August 20, 2006 on TNT
DRIVERS TO DO DOUBLE DUTY DURING GFS MARKETPLACE 400 EVENT WEEKEND
Michigan International Speedway
MI. – A
record number of drivers will enter both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup GFS
Marketplace 400 and the NASCAR Busch Series Carfax 250 at Michigan
International Speedway this weekend. 21 regular drivers from the
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series are entered to compete in the Carfax 250,
giving the 15th installment of the Busch Series at MIS a distinct
The 21 NEXTEL Cup drivers entered have a total of 75 career Busch
Series starts at MIS with eight wins among them. Entrants from every
NASCAR Busch Series race at MIS dating back to 1992 are represented
in the Carfax 250. The record contingent is led statistically by
veteran Mark Martin, who has two victories in eight Busch Series
starts on the two-mile oval, making him just one of three drivers
in MIS Busch Series history to have taken two checkered flags. Martin
will enter the Carfax 250 in the No. 6 Ameriquest Mortgage Ford.
Highlighting the list of Cup stars competing in the Carfax 250 are
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick. Earnhardt Jr. has made three
Busch Series starts at MIS, including a win in 1999 that helped
propel him to the NASCAR Busch Series championship. He will pilot
the No. 8 Menards Chevrolet. Harvick, a winner in the NASCAR Busch
Series at MIS in 2003, currently leads the Busch Series in points
and has collected five wins and 20 top-10s in 24 Busch Series starts
this season while holding on to third place in the NEXTEL Cup standings.
He will drive the No. 21 U.S. Coast Guard Chevrolet in the Carfax
Also slated to compete is Carl Edwards, who will drive the No. 60
Henkel Ford. Edwards is currently in second place in the NASCAR
Busch Series standings and has recorded seven top-10 finishes in
seven starts at MIS across the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch, and Craftsman
Truck Series. Edwards finished third in last season’s Busch
race at MIS.
NEXTEL Cup veterans Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth will join the
field for the Carfax 250. Stewart will drive the No. 33 Old Spice
Chevrolet, and Kenseth will be behind the wheel of the No. 17 Ameriquest
Four-time MIS winner Greg Biffle will look to conquer the one NASCAR
national series in which he has not won in the Irish Hills. The
holder of two victories in both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and
the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on the two-mile oval, Biffle will
pilot the No. 16 Ameriquest Mortgage Ford in the Carfax 250.
Kurt Busch will return to the Busch Series circuit after his thrilling
victory at Watkins Glen last Saturday, the second of his 2006 Busch
Series season. Busch will drive the No. 39 Penske Truck Rental Dodge
and will look to add to his two victories and six top-10s in his
seventh start of the season. His start will be the first of his
Busch Series career at MIS.
Past MIS Busch Series winners Kyle Busch (No. 5 Lowe’s ShopVac
Chevrolet), Michael Waltrip (No. 99 Cottman Transmissions Dodge),
Jeff Burton (No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet), and Bobby Labonte (No.
66 Cub Cadet Ford) are slated to compete. Busch won at MIS in 2004,
Waltrip won in 2002, and Labonte won in 1994. Burton’s 1998
victory remains the only Busch Series win at MIS to come from a
Other NEXTEL Cup regulars expected to compete include: Clint Bowyer
(No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet), Scott Riggs (No. 9 Lawry’s Dodge),
J.J. Yeley (No. 18 Vigoro/The Home Depot Chevrolet), Denny Hamlin
(No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet), Jeff Green (No. 36 Robots.com
Chevrolet), Casey Mears (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge), Brian Vickers
(No. 57 Mountain Dew Chevrolet), and Robby Gordon (No. 88 NAVY Chevrolet).
Though NEXTEL Cup regulars have won 22 of the 24 NASCAR Busch Series
races in 2006 and make up nearly half of the entry list for the
Carfax 250, the Busch Series regulars will not step aside. Paul
Menard, entered in the No. 11 Menards Chevrolet, is one of two Busch
regulars to win in the Busch Series in 2006 and sits seventh in
the point standings. Johnny Sauter is currently ninth in Busch points
and will enter the No. 00 Yellow Transportation Chevrolet.
Guests who wish to purchase fan hospitality packages – and
secure the best remaining seats for MIS’s premier events –
may call 1-800-354-1010. Guests who have already purchased tickets
and would like to upgrade to a fan hospitality package are also
encouraged to contact the ticket office, also at 1-800-354-1010.
Remaining Hospitality packages for the 2006 season:
Victory Lane Club, NASCAR Busch Series Carfax 250, (August 19)
Victory Lane Club, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series GFS Marketplace 400
Tickets to all remaining events during the 2006 MIS season delivered
by Domino’s Pizza, including the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz
Group 200 on August 18, the NASCAR Busch Series Carfax 250 on August
19, and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series GFS Marketplace 400 on August
20, are currently on sale at MIS’s official website, www.MISpeedway.com,
or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.
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