Wallace Brothers Set For Meijer 300 Presented By Oreo
Rusty and Kenny Wallace visited Kentucky Speedway today to provide media with a preview of the June 18 "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" NASCAR Busch Series event.
Rusty Wallace made the most of his day by turning test laps in his No. 64 Top-Flite Golf Dodge in preparation for his upcoming Kentucky battle with fellow NEXTEL Cup Series regulars Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards.
"Kentucky is a track I really, really enjoy driving. We got to looking at the schedule for the Busch Series team that I own and there were four or five conflicting dates for my drivers, Jeremy Mayfield and Jamie McMurray. I hired Bill Elliott for some of them, but Kentucky presented questions about who could drive the car. Everybody kept moaning about how hard it was to get back and forth from a Cup track and I said, 'the heck with it, I'll do it myself.'
He is using his test time to create Kentucky race and qualifying set-ups in order to ease his transition between his Cup Series car at Michigan International Raceway and his No. 64 Busch Series ride.
"I'm testing because we want to work out the bugs and get a good solid race set-up underneath it and a good solid qualifying set-up underneath it because the schedule getting back and forth to Michigan is not the easiest thing in the world. We practice all day Friday at Michigan, then I leave and come over here for a one-hour practice session on Saturday morning. Then, we get back in the plane, qualify the Cup car on Saturday around noon and fly back here to qualify and race the Busch car. It can be done, but I can't afford to show up at the track with a bunch of problems. I tested my No. 66 car here last year and the speeds I ran would've put me front row for the race last year, so I kicked myself for not driving here last year."
Kenny Wallace joined his brother on the podium and said fans can expect to see tight racing in the speedway's sixth NASCAR Busch Series event.
"This is a big race for Kentucky Speedway, there's a lot of great racecar drivers that are going to be here. I told everybody the Busch Series is becoming a mini NEXTEL Cup Series. You're seeing the effort that my brother Rusty is putting in. Every (Busch) race that he's driven he's been in the top 10," Kenny Wallace said.
He said he's ready to soak up the big event atmosphere at the speedway in 18 days and maintaining his team's momentum that brought it to sixth in the current series standings.
"It'll be a big week here. You're going to have Rusty, Greg Biffle, Michael Waltrip, Carl Edwards, and, of course, my team which has run real well this year. We have a great team and we're going to win some races this year. We have a couple second-place finishes, we almost won a couple weeks ago at Darlington (S.C.) and we're sixth in the points. We're going to go after a win like we do every week. Kentucky has been a real good racetrack for me, but I keep blowing motors here. I'm looking for a little redemption."
Fans can enjoy a full day of activity at the track on June 18. The NASCAR Busch Series will hold two practice sessions beginning Saturday at 10:00 a.m., country artist Travis Tritt will perform a two-hour concert beginning at 3:00 p.m. and Busch Series qualifying is set for 5:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and race Grand Marshal Ben Roethlisberger will give drivers the command to start engines and the green flag will drop for "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" at 8:00 p.m. The weekend begins Friday, June 17, with the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series "Insight Communications 150" race at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets for "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" and all Kentucky Speedway events including the one-night-only "Jammin' in the Bluegrass Presented by Meijer" concert with Tim McGraw, Trick Pony and Billy Dean are on sale now. Fans can reserve tickets by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223), online at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com and http://www.tickets.com, through Tickets.com outlets including Meijer stores and at Kentucky Speedway ticket offices at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., and the speedway Fan Center outside the track in Sparta, Ky. Visit the track Web site for the complete schedule.
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