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Kellogg's/CARQUEST team visits Wolverines football practice

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Aug. 20, 2007) – Kyle Busch and his Hendrick Motorsports team made a few new friends last Thursday in Ann Arbor.

About 170 of them.

The Kellogg’s/CARQUEST crew visited the University of Michigan to attend football practice, and Busch, a big Wolverines fan, gained a new perspective on the team while standing on the sidelines throughout practice.

“To put it into racing terms, coming to their practice field today and visiting their stadium was like seeing their pit road,” said Busch, driver of the No. 5 Kellogg’s/CARQUEST Chevrolet in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. “The entire team and all the coaches, including Coach (Lloyd) Carr, were so accommodating.

“They made all of us feel welcome and really took us inside their sport.”

After meeting several coaches and watching offensive and defensive practice drills, Busch and the team made the short walk to the University of Michigan’s famous football stadium, the Big House.

Before hitting the field, Busch ventured into the locker room and smacked the famed “Go Blue Go” sign—a Wolverines football tradition—before he and his Hendrick Motorsports team walked the corridor out onto the field.

A 40-yard dash took place between Busch and crew chief Alan Gustafson—with Gustafson earning bragging rights—and the driver also showed off his cheerleading skills on the 50-yard line with a few cartwheels.

Following an interview with ESPN, Busch returned to the field as practice wound down with two-minute drills. When Carr called his team in for the huddle, he surprised Busch by inviting him over to a big round of applause from the squad.

Busch addressed the team and spoke of “drive and determination” and asked them to “win each weekend, especially the final one,” referencing Michigan’s game against their biggest rival, Ohio State.

Several Wolverines players asked questions of Busch.

“How fast does your car go?” (“190.”)

“How many times have you crashed?” (“Too many.”)

“How many bones have you broken?” (“None.”)

“Do you have a stereo in your car?” (“I wish.”)

Once the football team departed, Carr and Busch exchanged war stories. Carr also signed a football for Busch and some hats for several members of the Kellogg’s/CARQUEST team. A few players returned to the field afterward to chat with Busch and get a few autographs of their own.

Nearly four hours after practice began, Busch and his Hendrick Motorsports team departed the Big House, all with matching “M” hats and a new appreciation for college football and the Blue and Maize.


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