Friday, September 28, 2012

Kyle Busch To Tackle All American 400

Kyle Busch is a short track demon
In addition to the list of goals Kyle Busch is working toward achieving in NASCAR -- capturing a Sprint Cup Series Championship, winning a Daytona 500 and collecting 200 wins across the top three divisions --  several years ago the driver created a “bucket list” of major Late Model races across the country that he dreamed of winning. Busch has been able to scratch a number of those prestigious events off his list, including the prestigious Wisconsin All-Star 100 at the Milwaukee Mile in 2008, the 2009 Red Bud 300 at Anderson Speedway, the 2009 Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway, the 2009 Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway, the 2009 and 2012 SpeedFest at Lanier National Speedway and the 2011 Oxford 250 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. 

But the legendary All American 400 at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn. is one that Busch has yet to capture, and one he is bound and determined to win.
He won the race as a car owner in 2010 with driver T.J. Reaid, but with the backing of Dollar General, which is headquartered 16 miles from the speedway in Goodlettsville,Tenn., Busch will have the opportunity to visit Victory Lane as a driver. On Saturday Oct. 6 the event -- whose list of winners includes Darrell Waltrip and Rusty Wallace -- returns after a year's hiatus. Dollar General will serve as primary sponsor of Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Camry for the 400-lap event at the 0.596-mile oval.
"I've had a list of big Late Model races across the country that I've wanted to win and the All American 400 sits high atop that list," said Busch "The fact that for this first time in over a decade this year's race is going to be a true 400-lap event gave it that much more appeal.  I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to try and cross this race off my bucket list.
"I have to thank Dollar General for coming onboard and allowing me to compete in this prestigious race," said Busch, whose NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team is also sponsored by the nation's largest discount small-box retailer. "They were the primary sponsor for our first Truck Series win at Nashville Superspeedway in 2010, and hopefully we can work some more Music City magic together at the Fairgrounds.”
The Las Vegas native has one prior start at Fairgrounds Speedway, in a 2008 CRA Late Model event. Despite being unable to practice and qualify due to his Sprint Cup Series duties at Bristol Motor Speedway, Busch won the Last Chance race to earn the 21st starting spot in the 150-lap feature. After sustaining damage in a lap-one accident, he drove back through the field and was running third when a broken shock forced him to retire from the event.

Busch has two victories in three Super Late Model starts in 2012. He opened the season with a win in SpeedFest at Watermelon Capitol Speedway in Cordele, Ga. in January, and claimed his third consecutive triumph in the Rowdy 251 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich. in June. He appeared to be in position to make if three-for-three on the season, opening sizeable lead in the closing stages of the Slinger Nationals at Slinger (Wisc.) Speedway before a caution bunched the field and allowed fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor Matt Kenseth to pass the No. 51 KBM Camry and take home the victory.  

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