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Mears, National Guard team recognizing 76th Infantry Brigade at MIS

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 17, 2007) – Casey Mears, driver of the No. 24 National Guard Chevrolet, will make his 15th NASCAR Busch Series start of the season this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

In four Busch Series starts at the two-mile oval, Mears has accumulated three top-10 finishes, with two of those inside the top five. His career-best finish of second came last August after leading four laps.

“Michigan’s always one of those tracks where you fight that balance of getting the car loose enough, so that you’re not too tight at the end of a run,” Mears said. “The cool thing about Michigan is that it usually gives you some options as a driver. You can run the bottom, you can run the top.

“The last few times I’ve been there, I’ve been right around the bottom. But depending on how your car handles, it gives you the option to try the top and I really enjoy race tracks like that. If your car isn’t working quite right, you can go somewhere else and make it work a little bit better.”

The No. 24 National Guard team and driver Mears have had an impressive year thus far, posting six top-five finishes and 12 top-10s in their 14 Busch Series starts. Mears’ current 8.9 average finish puts him among the top-10 in that category this season.

Yet, Mears is still looking for the team’s first win.

“We’ve just got to do everything right,” Mears said. “Our cars have been fast enough to win races. We’ve just got to get all the details right and make the right call there at the end of the race to be in the position to win.

“We’ve had some really good Busch cars this year with the National Guard Chevy and hopefully we can hit on it and win one of these.”

This weekend, the 76th Infantry Brigade, nicknamed the “Nighthawks,” will be honored on the hood of the No. 24 National Guard Chevrolet. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the 76th Infantry Brigade was called upon to actively serve in Bosnia and Kosovo from December 2000 through May 2005.

The NASCAR Busch Series race at Michigan International Speedway will air live Saturday on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET.


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