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Kyle Busch A Birthday Wish
What to get a guy for his birthday who seemingly has everything?
If that guy happens to be Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), who is the owner of 26 first-place trophies in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition and 111 winner’s trophies in all among NASCAR’s top three series, the answer is quite simple – more trophies.
Busch blows out the candles to celebrate his 28th birthday Thursday and will hope to carry the celebration on to victory lane at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway as the winner of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499.
Even though his 28th birthday doesn’t fall on race day this time around, Busch has won on his birthday before. He became only the second driver in Sprint Cup history to celebrate a victory on his birthday with a win at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on May 2, 2009, a feat first accomplished by Cale Yarborough – twice. Yarborough won on his March 27 birthday at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway in 1977 and at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1983. Since then, Busch’s JGR teammate Matt Kenseth equaled the feat as he won earlier this year on his March 10 birthday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
While winning any race is always a birthday bonus, Busch got a head start on partaking of some birthday dessert when he stayed over an extra day following Saturday’s race at Richmond to film a segment for the afternoon talk and cooking show “The Chew.” Busch gave some pointers to renowned chefs and show hosts Mario Batali and Michael Symon on how to get around Richmond’s three-quarter-mile oval in his M&M’s Camry. Batali and Symon were also able to return the favor as they cooked an M&M’s Banana Skillet Cake in the track’s victory lane. The segment is scheduled to air Friday at 1 p.m. EDT on local ABC network affiliates.
As for this weekend, Busch has conquered the mammoth Talladega oval just once in 16 career starts at the track, his lone win coming in April 2008. Busch has accumulated five other top-15 finishes at the track but also exited five outings early due to accidents.
The Las Vegas native returns to Talladega having narrowly missed out on a victory last May at the 2.66-mile superspeedway when Busch and eventual race winner Brad Keselowski broke away from the pack on the final lap. As Busch pushed Keselowski, he had hoped to dive to the inside as they hit the frontstretch toward the checkered flag. But, as the duo entered turn three, Busch lost the draft behind Keselowski’s rear bumper, and all he could do was ride it out to the checkered flag a short distance behind the eventual Sprint Cup champion. In last year’s fall Talladega race, Busch narrowly escaped a 25-car accident to pull off a strong third-place finish.
With those recent results still fresh on his mind, Busch knows the winner of Sunday’s 500-mile race will not only need to have a strong car, but must be in the right place at the right time during the final laps on NASCAR’s longest track. So, if anyone is considering what to get Busch as a belated birthday gift, any help earning a second career Talladega trophy would be greatly appreciated.
Danica Patrick NNS Preview: Talladega Superspeedway
Season Recap...Danica Patrick will make her second start of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Patrick's first start of 2013 also came at a superspeedway, at Daytona International Speedway in the NNS season opener. Starting in the 12th spot, Patrick quickly moved through the 40-car pack and found herself racing for the lead. Patrick went on to lead five laps before she experienced an electrical failure on lap 31, forcing an early retirement from the DRIVE4COPD 300 and relegating her to a 36th-place finish.
Return to Talladega...Patrick will make her second start at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. Patrick made her first start at the superspeedway last season, starting in 17th and working her way up through the field to lead a lap before eventually coming home with a top-15 finish, in 13th place.
Welcome Aboard...The No. 34 Chevrolet is sporting the colors of AccuDoc Solutions this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway with Go Daddy will also onboard, serving as Patrick's associate sponsor. AccuDoc Solutions is based in Morrisville, N.C. and provides billing-statement printing and processing to hospitals and hospital-based physicians. In addition to paper-based billing statements, ADS enables patients to choose electronic statement delivery and make payments through secure online payment portals. Notable North Carolina based clients include Carolina's Healthcare System, the UNC Healthcare System, Sentara Healthcare, Baptist Health Care Pensacola, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Memorial Healthcare System and WakeMed. To learn more, visit www.AccuDocSolutions.com. Go Daddy is the Web's top platform for small businesses. Visit http://www.godaddy.com/business/small-business.aspx
This Week's Camaro...Turner Scott Motorsports will debut a brand new chassis, TSM-337, for this weekend's Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Follow Along...Be sure to follow Turner Scott Motorsports on all social media platforms. You can find TSM on facebook at facebook.com/TurnerScottMotorsports, on twitter at @TSMotorsports and on Instagram at TSMotorsports.
Watch and Listen...The Aaron's 312 can be seen live on Saturday, May 4 on ESPN. Race coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
Crew Chief Mike Greci on Talladega Superspeedway:
"I'm looking forward to working with Danica again this weekend. I felt like we had a lot of chemistry the last time we worked together in Daytona. We were able to run up front and be in contention for a solid finish before we experienced an electrical failure. We have a great crew put together for this weekend, and I feel like we should be able to take the new chassis and compete for a solid finish."
Danica Patrick on Talladega Superspeedway:
"I really enjoy racing at the superspeedways, and Turner Scott Motorsports has a great superspeedway package. We had a great run going in Daytona, and I'm hoping we can pick up where we left off. I have a great crew, and I feel like we have an opportunity to bring home a solid finish for AccuDoc Solutions, Go Daddy and TSM."
Kyle Larson NNS Preview: Talladega Superspeedway
Back On Track...The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Talladega, Alabama for its second superspeedway stop of the 2013 season. Kyle Larson will be making his first career start at Talladega Superspeedway. Although he has never hit the track at the 2.66-mile, Larson made both ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at Daytona International Speedway earlier this year. Larson finished 13th in the NNS event in February and earned a second-place finish in the season-opening ARCA event.
This Week's Camaro...This weekend, the No. 32 team will unload chassis TSM-336 at Talladega Superspeedway. This chassis made its debut earlier this season at Daytona International Speedway, where it was driven by Danica Patrick. Patrick was strong throughout the weekend and led five laps in that race before an electrical issue relegated her to a 36th-place finish.
Frequent Flyer...Cessna will be returning to take flight with Larson this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway after debuting with the rookie NNS driver in the ARCA Racing Series event at Daytona. Cessna, the world's leading general aviation company, has designed, produced and delivered more than 193,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,300 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world.
Previous Race Recap...Larson rallied back from an 18th-place starting position to score his third top-10 finish of the 2013 season. The Turner Scott Motorsports crew continuously improved on the handling of the No. 32 Cessna Camaro as Larson wheeled it through the field, resulting in an eighth-place finish and Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Race honors at Richmond International Raceway.
Watch and Listen...The Aaron's 312 can be seen live on Saturday, May 4 on ESPN. Race coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Kyle Larson on Talladega Superspeedway
"I think we've seen that anything can happen at a superspeedway. I have no doubt that our equipment will be fast at Talladega. It really just comes down to being patient, working out a good strategy with your teammates and staying out of trouble. I ran second in the ARCA race at Daytona earlier this year and before we wrecked on the final lap of the Nationwide race, we were right there competing for the win. I enjoy superspeedway racing a lot, and if I'm lucky, it can be where I get my first Nationwide Series win."
Justin Allgaier NNS Preview: Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega...Following a couple of Friday night races, the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) returns to its regular Saturday afternoon racing at Talladega Superspeedway. This is the second superspeedway race of the season, following the season opener at Daytona International Speedway where Allgaier and the No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet Camaro team finished seventh.
Richmond Recap...After qualifying 11th at Richmond International Raceway, Allgaier and the No. 31 BRANDT Chevy Camaro team ran in the top-10 all evening. Unfortunately, a late-race accident with another competitor relegated the No. 31 car to a 31st-place finish. Allgaier remains fourth in the NNS driver point standings.
This Week's Camaro...Chassis TSM-334 will once again be put to work in NNS competition this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. TSM-334 has a new body and front clip after a last-lap accident at Daytona International Speedway.
Meet Justin...Justin Allgaier will meet and sign autographs for fans at the NNS autograph session Friday, May 3, 1:45 - 2:30 p.m. CDT. The autograph session will take place in the concourse under the OV Hill South Grandstand.
Watch and Listen...Justin will be in the SPEED TV booth for the live broadcast of ARCA's International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250. Coverage begins Friday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. CDT. The Aaron's 312 NNS race can be seen live Saturday, May 4 on ESPN at 1:30 p.m. CDT, and heard live on MRN and SiriusXM Radio channel 90.
Crew chief Scott Zipadelli on Talladega Superspeedway:
"Talladega [Superspeedway] is one of the easiest tracks to make the car drive well, but it's difficult to make the car have speed. The track is very smooth and has grip since the repave, but if the sun comes out it gets really slick when the cars are in a big pack. We go there to finish the race and not get in a big wreck, which is often a difficult task at Talladega."
Justin Allgaier on Talladega Superspeedway:
"I'm excited to get to Talladega [Superspeedway]. We had a great No. 31 BRANDT Chevy Camaro at Daytona [International Speedway] and all of the Turner Scott Motorsports cars were strong, so I expect the same for this weekend. The key is to avoid the accidents and be there at the end of the day for a shot at the win."
Nelson Piquet NNS Preview: Talladega Superspeedway
Sweet Home Alabama...Piquet Jr. will make his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday afternoon, having only previously raced at the 2.66-mile track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
This Week's Camaro...The No. 30 WORX team will have chassis TSM-110 for this Saturday's race at Talladega Superspeedway. TSM-110 was previously used by Piquet Jr. at Daytona International Speedway, where he earned an 11th-place finish.
Richmond Recap...Making his first career NNS start at Richmond International Raceway last week, Nelson Piquet Jr. looked to gain a solid finish in the ToyotaCare 250 before heading to Talladega Superspeedway. Piquet Jr. and his No. 30 Delavaco team started the weekend by qualifying 23rd at the 0.75-mile short track. The Brasilia, Brazil native was able to work his way through traffic and bring his Delavaco Chevrolet Camaro home to a 14th-place finish.
Welcome Back...Piquet Jr. will again display the No. 30 WORX colors on Friday Night at Texas Motor Speedway. Established in 1994, WORX Yard Tools USA, based in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the fastest growing companies serving the global power equipment market today. A diversified manufacturer and marketer of a complete range of electric-powered lawn and garden equipment and related products, WORX has over 4000 employees worldwide. The WORX line-up includes innovative grass trimmers, chainsaws, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, blowers and more. All WORX products are emission-free and feature intuitive functions, tool-less adjustments and best-of-industry ergonomics. You can find WORX yard tools at retailers such as Lowe's, Walmart, Sears, Amazon.com and local lawn & garden dealers. More information is available on the company's website, at www.WORX.com
Watch and Listen...The Aaron's 312 can be seen live on Saturday, May 4 on ESPN. Race coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Crew Chief Chris Carrier on Talladega:
"Talladega is a really fast track where anything can happen. The key to Talladega is to find the right setup and a great partner to help you during the race. I am looking forward to getting to Talladega and hopefully bringing home a great finish."
Nelson Piquet Jr. on his return to Talladega:
"I am looking forward to returning to Talladega this weekend. The race is such a toss-up and anything can happen. Chris Carrier and the guys at Turner Scott Motorsports have worked hard to get my WORX Yard Tools Camaro ready to race. I hope we can go into Talladega and contend for a good finish."
UPS driving lessons: Edwards introduces Westwood to NASCAR
UPS NASCAR driver, Carl Edwards, introduced fellow UPS ambassador and PGA Tour golfer, Lee Westwood, to the world of NASCAR prior to Westwood’s participation in the Wells Fargo Championship Tournament at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Edwards provided NASCAR driving tips to Westwood as the two athletes took laps around a road course set up next to zMax Dragway. After riding along as a passenger in a two-seater UPS NASCAR stock car, Westwood got behind the wheel of the No. 99 UPS Ford Fusion and successfully completed his stint in the driver’s seat including a victory burnout.
“I obviously find driving a golf ball much easier than driving a stock car. When you’re out of your element you find things difficult and it’s interesting to see what it takes to be successful in another sport,” said Westwood. “I had a great time in the car and Carl’s obviously a great driver. It was great to be out at the track with UPS and I’m looking forward to getting out to a race and seeing Carl compete.”
In the spirit of reversing roles, Westwood provided Carl Edwards his own driving tips as the twodrivers took tee shots from the starting line of the drag strip.
“Getting tips from one of the top golfers in the world was a great experience for me and it was awesome to meet a fellow UPS ambassador,” said Edwards. “In the car, he had really good throttle control. It was awesome because I’m not a very good passenger and my heart rate was racing on that first lap, but he did a good job.”
“Having Lee in Charlotte for the PGA tournament was the perfect opportunity for UPS to bring together two of our ambassadors in an exciting way,” said Andy McGowan, UPS director of public relations. “Lee came to us and said he wanted to drive a stock car and Carl helped deliver driving tips to him that resulted in a successful run for Lee in the No. 99 UPS Ford. They are both top athletes in their respective sports and UPS is proud to be a part of their success both on the track and on the course.”
Edwards heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend sitting second in points while Westwood currently ranks No. 12 in the world will remain in Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship.
The Conqueror Returns to Euphoric Arena
After earning his first NASCAR win in last year's Camping World Truck Series event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Parker Kligerman planted the checkered flag in the infield grass to symbolize that he had conquered the 2.66-mile Tri-oval. The 22-year-old driver returns to the historic Alabama track for the first time since his milestone win, this time driving the No. 77 Camp Horsin' Around/ Bandit Chippers Camry in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron 312, ready to conquer the largest oval arena on the circuit at the next level.
Kligerman, who overcame a slow start in last week's ToyotaCare 250 to post a solid 11th-place finish, has registered five finishes of 12th or better in the first seven races of his first full-time season in the Nationwide Series. The Connecticut native enters this weekend's event sitting eighth in the Nationwide Series championship standings, a mere five points behind fifth-place Elliott Sadler and just 40 points behind series leader Sam Hornish Jr.
The No. 77 Toyota team sees this weekend's race as an opportunity to move up the standings, given the history of success of its primary chassis for this weekend's 117-lap event. Kligerman qualified third with KBM-10 for this year's season-opening race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and led 10 laps late in the race before settling for a fifth-place finish. The Camry is also the same car that Kyle Busch Motorsports owner Kyle Busch led 36 laps with in last year's Nationwide Series event at Talladega and had the victory in his grasp before being succumbed by a slingshot pass from Joey Logano coming to the stripe.
As he did for last year's Truck Series win, Kligerman will have Camp Horsin' Around - a non-profit camp facility in Kentucky specifically designed and equipped to enrich the lives of children with serious, chronic illness and physical difficulties - adorning the hood of his Toyota. After last year's historic occasion, the horse that encompassed the non-profit's logo on the hood was aptly named "Victory." The talented youngster and his new team are hoping that "Victory" can conquer Talladega once again on Saturday and help them gallop their way up the point standings.
Clint Bowyer, No. 15 PEAK Motor Oil Toyota Camry
It’s “PEAK WEEK” for Michael Waltrip Racing and Clint Bowyer. MWR and Bowyer welcome PEAK Motor Oil as the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Toyota Camry for this weekend’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. PEAK will serve as the No. 15’s primary sponsor carrying a BlueDEF Diesel Exhaust Fluid paint scheme at Daytona in July and a PEAK Antifreeze scheme at Chicagoland in September. PEAK also serves as a major associate sponsor in every race. PEAK’s commitment to the sport goes beyond paint schemes. PEAK’s commercials featuring Bowyer and Waltrip air during race broadcasts and this year the Northbrook, Ill company initiated the “PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge, a search for the sport’s next star.
PEAK’s MWR debut could be memorable based on Bowyer’s history at Talladega. He won the fall races at 2010 and 2011 and moved to fifth in points last week with a second-place finish at Richmond.
TALLADEGA: “Talladega is like rolling the dice at a craps table – how do you do it, when you do it – are you going to get on a roll? I mean, that’s exactly the way it is. Everybody has a shot at winning. Everybody has the same dice. You just have to have a lucky roll, lucky push and just get up there. That’s really what it’s come down to. Obviously you have a lot to do with it and you can put your money on the line at the right time and better your odds, but at the end of the day you still have to have a little bit of luck to see everything through. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve been on a roll here recently with our race team and we’re hoping to get through Talladega here with a good finish – if not a win - and keep digging.”
PEAK: “PEAK has been involved in major motorsports for as long as I can remember and they are also doing great things to promote racing at the grassroots level - like the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge. The PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge is an opportunity for an up-and-coming racer to get in front of the right audience and catch that big break. I remember getting that call and I’m thankful every day that I made the most of my opportunities. This is a chance for someone else to do the same thing. We’ve got some great submissions so far - from young kids running at their local short tracks, to folks that watch races every weekend and think ‘why not me?’ I think it’s great and I look forward to working on the project and judging some of the talent.”
Stay the Entire Weekend and Camp at the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta
For the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 weekend, many race fans will flock to Atlanta Motor Speedway to fulfill their need for speed on the historic 1.54-mile speedway. But AMS wants its customers to take in more than just the race, and the perfect way to do that is with an array of camping options available for the Labor Day weekend date, Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
AMS knows that campers come with many different situations and needs, whether it is a RV requiring full hook-ups, pop-up units or classic tent camping, the near 900-acres of property at the speedway will offer a fit for each person.
A limited-number of infield camping spaces is currently available. Join fellow die-hard race fans in getting the full race weekend experience from inside the track. All practices, qualifying and race action can be viewed from your infield position, as well as socialize with your camping neighbors.
Outside campgrounds open on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 8:00 a.m. allowing campers to enjoy the entire race week and build-up to race weekend for an affordable price. Infield and trackside camping will open on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Below is a complete list of camping options at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
Campground Type Approx. Size Hook-Ups Cost
East Turn RV 20x40’ No $150
Elliott Reserved RV 25x45’ No $150
Family RV 25x40’ No $150
Family Tent Tent/Pop-Up 20x30’ N/A $100
First Turn RV 20x40’ No $150
First Turn RV 25x42’ No $175
Flock Bros. Infield RV 15x40’ No $300
Handicapped** RV 20x40’ No $150
High Speed Infield Tent/Pop-Up 10x30’ N/A $200
Legends RV 25x45’ No $150
Legends Premium RV 25x45’ No $250
Legends Tent Tent/Pop-Up 20x30’ N/A $125
Speedway Blvd. RV 20x50’ No $100
Terrace* Luxury RV 25x50’ Yes $3,500
Terrace Back Row^ Luxury RV 25x50’ Yes $2,500
Turn One* Luxury RV 20x50’ Yes $3,995
*Trackside Terrace and Trackside Turn One Luxury RV campsites include 10 race tickets for each day, 10 pit passes for each day, and tow passes for extra vehicles (one in Turn One; two in Trackside Terrace).
^Trackside Terrace Back Row Luxury RV campsites include 10 race tickets for each day, 10 pit passes for each day, two tow passes for extra vehicles and a viewing veranda located above the track’s backstretch.
**Handicapped RVs must have handicap placard and owner of placard must be camping in the RV.
Third-Annual Jimmie Johnson Fan Experience at Pocono
Pocono Raceway will host the third-annual Jimmie Johnson Fan Experience, which includes an exclusive question-and-answer session with the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, prior to the start of the “Party in the Poconos 400” on Sunday, June 9. Additionally, Lowe’s, the sponsor of the No. 48 Chevrolet SS driven by Johnson, and Pocono Raceway will make a donation to support “Crossing Abilities” of Monroe County (PA).
The 2013 Jimmie Johnson Fan Experience ticket package offers two options for either an individual race fan or for a family of four. This driver-ticket package is available for purchase by calling 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or by visiting www.poconoraceway.com/jj48.
The $48 individual ticket package includes: one June Sunday Grandstand ticket, exclusive access to Johnson’s fan question-and-answer session, one Racing Electronics scanner rental and one Lowe’s “Build and Grow” car.
The $148 family four pack includes: four June Sunday Grandstand tickets, exclusive access to Johnson’s fan question-and-answer session, two Racing Electronics scanner rentals and four Lowe’s “Build and Grow” cars.
This year’s Jimmie Johnson Fan Experience, per donations from Lowe’s and Pocono Raceway, will support “Crossing Abilities” of Monroe County. Crossing Abilities, sponsored by Pocono Alliance, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, is a project comprised of volunteers with a collective vision for making a safe, all-inclusive playground a reality in Monroe County. The future site for this playground will be Mountain View Park, located in Tannersville, PA. For more information about this project, please visit www.crossingabilities.org.
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