BUSCH: Richmond II: John Graham preview

Canadian John Graham Prepares for Richmond NASCAR Busch Race Highpoint, NC -- When John Graham and the ...

Canadian John Graham Prepares for Richmond NASCAR Busch Race

Highpoint, NC -- When John Graham and the #72 MacDonald Motorsport Team travel to the Richmond International Raceway in Virginia this weekend for the Emerson Radio 250, it will be his first opportunity to race the ¾ mile Richmond track and he clearly understands the expectations.

+ "I think that I tend to put the pressure on myself," Graham commented. "It's a new series for me and NASCAR BUSCH is where we want to be in the future. We had an opportunity to test at Richmond earlier and we want to build add to the level we hit back then."

Graham's first NASCAR BUSCH race was earlier this season at Indianapolis Raceway Park where he was able to complete the race with a 31st place finish.

+ "I feel a lot more comfortable in the car, with the IRP race and the test behind me.  Single car qualifying is very different for me, but I look forward to the challenge. Richmond is a fun race track.  It has a really good racing surface," Graham continued. "The test allowed me to learn a little bit about the character of the track and I am sure we will be able to pick up where we left off."

+ "Off-track we at AURORA INVENTIVE have worked very hard to get to this point.  Rob Fessler has allowed me to concentrate on what I need to do while he continues to work with our associates in preparation for the 2005 season.  We have a solid strategy and that combined with the efforts of MacDonald Motorsport will allow us to achieve our objectives."

John Graham, although new to the NASCAR BUSCH series, has raced in numerous forms of international motorsport.  His accomplishments include 7 starts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, including a 675 class win in 2000 and a third place finish in the 2001 American LeMans Series (ALMS) 675 Drivers Championship.  In addition, he has also competed in the PARIS-DAKAR RALLY.

The Emerson Radio 250 is set for an 8:00 p.m. EDT start on Friday, September 10th.  Qualifying will be held on Thursday afternoon, September 9th.  TNT and MRN will provide the television and radio coverage of one of the most exciting and important races of the 2004 season.


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