* Former Champion David Green Returns To NASCAR Busch Series NBS ETC. Former Champ Returns: David Green (No. 91 YRT2.Net Toyota) is set to make his return to the NASCAR Busch Series this weekend while assisting the new Riley-D'Hondt...
* Former Champion David Green Returns To NASCAR Busch Series
Former Champ Returns: David Green (No. 91 YRT2.Net Toyota) is set to make his return to the NASCAR Busch Series this weekend while assisting the new Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports team with its start-up. Green, the 1994 champion, hasn't driven since leaving Brewco Motorsports last September. He joined the Riley-D'Hondt organization soon thereafter and has been awaiting his return. The native of Owensboro, Ky., turned his first laps in the No. 91 Toyota at last week's test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Toyota will be the fourth manufacturer Green has competed for during his 17-year career and he's won in the previous three (Chevrolet, Pontiac and Ford). In his new position, Green will help another new face, Bobby Santos, who will serve as his teammate via the Bill Davis Racing driver development program. He also stayed busy since last fall in assisting Hendrick Motorsports in its Car of Tomorrow success, serving as a test driver for the team. He also spotted for good friend and former series champion Brian Vickers in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, as well as for Stephen Leicht (No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford) in the NASCAR Busch Series.
Cameo Appearances: Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet), the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion, is entered in Saturday night's field. The event is the first Johnson will attempt in the series this year and his first since last fall at LMS where he finished 42nd due to an early accident. Johnson competed in two full-time NASCAR Busch Series seasons in 200-01 and has one win and two poles. He holds the qualifying record at LMS (187.735 in 2005). Bill Elliott (No. 32 Seymour of Sycamore Toyota) also is entered and will attempt to make his first series start since 2005.
Memorial Day Tributes: Four cars will carry paint schemes as part of the American Heroes Memorial Day Salute to the Armed Forces, kicking off a nationwide effort to raise funds for military families in need. Shane Huffman (No. 88 U.S. NAVY Chevrolet), Johnny Sauter (No. 28 U.S. Border Patrol Chevrolet) and the Roush Fenway duo of Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M/Coast Guard Ford) and Casey Mears (No. 24 National Guard Ford) are carrying the special schemes in the NASCAR Busch Series this weekend. Biffle is the top threat among the group with two wins, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 12 races at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The Director's Take: LMS
What To Watch For At LMS:
THOUGHTS FROM JOE BALASH, NASCAR BUSCH SERIES DIRECTOR
"Teams will look to get their cars set up so as to get all the mechanical grip that they can at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
"Based upon the resurfacing of the track, the tire compound is harder. That makes grip very important.
"Pit strategy for track position is also really important at LMS. Teams that find it difficult to pass on the racetrack can make up valuable positions with good pit strategy and great teamwork during those crucial stops.
"The test last week was a huge help specific to this event. Teams that were on top of the leader board during the two days of testing should, in turn, fare well during the event."
Rookie Spotlight: Krisiloff Makes A Quiet Charge
Krisiloff Becoming A Player: Kyle Krisiloff (No. 14 Clabber Girl Ford) heads to Charlotte only 10 points behind Marcos Ambrose (No. 59 Kingsford Ford) in the Raybestos Rookie standings. Krisiloff, who ran his first three series races in 2005 as a developmental driver for Hendrick Motorsports, found a home with the new Haas-Carter entry this season and plans to compete full-time in 2007. The native of Carmel, Ind., posted his career-best finish (fifth) at Talladega Superspeedway last month. He has six other top-20 finishes this season.
Ragan Continues Hold On Lead: David Ragan (No. 6 Discount Tire Ford) remains in first place in the standings, two points in front of Juan Pablo Montroya. Ambrose, who held the lead after Talladega, has had tough luck lately, posting finishes of 26th or worse in three of his last four races. Those results also have cost him a top-10 spot in the standings, where he had been for nine consecutive weeks before falling to his current 11th-place ranking after Richmond.
Rookie Success At LMS: Kyle Busch (No. 5 Sta Green-Lowe's Chevrolet) won this race during his rookie season in 2004 and in the process re-captured the standings lead. He had become the first rookie in series history to lead the standings two weeks before.
ESPN2 will feature NASCAR Busch Series racing live in prime time Saturday night. The telecast will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET with the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program, with the race to start at 8 p.m.
Dale Jarret will join two-time NASCAR champion crew chief Andy Petree in the booth for analysis during the telecast. Dr. Jerry Punch will handle play-by-play duties. Dave Burns, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake will serve as pit reporters.
Allen Bestwick, whose multiple roles in ESPN's NASCAR coverage this season include play-by-play announcer, studio host and pit reporter, will host NASCAR Countdown. He will be in the anchor position for next month's NASCAR Busch Series race at Milwaukee. Bestwick will be joined in ESPN's pit studio for NASCAR Countdown by analyst Brad Daugherty; Tim Brewer will be at the ESPN Chevy Cutaway Car.
In addition to the telecast on ESPN2, ESPN's signature broadband service, ESPN360.com, will deliver a live online simulcast of the event, and a Spanish-language version of the race will be televised on ESPN Deportes, ESPN's domestic Spanish-language network.
Three Different Manufacturer Winners In Last Three Races At LMS
Chevrolet retains its comfortable lead in the Bill France Performance Cup standings heading to Lowe's Motor Speedway, but Saturday night's race is a golden opportunity for any manufacturer to capture a victory there. Three different manufacturers have been to Victory Lane in the last three NASCAR Busch Series races at LMS, while two different manufacturers have won the last two CARQUEST Auto Parts events.
Carl Edwards and Ford won this event last year and Edwards was fastest in each of the four sessions over two days of testing at the track last week. Kevin Harvick won at LMS last fall in his No. 33 Dollar General Chevrolet, the car he will drive Saturday night. Harvick also clinched the series title in that event. Ryan Newman took Dodge to victory in the fall race in 2005. Since 1991, Ford has won 15 races at LMS while Chevrolet has 14 victories. Dodge has one win while Toyota makes its series debut Saturday at the track.
Up Next: Dover 200 At Dover International Speedway
June kicks off in "monster" fashion as the NASCAR Busch Series heads to Dover International Speedway for the Dover 200 on June 2.
Jeff Burton joined the list of 46 winners last year with his victory. The starting lineup was set by owner points as inclement weather canceled qualifying.
Todd Bodine is the all-time series winner at Dover with three. Harry Gant totaled five Busch Poles, still the standard at the one-mile track nicknamed the "Monster Mile."
The Race: CARQUEST Auto Parts 300
The Place: Lowe's Motor Speedway
The Date: May 26, 20071
The Time: 8:00 p.m. (ET)
TV: ESPN2, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Track Layout: 1.5-mile oval
Race Purse: $1,249,138
2006 Winner: Carl Edwards
2006 Pole: Matt Kenseth
Schedule: Thur., May 24 -- 1 -- 2:00 p.m., Practice; 2:20 -- 2:50 p.m. -- Rookie Practice; 6 -- 7:00 p.m., Final Practice. Sat., May 26 -- Qualifying 4:05 p.m. (Impound).