BUSCH: Richmond II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Bryan Clauson and the No. 41 Memorex Dodge Team Facts: * Clauson to make NASCAR Debut this weekend at Richmond: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) development driver Bryan Clauson will make his NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) debut...

Bryan Clauson and the No. 41 Memorex Dodge Team Facts:

* Clauson to make NASCAR Debut this weekend at Richmond: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) development driver Bryan Clauson will make his NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) debut this Friday, September 7, at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). Clauson, who just graduated from Noblesville (Ind.) High School and turned 18 this past June, has been racing since he was five-years old. During his relatively short career to date, Clauson has tallied multiple championships, wins, rookie of the year honors, podium finishes and has been the youngest driver to achieve and receive some of the most prestigious awards in USAC Midget and Sprint Car racing history, including the 2002 HARF First Year Driver Award; 2004 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Wildcard Award; and the 2006 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year. His NBS schedule will start at RIR and then he will compete in the remaining six NBS races after Dover.

* Sweet Victory Right on Time for Clauson: Clauson's latest victory couldn't have happened at a better time for the teenage racer as he and the No. 40 Memorex team scored their first career stock car victory in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race Friday night at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., one week prior to Clauson's scheduled NBS debut at RIR. The stock car victory was a first for Clauson, but also a first for his primary sponsor Memorex. Clauson lined up in 15th place to take the green flag and then went on to lead 24 of 120 laps en route to the first-place finish. The 18-year-old racer grabbed the win in only his fifth ARCA start. His ARCA stats now stand at one win, two runner-up finishes, a fifth-place finish and a 14th-place finish in the Memorex Dodge.

* Not Totally New to Richmond: Clauson will be making his first run in the NBS competition this weekend at RIR, which will mark his first stock car start at the Virginia track, but it won't be his first race there. Clauson competed at Richmond this past June in the Lucas Oil USAC National Sprint Car Series race and scored a fourth-place finish in the 30-lap feature.

* Standings Update: The No. 41 Memorex team now stands 16th in the overall NBS owner ranks, with a current tally of 2,776. The team is just seven points away from the 15th spot and 199 points out of the top 10.

* Chassis: Clauson will make his NBS debut in chassis #754 this weekend at RIR. Clauson and chassis #754 have something in common. Both of their last runs concluded in Victory Lane at Gateway International Raceway. The last time chassis #754 raced was at Gateway with the bright yellow colors of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit and Reed Sorenson on board. The car carried Sorenson and team to their first win of the 2007 season and Sorenson's second win at Gateway. The only other time the car has raced this year was at New Hampshire International Speedway in late June when the No. 41 team and Sorenson scored a top-15 start and top-10 finish.

The No. 42 Memorex Dodge Team

* Allmendinger to Race No. 42, again: A.J. Allmendinger made his first career NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) start last weekend at California Speedway driving the No. 42 Memorex Dodge for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS). He and the No. 42 Memorex team were working their way forward after having to take the initial green Saturday night from the back of the pack due to an engine change earlier in the weekend. Allmendinger picked up 20 spots in 20 laps in the early running of the race, and then a massive collision played out on lap 68 that collected the No. 42 CGRFS Dodge. Allmendinger will race again this weekend in the No. 42 Memorex Dodge at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) and is scheduled to compete in three more Busch races for CGRFS after that, including Dover International Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway. Allmendinger is the full-time driver of the No. 84 Red Bull Toyota in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Team Red Bull and CGRFS reached an agreement that would allow Allmendinger to drive the No. 42 Memorex Dodge in order to get him added track time. Allmendinger is originally from Los Gatos, Calif. He started racing in open-wheel, in which just last year he collected five CHAMP car victories. For more information about Allmendinger, go to www.ajallmendinger.com.

* My Hometown: Ryan Quann, the No. 42 Memorex catch can man, calls Richmond his home. He grew up in the Virginia town and graduated from Midlowthian High School in 1996. He has been with CGRFS for seven years. In addition to his Busch duties, he goes over the wall as the extra man on NEXTEL Cup race days for the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team. Through the week, he works in the composite shop at CGRFS in Concord, N.C.

* Chassis: Crew chief Brian Pattie and the No. 42 Memorex team will run chassis #753 this weekend at RIR. The car most recently carried Kevin Hamlin and the No. 42 team to an eighth-place finish at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Ind., this past July. Before that, it had three other starts this year--at Lowes Motor Speedway (Reed Sorenson started 36th, finished 35th) in May; Texas Motor Speedway (Sorenson started 30th, finished 42nd) in April; and New Hampshire International Speedway (Juan Pablo Montoya started seventh, finished 34th) in June. Unfortunately, all three efforts ended prematurely after on-track accidents took the team out of contention.

* Standings Update: The No. 42 team is now 23rd in the overall NBS owner ranks with a current tally of 2,671 points. The CGRFS team is 20 points outside of the top 20 and 112 away from the top 15.

-credit: cgr

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