drive carefully." The program, which will visit seventeen schools throughout the Country, has opportunities for participants to earn college scholarship funding.

2002 Nextel Cup Champion Tony Stewart announced that he will run a double duty weekend in California, competing in the both the Busch and Cup Races. Stewart will race to honor America's supportive employers of National Guardsmen and Reservists. Stewart last ran a Busch event last August where he dominated at Michigan Raceway.

Brewco Motorsports is logging the miles. Transport driver Dave Rone will log 3700 miles in ten days. The team will travel out to Nevada, then to Texas to test before returning to the team headquarters in Kentucky. That is a significant amount of miles considering that after Vegas the series will have only raced eight hundred on track miles

Being Las Vegas, what would the race be without setting odds; Currently Kevin Harvick is the favorite at three to one.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Kevin Harvick , Kenny Wallace , Randy Lajoie , Johnny Benson , Michael Ho , Billy Parker , Kyle Busch