BUSCH Sam's Town 250

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Oct 27, 2007 - 11:07 AM
October 27, 2007 
Memphis Motorsports Park
Millington, Tennessee

Race 32 of 35 on the Busch Series circuit

Laps: 250
Track length: 3/4 mile
Race length: 187 miles

TV: ESPN2, 3:00 p.m.

Qualifying record: Jeff Green, Chevrolet, 120.267 mph, 2000
Race record: Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 92.352 mph, 2000


DRIVERS TO WATCH
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Carl Edwards
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No. 60 Ford Fusion
2007 Earnings: $1,113,110

Needs to finish eighth or better to clinch the championship; finished
33rd at Lowe's with his second consecutive DNF; prior to that was
38th at Kansas, his worst finish of 2007; lead in the standings
is now 638 points over David Reutimann, down from 852 after
Indianapolis 10 races ago; prior to debacle at Kansas finished
sixth at Dover, his second top 10 in the last eight races after
running second at Richmond; finished 11th at Bristol and 28th at
Michigan following consecutive poor showings on the road
courses where he ran 32nd at Watkins Glen after a 30th at
Montreal; has just two top-fives and four top-10s over last 13
races; despite recent struggles still has a series-best 19
top-10 finishes; has led in the standings for 29 consecutive
weeks, and has been in the top five following the last 58 Busch
races; in 31 starts this season has four wins, trailing only
Kevin Harvick who has five; has posted 14 top-five finishes; has
two Busch starts at Memphis, finishing in the top five in both
races.


Kevin Harvick
Team: Richard Childress Racing
Car: No. 21 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2007 Earnings: $985,170

Reigning series champion finished 10th at Lowe's after a 13th at
Kansas; did not compete at Dover, dropping him from second to
third in the standings behind Reutimann; was 24th at Richmond,
his worst finish of 2007; finished seventh at California after a
16th at Bristol; has 18 top-10 finishes, one behind Edwards
despite eight less starts; won at Watkins Glen for his third
straight victory and fourth in the last nine races; also
finished second at Daytona over that dominant stretch; despite
racing in just 23 races, has a series-best five wins (Daytona,
New Hampshire, Chicago, Montreal, Watkins Glen); only other
finishes out of top-10 was an 11th at Texas and 12th at
Charlotte; won this race last year.


Jason Leffler
Team: Braun Racing
Car: No. 38 Toyota Camry
2007 Earnings: $1,000,266

Finished 19th at Lowe's to remain fourth in the standings; ran
21st at Kansas after taking 30th at Dover, 11th at Richmond and
14th at California; posted a second-place showing at Bristol
after leading a race-high 81 laps; placed 12th at Michigan after
running 27th at Watkins Glen and 26th at Montreal; the two poor
showings on the road courses came after earning his second
career Busch series victory at Indianapolis, which gave Toyota
its first series victory; started the season with four DNFs in
the first six races, but has none since; has been inconsistent
with eight finishes of 30th or worse in 30 races this year; has
four previous starts at Memphis in the Busch series with a best
finish of 16th.


David Ragan
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No. 6 Ford Fusion
2007 Earnings: $695,607

Finished sixth at Lowe's to break a fifth-place tie with Bobby
Hamilton Jr. in the standings; ran 34th at Kansas following a
32nd at Dover and a 39th at Richmond; ran 10th at California for
his second straight top 10 after a sixth at Bristol; struggled
prior to that with a pair of 21st showings at Michigan and
Watkins Glen; finished fifth at Gateway nine races ago; scored
three top five and eight top-10 finishes in 2007; best finish
this year was third at Talladega; won the pole and finished
fifth at Texas; also has seven finishes of 30th or worse this
season; leads the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings by 30
points over Marcos Ambrose; has no previous starts at Memphis in
the NASCAR Busch Series.


David Reutimann
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
Car: No. 99 Toyota Camry
2007 Earnings: $973,183

Finished 12th at Lowe's after a 17th at Kansas, remaining second
in the standings; ran 10th at Dover, moving past Harvick in the
standings; ran 23rd at Richmond and finished 15th at
California; ran third at Bristol; has better finishes than
Edwards in nine of the last 11 races, yet still trails by 638
points; had consecutive third place finishes at both
Indianapolis and Gateway; has 11 top-10 finishes in 2007
including his career best finish of second place at the first
Nashville race; has also finished 30th or worse four times this
season; has one Busch start at Memphis where he finished 12th in
2002; won the pole at Memphis in 2003 when he qualified the car
for Greg Biffle, Biffle started the race.


2006 Top 10
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1. Kevin Harvick (21), Chevrolet
2. Clint Bowyer (2), Chevrolet
3. Carl Edwards (60), Ford
4. Johnny Sauter (1), Chevrolet
5. Shane Huffman (88), Chevrolet
6. Denny Hamlin (20), Chevrolet
7. Reed Sorenson (41), Dodge
8. Kasey Kahne (9), Dodge
9. Danny O'Quinn Jr. (50), Ford
10. J.J. Yeley (18), Chevrolet

Past Champions
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2006 Kevin Harvick
2005 Clint Bowyer
2004 Martin Truex Jr.
2003 Bobby Hamilton Jr.
2002 Scott Wimmer
2001 Randy LaJoie
2000 Kevin Harvick
1999 Jeff Green







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