BUSCH: Chicagoland: News of note, schedule

* Fedewa gets inside look at Space Shuttle Discovery * Ford breaks Chevrolet win streak in Bill France Performance Cup standings * Pressley's team takes pit crew award NEWS & NOTES Bill Elliott scheduled to race at Memphis this fall ......

* Fedewa gets inside look at Space Shuttle Discovery
* Ford breaks Chevrolet win streak in Bill France Performance Cup standings
* Pressley's team takes pit crew award


Bill Elliott scheduled to race at Memphis this fall ... NASCAR legend Bill Elliott is scheduled to compete in the NASCAR Busch Series Sam's Town 'He Dared to Rock' 250 on October 23 at Memphis Motorsports Park. The 1988 NASCAR premier series champion will drive the No. 09 Elvis Presley 'He Dared to Rock' Dodge in his first NASCAR Busch Series race since Feb. 19, 1994 at Daytona. Elliott has 36 starts, one win, eight top fives and 15 top-10 finishes. "Just to be a part of an event like this is an honor," Elliott said. "What a neat deal it's going to be running with Elvis in his hometown."

Fedewa tours Kennedy Space Center, gets inside Discovery ... Tim Fedewa (No. 12 Supercuts Chevrolet) could only dream of such horsepower. On the morning of July 2, prior to that night's NASCAR Busch Series event at Daytona, Fedewa was treated to an up-close-and-personal tour of Kennedy Space Center. Fedewa went inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, the second-largest building in terms of volume in the world, to the top of a launch pad and, for the highlight of the trip, crawled aboard and spent a few minutes on the flight deck of the Space Shuttle Discovery. "Words really can't express how great a time we had with the folks at NASA," Fedewa said. "You're struck, first of all, by how big things are. It was amazing the care with which everything was handled. To be able to spend those few minutes on the flight deck of Discovery, the next shuttle to fly [March 2005], was an experience I will never forget. They said we could come back next year when that bird flies and NASA returns to flight, and you'd better believe I'll be there."

Wallace's winnings second-largest ever ... Mike Wallace (No. 4 GEICO/Sport Clips Ford) scored a thrilling last-lap victory in last Friday's race at Daytona, and his paycheck was memorable as well. Wallace's $101,305 payout was the second-largest winner's purse in the history of the NASCAR Busch Series. Jeff Gordon took home $113,844 for his October, 1992 win at Charlotte.

Ford breaks Chevrolet win streak ... Chevrolet has built a fairly comfortable lead in the Bill France Performance Cup standings for manufacturers in the NASCAR Busch Series despite Ford's win at Daytona last Friday night. Chevrolet, which had won three straight NASCAR Busch Series races prior to Daytona, has 12 wins and 142 points to six wins and 107 points for Ford. Dodge is in third place with 80 points and one victory. The standings are determined by a scoring system in which the highest-finishing manufacturer receives nine points, the second-highest gets six, third-highest receives four and fourth-highest receives three.

Pressley's team claims Daytona McDonald's POWERade title ... In addition to grabbing the outside pole for the race, the ST Motorsports crew of Robert Pressley (No. 47 Clorox/Wisk Ford) won the McDonald's POWERade Drive-Thru Pit Crew of the Race Award for the Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo at Daytona International Speedway. The Haas CNC Racing crew of Jason Leffler (No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet) leads the BREWCO Motorsports crew of David Green (No. 47 Timber Wolf Pontiac) by 33 points in the season standings. The Team Rensi Motorsports crew of Bobby Hamilton Jr. is third, and trails Green's group by just six points.


Bobby Hamilton Jr. dominated last year's race at Chicago, leading a total of 186 laps, the most by a winner at the facility. His two top-five starts at the track are also the most of any driver. ... Jason Keller (No. 22 Miller High Life Ford) has three top-10 finishes at Chicago, more than any competitor. His best finish at the track is a fifth in 2001. ...Johnny Sauter (No. 27 Kleenex/Scott Brand Products Chevrolet) captured the first win of his NASCAR Busch Series career at Chicagoland in 2002. ... Mike Bliss (No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet) scored a 10th-place finish at Chicago last year. ... Jamie McMurray will be back in the No. 1 Yellow Transportation Dodge for the Chicago race, and is also scheduled to drive the James Finch entry next week at New Hampshire. McMurray finished ninth in the No. 1 car at Chicagoland last year.


"Other than Tony Lambert (crew chief) and me, no one else on this team has even won a race before. It was a brand new deal for everyone on the team beginning with Fred Biagi, our car owner. It was his first NASCAR Busch Series win, and it came at Daytona. I have a lot of confidence that I can do it (win races), but you need a win every so often to keep you motivated and get you re-invigorated. And you need to win to show the people around you and in the sport that you can do it." -- Mike Wallace (No. 4 GEICO/Sports Clips Ford), who won his first NASCAR Busch Series race since 1994 last Friday night at Daytona.

"I enjoy the stunt work and I enjoy everything that goes along with it. A lot of times it's like a puzzle, especially putting everything together to make a difficult stunt work, and work well but safely. Racing is a lot the same way." -- Stanton Barrett (No. 91 AmericInn Pontiac), who appears as a stunt double for actor James Franco in the hit movie "Spiderman 2."


"There's a neat little jump seat in the back of the trailer that serves as the [NASCAR] Busch Series headquarters at the track. It's the best seat in the house, offering both the comforts of the office and a commanding view of the garage area. But no one ever sits there. No one, that is, except for [inspector] Pete Babb. 'Nobody sits in that seat out of respect for Pete,' NASCAR vice president Jim Hunter said." -- Rick Minter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on the 77-year-old NASCAR official, who has spent over 50 years with the sanctioning body and has missed only one NASCAR Busch Series race during his tenure.

FROM THE ARCHIVES Chicagoland Speedway is the second track in Illinois to host a NASCAR Busch Series event, the first being Gateway International Raceway in Madison, near St. Louis. It was the 45th different track at which the series has competed. Chicagoland was the 11th of 12 new tracks to join the circuit since 1995.

Fast Facts

What: Tropicana Twister 300 (Race No. 19 of 34 in the NASCAR Busch Series).
Where: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Ill.
When: 2 p.m. (ET), Saturday, July 10.

Track layout: 1.5-mile paved tri-oval.
Race length: 300 miles/200 laps.

Posted awards: $1,367,504.

TV: NBC, 2 p.m. (ET).
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.

2003 winner: Bobby Hamilton Jr.
2003 polesitter: Casey Mears.

Top 10 in points: 1. Martin Truex Jr. 2,742. 2. Kyle Busch 2,674. 3. Greg Biffle 2,415. 4. Ron Hornaday Jr. 2,361. 5. Bobby Hamilton Jr. 2,354. 6. David Green 2,353. 7. Jason Keller 2,334. 8. Jason Leffler 2,298. 9. Michael Waltrip 2,179. 10. Mike Bliss 2,163.

Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday -- practice, 9-11:15 a.m.; qualifying, 1:30 p.m.; final practice following NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series qualifying.


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Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Jason Keller , Jason Leffler , Mike Wallace , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Casey Mears , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jamie McMurray , David Green , Johnny Sauter , Mike Bliss , Martin Truex Jr. , Stanton Barrett , Jim Hunter , Kyle Busch