BUSCH: Richmond: Pre-race news and notes

NEWS OF NOTE: * At ease, Private Vickers... Brian Vickers (No. 40 EMP/U.S. Army Dodge) will have an extremely special guest attending the Hardee's 250 - Major General Terry E. Juskowiak of the U.S. Army, a two-star general who assumed ...

NEWS OF NOTE:

* At ease, Private Vickers... Brian Vickers (No. 40 EMP/U.S. Army Dodge) will have an extremely special guest attending the Hardee's 250 - Major General Terry E. Juskowiak of the U.S. Army, a two-star general who assumed command of the Quartermaster Center and School, Fort Lee, Va. in July 2001...."This is an honor for me and our entire No. 40 EMP/U.S. Army team," said the 18-year-old Vickers. "To have someone as important as Major General Juskowiak taking interest in our program, and taking time from his busy schedule to attend the race, is truly special."... Major General Juskowiak has participated in Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and Operation Desert Fox (Kuwait). He has, among other decorations, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.

* Naval Petty Officer also visiting RIR... Randy LaJoie's No. 7 Kleenex/Nortel Networks Chevrolet team will be joined by several members of the Norfolk-based USS BATAAN this weekend at RIR. Al Grant, whose brother Kurt Binkley is LaJoie's rear tire changer, is the Combat Ordinance Divisional Leading Chief Petty Officer aboard the BATAAN. Grant and several other servicemen plan on attending Friday night's race. The USS BATAAN departed Norfolk Sept. 19 and returned home after a successful 213-day combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Middle East.

* Hills Bros All Pro Leader Steps Up ... David Reutimann of Zephyrhills, Fla., current leader in the Hills Bros All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring standings, will be at Richmond, trying to qualify for his first NASCAR Busch Series race. Reutimann has a victory and a runner-up finish in the season's first two Hills Bros All Pro races. Reutimann is the son of legendary modified and late model racer Buzzie Reutimann. The Reutimann team has purchased a Chevrolet from Joe Nemechek, and has secured a one-race sponsorship from Geico. The car will be No. 87. Future NASCAR Busch appearances are in the works for Reutimann.

* Green seeing green... Jeff Green (No. 21 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet), the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series champion, also is the series' all-time winnings leader, with $5,997,493. That means he's certain of becoming the series' first driver to top the $6 million mark on Friday night.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK:

* Kenny Wallace (No. 48 Stacker2 Chevrolet) has three NASCAR Busch victories at Richmond International Raceway, winning the spring race in 1995 and the fall race in 1994 and' 96. Wallace also has finished second in the spring race on two occasions, in 1992 and' 94.

* Jimmy Spencer (No. 1 Yellow Chevrolet) was tough at Richmond long before last year's season sweep of the track's two NASCAR Busch Series events. Spencer finished third in the fall RIR race in 1998 and' 99.

QUOTE TO NOTE:

"There seems to be electricity in the air." - Randy LaJoie (No. 7 Kleenex/Nortel Networks Chevrolet), on night racing at Richmond International Raceway.

FROM THE ARCHIVES:

The first Richmond spring race for the NASCAR Busch Series was held in May 1982. That was the Spring 220, won by Butch Lindley. But that wasn't the first NASCAR Busch event at RIR. In February 1982, Tommy Houston won the Eastern 150. That was on the old .542-mile oval that was replaced by the current .750-mile track in 1988.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Kenny Wallace , Jeff Green , David Reutimann , Brian Vickers