NASCAR Busch Series drivers anxious to meet NASCAR NEXTEL Cup counterparts at Michigan DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 18, 2004) -- Martin Truex Jr. versus Mark Martin. Kyle Busch against Rusty Wallace. David Green head-to-head with ...
NASCAR Busch Series drivers anxious to meet NASCAR NEXTEL Cup counterparts at Michigan
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 18, 2004) -- Martin Truex Jr. versus Mark Martin. Kyle Busch against Rusty Wallace. David Green head-to-head with Kevin Harvick.
This lineup isn't part of a video game starting grid. To the contrary, each driver is entered in Saturday's Cabela's 250 at Michigan International Speedway, where past history and present accomplishments in the NASCAR Busch Series will come together in real time -- where the current crop of NASCAR Busch Series drivers is relishing the opportunity.
Martin (No. 9 Pennzoil/Batman Ford), the all-time leader in series wins (45) returns for the first time since 2000. Wallace (No. 66 Duraflame Dodge) is entered for the first time since 1997. In fact, this will be the first NASCAR Busch Series meeting between Martin and Wallace since the fall of 1989. Harvick (No. 21 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Chevrolet) is the defending race champion; he is one of 13 fulltime NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers entered, including four who have posted eight wins in this race.
Truex (No. 8 Kentucky Fried Chicken Chevrolet), the NASCAR Busch Series points leader, Busch (No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet -- second place) and Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac -- fifth place) are carving their own slots in series history. In addition to battling for the 2004 championship, Truex and Busch are tied with Greg Biffle (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford -- fourth in points) for most wins this season (four). Green is one of six former series champions in the field. Busch is attempting to become the first rookie to win a NASCAR Busch Series championship.
NASCAR Busch Series regulars have accounted for 16 of this season's 22 wins. Not one of this year's series regulars entered in Saturday's event, however, has claimed victory in the previous 12 races at MIS.
Truex, for one, is well aware of the number of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup stars lurking on Saturday, but won't allow their presence to overwhelm him or his efforts to capture a win and build upon his 117-point lead over Busch. Quite the opposite; Truex has a "bring it on" mentality.
"I don't think about it (racing against the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competitors) throughout the weekend, not really until the race is over," Truex said. "I love it when the Cup regulars come and race with us. If you win, you know you and your team beat the best."