MILWAUKEE MILE NASCAR WEEKEND NUGGETS MARTIN TRUEX, RON HORNADAY, JOHNNY SAUTER DOING DOUBLE DUTY Three powerhouse NASCAR drivers to race in both Friday and Saturday night's races Martin Truex, the reigning NASCAR Busch Series champion,...
MILWAUKEE MILE NASCAR WEEKEND NUGGETS
MARTIN TRUEX, RON HORNADAY, JOHNNY SAUTER DOING DOUBLE DUTY
Three powerhouse NASCAR drivers to race in both Friday and Saturday night's races
Martin Truex, the reigning NASCAR Busch Series champion, will make his Truck Series debut in the Friday night, June 24 Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 at The Milwaukee Mile. He will be driving the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports entry, led by the team's crew chief, Green Bay, WI native Ritchie Wauters. Truex, currently second in NASCAR Busch Series standings, will drive the familiar #8 Dale Earnhardt, Inc Chevy in the Saturday night, June 25th SBC 250.
Ron Hornaday knows how to get around The Milwaukee Mile, as he's raced in 5 Truck Series and 5 Busch Series events, winning once in each division and finishing no worse than 10th in the 10 races. This will be the first time, however, that the two-time Truck Series champ will be racing in BOTH Truck and Busch events in the same Milwaukee Mile weekend. Friday night, Hornaday climbs into Kevin Harvick's #6 Truck, and Saturday night will drive the Braun Racing #32 Busch Series entry. Hornaday is the defending SBC 250 Busch race winner.
Home-state favorite Johnny Sauter of Necedah will drive his own truck in Friday night's Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200, his 6th career series start. One year ago, Jim Sauter, Johnny's father, drove the same #43 truck to a 13th place finish at The 'Mile. Now full-time in the NASCAR Busch Series driving for owner James Finch in the #1 Phoenix Racing racecar, Johnny will gain valuable track time in preparation for Saturday night's SBC 250 race. Crew chief Joe Shear, Jr. is expected to be atop Sauter's pit box both nights.
BILL ELLIOTT RACING RUSTY'S MILLER HIGH LIFE DODGE IN SBC 250
1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Bill Elliott will be racing in the Saturday night SBC 250 Busch Series race, in a special white and red Miller High Life car. The team is owned by 5-time Milwaukee stock car winner Rusty Wallace, a NASCAR legend now fielding the #64 car in the Busch Series full-time in 2005. Elliott started 15th and finished 23rd in Nashville, TN in his team debut June 12. "Awesome Bill" tested at The Milwaukee Mile Monday and Tuesday of this week (June 13 & 14), and will be ready for what is the second of three planned Busch Series starts for Rusty Wallace, Inc.
NEXTEL CUP STAR CARL EDWARDS RACING IN THE SBC 250
Amazingly, NASCAR star Carl Edwards is competing in two of NASCAR's top divisions, and is currently fourth in points standings in both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series AND the NASCAR Busch Series! To date, Edwards has done a celebratory back-flip nine times in NASCAR competition, most recently in the Pocono, PA NEXTEL Cup race June 12. The Missouri native will do a long-distance double of his own, as he'll fly to Milwaukee after qualifying his NEXTEL Cup car in Sonoma, CA to race Saturday night in the SBC 250 in his Roush Racing #60 Busch Series entry, then immediately fly back to California for Sunday's 'Cup race.
WISCONSIN GOVERNOR JIM DOYLE GRAND MARSHAL OF SBC 250 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RACE
The Milwaukee Mile is pleased to announce Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle as the SBC 250 Grand Marshal on Saturday night, June 25. Among his duties at the track, Doyle will address the crowd before the race and give the famous command "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!" The Milwaukee Mile is located on the Wisconsin State Fair Park grounds.
GRAND NATIONAL VINTAGE RACING FIRING UP ON FRIDAY
Norm Nelson's Superbird, David Pearson's Torino Cobra, Junior Johnson's Ford Galaxy and Ned Jarrett's Ford Starliner are among the stock cars that will roar around The 'Mile on Friday afternoon. The Grand National Vintage Racing group has painstakingly recreated the look and sound of an expected group of 25 vintage stock cars. Practice starts at 2:30pm, with the "Paulie's Pub 25 In Memory of Norm Nelson" feature race set for a 4:00pm start.
This will be the second straight year the GNVR boys will compete on NASCAR weekend at The 'Mile.
TRACE ADKINS & TRACY LAWRENCE IN CONCERT - COUNTRY STARS AND RACE TRUCKS COMBO
Thursday night, June 23rd, The Milwaukee Mile grandstands will be concert central for red-hot Trace Adkins and megastar Tracy Lawrence, as they'll both perform live in concert. A special "Country Speedweek" concert -- Truck race combination ticket is available through The Milwaukee Mile ticket office by calling (414) 453-8277.
Combo tickets include either a general admission concert or reserved concert ticket AND a reserved seat Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 Truck Series race ticket, specially-priced at $35 and $50, respectively.
Concert-only tickets are $15 for general admission, $35 for on-track reserved seating (while they last). Concert tickets can be purchased through www.milwaukeemile.com and www.tickets.com.
ONE DAY FORMATS FOR BOTH TRUCK AND BUSCH SERIES
For the second straight year, each NASCAR division will be practicing, qualifying and racing all in the same day. The green flag flies on Friday night's Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at 8:00 p.m., with the same race start time for the SBC 250 NASCAR Busch Series main event Saturday night.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors practice between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Grand National Vintage , two-lap qualification laps start 5:30 p.m., with pre-race activities beginning at 6:45 p.m. for the Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 takes the green flag at 8:00pm CST.
Similarly, the NASCAR Busch Series teams hit the track for practice from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., qualify at 5:05 p.m., with pre-race activities starting at 7:15 p.m. before the 8:00 p.m. SBC 250 green flag.
ON EVE OF HIS STATE-WIDE HARLEY-DAVIDSON TOUR, MILWAUKEE CO. EXEC. SCOTT WALKER PARTICIPATING IN FRIDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker will take a 6-day ride throughout Wisconsin beginning June 25. His annual "Executive's Ride" will promote Milwaukee County attractions including The Milwaukee Mile. On Friday night, June 24, Walker will take-in the Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Walker will participate in pre-race activities and will be in Victory Circle to congratulate the race winner.