Kyle Busch is hoping that the third time is the charm at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Busch, one of NASCAR’s most recognizable — and successful — drivers in recent years, announced Wednesday that he is returning to the 3/8-mile Oxford oval in July for the TD Bank 250, the third time he has entered the nation’s richest short-track race.
“It’s no secret that I love to race, so I’ll be spending my weekend off from the Sprint Cup Series in July running the late model races at Oxford Plains Speedway,” Busch said in a new release Wednesday. “The track is a lot of fun to drive. It’s very flat, the corners are very round and the straightaway’s aren’t very long. (OPS owner) Bill Ryan and his staff treated me excellent during my first two trips to Oxford and the fans there are great.”
In addition to entering the TD Bank 250 on Sunday, July 24, Busch will also enter the Brackett Mechanical/RB Performance Pro All-Star Series (PASS) 150 the night before. Also, Busch said that while he’s raced in cars other teams have provided in previous attempts at the TD Bank 250, this time around he’ll be furnishing his own ride.
“I had one of the fastest cars and led a bunch of laps both years I ran the TD Bank 250 for Steve Perry and SP2 Motorsports, but we weren’t able to seal the deal,” Busch said. “This year we decided to bring our own KBM Toyota Camrys. Hopefully, the third time will be the charm.”
“Kyle is a great racer no matter what kind of car he is in,” Ryan said in a release. “Our fans loved seeing Kyle race in the TD Bank 250 in 2005 and 2006 and now will have another chance to see him try and win in 2011. Making things even more exciting this year is the fact that Kyle is racing in the PASS race on Saturday night. He will be a threat to win in both events.”
In 2005, he led the race twice for a total of 61 laps. In 2006, Busch looked poised to win the event when his motor expired while leading the event.
Since 2004, TD Bank 250 fans have seen some of NASCAR’s elite compete against the region’s best short track pilots. In addition to Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, J.J. Yeley, Ricky Craven, Kevin Lepage, Terry Labonte, Kevin Harvick, Kenny Wallace, Steve Wallace and Brad Keselowski have all entered the race in previous years. Only Harvick has gone the distance, winning in 2007.
In 2011, the TD Bank 250 weekend will consist of three nights of racing. On Friday, July 22, the Oxford Acceleration Series and PASS Modifieds will take center stage. Saturday’s PASS race will be accompanied by Oxford’s Strictly Stock and Mini Stock divisions, and will also be the first day for practice for the Sunday feature. Sunday, the green flag flies at 2 p.m.