SHORT TRACKERS TO TAKE ON BUSCH SERIES AT MEMPHIS by MikeTwist
Several Young Guns To Make Busch Debuts This Weekend
As the NASCAR Busch Series visits Memphis Motorsports Park this weekend, the entry list will be heavy with short trackers, and not “Busch Whackers” as a number of young drivers look to make their mark in the series on the ¾-mile track.
Another driver hoping to make his Busch Series debut will be 20-year-old USAC star Bobby East. The Indiana native is under a driver development deal with Ford and will enter Memphis driving a #46 entry for ST Motorsports as a teammate to Jon Wood and Stacy Compton.
Charlie Bradberry has raced everything from a Super Late Model to a NASCAR Craftsman Truck, but Memphis will mark his first event driving a Busch Series machine. He’s wheeling the #92 Tommyraz Motorsports Dodge.
Florida Super Late Model standout and former ASA National Tour driver Travis Kittleson is entered in the #68 R/T Racing Chevrolet fielded by his family-owned team. Kittleson will have NASCAR veteran Barry Dodson in his corner as a consultant.
The West Coast short track world can cheer for Kevin Hamlin in the #4 car or Brandon Miller in the Richard Childress #21.
Those aren’t the only grassroots racers going to Memphis. USAC driver Brian Tyler is entered in the #80 Rich Woodland car and Justin Ashburn is entered in the #16 car.
The slew of short track entries at Memphis is because of several factors. First of all, the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series is racing at Martinsville Speedway on the same weekend and only Carl Edwards plans to do double duty. The lack of Cup drivers at Memphis opens up some rides and gives teams a chance to evaluate future talent. Another reason is that the track is the perfect place for a first start in the Busch Series, since NASCAR has tougher licensing requirements for track one-mile in length or greater.
The Sam’s Town 250 at Memphis will be televised live on TNT starting at 3:30pm ET on Saturday.
Stephen Leicht will trade his ASA Late Model for a Busch Series machine at Memphis.
ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers Kyle Krisiloff and T.J. Bell are on the entry list. Krisiloff with the #5 Hendrick Motorsports team and Bell as the driver of the #36 Dodge. Both drivers have competed in a limited schedule of Busch Series events this year. ARCA part-timers Kerry Earnhardt and Erin Crocker are also entered for the teams of Michael Waltrip Racing and Evernham Motorsports respectively.
Pro Cupper Joel Kauffman continues his apprenticeship with Fitz-Bradshaw Racing. He hopes that his fifth start for the team will be a productive one.
The entry list for the event shows that disciplines in racing that range from Super Late Models to the ASA Late Model Series to USAC open wheeled car to the ARCA RE/MAX Series will be represented.
Steve Wallace will wheel his father’s Busch Series machine for the first time at Memphis. The teenager won last season’s Snowball Derby Super Late Model race and the August ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Michigan Speedway.
18-year-old Stephen Leicht will be a first time entrant for the race behind the wheel of the #90 Robert Yates Racing Ford that Elliott Sadler and Dale Jarrett have split time in during the 2005 season. Leicht currently lead the ASA Late Model point standings and only needs to start the October 29th event at Rockford Speedway (IL) to clinch that title.
Steve Wallace won at Michigan in ARCA. Now, he'll try out the Busch Series.