* Kyle Busch's Kentucky winnings third-largest in series history * Biffle attempts milestone start at Milwaukee Busch gets big Kentucky payout ... The $99,405 Kyle Busch (No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet) received for winning the June 19 NASCAR Busch...
* Kyle Busch's Kentucky winnings third-largest in series history
* Biffle attempts milestone start at Milwaukee
Busch gets big Kentucky payout ... The $99,405 Kyle Busch (No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet) received for winning the June 19 NASCAR Busch Series race at Kentucky Speedway was the third-largest victor's payout in the history of the series. Jeff Gordon rang up $113,844 after winning at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October 1992, while Jeff Green collected $100,020 for his 2001 victory at Kansas Speedway. Additionally, the total posted awards for the July 24 New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway have surpassed the $1 million mark for the first time in the history of the event.
Biffle reaches century mark in series starts ... Greg Biffle (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford) won the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series championship, to go along with his 14 career wins, 11 Busch Poles, 45 top-five and 59 top-10 finishes. That's a lot to accomplish over the course of a career, and Biffle has done it in just 99 races. Saturday at The Milwaukee Mile, Biffle will attempt his 100th NASCAR Busch Series start. "I just found out this past weekend that I'd be making my 100th start in the NASCAR Busch Series, and that's pretty cool," Biffle says. "I'm very fortunate to reach this point in my career, and I've only been able to do it with the backings of good teams and sponsors. I owe Jack Roush and the entire Roush Racing organization a great deal of gratitude for taking a chance on me in 1998. And I have to thank the many sponsors that I've had the opportunity to meet and work with. Without all of them, none of what I've accomplished would've been possible. We've done some great things together over the years, and it's certainly been a fun ride."
Chevrolet builds on lead in manufacturers' standings ... Chevrolet has built a fairly comfortable lead in the Bill France Performance Cup standings for manufacturers in the NASCAR Busch Series. Chevrolet has 11 wins and 127 points following the win by Kyle Busch (No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet) last Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, to 94 points and four wins for Ford. Dodge is in third place with 70 points and one win, while Pontiac remains in fourth, with 61 points. The standings are determined by a scoring system in which the highest-finishing manufacturer receives nine points, the second-highest gets six, third-highest receives four and fourth-highest receives three.
Truex's team claims Nazareth McDonald's POWERade title ... The Chance 2 Motorsports crew of Martin Truex Jr. (No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet) won the McDonald's POWERade Drive-Thru Pit Crew of the Race Award for the Meijer 300 presented by Oreo at Kentucky Speedway. The Haas CNC Racing crew of Jason Leffler (No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet) leads the Brewco Motorsports crew of David Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac) by just nine points in the season standings.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Greg Biffle leads all drivers with two NASCAR Busch Series wins at Milwaukee. ... The four top-five and six top-10 finishes scored by Jason Keller (No. 22 Miller High Life Ford) at Milwaukee are the most of any other driver. Keller also won last year at the facility. ... Casey Atwood (No. 14 U.S. Navy Chevrolet) became the youngest winner in the history of the NASCAR Busch Series when he won from the pole on July 4, 1999. Atwood was 18 years, 10 months old at the time. ... David Stremme (No. 32 TrimSpa Dodge) finished a career-high third last year at Milwaukee. Stremme has two other third-place efforts, at Nashville Superspeedway last year and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this season.
"It reminds me so much of a big Saugus (Calif.) Speedway, where I started my racing career. I have always respected all the history of The Milwaukee Mile. I just think of all the greats that have raced and won there. The track means so much to American auto racing. I think I have always felt if you can win on The Milwaukee Mile, you can win anywhere." -- Ron Hornaday (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet), who has five NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and four NASCAR Busch Series' starts at The Milwaukee Mile. He has never finished outside the top 10 in those nine combined starts, a streak which includes a 1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory.
"It's so cool to have the race track right in the middle of the city and see how the community supports it year after year. I can remember my first ASA race there back in the mid-1980's with the who's who of stock car racing. That was before anyone knew who Matt Kenseth was... I made the race driving our family-owned car and was honored to race with guys like Alan Kulwicki, Dick Trickle, Butch Lindley, Jim Sauter and Bobby Allison. Wow, what an experience that was...it's something I will always remember." -- David Green on racing in Milwuakee.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Dick Trickle started from the pole and Alan Kulwicki led twice for a total of 43 of 200 laps on May 13, 1984 at The Milwaukee Mile. Sam Ard, however, wrestled the lead away from Kulwicki on lap 117 and led the rest of the way to capture his fourth win of the season, and his second in as many races. Ard extended his win streak to three the next week, at Dover International Speedway.
What: Alan Kulwicki 250 presented by Forest County Potawatomi Racing (Race No. 17 of 34 in the NASCAR Busch Series).
Where: The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis.
When: 9:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday, June 26.
Track layout: 1-mile paved oval.
Race length: 250 miles/250 laps.
TV: FX, 9 p.m. (ET).
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
Pre-race schedule (all times local): Saturday -- Practice, Noon-1 p.m.; Practice, 2-2:45 p.m.; Qualifying, 5 p.m.