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Five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers to race in Music City Kyle Busch hopes to add to guitar collection NEWS & NOTES * NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers coming to Nashville ... While most of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will have...

Five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers to race in Music City
Kyle Busch hopes to add to guitar collection


* NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers coming to Nashville ... While most of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will have Easter weekend off, five full-time drivers from the series will be busy racing in Nashville -- Johnny Sauter, Kasey Kahne (No. 38 Great Clips Dodge), Greg Biffle (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford), Robby Gordon (No. 55 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet) and Michael Waltrip (No. 99 Aaron's Sales & Lease Chevrolet).

Gordon is currently fifth in the NASCAR Busch Series standings, and there's a possibility that he could continue running in both series full-time.

"We decided that if we finished with a top five in Texas, that we would go to Nashville," said Gordon, who took third at Texas. "The Fruit of the Loom Racing Team is running well with the help of our RCR [Richard Childress Racing] engines, and if we stay in reach of a championship, I'm sure we will continue to race."

* Busch looks for 'bookend' guitar ... Kyle Busch (No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet) can't play the guitar, but he sure would like to add another one to his collection. Busch won last year's ARCA race at Nashville Superspeedway, and received one of the sport's most coveted trophies for winning an event -- a specially-designed Gibson guitar.

Thing is, he can't play a lick. So, for now, the piece is still resting in its case. "The Nashville trophy is pretty sweet," Busch said. "It's just awesome to have a trophy that you can actually play, if you've ever taken lessons. I can't play at all. I had never held a guitar until I won last year's ARCA race.

The photographers told me to hold it like I was playing it, then said I was holding it wrong. I was like, 'How am I holding it wrong? I've seen musicians do this plenty of times on TV.'

"It's definitely the coolest trophy I've ever won. I still haven't figured out how to display it, though. It's just sitting in its case right now. I'd love to have another one to go with it. Maybe I could use them as bookends."


Greg Biffle (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford) scored the first win of his NASCAR Busch Series career at Nashville in April 2001. ... David Reutimann (No. 87 Natural Gear Chevrolet) finished fifth last year at Nashville, the first top-five effort of his career in the NASCAR Busch Series. ...

Five drivers entered in the Pepsi 300 had top-10 finishes in both 2003 races at the track -- David Green, first and second; Bobby Hamilton Jr., tenth and fifth; David Stremme (No. 32 TrimSpa X32 Dodge), seventh and third; Ashton Lewis (No. 46 Lewis Motorsports Chevrolet), third and sixth; and Stanton Barrett (No. 91 AmericInn/Bojangles Pontiac), seventh and sixth.


* "I love going to tracks for the first time. It is something I've always enjoyed and something I've always had some success with. So I am really looking forward to this weekend. The track is very different -- especially from the flagstand into Turn 1. The distance from the flagstand into Turn 1 is deceiving, because they have some elevation changes at that point. It is unique. But it is something that I will need to pay attention to." -- Johnny Benson (No. 1 Miccosukee Resorts Dodge).


* "When the light blue car crept into his rear-view mirror with 30 laps remaining, Robby Gordon realized there would be no staving off Matt Kenseth. Kyle Busch accepted the same fate shortly afterward. As the laps wound down in yesterday's O'Reilly 300, the only driver who seemed uncertain of his charge to the checkered flag was Kenseth." -- Nate Ryan, Richmond Times-Dispatch.

* "Bob Labonte doesn't mind telling anyone that his grandson [Justin Labonte (No. 44 U.S. Coast Guard Dodge)] has a whole lot more racing ability than his sons. It's no matter that those sons, Terry and Bobby, have combined to win three driver championships in NASCAR's top stock-car series." -- Brant James, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.

* "When [Bobby] Hamilton [Jr.] was 15, he received a present from his father, a 1971 Pinto. Father and son fixed up the car and the younger Hamilton started racing it. A year later, he won the track championship. Being the son of a NASCAR driver might have increased the pressure on Hamilton in his first year on the circuit in 2000. He said he felt obligated to impress everyone. He admits he was getting nowhere. It was words from his dad that put things in perspective. He told his son not to worry what anybody thinks." -- Randy Jennings, The Dallas Morning News.


Nashville Speedway USA hosted NASCAR Busch Series races in 1984, 1988-1989 and 1995-2000. There were nine different winners in those nine races, with Randy LaJoie scoring a victory in the tour's final stop at the facility. Jack Ingram had three top-five finishes at the track, more than any other driver, and Casey Atwood scored the most poles, with two.


What: Pepsi 300 (Race No. 7 of 34 in the NASCAR Busch Series)
Where: Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, Tenn.
When: 4 p.m. (ET), Saturday, April 10, 2004.

Track layout: 1.333-mile banked concrete oval.
Race length: 300 miles/225 laps.

TV: FX, 4 p.m. (ET).
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.

Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday--Practice, Noon-2 p.m.; Qualifying, 3:35 p.m.; Final Practice, 6:15-7:15 p.m.


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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Michael Waltrip , Greg Biffle , Robby Gordon , Casey Atwood , David Green , Justin Labonte , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , David Reutimann , Stanton Barrett , David Stremme , Ashton Lewis , Tim Richmond , Kyle Busch
Teams Richard Childress Racing