NASCAR Busch Series drivers Johnny Benson and Blake Feese plan to take the green flag for "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" this Saturday after scoring rides for the race yesterday.

Benson, a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series veteran, posted one top-five and four top-10 finishes through the first seven Busch Series races this season with Phoenix Racing, but fell on hard times in the next three events and was replaced in the No. 1 Yellow Transportation Dodge by NASCAR NEXTEL Cup regular Jamie McMurray.

Benson will join Reiser Enterprises for "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" and assume command of the No. 17 Bayer Ford that defending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion Matt Kenseth has driven to a win and three top-five finishes through four starts this season.

"I was surprised and delighted when I got the call from (owner) John (Reiser) concerning the Kentucky event," Benson said. "From a drivers perspective, it is always exciting to have an opportunity to compete in top-notch equipment that you know is going to be well prepared and give you a chance to run up front.

"Although it is a one-off, one race deal, if we perform well, then maybe the team will consider me next time Matt isn't able to run some of the other races. I am just glad, one, they called, and two, that it is this opportunity. I am excited and looking forward to giving the team and Bayer a good race." Twenty-two-year-old Blake Feese, who earned an eighth-place finish in the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Channel 5-205" at Kentucky Speedway last month, will return for "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" as part of an alliance between Hendrick Motorsports and NEMCO Motorsports, a team owned by NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Joe Nemechek.

Feese will benefit from the same developmental combination that helped propel Kyle Busch to two top-five and three top-10 Busch Series finishes last season.

Feese tested Kentucky with the No. 87 ditech.com team on Thursday, June 10, posting solid times while touring the 1.5-mile tri-oval. It was his second test of the year at Kentucky following a prep session just prior to "The Channel 5-205."

"The test went really smoothly," Feese said. "(Crew Chief) Brian (Pattie) and I clicked right off the bat. Whatever feedback I gave, he was able to make the necessary changes. We were pretty quick right off the truck. It's good equipment. I think we've got a good baseline for when we roll into the first practice session. We're going to tweak on it a little throughout practice and go from there."

Tickets for the 2004 "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" are still available, but continue to track toward the 66,089 grandstand capacity at the track. The event has averaged 70,333 fans in its first three years at Kentucky Speedway.

Tickets can be reserved in the following ways:
• By phone at 1-888-652-RACE
• On the World Wide Web at www.kentuckyspeedway.com
• In person at either the speedway's Ft. Mitchell ticket office or at the Kentucky Speedway Fan Center off Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.
• At Tickets.com and all Greater Cincinnati Tickets.com retail outlets including all Meijer stores.

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