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Josh Richards: NCWTS Lucas Oil Raceway Advance

Jul 28, 2011


RACE: AAA Insurance 200
TRACK: Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
TRUCK: No. 18 Joy Mining Machinery Toyota Tundra
TEAM: Kyle Busch Motorsports PRIMARY
MOTORS: Triad Racing Technologies

BROADCAST: Friday, July 29, 7:30 p.m. ET SPEED/MRN/Sirius NASCAR 90


Two-­‐time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion Josh Richards will make his debut at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and his third career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In Friday’s AAA Insurance 200 Richards will pilot the No. 18 Joy Mining Machinery Toyota Tundra, fielded by Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). This will be Richards’ first race at Lucas Oil Raceway although he did participate in a rain-­‐ shortened ARCA test at the 0.686-­‐mile oval in June.

KBM at Lucas Oil Raceway:
Crew chief Eric Phillips called the shots in the last NCWTS race at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2010 when owner-­‐driver Kyle Busch qualified second and finished second. KBM General Manager and Director of Competition, Rick Ren, called the shots for Ron Hornaday, Jr. when he went to Victory Lane in 2007 and 2009.

Driver Josh Richards on racing at Lucas Oil Raceway:
“I’m looking forward to racing at Lucas Oil Raceway. The truck we’re bringing is the same one that I tested at the Milwaukee Mile. I know that KBM is bringing a great truck to Indianapolis and I can’t wait to get on track. I tested last month at the track in an ARCA car at Lucas Oil Raceway. Because of the rain I didn’t get a lot of laps in, but I at least have a feel for the track. I’m especially looking forward to Friday since it’s my first short track race in the Camping World Truck Series.”

Crew Chief Eric Phillips:
“I think Josh may be more comfortable at this track coming from short dirt track racing. We tested at Milwaukee in the truck we are bringing on Friday and Josh ran really well up there. I’m confident that Josh’s learning curve will be shortened every time he gets into the truck.”

On the uncertainty of returning to Lucas Oil Raceway:
“Lucas Oil Raceway is one of the best short tracks we run at, you can pass, you can run multiple grooves there, it’s just an old fashioned short track. A lot of fans sit up there in turn one in the grass, I grew up not far from there and went to Indianapolis Raceway Park a lot. I hope we do get back there next year.”

Rick Ren on racing Lucas Oil Raceway:
“Lucas Oil Raceway, or IRP, to me is a special place because I grew up about 80 miles from there in Danville, Illinois. I will always call it my home track. I almost won my first race as crew chief there back in 1990, it just didn’t work out, but we about had it won. I’ve taken that personally all these years and to try to get better and have gone and tested there to improve. I finally hit on a combination with Ron Hornaday where we figured out how to get around the racetrack a lot better, and I had some success there with some guys in the Nationwide Series. “

“I think a lot of it is getting your driver to calm down and not over drive the corners. I think a lot of that comes from my experience having been around a long time and trying to calm down a driver and figure out how to drive the racetrack, because it’s really easy to overdrive the track but hard to get grip off the corner and get the thing to turn. It’s a challenge to the crew chief and the driver so it makes the race a team effort.”

Primary Chassis
– KBM-­‐5 Richards tested in KBM-­‐5 for a two-­‐day test at the Milwaukee Mile in June. In the Tundra’s debut, Brian Ickler started fourth in the 2010 NCWTS Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway and ran second for 60 laps before being involved in an accident on lap 80 that put him two laps down. Ickler fought back to earn a lead-­‐lap 13th-­‐place finish.

Joy Mining Machinery has over 90 years of experience as a global leader in the development, manufacture, distribution and service of underground mining machinery for the extraction of coal and other bedded materials. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, Joy Mining Machinery employs over 8,000 employees worldwide. For additional information, visit www.joy.com.

Kyle Busch Motorsports has quickly established itself as one of the most successful teams in all of NASCAR. The reigning Camping World Truck Series owners’ champions prepare a fleet of race-­‐winning Toyotas out of a 77,000-­‐ square-­‐foot facility in Mooresville, N.C. Pending LEED certification, the facility’s state-­‐of-­‐the art equipment and innovative green initiatives make it unmatched among its peers. Fans can stay up-­‐to-­‐date with all the latest KBM news online at kylebuschmotorsports.com, by liking the team on Facebook (KyleBuschMS) and following the team on twitter (@KyleBuschMS).

For more information on Josh Richards and Joy Racing visit joyracing.net or follow on Twitter@joyracing.

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