Turner Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide Series News & Notes — Richmond International Raceway

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Richmond International Raceway News & Notes

Pre-Race Info for Kasey Kahne, Justin Allgaier & James Buescher

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No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet

Richmond International Raceway

Virginia 529 College Savings 250

April 27, 2012

No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet News and Notes

Kahne at Richmond International Raceway (RIR): By the numbers… In 10 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at RIR, Kahne has amassed three poles, one top-five and four top-10 finishes with a total of 289 laps led.

In NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition at RIR, Kahne is credited with one win (spring, 2005), one pole, three top-five and six top-10 finishes in 16 starts with 278 laps led.

Who’s on the pit box? Mike Shiplett joined Turner Motorsports in 2012 and has a unique role as he calls the shots for both a veteran (Kahne) and a rookie (Brad Sweet). It is a reunion of sorts for Kahne and Shiplett, who were paired together in the NNS during the 2007 season and put down impressive results including two victories (Charlotte Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, spring events).

This Week’s Impala… The No. 38 team will unload chassis TMS-319 this weekend at RIR. This chassis last saw track time at Phoenix International Raceway where Kahne started fourth and finished 18th.

Great Clips gets another win in the World of Outlaws… Kasey Kahne Racing’s (KKR) Joey Saldana got Great Clips another win two weeks ago – this time at Paducah International Speedway!  The veteran driver overcame a rough heat race to record his second victory of the season and first of his career at the Kentucky-based track.  The win catapulted Saldana to second-place in the point standings.

In Brad’s World … Brad Sweet’s been busy over the last couple of weeks, competing in World of Outlaws races for KKR. Sweet raced in Sedalia, MO at the Missouri State Fair Speedway and then the famed Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. Sweet will return to the NNS to pilot the No. 38 Great Clips Chevy at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5th.

Kahne and Sweet: a unique combination… Not only are Kahne and Sweet good friends off the track, but the veteran is serving as mentor to Sweet as he makes the transition from open-wheel competition to stock cars. Sweet was handpicked by Kahne in 2008 to drive for Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) where he has since experienced tremendous success in the World of Outlaws Series. Sweet will continue to compete on a limited basis for KKR when he is not behind the wheel of the No. 38 Great Clips machine in the NNS. You can expect Kahne to be very involved and present in the NNS garage when Sweet is behind the wheel of the No. 38 as he will closely monitor his progress and offer encouragement.

Kahne brought Great Clips their first win! From 2003-2005, Kahne and his sponsor, Great Clips, Inc., reached momentous milestones, including capturing Kahne’s first Nationwide Series victory in 2003 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was also Great Clips’ first win as a primary sponsor. In 2005, Kahne captured his second career win at Texas Motor Speedway before leaving the Nationwide Series to allow more time for his Sprint Cup Series efforts.

Great Clips goes racing with the World of Outlaws in 2012! Great Clips serves as sponsor for KKR driver Joey Saldana this year in the World of Outlaws series. The Minneapolis-based company has been a sponsor of KKR for the past two seasons. This year, they will be featured on all three KKR entries – as a primary sponsor on the #9 with Saldana as well as associate sponsor placement on Brad Sweet’s #49 and Cody Darrah’s #5 World of Outlaws cars.

12 Years and Counting… Great Clips, Inc. is currently the longest-running sponsor in the NNS and has used the Nationwide Series as their primary marketing platform for the last 11 years. Their sponsorship began in 2000 with Akins Motorsports as they climbed on board to sponsor the team’s No. 38 entry with driver, Christian Elder. Mark Green piloted the No. 38 for one season before general manager, Doug Stringer, hired up-and-coming talent, Kasey Kahne, thereby solidifying Great Clips’ commitment to their NASCAR sponsorship.

Kahne on racing at Richmond International Raceway

“There are two grooves of racing at Richmond so there’s a lot of side-by-side beating and banging which is always a lot of fun. Staying calm and patient is key but sometimes that’s easier said than done.  It’s really important to keep the fenders on the car in order to get a good finish because the cars are a little bit more aero- sensitive, than somewhere like Bristol. I’m really enjoying these races with the Turner Motorsports guys. Every week we unload this Great Clips Chevrolet and its fast and we are able to contend for wins. It’s been a lot of fun so far this season.”

Follow the No. 38 team on Twitter! Twitter.com/No38TurnerNNS

Follow Kasey Kahne on Twitter! Twitter.com/KaseyKahne

Follow Brad Sweet on Twitter! Twitter.com/KBradSweet49

Follow Turner Motorsports on Facebook! Facebook.com/TurnerMotorsports

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No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet

Richmond International Raceway

Virginia 529 College Savings 250

April 27, 2012

No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet News and Notes

Weekend Rewind: Texas I – Justin Allgaier and the No. 31 BRANDT team headed to the ‘Lonestar State’ rested and refreshed after the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) took a two-week hiatus. Bringing back the same strong chassis from California, Allgaier qualified 16th for the 200-lap race. He quickly made his presence known as he broke into the top-10 early on, where he remained throughout the majority of the event. Allgaier finished seventh, recording his third top-10 of the season.

Allgaier at Richmond Raceway – Allgaier will make his seventh career start at the Virginia short track this weekend. In his six previous attempts, Allgaier has notched one top-five, three top-10 and five top-15 finishes to go with an average start of 18.0 and average finish of 14.2. Allgaier calls a third-place finish his career-best which came in last spring’s event.

Welcome Aboard Nutrients for Life – Brandt welcomes the Nutrients for Life Foundation to the No. 31 Chevrolet in Richmond this weekend. The Foundation, created in 2004 by seven of the world’s most respected fertilizer companies, was established to inform the public of the role of nutrients in both the production of nutritious, abundant food and preservation of healthy green spaces through the development of education resources as well as an outreach campaign to people across the country. Nutrients for Life joins the National FFA Organization, Precision Tank & Equipment and Trademark Nitrogen as the fourth partner on the No. 31 Brandt Chevrolet, as the agricultural resources company continues to lead the way in establishing an “All Ag” car.

Racing to Feed the World – On Thursday morning, April 26, Allgaier, along with representatives from BRANDT and Nutrients for Life will head to a Richmond-area school to visit with students who have participated in a car-design contest themed “Racing to Feed the World”. Allgaier will select the winner of the contest prior to the visit.

Turner Trucks are Two-for-Two – Turner Motorsports has shown its strength the past two weekends in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) going to victory lane in the last two races. Kasey Kahne took the win in the series’ return to Rockingham Speedway two weeks ago and James Buescher notched his first-career NCWTS victory at Kansas Speedway last weekend.

Catching the Racing on Two-Wheels – During the off weekend, Allgaier traveled to Road Atlanta to take in the AMA Pro Racing Big Kahuna National Event as a guest of Arai, the company who makes his racing helmets. Reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes won the event, which is the first of three in the Big Kahuna Triple Crown.

This Week’s Impala – This weekend, Allgaier will pilot TMS-320 in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Speedway. This is the same car Allgaier drove at Phoenix International Raceway in the second race of the season where he started 13th and finished 15th.

Allgaier on returning to the short track at Richmond:

“I’m excited to get these off weekends behind us and back into a rhythm of racing every weekend! I can’t think of a much better place to get things started than Richmond for a Friday night race. The fans love a good Friday night showdown and we love it too. I will be honest and say that it took me a few races to really embrace Richmond, but now, especially after last spring’s event where we finished third, I can truly say that I’m looking forward to getting there and getting on track. We have some momentum from our finish at Texas and I’d love to keep that rolling as we get into early summer.”

Follow the No. 31 team on Twitter! @No31TurnerNNS

Follow BRANDT on Twitter! @BRANDTRacing

Follow Turner Motorsports on Facebook! Facebook.com/TurnerMotorsports

James Buescher

No. 30 AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet

Richmond International Raceway

Virginia 529 College Savings 250

April 27, 2012

No. 30 AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet News and Notes

This Week’s Impala… The No. 30 AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet Impala team will bring chassis TMS-314 to Richmond International Raceway for Friday’s 250-lap race.  TMS-314 is a brand new chassis to the No. 30 AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet team.

Welcome Back… Long time Turner Motorsports partner, AccuDoc Solutions, will again adorn the sides of the No. 30 Chevrolet Impala this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.AccuDoc Solutions is based in Morrisville, NC and provides billing-statement printing and processing to hospitals and hospital-based physicians. In addition to paper-based billing statements, ADS enables patients the ability to choose electronic statement delivery and make payments through secure online payment portals. Notable North Carolina based clients include Carolina’s Healthcare System, the UNC Healthcare System, Sentara Healthcare, Baptist Health Care Pensacola, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Mission Health System and Wake Med.  To learn more visit www.AccuDocSolutions.com

Winner Winner…James Buescher captured his first-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win last Saturday at Kansas Speedway.  The 22-year-old Texas native led 103 laps in route to his commanding victory.  With the dominant performance on Saturday afternoon, Buescher sits four points behind NCWTS point leader Timothy Peters with 18 races left on the 2012 schedule.

Turner Strong… In the first 10 NASCAR Nationwide Series and NCWTS races in which Turner Motorsports has competed, the teams have combined for three victories and two pole awards. The Turner Motorsports entries have also finished inside the top-10 in all but two races.

Come and See Me… Buescher will be at the Chevrolet Racing display located outside of the main grandstands on Friday, April 27that 6 pm EST.  He will answer questions in addition to signing autographs for fans.

Follow Me… Visit www.twitter.com/jamesbuescher and www.facebook.com/jamesbuescherracing for the latest news and updates on Buescher and the No. 30 AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet team.

Watch and Listen… The Virginia College Savings 250 can be seen live on Friday, April 27thon ESPN2.  Race coverage will begin at 7 pm EST. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 90.

James Buescher on driving at Richmond International Raceway

“Richmond is a great short track.  There is enough room to run side-by-side, but you have to be precise when getting into the corners.  You can make the outside groove work, which is one of the reasons we always have a great crowd there.  We are bringing a new car to Richmond and I think it is going to really pay dividends.  They guys on the AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet team have been working really hard getting these cars together and I think it is going really show under the lights on Friday night.  We are riding a wave of momentum right now at Turner Motorsports and I am lucky to be a part of the success.”

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