Busch Drivers Test At Kentucky Speedway
The reaction is unanimous! A recount isn't necessary! Kentucky Speedway is a "winner" in the eyes of the NASCAR Busch Series drivers who tested at the track on Wednesday. The state of the art 1.5-mile tri-oval 35 miles southwest of Cincinnati will host the NASCAR Busch Series for the first time June 16, 2001. "The Kentucky 300" will be nationally televised on Fox FX dropping the green flag at 8PM (ET).
Wednesday's test brought together five of the top 20 drivers in the final 2000 NASCAR Grand National Division Standings, including Busch Series champion Jeff Green who hails from nearby Owensboro, KY. "This is our first time in a Ford and we are trying to get a handle on that. I think when we come back with the right tire for this track. We are going to be in great shape." Green, unofficially, turned a lap of 30.3 seconds which is 178.217 mph.
Also testing at the track were Green's team mate Jason Keller of PPC Racing, Joe Nemechek and Randy LaJoie of Nemco Motorsports; David Green and Tim Fedewa of Cicci-Welliver Racing, Marty Houston and Blaise Alexander of SABCO; and Greg Biffle of Jack Roush Racing. Biffle won the inaugural "Kroger 225" on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at the track. He is moving to the Busch Series in 2001.
All the drivers were impressed with the track. "Great facility!" said LaJoie. "When they built this place they had the competitor and the fans in mind."
The track is special for the Green Brothers since its built in their home state. "Jeff and I were talking last night," said David Green, "we are just so excited to have one of the best racing facilities in the world located right here in Kentucky…our home state! When we come back in June, its going to be a homecoming for us. All our family and friends will be able to see us race here at this beautiful place."
Kentucky Speedway will host 10 race events over four week ends in 2001. The NASCAR Busch Series highlights a June 16th week end which also includes the NASCAR All Pro Series and the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns with the Kroger 225 July 14th. ARCA will run twice and USAC will debut with its MCI WorldCom Midgets Series on the Kentucky Speedway ¼ mile track.
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