* Kentucky Known For Jump-Starting Careers * Montreal Testing Warms Up Canada * In The Loop: Wallace On A Roll Competitive Balance The Norm At Kentucky Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 12, 2007) -- The only sure thing when the NASCAR Busch...
* Kentucky Known For Jump-Starting Careers
* Montreal Testing Warms Up Canada
* In The Loop: Wallace On A Roll
Competitive Balance The Norm At Kentucky Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 12, 2007) -- The only sure thing when the NASCAR Busch Series comes to Kentucky Speedway is that you'll be unsure about predicting a winner -- or a Busch Pole winner for that matter.
In the series' first six events at Kentucky Speedway, there has never been a repeat winner or polesitter. Also, only once has a driver won from the pole and that was Carl Edwards (No. 60 Scotts Ford) -- the current series points leader -- in 2005.
Kentucky is a 1.5-mile oval that always seems to turn up a new talent looking to advance to NASCAR's premier series: NASCARE NEXTEL Cup. Example: David Gilliland, who turned up in 2006 with an upset Kentucky win and now finds himself driving for Robert Yates Racing.
Another series regular, Bobby Hamilton Jr. (No. 35 McDonalds Ford), grabbed his first win of 2003 at Kentucky en route to his best overall season as he finished fourth in the final series standings. Kyle Busch in 2004 racked up five wins, one at Kentucky, and went on to finish as the series runner-up. In both drivers' cases, they moved to NASCAR NEXTEL Cup the following year.
NASCAR Busch Series Tests In Montreal
Two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Terry Labonte -- who also has 11 NASCAR Busch Series wins, four of those at the Watkins Glen International road course -- is participating in a one-day test at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal today (June 12).
Labonte will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet of Richard Childress Racing and similar to Jeff Burton's test in Mexico City three years ago, also in RCR equipment, will be on point for information to be shared among all teams participating in the Aug. 4 event. Labonte, like Burton, was an appropriate choice, since he's not running in the event.
The test consisted of two sessions at the 2.709-mile road course located on a man-made island on the St. Lawrence River.
In The Loop: Wallace On A Roll
A snowball effect may be in the works for Steve Wallace (No. 66 HomeLife Community Dodge).
Wallace won the Busch Pole last week in Nashville and scored his best finish of the year -- 12th. This weekend, Wallace returns to the site of his best career NASCAR Busch Series victory -- Kentucky Speedway. A string of success seems possible, if not likely.
Wallace finished 11th at Kentucky last year, and Kentucky has a history of making careers (see David Gilliland, 2006). That could happen for the 19-year-old this weekend, as he racked up impressive numbers last year at this race.
Last year, Wallace had a Driver Rating of 99.1 (ninth-best) and an Average Running Position of 9.235 (sixth-best). He also had 30 Quality Passes -- passes of cars in the top 15 under green -- which was tied for the four-highest number and just three off Kevin Harvick's total of 33.
NASCAR Busch Series standings leader Carl Edwards, who his coming off his fourth win of the season, will attempt to become the first repeat winner at Kentucky this weekend. Edwards has had a love-hate relationship with Kentucky over the past two years -- he's won and finished 36th in his past two visits.
In his 2005 win, though, Edwards dominated. He scored a perfect Driver Rating of 150.0, had a Average Running Position of 2.055, ran the fastest lap 75 times and led 150 of 200 laps, a series-best Driver Rating of 128.4 and an Average Running Position of 4.434.
J.J. Yeley is another double-duty driver who will run both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race in Michigan and the Busch Series race at Kentucky. If past history is any indication, the trip to Kentucky could be a worthwhile trek. In two Kentucky races, Yeley has an average Driver Rating of 117.6 (which is best of any driver who has ran each of the last two races there), an Average Running Position of 6.380 and 28 Fastest Laps Run.