Having won at Atlanta Motor Speedway four times in the Truck Series and being the defending race winner, fans might think Saturday's E-Z-GO 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in Atlanta would be another walk in the park for Kyle Busch.
However, the brash driver finds himself in an uncertain position coming to Atlanta. Busch will enter what is perhaps the facility he is most successful in - having posted four Truck Series wins and one Sprint Cup Series win - for the first time competing for his own team, Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Busch has won four-of-five Truck Series race he has entered at AMS, all competing for Georgia businessman Billy Ballew's Billy Ballew Motorsports. Now, he returns to Atlanta in his own gear.
"This year will be a little bit different with my own stuff," Busch said. "We're looking forward to it."
In 70-career truck races, he has won a staggering 16 times, with 25 percent of his wins coming in Atlanta.
"It just seems to fit. We've run well every time we've run there," said
Busch who won last March's American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "You've got to run trucks a little bit loose, and at Atlanta they get loose and I just seem to be able to run well like that."
In his first race in the No. 18 Toyota owned by Kyle Busch Motorsports, Busch finished a disappointing 22nd. Now, Busch returns to his most successful Truck Series schedule stop for a run at his first checkered flag as an owner.
To purchase tickets to the E-Z-GO 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway or for more information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Sunscreen a Late Entry for Kobalt Tools 500 Weekend
A NASCAR-minded meteorologist is calling for Atlanta Motor Speedway to have sunny skies and comfortable temperatures during the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend, March 5-7.
Brian Neudorff, a meteorologist at WUHF and WROC-TV in Rochester, N.Y. and operator of www.WX-Man.com/NASCAR, is predicted Atlanta Motor Speedway, "...will [have] the best weather weekend so far this season." Neudorff is predicting that Atlanta Motor Speedway will have high temperatures in the mid to upper 60s on Saturday and Sunday, with a high of 56 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday. Sunny skies are predicted for each day.
Neudorff's prediction is echoed by The National Weather Service and The Weather Channel, who each have similar forecasts for the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend.
NASCAR fans can follow Neudorff on Twitter at NASCAR_WXMAN.
Starting Positions in Jeopardy, Teams Need Strong Finish in Atlanta to Assure Standing
With guaranteed entry spots soon to be set by the 2010 points standings, a number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars find themselves in need of strong finish in the Kobalt Tools 500 to assure their entry position by being in the top 35 of the 2010 standings.
Atlanta's 2009 race winners - Kurt Busch in the Kobalt Tools 500 and Kasey Kahne in the fall - sit 19th and 23rd in the 2010 points standings respectfully, while Georgia-born driver David Ragan sits 20th in points.
Meanwhile, 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders Denny Hamlin and Juan Pablo Montoya sit 22nd and 26th respectfully in points. Since a 17th-place finish in Daytona, Hamlin is yet to cross the finish in a higher position, while Montoya has posted consecutive 37th-place finishes.
Scotts Turf Builder Cornhole Classic to Benefit Speedway Children's Charities
The first annual Scotts Turf Builder Cornhole Classic has been added to the fan festivities surrounding the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The event, benefitting Speedway Children's Charities, will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of race weekend, March 5-7, and is scheduled to feature 64 teams in a double elimination tournament. The top four teams from each day will play in a championship round on Sunday, March 7 to determine the Scotts Turf Builder Cornhole Classic champion.
Prizes will be awarded in the Scotts Turf Builder Cornhole Classis and include race tickets, suite passes, and more than $1,400 in cash .
The tournament will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 5, at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, and at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 7 in the Display Lot outside the Atlanta Motor Speedway frontstretch.
For more information or to register, contact Joe Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NASCAR Driver Autograph Appearances
A number of NASCAR notables will be making fan appearances on the Atlanta Motor Speedway property leading up to the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend.
Sam Hornish, Jr., NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and three-time IRL champion, will sign autographs for fans on Sunday, March 7 outside or the Penske trailer on souvenir row at 9:45 a.m.
Ricky Carmichael, driver of the No. 4 Silverado in the E-Z-GO 200 and 16-time AMA supercross champion, will sign autographs at the Team Chevy display in the Display Lot at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 5. The Team Chevy display will be located near Gate 14.
The pit crew for Jamie McMurray will sign autographs at the Team Chevy display in the Display Lot at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 7.
While the time is yet to be finalized, Jeff Burton will also sign autographs at the Team Chevy display. Fans are encouraged to check Team Chevy's Facebook Fan Page for more information.
Fans can also check Atlanta Motor Speedway's Facebook Fan Page and Twitter account, AMS Updates, for information on the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend.