BUSCH: Milwaukee: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Scott Lagasse Jr. and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts: * Lagasse Jr. Takes the Wheel at Milwaukee: After helping David Stremme and the No. 41 Wrigley's Winterfresh team prepare to go racing throughout the last two...

Scott Lagasse Jr. and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts:

* Lagasse Jr. Takes the Wheel at Milwaukee: After helping David Stremme and the No. 41 Wrigley's Winterfresh team prepare to go racing throughout the last two weeks at Nashville Superspeedway and Kentucky Speedway, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) development driver Scott Lagasse Jr. will not only shake down the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge this weekend at The Milwaukee Mile but he will also pilot the CGRFS Dodge in Saturday night's race. It will mark Lagasse's first NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) start of the year, but it won't be Lagasse's first run at Milwaukee. The St. Augustine, Fla., native raced at the 1-mile oval in June 2005 for Fitz Racing (started 28th, finished 22nd). Lagasse officially became part of the CGRFS development driver program in 2005, after graduating from Flagler College with a bachelor's degree in business/finance. One of the biggest highlights in Lagasse's racing career was this past April when he scored his career-first win and consecutive top-five finishes in the ARCA/REMAX Series. First, he won the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand at Kansas Speedway in late April, and then went on to score a fourth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in May. To learn more about Lagasse, go to www.scottlagasse.com.

* Motor Whirled?: The Wrigley's Racing Team just released "Motor Whirled," an online video that gives race fans an inside look at drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, David Stremme, Reed Sorenson and Kasey Kahne. Hosted by Dick Casper, a guy who isn't quite on the up and up when it comes to racing, the drivers participate in an off-the-wall question and answer session that covers everything from "boxers or briefs" to "who's a better date: Sorenson or Stremme."

* Chassis: Crew chief Brian Pattie and the Wrigley's Juicy Fruit team are bringing chassis #452 to Milwaukee this weekend. The car proved to be the team's best chassis last season. With a total of six starts in 2006, the car tallied four top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes. The same chassis played a key part in the team's high point of 2006 when Reed Sorenson drove the car to two fourth-place finishes back-to-back in July at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Gateway International in St. Louis, Mo. Sorenson went on to record a second-place finish in early August at the O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Ind., as well.

* Please Step Forward, 41 Crew: After scoring their second top five of the season in last Saturday's Busch race at Kentucky Speedway, the No. 41 team took two steps forward in the NBS points standings. The CGRFS Busch team is now listed 25th, just 115 points away from the top 15.

* Clauson has Eventful Birthday Weekend: After turning 18 Friday, which made it officially legal for the teenager to go NASCAR racing later this year, Bryan Clauson headed to the O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) in Clermont, Ind., to win the 30-lap Toyota USAC Racing Classic National Midget race Saturday. He also finished third in the USAC Sprint car race that same day at ORP. Up next for the 18-year-old racer is an ASA South competition at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway Saturday, June 23.

* Bacon Update: CGRFS development driver Brady Bacon just scored a runner-up finish at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway in the USAC National Sprint car race last Thursday, June 14, and then finished 16th in the same Toyota USAC Racing Classic National USAC Midget race Clauson won Saturday, June 16, at ORP. Bacon also finished 21st in the USAC Sprint Car race that same day at the Indiana short track. Up next up for Bacon are the USAC National Midget car races at Knoxville (Tenn.) Raceway Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23.

Kevin Hamlin and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch Series Dodge Team Facts:

* Happy Birthday, Hamlin: This weekend Kevin Hamlin, driver of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge, will be celebrating his 28th birthday Friday, June 22. Hamlin, a native of Snohomish, Wash., grew up spending many weekends watching his mom and dad compete before taking a stab at racing himself when he was at the tender age of three, racing three-wheelers on an indoor oval short track near his hometown.

* Make That Two to Debut at Milwaukee: Hamlin will not be making his Milwaukee Mile debut alone this weekend, as it will also be the first run at the 1-mile Wisconsin track for his No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch team.

* Chassis: Crew chief Brad Parrott and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team are taking chassis #454 to The Milwaukee Mile this weekend. The car was last used at Richmond, leaving Juan Pablo Montoya and team with an 11th-place finish. Milwaukee will be the first time Hamlin will drive the #454 chassis this year.

* NBS Points Update: After Kentucky's Meijer 300, the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team is in the 13th spot of the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) owner points. The Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Dodge is just 45 points away from the top 10.

* Next Up for Hamlin: After competing in the NBS this weekend at The Milwaukee Mile, Hamlin will go NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) racing for Bobby Hamilton Racing in the No. 4 Dodge at the Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park June 30, and then he will return to Kentucky Speedway July 14 to go truck racing there, too. Hamlin will get back in the No. 42 Busch car July 21 to compete in the NBS 250 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing