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Second Chance at Michigan

Sprint Cup Series

 

From Denny Hamlin

How has Michigan changed the past few races after the repaved?
“Michigan is certainly a track that has gone through a lot of changes after the repave. It’s very fast and has a lot of grip, and that has made it difficult to get a tire that we can run and pass with. We have had a couple wins at Michigan, but haven’t seemed to get the handle on it like we would like to since they repaved it. Earlier this year, we were just so loose entering the corner that we couldn’t make any speed. I’m confident that the guys have worked hard to get a good setup in the car heading back to the track this weekend.”

FedEx Express Notes

Michigan Preview: The Series now heads back to Michigan International Speedway for the second 400-mile of the season in the Irish Hills. Hamlin finished 30th at the two-mile track in June. The FedEx Racing Team has two victories at Michigan, winning back-to-back spring events in 2010 and 2011 at the track. Hamlin has led 149 career laps at Michigan and has seven top-10 finishes in 15 career starts.

Watkins Glen Recap: Denny Hamlin finished 19th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, avoiding a pair of late race wrecks to score a top-20 finish in the 90-lap event won by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Hamlin started 20th in the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota and was unable to make up ground in the early going, battling a loose race car throughout the 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course. Crew chief Darian Grubb brought Hamlin to pit road for changes during the race’s second caution, and then again on Lap 31 for fuel only to get inside the team’s window for just one more stop. The second half of the race was caution-filled, and Hamlin used the opportunity to come to pit road for fresh tires and chassis changes. While the majority of lead-lap cars stayed out, Hamlin was able to make it up to 19th for the checkered flag. Busch led the final 29 laps en route to victory lane, followed by Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya.

 

Kyle Busch Quotes

How much of a difference has it been heading to the August race at Michigan than it was for you a year ago this weekend?

“It’s entirely different. Last year, you were worried about what was going to happen the next week, already. You are trying to get as many points as you can and sometimes you are worrying about it too much. You still try to take the mindset that you take what comes to you because there’s not a whole lot you can do as a driver during the week to change anything. This year, it’s a lot different. We can go into these final four weeks, relax and think about what we need to do in the final 10 races to have a shot at the championship. We’re not worried about the next four races. We’re worried about the final 10. It’s a completely different mindset right now. We can probably try some things to see if they work and maybe have a shot at gaining some more bonus points. This team, they’re ready to go. The guys have done a really good job with the car, preparation and pit stops. You never stop trying to win and we’ll see if we can get our Interstate Batteries Camry back in victory lane at Michigan, something we were able to do a few years ago.”

Most drivers really seem to enjoy racing at Michigan International Speedway. Why is that?

“Regardless of new pavement or not, it’s wide-open racing and you can run from top to bottom. The biggest thing used to be to find grip there. But with the new surface, there is a ton of grip now. Before, you had grip for maybe five laps and then you’d just be out to lunch. But now, the tire wear is all out the window and the racetrack is going to be very fast. And the wide racetrack is good. That’s what makes Michigan so exciting and so fun. That’s the biggest deal about it. For me, coming to Michigan, I tend to run well there. For whatever reason, I haven’t had too many great finishes to show for it until two years ago, and then we had a great year there and got our first win that August.”

Over the past 10 races, you’ve scored the second-most points, just two less than points leader Jimmie Johnson in that time. Do you feel like you and your team are gaining momentum at the right time?

“We certainly hope so. We feel like we’ve been competitive all year long. Our qualifying has been very good. We’ve had good racecars and we just continue to try and run up front and keep our car in clean air. We’ve been bringing good cars and we’re on top of our game, but I still feel like there are some areas where we can improve and be even better. If we can do that without overdoing it, then I think we’ll be a contender come Chase time. We’re certainly happy with our three wins. A couple of guys have four wins, of course. But if I have three wins going into the Chase and we could get three wins in the Chase, I would take that deal right now, for sure.”

You won the last race before the track was resurfaced at Michigan but struggled in 2012 there. This past June, you finished fourth. Did you learn something in June that changed from last season?

“Even over the winter, Michigan aged a bit and widened out a little bit more. We struggled on the repaved tracks last season, but we were much improved there in June over last year, so that gives me hope we can do the same this weekend. We struggled to start the race in June and Dave (Rogers, crew chief) threw a ton of changes at the car and finally got to where I could drive it and we were able to work our way into the top-five. We’ll be working hard this weekend since the repave is similar to Kansas, a Chase track, so we want to learn as much as we can this weekend to set us up to have a better run at Kansas in the fall. One of the biggest things on repaved tracks is track position. Dave and the Interstate Batteries guys have worked really hard on our qualifying setup and it’s really showing this year. We’ve been qualifying even better on the intermediate tracks. It will have to start with a good qualifying effort and see what we can learn in practice Saturday.”
 

Kyle Busch: Back to the “Norm”

What a difference a year makes for Kyle Busch’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fortunes.

Heading into the August 2012 race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, site of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400, Busch sat 14th in the Sprint Cup standings coming off a painful last lap at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, where he missed out on a much-needed win in his attempt to make the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup field.

The driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) ended up narrowly missing the Chase but, despite not being a part of NASCAR’s playoffs, Busch and his No. 18 team put together its best final 10 races ever, notching an impressive seven top-five finishes and eight top-10s.

After enduring a frustrating 2012 season that netted Busch just one Sprint Cup victory, his 2013 campaign has been back to his “Norm” in more ways than one. Busch blazed to his third victory of the season Sunday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, vaulting him to fifth in the standings and back to his winning ways as the team is already eyeing NASCAR’s postseason. Two of those wins have come in the white-and-green Interstate Batteries scheme Busch will run at Michigan in support of Interstate’s Chairman Norm Miller and the thousands of Interstate dealers and distributors who back him. Those victories in Interstate colors at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, along with Sunday’s win at Watkins Glen, give Busch a solid position in the win column behind only Jimmie Johnson and JGR teammate Matt Kenseth, who have won four times apiece this season.

Busch hopes to add another victory or two during the final four regular-season races to gain as many bonus points as possible when the 12-driver, 10 race Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship gets rolling in September at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Coming off what was also a rough 2012 campaign at Michigan, Busch and crew chief Dave Rogers returned this past June to race from 32nd at one point to score a solid fourth-place finish. Busch will look to add another Pure Michigan 400 trophy to his collection to go with the one he brought home after his first Sprint Cup win at the 2-mile oval in August 2011. Busch also finished third in the June 2011 race and led a total of 81 laps in the two events that year.

By contrast, in his 12 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan prior to 2011, Busch had no wins, one top-five finish and led a total of 88 laps. So, recent history certainly bodes well for his outlook this weekend.

As the Chase draws near, Busch and the Interstate Batteries team will look to use some of their recent momentum to continue the “Norm” – and a win Sunday at Michigan would certainly help solidify their impressive 2013 rebound.

 

From Matt Kenseth

“Michigan has totally changed since the repave, but it’s starting to get a little better, and starting to come into its own. We were pretty decent last time we were here in June and thought we should have ran second or third at worst. We had that one restart where we got pushed up into the marbles and lost all our track position though. I’m looking forward to going back there this weekend, and I think we’ve learned a lot since we’ve been there, and our cars will be faster going back.”

From Jason Ratcliffe, Crew Chief
“Looking back to our first race at Michigan this year, I think that it was pretty straightforward when we left the race track what we needed to do different in order to be better for this weekend. I don’t think we ran bad at Michigan in June, but I feel that we definitely need improvement. We probably were a top six or seven car, but I’m feeling pretty good going back to Michigan this weekend with the things we’ve learned over the last several weeks and I think it’ll be a really good race for us where we could contend for the win.”
 

No. 20 Husky Toyota News & Notes:

  • KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 28 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Michigan, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 9.4 which ranks him second of all active drivers in the series. Kenseth has completed 5,372 of 5,495 (97.8 percent) career laps, has led for a total of 284 laps. He has earned two wins, 12 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes at the 2.0-mile track located in Brooklyn, Michigan.
  • TRACKSIDE LIVE: Kenseth will appear on SPEED’s “Trackside LIVE” on Friday, August 16th at MIS.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL: Dollar General vendor partners Gildan, Glad, Kleenex, Colgate, Sundown Naturals, STP, Ragu, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Airwick, Slim Jim, Nestle Drumstick, Oreo and Alpo will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
  • RACE INFO: Coverage of the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 18th. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
 

Nationwide Series

 

From Elliott Sadler

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patient Champion, Caden Bowers:
“It is so cool that we have a sponsor like OneMain Financial that is bringing Caden Bowers and his family out to the race this weekend. Caden is from my area of southeast Virginia, and I’m excited to have him come out and be part of our race team this weekend. He was a patient at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and has gone through a lot in his short life traveling back and forth from Virginia to Columbus to go to the NCH every week, and our OneMain Financial team is more than ready to have him at the race track with us. We have a lot of surprises for him this weekend, and we are honored to have him with us.”

About Mid-Ohio:
“Since this is the first NASCAR event at Mid-Ohio, we really don’t know what to expect. I have been watching a lot of film of different races on the course, and watching YouTube videos that people have posted to try to learn the track. I have track map that I have been studying for a few weeks as well. I do this so I can mentally prepare and visualize where the next curve. It is a 2.4-mile, 15-turns track with a lot of blind curves. It’s a very hard track, from the people that I have talked to. First thing that I do is get a visual of the track, and then do my best when I get there to get a handle of it quickly. I’m excited to participate in this inaugural event and be in Nationwide Insurance’s home state.”

No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota Preview

  • INAUGURAL RACE AT MID-OHIO: Elliott Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team travel to Lexington, Ohio to participate in the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The track is a 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course, and Sadler will turn his first laps on Thursday during an extended Nationwide Series practice session. Sadler is no stranger to road courses, with 11 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and 24 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The event at Mid-Ohio serves as the third of three road courses on the Nationwide Series schedule.
  • SPECIAL GUEST: This weekend, Sadler and the OneMain Financial team will have a special guest at the track. Caden Bowers and his family will travel from Yorktown, Va., to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to be an honorary member of the No. 11 team. Caden, 9 years old, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when he was 5 years old. The disease, usually specific to males, causes progressive muscle weakness, which there is no cure. Caden was part of a clinical study at Nationwide Children’s’ Hospital, with Dr. Jerry Mendell, Director at the Center for Gene Therapy. Caden traveled to Nationwide Children’s Hospital often, commuting from Virginia to Columbus, Ohio once a week for the first year. Today he receives medications and weekly IV infusions at home, with follow-up appointments with Dr. Mendell every few months. Caden will be on-site this weekend at Mid-Ohio and will spend time on Friday and Saturday with Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team. For more information, visit NationwideChildrens.org/Elliott-Sadler.
  • LAST RACE: Watkins Glen: Last week at Watkins Glen International, Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team battled back from an incident in practice. After getting loose and tagging the tire barriers, the No. 11 team worked hard to repair the Toyota’s right rear to prepare for qualifying and the race. Starting from the 11th position, the OneMain Financial team ran in the top 10 for much of the race and notched a fifth-place finish.
  • THINK PINK: The OneMain Financial driver will sport pink Oakley driving shoes throughout the entire Nationwide Series season to show support for breast cancer awareness and honor his mom, Bell. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and is now a survivor. This season, he will also wear special pink Oakley driving gloves. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on his race-worn shoes throughout the season, with proceeds going toward breast cancer research and education. For more information, visit www.SadlerFoundation.org.
  • TO THE POINT: Sadler moved into the fourth position in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 12 points behind the leader with 11 races remaining in the 2013 season.
 

From Michael McDowell

“This race couldn’t be soon enough. Obviously we were disappointed with what happened at Road America. We thought we had a car capable of winning the race but were taken out of contention early on with a mechanical problem. I still take a lot of pride in how hard the team fought, but we had a good car and I think Mid-Ohio gives us an opportunity to run up front and compete for a win.”

No. 18 K-Love Toyota News and Notes

  • FIRST TIME AT MID-OHIO: This is the first time ever the NASCAR Nationwide Series will make a stop at the 2.25-Mile 13-turn road course in Lexington, OH.
  • MCDOWELL ON ROAD COURSES: McDowell has made 11 career NASCAR Nationwide Series starts on road courses and has earned two top-five, and four-top-ten finishes along with capturing a pole award. The pole came in 2012 while driving for JGR at Road America.
  • LAST TIME OUT: The last time McDowell piloted the No. 18 K-Love Toyota he qualified in the fifth position and was able to jump into second at the drop of the green flag for the start of the race. He was running lap times equal to the leader when his car began having issues and ultimately shut off completely. The team would have to make repairs in the garage for a mechanical problem and when he returned to the track McDowell was five laps down to the leaders. The team continued to fight throughout the afternoon and managed to get two of the laps back but it wasn’t enough and he would have to settle for a 34th-place finish.
  • POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING: McDowell will not need to look further than the hood of his car for an added encouragement as the No. 18 Toyota will carry K-Love this week at Mid-Ohio. K Love is a family friendly radio network with affiliates throughout the United States and always delivers a positive and encouraging message. K-LOVE has a number of affiliates throughout the state of Ohio. A complete list follows at the end of this release.
  • K-LOVE FAN AWARDS: Due to this year’s success, the 2nd Annual K-LOVE Fan Awards is now slated for June 1, 2014. For more information, please visit KLOVE.com.
  • RACE INFO: The Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course begins at 2:30 PM ET on Saturday, August 17, 2013. The race will be broadcast on ESPN and MRN Radio.
 

From Brian Vickers

“Over time I’ve grown to like road racing more and more. I learned a lot about road racing last year and that helped me a good bit. Running a sports car definitely helped me and gave me a new appreciation for road racing. Our team has been successful so far on road courses this season. We had a really good run last week at Watkins Glen and we ran well at Road America too. We’ve just been chipping away at the points in these past few races and things have really tightened up. Consistently running in the top-five has helped us get to where we are and we’re aiming for another strong run this weekend.”

From Kevin Kidd, Crew Chief

We are excited to go to a new venue. The challenge of learning a new track and adapting our cars to it is one that we’ll gladly take on. We were pleased with our effort in Watkins Glen, and we feel good about our road course program. Having said that, we are always looking to get it better. We have a full test day this week at Mid-Ohio, and I feel it will be a great opportunity to refine our setup and car build for road course racing.”

“It will be good to take our brand of racing to Central Ohio. It’s been awhile since one of the NASCAR’s top-three series has run in that part of the country, so I am expecting a really good fan turnout for the event, and I’m certain we’ll put on a good show. The track seems to be narrow. I’m expecting the passing zones to be few and far between. It will be very similar to how Montreal was in that regard. You’ll want to have good braking and handling to take advantage of the few passing opportunities that you might have.”

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes

  • SPECIAL PASSENGER ONBOARD: Partnering with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brian Vickers will have the name of six-year-old Beau Hefner above the passenger-side door of his No. 20 Dollar General Camry this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Beau became a patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in April of 2011 and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia just a few days after his arrival. Now two years later, Beau is in the maintenance stage of his cancer treatment and has just over a year remaining. Beau will be a special guest at the track this weekend and will have the opportunity to walk across the stage for driver introductions with Vickers and spend time with the No. 20 Dollar General team on Saturday.
  • POINTS PURSUIT: With his third-place finish at Watkins Glen International last week, Vickers continued to tighten the gap between himself and the Nationwide Series points leader. Heading into NASCAR’s debut at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the 29-year-old is now positioned fifth in the Nationwide Series Championship point standings with only 18 markers separating him from the lead. Vickers has the most top-five finishes, 11, of all of the top-five title contenders, with six of those being earned in the last seven races.
  • ROAD RACING WITH JOE GIBBS RACING: In the first two of three Nationwide Series road races in 2013, Joe Gibbs Racing has a total of seven starts with three top-five finishes and one top-10 finish . Vickers earned the organization their best road course finish so far this season with his third-place result at Watkins Glen International. Joe Gibbs Racing will field four entries in Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course’s inaugural Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 on Saturday with Vickers behind the wheel of the No. 20, Elliott Sadler in the No. 11, Michael McDowell in the No. 18 and Owen Kelly driving the No. 54.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Drumstick, Renuzit, Colgate, Sundown Naturals, Gildan, Glad Trash, Hellmann’s Lysol, Oreo, STP, Huggies, Velveeta Skillets and Slim Jim will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
  • RACE INFO: The Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
 

From Owen Kelly

What do you look forward to this week with the No. 54 team?

“For one thing, this track is new to the series so we are all on a level playing field. Although I don’t have as much seat time as the weekly Nationwide Series drivers, we are going to tackle this road-course at the same time, so it’s anyone’s game. This JGR No. 54 team is used to winning and obviously I have some big shoes to fill. I think we can have a really good weekend. I’m looking forward to the second opportunity in this car. We have a lot of work to do when we get there but I know from my end, and the team’s side, we are prepared. Just look forward to unloading and getting after it.”

From Adam Stevens, Crew Chief

How do you feel about tackling a new race track and a new driver this weekend?

“I am pumped to be back in Ohio first of all. It’s great to have a race in my home state. I’ve got some family coming on race day as well which is always a plus. Mid-Ohio, as an inaugural event, is going to be an unknown. Only a couple of Nationwide teams have tested there. A few drivers in the field have raced open wheel cars there, which will be a tremendous advantage… just knowing the tendencies of the track and the potential treacherous spots. Owen and I will be going in blind. Luckily for us, NASCAR has given all the teams an entire extra day to test. We have an extensive test plan to get the car dialed in. I’m confident when the green flag drops we will be ready to race for the win. Owen did an outstanding job for us at Road America. We had a fast car last weekend at Watkins Glen but didn’t get a chance to show it. We plan on putting the whole weekend together and giving Owen a chance to put the Monster Energy car in victory lane in the Buckeye state! A home state win would be huge for me and all the Ohio guys at JGR and TRD!”

Australian Driver Owen Kelly Pilots No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota at Inaugural Ohio Event

This week the No. 54 Monster Energy seat will see for the second time this year 36-year-old Owen Kelly in the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) winning Camry. Kelly, an Australian V8 Supercar driver, along with the eight-time 2013 JGR winners, look forward to week 22 running the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200, the first NASCAR Nationwide Series event at the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington.

Despite the team’s disappointing lap-one accident and subsequent 24th-place finish last week at Watkins Glen (N.Y) International, the Monster Energy team and owner J.D. Gibbs maintain first place in the series’ Owner’s Championship. This week they look to extend that lead with the help of Kelly, who is eager to continue momentum started with this team in Elkhart Lake’s (Wisc.) Road America, in June, where he qualified second, led eight laps and despite running out of gas early in the race finished sixth.

From Tasmania, Australia, Kelly is a known professional race car driver who started his circuit racing career in Targa Road Rally with Formula Ford Racing for three seasons, then progressed to V8 Supercars in 2000. From there he has raced in Super Touring, V8 Supercars and NASCAR Grand Am Rolex Sports Cars and Late Models. Late in the 2007 V8 Supercar season he was picked up as a full-time driver for Paul Morris Motorsport replacing Fabian Coulthard.

In 2008, Kelly raced an asphalt late model, for Dale Earnhardt Jr., at Motormile Speedway in Radford, VA. He wanted to pursue a career in NASCAR and hoped to move up the ladder while securing the necessary experience. In June 2010, Kelly made his NASCAR debut in the Nationwide Series, driving for Baker Curb Racing at the Road America road course, where he started ninth and finished fifth.

In 2011, Kelly prepared the race winning Road America car of Marcos Ambrose and Richard Petty Motorsports. Last year Kelly piloted the No. 54 Monster Energy Camry for Kyle Busch during practice and qualifying sessions in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the famed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve track. Since then he’s raced six times in Australian V8 Supercars and in a New Zealand V8 SuperTourers racing series and has focused time on his athletic training to be sure he was in the best physical condition for his next NASCAR opportunity.

 

From Darrell Wallace, Jr.

“I’m excited. Michigan is another track that I haven’t been to yet. We’ll spend practice learning and hopefully we can figure it out quick like we did in Pocono and be fast for the race. We have a brand new Toyota Tundra built for this race and I am very excited. Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) and the guys have been working really hard and I’ve been here (at KBM) helping them get the final adjustments made before we load up and head on to Michigan.”

At the halfway point in the season, do you feel like you are settling in a little more and getting more comfortable in the truck with a string of top 10 finishes in your court?

“For sure. I think, although we had the mishap at Pocono, I think that showed that we are right there. That was the best our truck has been all season aero wise and racing wise, we’re just figuring everything out. I think we’ll be ok. I know I’m a lot better and the team is better, we’ll just keep working hard and hopefully we’ll be there at the end in Victory Lane.”

From Jerry Baxter, Crew Chief

“We have a new truck this weekend, truck number 18. We’ll probably approach it like we did for Pocono; it’s another track where he has never been. We’re going to go out, pick up a ride behind someone and hopefully pick up on the track real quick and go from there.”

Now at the halfway point of the season, do you think the team has improved and has momentum on their side from solid finishes over the last few weeks?

“Our team is definitely better than it was earlier in the year, our driver is better than he was earlier in the year and I am for sure better than I was earlier in the year. Now we just need to start finishing better. Our consistency seems to have been there over the last month, now we just need to start finishing better than we were and we’ll be in great shape.”

No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota Tundra News and Notes

  • THE IRISH HILLS FOR STOP NO. 12: For the 12th stop of the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season, teams will head to the Irish Hills of Michigan to Michigan International Speedway where Darrell Wallace, Jr. will make his first-career start at the two-mile track. Wallace and the No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota team enter the weekend with momentum on their side after three top-10 finishes in a row.
  • KBM AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) has three starts at Michigan International Speedway, all with team owner Kyle Busch. In those three starts, KBM has one top-five finish, two top-10 finishes, has led 89 laps, including at least one in each start, and finished 263 of 302 laps attempted for an 87.1 percentage of laps complete. The team has an average start of 8.3 and average finish of 12.3. This weekend with three trucks entered in the National Guard 200, KBM will double its starts and look for its first win as Wallace, Joey Coulter and Busch climb into the driver seat of their Toyota Tundra’s.
  • ROOKIE UPDATE: With his seventh-place finish at Pocono Raceway, Wallace remains third in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings. Wallace is now 20 points behind leader Ryan Blaney who, with his win at Pocono Raceway on August 3, moved into the lead.
  • ALONG FOR THE RIDE: As a new face in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this season, follow Rookie of the Year Contender Darrell Wallace, Jr., better known as Bubba Wallace, as he chronicles his journey in the social media world. Follow Wallace on Twitter and Instagram: @BubbaWallace. Be prepared for an exciting year as Wallace makes his way around the NCWTS circuit, and looks to add many first to his growing racing resume.
  • TUNE IN ALERT: Tune in each Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET to SIRIUS XM NASCAR radio Channel 90 to listen to Darrell Wallace, Jr. as he checks in with Dave Moody and Angie Skinner throughout the season. Follow along as the 2013 Rookie of the Year Contender shares stories from both on and off the race track!
  • RACE INFO: The National Guard 200 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on the new Fox Sport 1 network, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET.

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