BUSCH: Chuck Barnes Jr to debut in Memphis

Barnes Jr. To Make NASCAR Busch Series Debut At Memphis Motorsports Park Louisville, KY (October 19, 2006) -- Louisville, Kentucky native Chuck Barnes Jr. will make his NASCAR Busch Series debut in the October 28th Sam's Town 250 at the Memphis...

Barnes Jr. To Make NASCAR Busch Series Debut At Memphis Motorsports Park

Louisville, KY (October 19, 2006) -- Louisville, Kentucky native Chuck Barnes Jr. will make his NASCAR Busch Series debut in the October 28th Sam's Town 250 at the Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tennessee. Barnes Jr. will driver for TC Motorsports, owned by Tammy and C.E. Clower of Loganville, Georgia. Barnes Jr. has driven in two ARCA RE/MAX Series events for TC Motorsports this season with a victory in his first start at Toledo Speedway on September 1st, beating now eight time series champion Frank Kimmel in a green, white checker finish and got a fourth place finish in his second series start at Salem Speedway on September 16th, coming from the back of the field after an early flat tire in the event to finish in fourth.

"I'm really excited about making my NASCAR Busch Series debut later this month in Memphis," remarked Barnes Jr. "I have to thank Tammy and C.E. Clower and everyone with TC Motorsports for giving me this great opportunity. This is another step up the ladder, and I realize the competition gets better every time you move up. We just need to really come prepared and be ready to do what it takes to make that race."

Barnes Jr. and the TC Motorsports Team tried to make the ARCA RE/MAX Series season ending event at Iowa Speedway last weekend, but qualified 34th, missing the cut for the event by only two positions.

"Last weekend was really tough. We only got limited practice because of a blown motor, it really put us behind on getting the car set up to make the race. There were a lot of good teams at last weekend's ARCA event, we just didn't have things go our way. I felt if we had made the race my team could have made the car better as the race went on and I could have really been competitive at the end. Bad luck is an unfortunate part of racing, we just have to learn from what happened and go on to the next race."

The competition will also be tough for the Sam's Town 250 NASCAR Busch Series event with four NEXTEL Cup Chase drivers entered for the event including newly crowned 2006 NASCAR Busch Series Champion Kevin Harvick, along with Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch. Also entered is ex-Indy Car and Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya will make his NASCAR Busch Series debut for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.

"Our goal is just to make the race and run all the laps to get as much experience as I can. It's a dream come true to be able to race with great racers like Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and all the rest of the great drivers that will be in this race. Hopefully with some luck we can make the show and run decent. It will definitely be a learning experience, hopefully I will get the opportunity to show I can compete at this level."

The TC Motorsports Team has raced in three NASCAR Busch Series events to date and is currently 91st in series points. Besides his ARCA RE/MAX Series starts this season, Barnes Jr. was the 2006 Late Model Points Champion at Salem Speedway this season and won his fourth CRA Super Series event in May. Barnes Jr. was a finalist in last seasons Roush Racing Search For Driver X, he was the 2004 CRA Super Series Champion and the winner of the prestigious All American 400 late model event in November of 2004 at the Music City Motorplex at the Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee.

-credit: www.chuckbarnesjr.com

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing