NEWS OF NOTE * NetZero to sponsor Pikes Peak race... . NetZero, a leading value-priced Internet service provider and primary car sponsor of driver Jack Sprague (No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet), has become the title sponsor for the NASCAR Busch Series...
NEWS OF NOTE
* NetZero to sponsor Pikes Peak race... . NetZero, a leading value-priced Internet service provider and primary car sponsor of driver Jack Sprague (No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet), has become the title sponsor for the NASCAR Busch Series race set for July 27 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. The event will be known as the NetZero 250. "The sponsorship of the NetZero 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway is just another way to enhance our NASCAR Busch Series marketing and sponsorship initiatives," said Brian Woods, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for NetZero. "We've had great success with Jack on the track winning the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship last season and winning a race and leading the points in the Busch Series this year. Events like the NetZero 250 at PPIR allow us to connect with NASCAR fans everywhere."
* Sorry, no seconds... In the 11-year history of NASCAR Busch Series races at The Milwaukee Mile, there has not been a multiple winner of any kind. No driver has earned more than one career win or pole, and no owner has visited Victory Circle twice.
* Road to the championship goes through West Allis.... Six of the 11 winners at The Milwaukee Mile, including three of the last five, went on to capture the NASCAR Busch Series championship that same season. Those who are accomplished the feat were Sam Ard (1984), Jack Ingram (1985), Steve Grissom (1993), Randy LaJoie (1997), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998) and Jeff Green (2000).
* Etc... There have been 10 different winners in this season's 16 NASCAR Busch Series events. Jason Keller (No. 57 Albertsons Ford) leads the series with four wins. Eight different drivers have won Bud Pole Awards, with Jeff Green (No. 21 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet) pacing the series with three... It is a double-header weekend with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series joining the NASCAR Busch Series and it will be double duty for Stacy Compton (No. 59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet). Compton will compete Saturday in the No. 17 Dodge truck and then Sunday in his No. 59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet... There are 50 entries for the GNC Live Well 250.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
* The place to be in the last four races at The Mile has been the front row as the race winner has Dale Earnhardt Jr. won from the outside pole in 1998, Casey Atwood and Jeff Green won from the pole in 1999 and 2000, respectively, and Greg Biffle won from the second starting position last year. But don't be fooled that one needs to start up front to win. From 1993-97, the winner started 10th or deeper, including as far back as 32nd (Buckshot Jones, 1996).
* Greg Biffle (No. 60 Grainger Ford), with his win last season, became the first rookie to win a race in The Mile's 11-year NASCAR Busch Series history. Biffle, however, enjoyed some prior experience and success at The Mile courtesy of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, where he had three top-five finishes from 1998-2000, including a victory in' 99.
WHAT'S THE WORD?
* "I've never had a bad start or finish there, at least in the truck series we were always pretty close to a win. I don't know how we'll be in a Busch car, but I doubt we'll be too bad considering how things have been getting better and better every week. I'd really like to pull off a good finish and gain some points." - NASCAR Busch Series points leader Jack Sprague (No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet), who also competed at The Milwaukee Mile in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, which included a win in 1996.
* "I would like to think that our bad luck is behind us and you will see a very different second half of the season. We are totally committed and ready to race. We can't wait to get to Milwaukee." - Ricky Hendrick (No. 5 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet), who is coming off a season-best eighth-place finish at Kentucky.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
* Sam Ard won the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series event at The Milwaukee Mile in 1984 en route to his second consecutive series title. Ard outdueled quite a group that followed him in the top five that day: Alan Kulwicki (2nd), Dick Trickle (3rd), Bobby Allison (4th) and Davey Allison (5th). Milwaukee was one of eight wins that season for Ard, who ran the No. 00 Oldsmobile for owner Howard Thomas.