BUSCH: Bristol: Shane Huffman preview

HUFFMAN READY FOR RETURN TO BRISTOL Shane Huffman will return to the site of his very first start in the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS this weekend as the NASCAR Busch Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway for the ...

HUFFMAN READY FOR RETURN TO BRISTOL

Shane Huffman will return to the site of his very first start in the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS this weekend as the NASCAR Busch Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Sharpie Mini 300 on Saturday.

Saturday's race will be Huffman's second Busch race at Bristol, but it will mark his fifth overall race at the half-mile track. His other three starts came in USAR Hooters Pro Cup action at the facility.

In 2004, Huffman won the inaugural USAR Hooters Pro Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Even though he also claimed the pole award that night, Huffman had to start the event from the tail end of the field after the team had to make repairs to his car prior to the race. Despite starting from the rear, he battled his way up to the front and led the final 51 laps of the race before taking the checkered flag.

JR Motorsports will run chassis No. JRM 012 this weekend at Bristol. In its only previous start, Huffman finished 36th in September's race at Dover in JRM 012 after the right-front tire of the Navy Chevrolet blew out on Lap 117.

Shane Huffman, Driver, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

Why are you looking forward to racing at Bristol?

"Short track racing is my background. It's what I started out on and Bristol is the ultimate short track. It's fast-paced and there are always a ton of fans there for every event. I've had some good runs there in the past and it's a track I know fairly well."

What did it feel like to win at Bristol?

"It's hard to even describe how special that win at Bristol was for me. It was the first Pro Cup race at the track and just getting to race there was pretty incredible. My team had some problems after qualifying that night and had to start from the rear, but we fought our way to the front and brought home the trophy. It was a great night."

What are your goals for the weekend?

"I'm very familiar with Bristol, which should help us a lot right off the bat. Instead of spending time getting acclimated to the track, we can focus on running well in race trim and have more time to make some mock qualifying runs. If we can manage a good starting spot and stay out of trouble, I'm confident I can bring the Navy Chevrolet home in the top 10."

What are you looking forward to in racing against the boss (team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr.)?

"We raced together at Homestead back in November and at Daytona in February. I'm used to having him talk to me from atop the box during the race, but it's pretty cool to run against him. We got caught up in wrecks the last two times out and didn't have a chance to race with him at the end, but I plan on beating him this weekend."

Navy Notables

The fleet honoree for Saturday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway is Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron Four. The squadron's mission is to organize, train and equip its forces to meet maritime security operations and joint contingency operations requirements. Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron Four was commissioned in May 2006.

Noting the Navy

The Navy is very excited about continuing its association with the most recognized name in NASCAR, JR Motorsports, and further increasing its awareness in 2007. The Navy and NASCAR share common similarities with their focus on teamwork, technology and safety that exemplify the Navy's commitment to grow and develop quality young sailors through service in the Navy.

-credit: jr motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Shane Huffman
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports