There is no bigger event for the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals (FKSSN) than the Polar Bear 150 at Rockingham Speedway, and the popular race just got a little more exciting as Kurt Busch has announced he will compete in the third installment of the event on Saturday, November 27.
“What a tremendous honor it is to have NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kurt Busch come and compete with our racers at Rockingham Speedway,” said nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion and series founder, Frank Kimmel. “I think it is a tremendous opportunity for our series with the amount of exposure that Kurt will bring to our race, but also for our drivers. He is coming to run well and win the race, I think that says something about him, but I also think that it says that our series is starting to build credibility. Hopefully this will improve the series, bring out more fans and add to the excitement of the race at Rockingham.”
The 2010 edition of the Polar Bear 150 will be the fourth race for the FKSSN at Rockingham Speedway but the first time the event will be held Thanksgiving weekend. The event is one of the most anticipated races of the season and is held at a track that is not short on history or excitement. The one-mile oval track was a long-time staple for the top levels of NASCAR and has seen legendary drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, David Pearson and Jeff Gordon make their way to victory lane.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Kurt racing here at Rockingham,” said Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg. “The Polar Bear is always such an exciting race, and it becomes even more so with a driver of this caliber in the field.”
Kurt Busch will be competing in car No. 22, and is set to compete against a field of up to 99 other drivers. Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, made eight career Cup starts at Rockingham with a best finish of second in the 2003 spring race.
"This (FKSSN) is the premiere grassroots racing division, that everybody needs to be a part of,” said Busch. “I was a street stocker back in the day, and this is the best way to touch base with our core fans.”
The FKSSN are set to hit the track for the Polar Bear 150 on Saturday, November 27. Gates open at 6:30 a.m. EST with qualifying set for 11:00 a.m. The green flag will drop for the start of the 150-lap event at 1:00 p.m. EST.
Tickets are still available for the Polar Bear 150 by logging on to www.rockinghamspeedway.com or calling 910.205.8800. For more information on the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals, registration forms and the latest news on upcoming races, visit www.streetstocknationals.com.