Kyle Busch to Pursue NASCAR History in the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers"
Kyle Busch stands a victory away from making NASCAR history as the first driver to win a race in all three of the organization's national series in successive starts.
Busch, a two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner in 2008, hopes to add Saturday's Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway to last weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup/Nationwide Series sweep at Chicagoland Speedway.
Busch already is a member of a select group of drivers who have won in all three national series in the same season, posting a victory each year from 2005-08. Terry Labonte (1995) and Kevin Harvick (2003) also pulled off that triple.
The opportunity is just the latest milestone in what any NASCAR driver would consider a milestone season: The Sprint Cup Series championship lead on the strength of seven victories; five Nationwide Series wins and top-five point ranking; and truck wins back-to-back at Auto Club Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway.
While Busch has never competed in a truck race at Kentucky, the 23-year-old competitor was the track's Nationwide Series winner on June 19, 2004. An accident while running second sidelined him from last month's "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" in which he led a race-high 85 laps at the Sparta, Ky. facility. A victory also would make Busch the first three-series winner in Kentucky Speedway history. He charted an ARCA RE/MAX Series win in his track debut on May 10, 2003.
"I've never raced a truck at Kentucky," Busch said. "It's one of my favorite places. It's always a lot of fun. I've raced Nationwide cars and won there, and I've won in the ARCA car there. Hopefully, our Cup test there last week helped me get a better sense and feel for the place and what I can learn there for the truck. I'm kind of itching to get back into the truck series."
Busch, who drives the Miccosukee Resorts/NOS Energy Drink machine for Billy Ballew Motorsports, most recently competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on June 14. He finished seventh at Michigan International Speedway.
To Busch, the record is secondary to pushing Ballew back into contention for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series owners' championship. Ballew ranked second after the Michigan round but has fallen to fifth, 63 points behind leader DeLana Harvick whose driver, Ron Hornaday Jr., also leads the standings heading into the season's 13th race.
"I want to keep Billy up front and no one else can do it," said Busch. "I think it's cool that as long as he's been in the sport, he's finally got a chance to win a championship and I want to help him keep that alive."
The fourth of five event weekends on the 2008 Kentucky Speedway schedule opens Friday, July 18 at 4:30 p.m., with ARCA RE/MAX Series qualifying for that night's "Kentucky 150." NCTS final practice will follow at 6:30 p.m., and the "Kentucky 150" field will take the green flag at 8:00 p.m.
Gates open at 2:00 p.m., July 19. NCTS "Built Ford Tough Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" qualifying will begin at 3:30 p.m., the Blood Sweat & Tears 40th Anniversary Tour makes its stop on the Turn 1 Concourse at 5:30 p.m., and the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" begins at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets for the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Kentucky 150" and the NCTS "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" can be reserved by calling 888-652-RACE (7223) and online through the tickets pages of this Web site. Tickets also are available through any Meijer store and the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices at 400 Buttermilk, Suite 100 in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., next to the Montgomery Inn or the Sparta, Ky., Fan Center located off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35.
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