BUSCH: Kansas: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Bryan Clauson and the No. 41 Memorex Dodge Team Facts: * Round Two: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) development driver Bryan Clauson will make his second run in NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) competition this weekend in the No....

Bryan Clauson and the No. 41 Memorex Dodge Team Facts:

* Round Two: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) development driver Bryan Clauson will make his second run in NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) competition this weekend in the No. 41 Memorex Dodge at Kansas Speedway. Clauson made his NASCAR debut earlier this month at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), where he raced up to as high as 21st before a left-front tire rub relegated him into a four-lap deficit to finish the night in 36th place. Overall, it was a solid first step and clean run for the teenage racer and his Memorex crew. Clauson graduated from Noblesville (Ind.) High School and turned 18 this past June, which made him officially legal to compete in NASCAR.

* Congratulations, Bryan: Clauson has taken the last couple of weeks off from NASCAR competition, but that didn't mean he was putting on the brakes completely. Instead, he returned to his racing roots and went USAC racing at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway on Saturday, September 15. The 18-year-old racer turned a front-row starting position into a first-place finish, by leading the entire 30-lap feature to win the USAC National Midget Series race.

* Get all of their autographs this October: They say the early bird gets the worm, well in NASCAR the early fan gets the autograph. Clauson, along with his fellow CGRFS drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Reed Sorenson, David Stremme and Memos Rojas (Grand-Am), will be taking a couple hours out of their fast-pace schedules on Friday, October 12, to stop by the CGRFS Concord, N.C., race shop to meet fans and sign autographs. The two-hour driver autograph session is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and will run through 1 p.m. ET. In order to get an autograph, wristbands are required. To pick up a wristband, stop by the CGRFS gift shop or call toll free 1-866-888-6388 to reserve one. Note: Wristband holders are guaranteed an autograph from each driver (between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET Friday, October 12). Limit one autograph item per person per driver. Limit two wristbands per phone reservation.

* Ladies' Night returns to CGRFS: After a successful debut in 2006, Ladies' Night is returning this October to the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Concord, N.C., race shop Wednesday, October 10 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET), with more fun festivities. In addition to free admission and a complimentary behind-the-scenes tour of the CGRFS race shop, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be on the house for all attendees. Guests will also be treated to a fall fashion show that will include apparel designed by the CGRFS Drive4Design contest winner Heath Harmon, as well as a sneak peek at the race team's new fall fashions. Special guest speakers will stop by to visit and talk about their racing careers and lives. Raffle prizes will also be given away with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Reservations are required and there are limited tickets available, so don't delay. Call 1-800-888-6388 to reserve your spot for CGRFS Ladies' Night 2007 today. To learn more go to www.chipganassiracing.com and click on "Charlotte Race Week 2007."

* Getting ready for Talladega: Before heading to Kansas to run in this Saturday's Yellow Transportation 300, Clauson and crew chief Brad Parrott stopped by Talladega Superspeedway Tuesday to participate in the ARCA RE/MAX Series test session. Clauson is scheduled to make his sixth and final run of the 2007 season in ARCA competition Saturday, October 5, at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in the No. 40 Memorex Dodge. In just five career ARCA starts, Clauson has collected one win and four top-five finishes. His most recent ARCA run concluded in Victory Lane at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., this past August.

* Standings Update: The No. 41 Memorex team is still 16th in the overall NBS owner ranks, with a current tally of 2,989. The team is 57 points away from the 15th spot and 132 points out of the top 10.

* Chassis: Parrott and his No. 41 Memorex crew are bringing chassis #654 to Kansas this weekend. It is the same car the team raced with Sorenson last Saturday at Dover International Speedway, where Sorenson and team turned a sixth-place start into a fifth-place finish. Before that, Sorenson and team scored an 11th-place start and finish in early September at California Speedway. The same car was entered in a total of six NBS races in 2006. The most memorable run was at Chicagoland in July when Casey Mears drove the chassis to his first NASCAR victory. Juan Pablo Montoya also raced the same chassis to a 14th-place finish in the last Busch race of the 2006 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Altogether, chassis #654 collected one win, three top-five and five top-15 finishes last year.

* When to Watch: The NBS Yellow Transportation 300 is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, September 29. It will broadcast live on ESPN2 and MRN radio. Qualifying for the 200-lap competition is scheduled to start at 11:05 p.m. ET Saturday and will broadcast live on SPEED (TV).

A.J. Allmendinger and the No. 42 Memorex Dodge Team Facts:

* Chassis: Crew chief Brian Pattie and team are racing chassis #756 this weekend at Kansas Speedway. It is a new race car that has only been entered in one other race this year at Kentucky Speedway in June when David Stremme and team raced their way from 27th-place starting position to a fourth-place finish.

* Their reputation precedes them at Kansas: Pattie and his crew have had two previous strong runs at Kansas Speedway. In 2005 and 2006, with Reed Sorenson behind the wheel, Pattie and crew have scored solid top-10 finishes. In 2005, the team lined up 20th and then worked their way up to sixth place to score a top 10. Then, last September the team put for a top-10 effort all around. First, they scored a fourth-place starting position and then went on to maintain an average running position of seventh place to call it a day just the same, in seventh place.

* Standings Update: The No. 42 dropped one position, to 20th, in the NBS owner standings this past weekend at Dover. The team is just 154 away from the top 15.

-credit: cgr

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