Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch visits Michigan


Kyle Busch enjoys all forms of racing. From driving in NASCAR’s top series, the Sprint Cup, to go-kart racing, one thing remains the same. He likes to win.

On May 11 at Craig’s Cruisers in Grand Rapids, Mich., Busch certainly won his share of go-kart races, five out of six to be exact, but it was all in good fun as Busch competed against race fans, media, partners and VIP’s during Michigan International Speedway’s Heluva Good! Go-Kart Challenge.

Busch was in Grand Rapids helping MIS promote the upcoming June 11-13 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race weekend. The event featured Busch racing against fans who qualified earlier in the day in an 8-lap go-kart race. He also raced five additional 8-lap heats against media, partners and VIP’s. Busch easily won all but one of the races, but saw some stiff competition from fans that came from as far as Columbus, Ohio and Ontario, Canada.

“This was a really fun event. I enjoyed racing against the fans and helping Michigan International Speedway promote its upcoming Heluva! Good race weekend,” Busch said. “It was great to see all the fans turn out for this event and I’m excited to come back to MIS in a few weeks and try to get my first Sprint Cup victory there.”

Busch also got some tough competition from MIS President Roger Curtis, who raced him door-to-door throughout the event.

“We thank Kyle very much for attending our go-kart event and appreciate him taking time out of his busy schedule to spend time with our fans, media and partners,” Curtis said. “The Sprint Cup drivers, including Kyle, have done a really great job interacting with fans and letting them know how important they are to the sport. I almost beat Kyle in a couple of races, but he drives racecars for a living and I don’t, so it only makes sense that he was the better driver out there today.”

Busch has had some success at MIS in Sprint Cup Series competition over the years but has yet to post a victory in the Irish Hills. He has one Nationwide Series victory at MIS in 2004 and enjoys the second best average finishing position in track history in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition at 3.3, however a Sprint Cup Series victory in the Irish Hills still eludes him.

“I don’t know what it is about Michigan. I run really well in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series there but can’t seem to put it all together in the Sprint Cup car,” Busch said. “We’ve been doing a great job with our setups this year and will hopefully be able to get a win at Michigan this year.”

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.

MIS tickets are on sale. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 13 and CARFAX 400 on August 15 are as low as $25. Visit or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2010 events at MIS.

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