BUSCH: Nashville II: News of Note

NEWS OF NOTE * Marlin sighting... Steadman Marlin (No. 95 Keystone/Shoney's Inn Ford), son of NASCAR Winston Cup Series point leader Sterling Marlin, is entered in Saturday's race. Marlin has made three starts this season with his best finish ...

NEWS OF NOTE

* Marlin sighting... Steadman Marlin (No. 95 Keystone/Shoney's Inn Ford), son of NASCAR Winston Cup Series point leader Sterling Marlin, is entered in Saturday's race. Marlin has made three starts this season with his best finish being 24th at Daytona. He competed in the NASCAR Busch Series event in April at Nashville, starting a season-best 28th and finishing 27th.

* Etc... Rising NASCAR Winston Cup star Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DeWalt Power Tools Ford) will increase his participation in the NASCAR Busch Series next season. Kenseth is scheduled to run a 15-race program for Reiser Enterprises with Bayer Consumer Care as the primary sponsor. Kenseth, who excelled in the NASCAR Busch Series as a regular competitor from 1997-99, is currently running a partial program this season in the NASCAR Busch Series with Reiser. He has made four starts in the first 14 events, with a season-best finish of third at Daytona... NASCAR Busch Series regular Tony Raines (No. 33 Bayer Chevrolet) made his NASCAR Winston Cup career debut with BACE Motorsports last week at Dover. Raines qualified 17th and finished 31st... Kevin Grubb (No. 54 Toys' R Us Chevrolet) heads into Nashville on a run of four consecutive top-10 finishes.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

* Nashville Superspeedway has a short history - just two races - but it has catered to drivers searching for their first career NASCAR Busch Series win. Greg Biffle (No. 60 Grainger Ford) notched his first career victory in the inaugural 2001 event at the venue and Scott Riggs (No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford) captured his first career win in the Pepsi 300 held April 13.

* Scott Wimmer (No. 23 Bill Davis Pontiac) has a pair of top-four finishes in two starts at Nashville. He finished third in last year's inaugural event and fourth in this season's race.

* Jason Keller (No. 57 Albertsons Ford) has two top-five finishes in his two appearances. He finished runner-up last year and fifth in the April event. He also led a race-high 100 laps in April.

* Randy LaJoie (No. 7 Kleenex/Nortel Networks Chevrolet) has a pair of top-six finishes in two starts. He finished fourth last year and sixth this season.

WHAT'S THE WORD?

* "You can't really compare the old Nashville track with the new one. With almost three quarters of a mile difference between them, the only similarity is the name. I wish the two tracks were more alike because I had my best Busch Series finish (5th) at the other track. Maybe we'll get a little luck from the old track this time around. I really like the speedways and you can be sure we will be ready to race on Saturday night." - Ricky Hendrick (No. 5 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet) referring to Nashville Speedway USA, the former track the NASCAR Busch Series competed on in this city.

* "The lights definitely add excitement to the races. It's kind of like visiting the Las Vegas Strip at night compared to the daytime hours. The lights just add to the whole experience." - Casey Mears (No. 66 Phillips 66 Dodge) on running Saturday's race under the lights.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

* The NASCAR Busch Series used to compete at the Nashville Speedway USA short track (1984,' 88-89,' 95-2000), but moved to the brand-new Nashville Superspeedway facility last year. The first NASCAR Busch Series event was held April 14, 2001 and won by Greg Biffle.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jason Keller , Greg Biffle , Sterling Marlin , Casey Mears , Tony Raines , Ricky Hendrick , Kevin Grubb , Scott Riggs , Scott Wimmer , Steadman Marlin