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October 10, 2001

Busch Looks Forward to Returning to Talladega

(HUNTERSVILLE, N.C.) Next weekend, Kurt Busch and the No. 97 Sharpie Rubbermaid team head back to the famed Talladega Superspeedway for another shot at a great finish. Earlier this season, at the first Winston Cup Talladega race Busch delivered a stellar performance and brought home his first third place finish of his rookie Winston Cup season.

"Racing at Talladega is quite an experience," Busch said. "The track requires so much focus and concentration that it really becomes a big mental endurance race. The spring race was really exciting, and to do so well our first time there was quite a confidence builder. I am really looking forward to a second shot there to see what we can deliver. I think it's very apparent that we have learned a lot throughout the season, and now we have the opportunity of returning to Talladega to apply some of that knowledge."

Talladega Superspeedway is one of the racetracks on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit that can turn into complete mayhem in a matter of moments due to cars running three and four wide at unbelievable speeds. This track is known to be incredibly challenging because it requires such concentration for 500 miles, and the potential for accidents is always present. Keeping your nose clean and staying out of trouble is what many drivers strive for.

"The team and I are really looking forward to heading back to Talladega." Busch said. "I enjoy superspeedways and so far this season we have been able to string together some great results between Daytona and Talladega. Given that we had such a great finish there in the spring also allows us to go back and follow up on some of our notes in hopes of having another great race. Also, we had never been there before as a team and now we have some solid experience under our belt, I think that we have an opportunity to do fairly well, and hopefully have a chance to gain some points."

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Roush Industries, Inc. which operates eight teams; four in NASCAR Winston Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch; two in the Busch Series with Burton and Greg Biffle; and two in Craftsman Truck with Jon Wood and Kyle Busch.