Busch Wins NASCAR Race #17, Faces #17 Kenseth On Sunday at the Mile by Jim Tretow/Milwaukee Mile PR
Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth to Battle Amongst the ASA MWT Regulars at Milwaukee
Kyle Busch will take on Matt Kenseth and more at Milwaukee. (ASA MW / Doug Hornickel)
Kenseth, a Cambridge, Wis. native, is unfortunately getting accustomed to answering questions about Busch's success.
"Everybody asks about him beating us every week in the 'Cup car and the Nationwide car and all that stuff," Kenseth said. "And when I come up here to race the short track car, (the feeling may be) he's gonna whoop us here, too. So, yeah you like to beat him. Right now he's the hottest driver out there, winning all the races, so, of course that's the guy you aim at."
Kenseth is the defending super late model event winner at The Mile, and returns Sunday to compete in a race promoted in conjunction with The Milwaukee Mile and his father Roy Kenseth and RK Race Promotions. It's still special for the Green Bay Packers super fan to race at The Mile amid an extremely busy NASCAR schedule.
"I started racing late models around this area and it was always a big treat to be able to race at Milwaukee, and it was by far the biggest track we could race at in (a super late model) car," Kenseth said. "It's still cool to come back in these cars."
Compared to a year ago, the race length has doubled to 100 laps and the competition has intensified with the addition of Busch and established short track touring stars including Steve Carlson, Nathan Haseleu, third-generation racer Travis Sauter and ASA Midwest Tour point leader Dan Fredrickson of Elko, Minn.
"It's fun to have those guys around because you know, if we can run better than them, that means that we are a pretty competitive series," Fredrickson remarked. "Kyle is definitely on the top of his game right now means a lot to me to have beaten him at Madison International Speedway earlier this year (in a May super late model event). He finished behind me in third, so that means a lot to a guy like myself because we are doing our thing the best that we can with the money we have to beat him."
Fredrickson already owns a Governor's Cup trophy as he won a 2004 super late model race at The Mile. Last year at The Milwaukee Mile, Fredrickson ran well in the 50-lap super late model race.
"I finished third here last year and Kenseth won, so I feel like I've got something to prove to try to beat him this year," he said.
Fredrickson, the touring stars of the ASA Midwest Tour and NASCAR stars Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will be among an expected 200 race teams competing in nearly 500 miles of racing this Saturday and Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile in four stock car divisions.
Sunday afternoon's "Wisconsin All-Star 100 with Matt Kenseth" race is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. green flag, with on-track practice and qualifying preliminaries beginning at 8:00 a.m.
There is a special Matt Kenseth Hospitality race ticket package available through RK Race Promotions by clicking on the "Meet Matt" icon on the front page of The Mile's website, www.milwaukeemile.com.
Grandstand tickets to Sunday's action at The Mile are priced from $15 to $30, with all tickets to Saturday's card featuring two exciting races priced at an affordable $13, kids 12 and under admitted free. To purchase tickets 24/7 and to obtain the latest information on The Milwaukee Mile's Governor's Cup weekend, visit the speedway's website, www.milwaukeemile.com.
Kyle Busch has turned up the wick even hotter in NASCAR, as he led 145 of 200 laps Wednesday night en route to winning the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.
It was the Las Vegan's astonishing 17th NASCAR national series victory, as he's collected eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trophies already this season to go along with his six NASCAR Nationwide Series victories and now, three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event wins.
This Sunday during a non-stop Governor's Cup racing weekend at The Milwaukee Mile, Busch will join 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth, who drives the no. 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racecar, to race against over 40 of the best super late model racers running in this special ASA Midwest Tour-sanctioned event.
Prior to an expected early morning arrival in Milwaukee this Sunday, Busch will try to add two more to his NASCAR win total, as the driven 23 year-old is competing in both this Friday night's and Saturday night's races at the Tennessee half-mile track.
After 500 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Busch and Kenseth will head to The Milwaukee Mile to race in Sunday's "Wisconsin All-Star 100 with Matt Kenseth" race, one of two feature events on Sunday.
"Why do I race a late model?" Busch asked rhetorically. ""It's definitely a different type of racing. It's kind of my favorite car, something that I really love to do is race late models. There are a lot of great competitors out there you know, not just Matt but all the guys in the ASA Midwest Tour and everybody that races around here in Wisconsin."