BUSCH: Earnhardt Jr to drive at Bristol

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Goes Busch Racing at Bristol Mooresville, NC - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will compete in the NASCAR Busch Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night, August 27. The two-time NASCAR Busch Series...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Goes Busch Racing at Bristol

Mooresville, NC - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will compete in the NASCAR Busch Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night, August 27. The two-time NASCAR Busch Series Champion will be driving the Dale Earnhardt Incorporated No. 81 Menards/Save Big Money Chevrolet.

This will be the two-time Busch Series Champions (1998, '99) fourth event in 2004, AFTER winning the season opener in Daytona Beach and finishing second to the team he co-owns at Talladega Superspeedway. Earnhardt Jr. has kept his Busch Series experience to superspeedways over the past four years, but wanted to mix it up a bit.

"I've been competing in a few races every year primarily on the superspeedways, but thought Bristol would be a good track to race with my teammates," Dale Jr. said. "I enjoy racing in the Busch Series and haven't won at Bristol, so this should be a fun weekend."

In five career Busch starts at Bristol, Earnhardt drove to runner-up finishes in the 1998 and 1999 spring events, and was third in the 1999 summer night race. He has one pole and an average finish of 8.8 at the .533 mile, high banked oval.

"It's very exciting to have Dale, Jr., behind the wheel of the 'Save Big Money' car for the first time," said John Menard, president of the Menards home improvement store chain that is No. 1 in the Midwest. "Menards and the DEI organization combined resources just last month for what we plan to build into a long and successful partnership both on and off the track. A major benefit of that relationship, of course, is watching the name Dale Earnhardt, Jr. become synonymous with Menards when it comes to the home improvement business. This race at Bristol is certainly a first step in that direction."

Dale Earnhardt Inc. is headquartered in Mooresville, NC and is one of the premier racing organizations in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Owned by Teresa Earnhardt, DEI currently operates two NASCAR Nextel Cup race teams with drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Michael Waltrip, along with one NASCAR Busch Series team and driver Paul Menard. DEI holds four NASCAR championships and over 104 NASCAR victories. For further information on DEI and its teams go to www.DaleEarnhardtInc.com

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Michael Waltrip , Paul Menard