* Keller eyes $10 million in series earnings * Fifth 2005 win for Dodge is most for manufacturer in series history NEWS & NOTES Keller looks to stretch earnings record at Michigan ... Jason Keller (No. 35 McDonald's Ford), who stands 11th...
* Keller eyes $10 million in series earnings
* Fifth 2005 win for Dodge is most for manufacturer in series history
NEWS & NOTES
Keller looks to stretch earnings record at Michigan ... Jason Keller (No. 35 McDonald's Ford), who stands 11th in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings, looks to bypass the $10-million mark in series winnings this weekend at Michigan. Keller is the all-time series money-winner with $9,980,280, needing $19,720 to hit the mark. He is third all-time in career series starts with 381, and holds the current record for most active races competed at 260. He will attempt to make his 12th series start at Michigan, which would be more than any other driver. "I am still a relatively young guy (35), so I hope to stick around and compete for many more years and be the first to make it to $20 million in the series," KelIer said. "I love the NASCAR Busch Series and I have really enjoyed being a part of its growth with drivers like David Green (No. 27 Kleenex Ford) and Randy LaJoie (No. 34 Dollar General Chevrolet). All three of us remember what it was like 10-15 years ago and we can sit back and talk about the job NASCAR has done in growing the series and giving us a top-notch place to compete. I have to also give a lot of credit to my friends at Anhueser-Busch for their support of the series."
Dodge claims fifth win of year at Watkins Glen; most in four-year series history ... Ryan Newman's win last week was a historic one for Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series' return to Watkins Glen following a four-year absence. The win was the fifth this season for Dodge, marking the most victories for the manufacturer in one season in its four years of NASCAR Busch Series competition. Last year, Dodge posted four wins. Chevrolet continues to lead the Bill France Performance Cup standings with 11 wins and 167 points. Ford is second with eight wins and 154 points, but Dodge is back in the hunt with five victories and 135 points. Chevrolet leads the way with nine series wins at Michigan -- including the last three races in succession -- while Ford has claimed the other four victories there. Dodge is seeking its first NASCAR Busch Series win at Michigan, and Newman is entered in the event.
Waltrip delivers off the track ... Michael Waltrip (No. 99 Domino's Pizza Chevrolet) will be part of a group that will make a special delivery to a Domino's Pizza customer in the Ann Arbor Mich., area on Wednesday. Waltrip, Domino's Pizza Chairman and CEO David A. Brandon and Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton will prepare a pizza, then deliver the pie to a customer in a replica of Waltrip's race car. Ann Arbor Domino's customers who place an order between 10:30 -- 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday are eligible to have the trio deliver their order. Waltrip, Brandon and Shelton will prepare the pizza in the Domino's Pizza Theatre at 30 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, Ann Arbor, at 11:00 a.m. following the unveiling of Waltrip's car and the trophy for the NASCAR Busch Series Domino's Pizza 250. Delivery is scheduled to take place at 11:20 a.m. Media are invited to attend the event, through the surprise delivery. Contact Jessica Jackson at (412) 456-3712 or Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Four former winners at Michigan will attempt to join Mark Martin and Todd Bodine as the only other two-time victors at the track -- Bobby Labonte (No. 19 Eckrich Chevrolet -- '94), Ryan Newman (No. 39 Alltel Dodge -- 2001), Michael Waltrip (No. 99 Domino's Pizza Chevrolet -- '02) and Kevin Harvick (No. 21 Reese's Chevrolet -- '03). Newman's win was his first in the series. ... No driver has won more than one Busch Pole at Michigan, but three former pole winners -- Bill Elliott (No. 6 Lawry's Dodge -- '93), Dale Jarrett (No. 90 Citifinancial Ford -- '95) and Kasey Kahne (No. 38 Great Clips Dodge -- 2004) -- are entered in Saturday's event. The pole was the first in the NASCAR Busch Series for Kahne. ... Labonte's three top-fives at Michigan are tied for third all-time while Waltrip's six top-10 finishes are tied for second in track history. ... Newman's 119 laps led are the most by a race winner. Jarrett has led 93 laps in five previous NASCAR Busch Series races at Michigan. ... Labonte's 7.0 average finish is second only to Martin's 4.1.
Greg Biffle (No. 66 Duraflame Ford), the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series champion, has two victories in both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (1999-2000) and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (2004-05) at Michigan, but has only one top 10 in four NASCAR Busch Series races at the track. ... J.J. Porter has been promoted to Team Manager for Keith Coleman Racing. ... Jim Long, crew chief for the No. 5 Lowe's / Sta-Green Chevrolet that will be driven by Kyle Krisiloff this weekend, is one of four Hendrick Motorsports team members who are Michigan natives; Long hails from Lambertsville. ... Kasey Kahne could be considered a favorite this weekend. In three NASCAR Busch Series starts, he has recorded one pole, two top-five and three top-10 finishes. He also holds the series qualifying record, turning a lap of 186.490 mph in 2003. ... Justin Labonte (No. 44 U.S. Coast Guard Chevrolet) will attempt to post a better finish than his uncle Bobby at Michigan. In two previous NASCAR Busch Series meetings between the two this year, Bobby has the upper hand in both, finishing sixth at Lowe's Motorspeedway and 16th at Chicago to Justin's 22nd and 41st places in those events, respectively. ... Kevin Hamlin will drive the No. 4 GEICO Dodge for Biagi Bros. Racing at Michigan. He has competed in three other races for the team this year, with his best finish (17th) in his debut at Pikes Peak. ... The Marlin family would like to express its sincere thanks and appreciation for the many thoughts and prayers during its time of loss. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Clifton "Coo-Coo" Marlin's name to the American Lung Association. Sterling Marlin will drive the No. 40 Monaco Coach Dodge at Michigan.
"Nothing replaces the real thing of being on the track, but it does help you become familiar with a speedway before you get there." -- Regan Smith (No. 58 Glynn Motorsports Dodge) on using a video game to prepare for his first series appearance at Michigan.
"This may be my first NASCAR Busch Series race at Michigan, but I'm certainly no stranger to that track. I've got two top-10 finishes there in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and my family's race team holds the record there with 11 wins." -- Jon Wood (No. 47 Clorox/Wisk Ford). FROM THE ARCHIVES Shawna Robinson set two standards in the first NASCAR Busch Series race held at Michigan International Speedway on August 15, 1992. One remains today.
A series rookie that season, Robinson drove her Polaroid-sponsored Oldsmobile to an 11th-place finish in the Detroit Gasket 200, still the best finish for a female driver in any of the previous 13 events at the track. She bested the other rookie in the field, Ricky Craven, by two positions.
Robinson's effort remained for two years as the best among rookie drivers in the race until Dennis Setzer's sixth-place finish in 1994. It would be three more years -- 1997 -- before rookie Steve Park would better both Setzer and Robinson's results at Michigan with a victory.
ON DECK: BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
The NASCAR Busch Series makes its anticipated return to Bristol Motor Speedway next Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET for the Food City 250. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is entered in the event, is the defending race and pole winner. He outlasted Matt Kenseth in a green-white-checkered finish for his first career NASCAR win at Bristol.
Martin Truex Jr., who would go on to win the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series championship, claimed his first career series win in the spring race at Bristol last year, garnering a season sweep for NASCAR Busch Series owner Earnhardt Jr. and his Chance 2 Motorsports driver, Truex Jr.
What: Domino's Pizza 250 (Race No. 25 of 35 in the NASCAR Busch Series).
Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.
When: 3:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, Aug. 20
Track Layout: 2-mile oval.
Race Length: 250 miles/125 laps.
Posted Awards: $1,125,988.
TV: TNT, 3:00 p.m. ET.
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
2004 Winner: Kyle Busch.
2004 Polesitter: None (weather).
NASCAR Busch Series Top 10: 1. Martin Truex Jr. 3,441. 2. Clint Bowyer 3,319. 3. Reed Sorenson 3,222. 4. Carl Edwards 3,085. 5. Kenny Wallace 2,969. 6. Denny Hamlin 2,911. 7. David Green 2,726. 8. David Stremme 2,705. 9. Paul Menard 2,697. 10. Ashton Lewis Jr. 2,643.
Pre-race schedule (all times local): Fri., Aug. 19: Practice -- Noon -- 1:10 p.m..; 2:50 -- 3:50 p.m. Sat., Aug. 13: Qualifying -- 10:00 a.m. Impound on pit road after qualifying.