Kyle Busch to Race SpeedFest 2009 at Lanier Nat’l Speedway 51 Sports PR Report
Many Cup Affiliated Teams to Be On-Hand to Battle the Best Short Trackers on Jan 23rd-25th
Kyle Busch is one of the busiest men in racing. In addition to winning a record 21 races between NASCAR’s big three series in 2008, the Sprint Cup Series star is known to climb behind the wheel of a Super Late Model whenever he can. Today SpeedFest 2009 officials announced that Kyle Busch will race the CRA Super Series portion of the big weekend on January 23rd–25th at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, GA.
“It’ll be my first race of the year, and I’m looking forward to it,” said Busch, who won eight times on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series last year. “It’s all about having fun, enjoying racing and giving back to local short track racing. I want to get people to come out and see how good of a show it really is. It’s a fun race to watch. The more I can do to give back to the type of racing that helped me is great; hopefully we can make events like this live for a long time.”
Busch competed in last year’s version of SpeedFest, which was held at USA Int’l Speedway in Lakeland, FL, and finished seventh. This year he is looking forward to the challenge that is Lanier’s 3/8’s of a mile oval.
“Last year at Lakeland was the first time I’ve been to SpeedFest, and it went fairly well. But, I think Lanier will be really fun because it’s a nice short track and it’s really tight. Hopefully we’ll get a great crowd in the stands to support local short track racing and the CRA Series because I think it will be a good race.”
This will be Busch’s first race for his own team with his new crew chief, Bond Suss. Suss has spent the past year with BDI Racing’s Late Model program and has worked with many great racers, including Mike Garvey, Kevin Cywinski, Jay Sauter and Joey Clanton.
“He’s been in the shop this week and we’ve been going over stuff,” said Busch. “I think it’s going to be a good relationship; we’ll just have to develop it over time. To go out in our first race together, it’ll be hard on him and hard on me, but we will learn each other quickly and do the best we can.”
Suss’ former team, owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series commentator on SPEED TV, Bob
Dillner, will have a new crew chief and new driver at SpeedFest 2009. Michael Pope, who is a Georgia native, and Jerry Babb will be working together with one goal in mind, victory lane.
“Kyle and I always tease each other about whose team is doing what on the track,” said Dillner, who will be at Lanier Nat’l Speedway for SpeedFest 2009. “We are excited about Michael driving our car, and he says Lanier is one of his favorite racetracks. We know he’ll do an awesome job for us. Add in Jerry and car chief Dustin Archer’s knowledge, plus good fortune, and we’ll be challenging for the win at the end of 200 laps. Most importantly, we just want a great show for the fans and the people at Lanier and the CRA series, and I think with the caliber of drivers that are entered you will have that!”
In addition to Busch’s and Dillner’s teams, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Stremme will also have his team competing at SpeedFest with Matt DiBenedetto. Former NASCAR Champion Bill Elliott’s development team will be competing in both the Pro and the Super Late Model portions of SpeedFest weekend with driver Casey Roderick. Cup driver David Ragan recently competed in the Ice Cold Shriner Bowl, so Lanier has been a hotbed recently for NASCAR personalities.
SpeedFest 2009 weekend will kick off with an open practice day on Friday, January 23rd, at Lanier National Speedway for all Pro and Super Late Model competitors. More practice and qualifying events for both divisions will take place on Saturday, January 24th, with the 200-lap CRA sanctioned Super Late Model and the 100-lap GAS sanctioned Pro Late Model events going green on Sunday, January 25th.
For more information on SpeedFest 2008, be sure to check out speed51.com, craracing.net and lanierspeedway.com. If you have any questions regarding the event, please call the respective series or track representative.
Kyle Busch already knows a thing or two about winning in Super Late Model competition.