BUSCH: Charlotte II: News of note, schedule

Busy week for Kasey Kahne, Great Clips NEWS & NOTES * Kahne, sponsor will be busy at Lowe's Motor Speedway ... Kasey Kahne (No. 38 Great Clips Ford) started and finished sixth in Lowe's Motor Speedway's spring race. That's fine, but he'd...

Busy week for Kasey Kahne, Great Clips


* Kahne, sponsor will be busy at Lowe's Motor Speedway ... Kasey Kahne (No. 38 Great Clips Ford) started and finished sixth in Lowe's Motor Speedway's spring race. That's fine, but he'd like a little more this time around not only for his NASCAR Busch Series effort, but also over at The Dirt Track in World of Outlaws competition on Wednesday night.

"I like that track," Kahne said of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "It's fun to race on. It's a rough track. I've never raced there at night, so it will obviously be different than racing in the day. This will be my fourth race there, and I've tested there twice, so this is probably my most experienced track on the circuit so far. The track changes so much, so you really don't know what it's going to be like until you get out there to race."

As busy as Kahne will be, so will his sponsor. His car will feature Great Clips' "Great Needs. Great Deeds." logo on its decklid in support of the company's charitable initiative. The program is aimed at assisting non-profit organizations throughout the United States. During "Cut-A-Thons," stylists will donate their time and skill, and each salon will contribute a percentage of the proceeds from haircuts and perms and donate it to local charities. Last year, the program raised more than $350,000.

Great Clips is also offering complimentary hair cuts this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway to all team members, drivers, members of the media, NASCAR and track officials and public relations representatives. The haircuts will take place on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Friday from noon to 7 p.m. The location will be at the Motor Racing Outreach Community Center inside the motorhome lot across from the NASCAR Busch Series garage.


* "This will be our first event under the lights at Lowe's, and I think that will make it even more exciting for the drivers as well as the fans. However, with this track being so sensitive to temperature, finding the right setup could be tricky. The cooler temperature at night will make it seem like a completely different place. I think those that tested here for the two days last week will definitely have the advantage." -- Ashton Lewis (No. 46 Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet).

* "You hate to lose ground at this point in the season, but things could have been a lot worse for us. Everyone on the team busted their butts to get me back [on the track at Kansas] for points. We've battled back from bigger deficits than what we have now. Our team hasn't given up all season. We'll fight back at Charlotte." -- Brian Vickers (No. 5 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet).

* "Everyone likes to run well at Lowe's Motor Speedway because it is close to home and so many friends and family attend the race. Lowe's has more years on the pavement and it is very rough, which makes for good racing. Because of the pavement being so old and the roughness of the track, your car's handling can vary with even just a cloud passing overhead. It is a crew chief's nightmare in setting a car up because the track changes so quickly." -- Scott Wimmer (No. 23 Stacker 2/YJ Stinger Chevrolet).

* "This year is a whole different ballgame. It's so hard to get a grip on this championship when there are five guys in the hunt for the title. If anyone stumbles, you don't just lose a few points, you drop back three spots. Last year, we knew in the final races that if we could beat one guy, we would win the championship. We can't worry about one guy this year. We can worry about one team, and that is our team. At this stage of the game, it comes down to the team that is the most consistent and creates their own luck." -- Jason Keller (No. 57 Albertsons Ford).


* Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Alka-Seltzer Morning Relief Ford) won the spring NASCAR Busch Series race at Charlotte, and he's also the last driver to win from the pole, a feat he accomplished in October 2000. Kenseth made the first start of his NASCAR Busch Series career at Charlotte in May 1996. ... Jeff Green (No. 48 Goulds Pumps Chevrolet) has two NASCAR Busch Series wins at Charlotte, tying him with eight other drivers for fifth on the all-time list at the track. ... Kevin Harvick (No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet) holds the NASCAR Busch Series Track qualifying record, with a speed of 184.445 mph, set this spring. ... Ford leads all manufacturers with 14 wins at Charlotte. Pontiac is second, although that make last won in May 1993 with Michael Waltrip (No. 99 Aaron's Chevrolet) behind the wheel. Chevrolet has nine wins.


* Fountain Inn [S.C.] driver Shane Hall, idle most of this racing season, is scheduled to return in Friday night's Little Trees 300 NASCAR Busch race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Hall is entered in a Ford owned by ppc Racing, which also fields the cars driven by series contenders Jason Keller and Scott Riggs. Team general manager Keith Barnwell said the car is being prepared by ppc shop personnel. Scott Beam will be the crew chief. Barnwell said Hall might drive for the team in other races if this week's venture is a positive one. "First, we've always been Shane Hall fans at ppc," Barnwell said. "He has qualities that a lot of other drivers don't have. And he's a good qualifier. That's important, because we have to get in the top 36." -- Mike Hembree, The Greenville News

* Like most parents of 18-year-olds, Shelby III and Tonya Howard are bracing themselves for the day when their child leaves the nest. The Greenwood [Ind.] couple know that day is coming soon for their son, Shelby Howard IV. And though they've done their best to prepare for it, the Howards are both excited and apprehensive about their son entering the adult world. Howard IV, who turned 18 on July 25, isn't going off to college. Nor is he entering the work force, not in the traditional sense. Instead, Howard IV is about to embark on a career in NASCAR racing. -- Jeff Decker, The Daily Journal


* Prior to the formation of the NASCAR Busch Series in 1982, Late Model Sportsman races were held on the day prior to Lowe's Motor Speedway's NASCAR Winston Cup Series events. Winners included Bobby Allison (3 times), Darrell Waltrip (3), Morgan Shepherd (2), Ray Hendrick (2), David Pearson (1), Bill DeCoster (1), Wally Dallenbach Sr. (1), Dave Marcis (1) and Gary Balough (1). Sam Ard was the first NASCAR Busch Series regular to score a win at Charlotte, in the fall of 1983. He beat Dale Earnhardt to the checkered flag by 7.5 seconds.

What: Little Trees 300 (Race No. 29 of 34 in the NASCAR Busch Series).
Where: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
When: Friday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m. ET

Track layout: 1.5-mile paved tri-oval.
Race length: 300 miles/200 laps.
TV: TNT, noon, Oct. 11. ET

Pre-race schedule (all times local): Thursday--Practice, noon-2:15 p.m.; Qualifying, 4:30 p.m.; Final practice following conclusion of NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying.


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Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Wally Dallenbach Sr. , Darrell Waltrip , Matt Kenseth , Michael Waltrip , Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick , Jeff Green , Shane Hall , Scott Riggs , Dave Marcis , Shelby Howard , Kasey Kahne , Scott Wimmer , Brian Vickers , Bobby Allison , Ashton Lewis , David Pearson