August 19, 2007 on ESPN
NEXTEL Cup Regulars Entered In CARFAX 250
Michigan International Speedway
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Mich. -- The tradition of having half the NASCAR
Busch Series field comprised of full-time NASCAR NEXTEL
Cup drivers at Michigan International Speedway will continue
in Saturday's CARFAX 250.
A total of
22 drivers will attempt to qualify for both the CARFAX
250 Busch Series race and the 3M Performance 400 NEXTEL
Cup race this weekend. Of the 22 which will attempt to
pull "double duty," 18 have attempted to run
a full-Cup schedule.
haven't only attempted to race in the Busch Series, they
have also won, many times. Since the Busch Series' debut
at MIS in 1992, eight of the 15 races have been won by
a then full-time NEXTEL Cup Series driver (Mark Martin,
'93 & '95; Bobby Labonte, '94; Jeff Burton, '98; Michael
Waltrip, '02; Kevin Harvick, '03; Ryan Newman, '05; Dale
Earnhardt Jr., '06).
attempting to race in both races this weekend include
Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Ward Burton, Carl
Edwards, David Gilliland, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick,
Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Kevin Lepage,
Mark Martin, Casey Mears, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard,
David Ragan, David Reutimann, Reed Sorenson, Tony Stewart,
Brian Vickers, and J.J. Yeley.
All five of
Roush Fenway Racing's full-time NEXTEL Cup drivers will
attempt both races, raising the question - does the extra
track time make the team successful in the Cup Series?
Roush Fenway Racing has a total of 10 Cup wins at MIS,
four of which came in the August event, and in all four
of those races the winner competed the previous day in
the Busch Series.
Eleven of the
"double duty" drivers have won at the two-mile
oval in either an ARCA RE/MAX, Craftsman Truck, Busch,
or NEXTEL Cup Series race, four of which have won a Busch
Series race. Defending CARFAX 250 winner Dale Earnhardt
Jr. will not attempt to race on Saturday, allowing for
the no back-to-back MIS Busch Series winner streak to
CARFAX 250 marked the second time Earnhardt won at MIS
in the Busch Series, his first came in 1999. Earnhardt,
who is normally considered NASCAR's most popular driver,
had fans booing and jeering when he exited his No. 8 Menards/Johns
Manville Chevrolet in Gatorade Victory Lane.
During a green-white-checkered
scenario on lap 127 Carl Edwards was leading, with Robby
Gordon in second and Earnhardt following closely in third.
On the backstretch Earnhardt went to the high side of
Gordon and ended up tagging Edwards in the back bumper,
causing Edwards to spin and the caution that ensued allowed
the race to end with Earnhardt at the front of the field.
During the final laps under caution, Edwards left pit
road and ran into the side of Earnhardt's Chevrolet, later
confronting Earnhardt in Gatorade Victory Lane. What:
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 3M Performance 400 When: Sunday,
August 19 Track: MIS, 2-mile D-shaped Oval Site: Brooklyn,
Mich. Race Distance: 400 miles (200 laps) Last year's
winner: Matt Kenseth
call: 800.354.1010 or MISpeedway.com.
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