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When the green flag drops on the Nationwide race tonight at Richmond International Raceway, it will mark the NASCAR debut of Roush Fenway development driver Chris Buescher. Buescher will fill in for Roush Fenway’s Trevor Bayne, who is undergoing tests for symptoms that are thought to be related to the insect bite he sustained earlier this month, and will be unable to race the car.

“What an opportunity,” said the 18-year old Buescher, who had no intention of such a ceremonious milestone this weekend. “I got the call about 8:30 a.m. central (time) and they told me to pack up all my things; I thought they were sending me back to Charlotte (Buescher was in Chicago getting reading for the ARCA Series race in Salem, Ind.).

“It’s a really big opportunity to run a Nationwide race,” said Buescher who currently sits third in the ARCA Series point standings. “We did not have any plans for that this year. I hate this is at Trevor’s expense, but you just have to make the most of the opportunity and we’ll look to get the No. 16 Ford up front.

“I’m so thankful to Jack Roush and Robbie Reiser, and all of our thoughts and prayers are with Trevor and hoping he gets better,” added Buescher. “But I am going to do whatever I can to make a good showing here.”

Buescher will also make his racing debut at the 3/4–mile Richmond International Speedway, known for racing excitement, but he appears to have a game plan for success.

“Obviously I’ve watched a lot of races here,’’ he said. “It’s a really fun track and it looks really hard to pass. Chris Andrews (No. 16 NNS team crew chief) and Mike Beam (No. 60 NNS team crew chief) have both already told me that patience is the key. Keep the fenders on it, keep a clean car and be able to run at the end.”

Buescher, who was 11th in this morning's practice session, has his eyes set on a potential top 10 in his Nationwide Series debut.

“Obviously as a race car driver you go out wanting to win,” said Buescher. “But really I’d like to log some laps, get some good experience, drive the car up front and bring home a solid top-10 finish and we’ll be happy.”

Buescher has finished top five in both of his ARCA races this season, including an impressive second-place run earlier this year in Daytona. In addition, he has two career wins, thee poles, eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 17 career starts in the ARCA Series.

He is a development driver for Roush Fenway Racing and runs a limited ARCA Series schedule with the Roulo Bros in the No. 17 Ford. He will do double duty this weekend, competing in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 in the ApplianceZone.com/Jasper Engines and Transmissions/Roulo Bros Ford No. 17 Ford on Sunday.

“It has been crazy,” said Buescher. “I’m in a whirl wind, but it has sunk in and we have a little more focus and I think we are going to be good.”

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For the first time since November of 2008, South Bend, Indiana's David Stremme found himself behind the wheel of a Nationwide race car.

Last week, Indiana-based ML Motorsports announced that the former NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year would pilot the No. 70 Foretravel Chevrolet Impala at Nashville Superspeedway.

The effort was a season-best for the ML Motorsports bettering a 22nd place performance in the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway with Shelby Howard at the helm. More importantly though, Stremme’s performance moved the team into the 30th position in the car owner standings guaranteeing them a starting berth in the next race at Richmond International Raceway Friday night.

Stremme will once again drive the No. 70 Foretravel Chevrolet in the Bubba Burger 250 this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. In his last two starts at Richmond International Raceway, Stremme posted finishes of 6th and 9th, with an average finish of 14.6 in eight starts at the historic short track.

For Stremme, he is scheduled to run in both the Nationwide Series and debut his Inception Motorsports team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at RIR.

Roush Fenway’s Carl Edwards has accumulated quite a few trophies since joining the NASCAR circuit, but he will have a special use for the unique Sam Bass-painted Gibson guitar trophy he won with his dominating performance last weekend in Nashville.

Edwards is auctioning off the famous trophy, along with a one of a kind Sam Bass sketch from victory lane, with the funds raised going to benefit the family of Roush Fenway employee Jonathan Bunting, who passed away last week in an automobile accident.

“All of us at Roush Fenway felt that our performance in that race was a good way to honor Jonathan and the work he did for the company,” said Edwards.

“He was a hard working young man with a young family and all of us together are going to auction-off that guitar and we are going to use the money we raise to help out his family; that includes his wife and two young children. Sam Bass jumped on board immediately and agreed to help us promote this thing and he’s even doing a one of a kind sketch of us with the trophy in victory lane that we’ll include in the auction.

“Nothing we do can bring back Jonathan, but we want his family to know that we are thinking of them and that we want to help - if even in a small way - during this difficult time.”

The guitar is available for bidding through the NASCAR Foundation on http://bit.ly/kuBeTB. One hundred percent of the winning bid will go to benefit the Bunting family.  Bidding will close on Sunday, May 8 at 11pm ET.

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Roush Fenway’s Trevor Bayne has been hospitalized and is undergoing tests for symptoms that are thought to be related to the insect bite he sustained earlier this month.

“Trevor was not feeling well early this week and he is currently being evaluated for lingering symptoms that may be related to his previous insect bite,” said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark.

“Unfortunately Trevor will not be available to drive the No. 16 Ford for us this weekend in the Nationwide race at Richmond.  As of now, our plans are to use a substitute driver from the Roush Fenway family of drivers in place of Trevor at Friday night’s race.”

“Obviously Trevor wanted to be in Richmond and he’s upset about not being able to compete.  However, his health is our top priority and we insisted that he have these tests to get to the bottom of his symptoms,” added Newmark. “We will work to provide you with further updates as they become available.”

The 20-year old driver was treated and released earlier this month after a reaction from an apparent insect bite on his left elbow that he suffered earlier that week while at home in North Carolina.

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Many areas in the southeast region of the country have been affected and are seeing mass destruction and devastation, in what the National Weather Service is calling one of the largest tornado outbreaks in the county.  NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Eric McClure, who resides in Abingdon, Virginia with his family, experienced the storm first hand last night.

For what seemed like hours of waiting as the storms moved over the small town late last night, McClure finally tweeted, “Thanks for prayers.  Moved to Dad’s.  House is wrecked; hiding place and most of house flooded; severe damage to the roof, sides, and well, the whole inside. Everyone is safe. God is good.”

Despite the loss, the Virginia driver remains positive.  “I’m very thankful right now that we are all safe,” said McClure, “some people affected by these storms can’t say that.”  “This is by far the worst storm system I have ever seen. This is my first true tornado experience and I can honestly say I hope it is my last.  Houses can be replaced but family can’t. I am just thankful that God protected us last night.”

McClure still plans to participate in Friday’s Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

 

Eric McClure PR

John Deere is partnering with 10 of its Iowa dealers to sponsor the Iowa John Deere Dealers 250 presented by Pioneer NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. The race is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on May 22nd at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

John Deere and the participating Iowa dealers will host more than 3,000 customers during the race. Jeff Oldham, Division Sales Manager at John Deere, explains that the track provides a great venue to connect with their customers.

“Iowa Speedway can hold more than 55,000 fans, and the Nationwide Series Races at this track consistently sell out,” says Oldham. “Because many of our customers are avid race fans, we are very excited about the sponsorship with our dealers, and look forward to an exciting race on the fastest track (under 1 mile) in the nation.”

The Iowa John Deere Dealers 250 Presented by Pioneer NASCAR Nationwide Series race creates a national stage to spread positive messages about agriculture – especially the benefits of alternative fuels. NASCAR’s three national touring series will run on fuel blended with 15 percent American ethanol from corn grown in the United States during the 2011 season.

“Powering race cars at high speeds is the ultimate in ethanol performance,” said Todd Frazier, Pioneer business director for Iowa and Missouri. “Just as science and innovation are constantly improving the performance of the cars on the track, they are helping to develop alternative fuels that Iowa agriculture can deliver.”

Iowa Speedway Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Chuck Spicer believes the John Deere-Iowa dealer partnership is a natural fit given a large portion of their fan-base is tied to agriculture.

“We’re very grateful to have John Deere and their dealers on board,” says Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Chuck Spicer. “Their sponsorship enables us to create an exciting race-going experience for our fans that’s fueled – literally – by one of the biggest names in the agricultural industry in Pioneer.”

In addition to the race sponsorship, John Deere and its dealers will give away a one-year lease on a 825i Gator XUV to 10 lucky customers. You can enter to win at one of these participating dealer locations:

·         Barker Implement & Motor Co. Inc., Lenox

·         Bodensteiner Implement Co., Elkader

·         Elder Implement, Co., Inc., Muscatine

·         Ernie Williams Ltd., Algona

·         GreenValley AG & Turf, LLC, Mt. Vernon

·         Horizon Equipment, Manning

·         K.C. Nielsen LTD, Humboldt

·         Schenkelberg Implement Co., Carroll

·         Southard Implement Co., Marshalltown

·         Van-Wall Equipment, Inc., Perry

John Deere is also using their sponsorship to highlight a cause they are passionate about – Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Iowa.

“We’ve invited the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Iowa to choose a wish child recipient to open the race as the honorary Grand Marshall. We want to help raise even more awareness to the Foundations’ efforts to help kids with life-threatening medical conditions," stated Oldham

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The No. 23 North Texas Pipe Dodge of R3 Motorsports and driver Robert Richardson, Jr. are looking forward to some Friday night under the lights racing at Richmond International Speedway this weekend.

The ninth race of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season is being run on the .75-mile Virginia oval. For fans and drivers alike, the excitement level gets turned up a notch when it comes to Friday-night racing action.

For some, it goes back to their short track days on the dusty ovals of dirt and asphalt racing. But for Richardson, Friday night sporting events were a little different back home in his pre-driving days.

The 29-year old driver’s Friday-night action took place on the gridiron of his McKinney (Texas) High School football field as the team’s quarterback. Since then, he’s traded helmets; but the feeling of competing is still something Richardson enjoys and thrives in doing on a Friday night.

Put 43 drivers on the track as dusk settles over the speedway, and the air of excitement and adventure starts to elevate as the sun descends behind the horizon. With that, comes an intensity to gain as many positions – and points – as possible through all 250 laps.

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Although winning the Sam Bass-designed Gibson guitar is on most drivers’ minds when heading to Nashville Superspeedway, Eric McClure and his TriStar Motorsports team were simply looking to overcome the misfortune that has plagued the team in the past two weeks .  Unfortunately, a series of issues left the team with a disappointing 32nd-place finish.  As a result, the team slipped two positions in NASCAR owner standings and is currently tied with the No. 39 car in the 27th position.

“I really just want to forget this weekend.  There were a couple of different reasons why we struggled today and we will all just work on them before coming back here in July; we actually got in the right direction the last third of the race, despite the engine skipping, so that’s positive..  I’ll be better than I was this weekend as well so it’s just a blip in the season hopefully.  This was the worst we have been all year in a race, but really the first time we just had an overall bad day, so we’ll take the positive things from it and go from there.  I just hate it for the Hefty® brand and all of TriStar Motorsports.  We are better than this and will get back in the direction we were going soon.”

With temperatures in the mid to upper 80s, Eric McClure took the green flag from the 34th position and was able to advance three positions by the time the first caution flag was displayed on lap 49, despite being “tight through the center and snappy loose off of the turns.”  The team took this opportunity to bring the Hefty® BlackOut™/Reynolds™ impala to pit road for four tires with a small air-pressure adjustment, fuel, and a wedge adjustment.  Upon completion of the service, McClure returned to the track in the 31st position.

As the race progressed, the No. 14 impala was able to maintain its position despite no improvement in the handling as the Virginia driver was still battling the car in the center of the turns resulting in valuable time lost to the race leaders.  Green flag pit stops began shortly before the halfway mark of the event on lap 111 with McClure bringing the car to pit road on lap 119 for four tires, fuel, and a wedge adjustment.  Once the service was complete, the team returned to the track and was scored in the 32nd position.

Over the next 15 laps McClure was able to advance one position when the event’s second caution flag was displayed on lap 134.  Crew Chief Gary Cogswell took this opportunity to once again bring the Hefty® BlackOut™/Reynolds™ impala to pit road for four tires, fuel, and a track-bar adjustment.  Following the service, the TriStar Motorsports team was scored in the 32nd position on the lap 138 restart.  One lap later the event’s third caution flag was displayed.  Although McClure had just visited pit road for service, he hit pit road once again, but this time it was for additional water bottles as he was fighting heat buildup in the car.  Once the race resumed on lap144, he was scored in the 32nd position.

Throughout the remainder of the event McClure visited pit road two additional times, both of which were under yellow conditions. One stop was to check under the hood for the cause of a “miss” that had developed in the No. 14 Impala.  The diagnosis was an electrical problem, but as the team couldn’t determine the source of the problem McClure was sent back on track to ride out the race where he was able to finish the 300-mile event in the 32nd position.  As a result, TriStar Motorsports owner Mark Smith is tied for 27th in NASCAR Owner Standings.

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RAB Racing with Brack Maggard and Kenny Wallace found their rhythm in “Music City” last weekend as the team started and finished inside the top-12 as Wallace piloted the No. 09 TRX Alliance Toyota Camry  to a 12th place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Nashville 300 held at Nashville Superspeedway last weekend.

Heading into the eighth event on the Nationwide Series schedule, Wallace and the RAB Racing team were focused on having a solid run. Wallace posted speeds fast enough for two top-20 positions in both of the scheduled NNS practices on Friday at the 1.333 D-shaped oval track. After the qualifying session was complete on Saturday morning prior to the afternoon event, Wallace picked up several spots from practice, laying down laps quick enough to earn the 11th spot on the starting grid.

Taking the green flag from just outside of the top-10 for the 300-mile event, Wallace held his position inside the top-15 for the first half of the race. Wallace lost a lap midway through the race, but quickly regained a position on the lead lap by earning the “Lucky Dog Award” on the lap 151 restart after the fourth of six race cautions throughout the race.

Running solidly inside the top-14 during the closing laps, Wallace made two late race passes before the checkered flag to secure the 12th finishing spot. The finish marks the sixth time Wallace and RAB Racing have brought home a finish inside the top-20 during the 2011 Nationwide Series season. Wallace currently resides ninth in the NNS driver point standings.

 

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