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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Kurt Busch returns to trucks at Michigan; Brad Keselowski hopes for first trucks win; Parker Kligerman has busy weekend at MIS

MIS random notes
— Kurt Busch will make his first Truck series appearance in 11 years at the wheel of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Busch made just one start after his four-win, rookie of the year season, finishing fifth at The Milwaukee Mile in 2001.
— A victory this weekend would make Michigan-native Brad Keselowski and his father, Bob Keselowski, the first father and son to win a NASCAR Camping World Truck race. The elder Keselowski won at Richmond in 1997.
— Jennifer Jo Cobb bids to become just the second female to start 50 NCWTS races when she competes in Saturday’s race. Kelly Sutton is the all-time leader with 54.
— Ford has five Michigan victories but none thus far in 2012. Jason White is the highest ranked among Ford drivers in points (10th) and finished sixth in last year’s VFW 200.

Roush MIS facts
— Roush Fenway has led over 2,300 laps in Sprint Cup action at Michigan and is closing in on 4,000 total laps led at MIS.

— Nine different drivers have driven into victory lane at NASCAR races at MIS for Roush Fenway. Five in the Sprint Cup Series (Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards), three in the Nationwide Series (Martin, Jeff Burton and Edwards) and four in the Trucks (Biffle, Travis Kvapil, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun).

— In addition to the 11 Sprint Cup Series wins at MIS, Roush Fenway has won five times in the
Nationwide Series (most recently last season) and five times in the Truck Series at Michigan. Overall Roush
Fenway has collected 21 wins, 84 top fives and 132 top 10s in NASCAR action at Michigan.

Busy weekend for Parker Kligerman
Parker Kligerman will make his debut with the Red Horse Racing (RHR) team in the Truck series this weekend. Kligerman, who is currently sixth in the NCWTS point standings, will join series points leader Timothy Peters and two-time NCWTS champion Todd Bodine at RHR. The 22-year-old driver from Connecticut has recorded six top-five results, 16 top-10 finishes and has led 38 laps in 37 career starts in the NCWTS over the past three seasons.

In addition to that, he will help Penske Racing practice and qualify the #22 car, because Sam Hornish Jr. will stay in Montreal to focus on the Nationwide race, as he sits 3rd in points and wants to keep his focus on Montreal instead of traveling back and forth. Hornish will start the Cup race from the rear due to his late arrival at MIS.


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