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Repeating at Bristol is goal of Kellogg's/CARQUEST team

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 24, 2007) – The last time Kyle Busch raced at Bristol Motor Speedway, he crossed the finish line victorious, earning the Kellogg’s/CARQUEST team the honor of being the first to win a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup “Car of Tomorrow” race.

The No. 5 crew returns to the newly repaved track this weekend hoping for the same result. In order for that to happen, however, the team will have to throw out their old notes and start fresh.

“Even though we won at Bristol in the spring, we are going back to a brand new race track,” crew chief Alan Gustafson said.  “The folks at Bristol Motor Speedway did a great job in the repaving. It will be a little different race than we’ve had in the past, but I think it will still be a great event for the fans.

“I know there’s a lot of anticipation. The track will be slick until we get some rubber down, but it should still be a typical Bristol race.”

If Saturday is a typical NEXTEL Cup race at Bristol, then Busch should be a solid bet to run up front. He has earned top-10 finishes in his past three Bristol races, including a runner-up effort in August 2006 and the win in March. Busch has led 64 laps in Cup competition at the famed half-mile, with an average finish of 14.4 and the 10th-best driver rating (90.3).

This weekend, Busch will pull triple-duty by racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series races in addition to Cup. The last time Busch attempted the trifecta at Bristol, he finished in the top 10 in all three series. He holds an average finish of 9.2 in NBS competition and 8.7 in the trucks there.

“I think running all three races will help me get used to the new track surface,” Busch said. “During testing, the track was kind of boring for me because the old Bristol had so many different characteristics.

“I’m sure it will still be an exciting race, but I think that it will take a few winters to get the track re-seasoned.”

Busch is well aware of the changes to the Bristol he loved and excelled at. But he’s ready for the demands the new surface will present him with throughout the race weekend.

“Bristol is a very tricky place right now,” he said. “I certainly don’t have a handle on it quite yet, but, hopefully, I’ll figure something out.”