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Gustafson reflects on Daytona, shifts attention to Chicago

JOLIET, Ill. (July 10, 2007) – Alan Gustafson, a native of Ormond Beach, Fla., walked away from Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway this weekend a happy man.

Less than 10 hours after a Busch Series win on Saturday with the No. 5 Delphi Chevrolet, Gustafson was back on pit road calling the shots for Kyle Busch, who was driving the No. 5 CARQUEST/Kellogg’s Chevrolet during the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Pepsi 400.

In a photo finish finale, Busch almost made it into the NASCAR record books by being the first to ever win a Busch-Cup doubleheader in one day, but fell short by a mere .0051 seconds. It was the second-closest margin of victory since the arrival of electronic scoring in 1993.

Yet with a win and a runner-up finish under his belt from Daytona, Gustafson now prepares himself for another double duty weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.  He is crew chief of Busch’s No. 5 Chevrolets in the NEXTEL Cup Series and also calls his Busch Series races alongside crew chief Mike Bumgarner.

“The Busch win this past Saturday was cool because it was at Daytona International Speedway, which is very close to my hometown and practically where I grew up,” Gustafson said. “But what made this win even sweeter is that there is not a more deserving group of guys than that No. 5 team.

“They have come so close this season and to see them finally break through was great.”

Busch will be racing in both the Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup races this weekend and Gustafson is looking to continue the momentum of both No. 5 Chevrolet teams.

In last year’s NEXTEL Cup race at Chicagoland, Gustafson was able to bring Busch home with a solid third-place finish and he is confident in his No. 5 Kellogg’s/CARQUEST team’s ability to do the same, if not better this weekend at the 1.5-mile tri-oval track.

“Chicago is a good track for us,” Gustafson said. “On the Cup side, we finished third last year and I feel like we have a lot of momentum. I hope to capitalize on it in Chicago with a couple of wins.”

The Busch Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will air live Saturday on ABC at 2:30 p.m. ET with the NEXTEL Cup race airing live Sunday on TNT at 2:30 p.m. ET.