KYLE BUSCH - Law of Averages

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2011) – In the late 1600s, Swiss mathematician and physicist Jakob Bernoulli formulated a statistical principle that he named the Law of Averages. Simply put, the idea behind the term was that probability will influence all occurrences in the long term that one will neither win nor lose all of the time.


Through three races of the 10-race, 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), crew chief Dave Rogers, and his entire team feel like the law of averages is on their side as they enter the fourth race of NASCAR’s playoffs – Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.


After a potential top-five run was thwarted by an empty fuel tank in the opening race of the chase at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., resulting in a disappointing 22nd-place finish, Busch and Company have fought back with solid finishes of 11th and sixth, respectively, during the past two races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon and Dover (Del.) International Speedway.


Even though the talented 26-year-old would have liked a much stronger start to the Chase, he currently sits in eighth place but just 15 points behind points leader Kevin Harvick as he shaved 11 markers off the lead at Dover last weekend. With the M&M’s team having recorded an impressive 13 top-five finishes this season, the law of averages would say it is highly likely to return to form this weekend with another top-five finish that would go a long way toward Busch’s title hopes.


Much like his three races thus far in the Chase, Busch also hopes the law of averages come into play with his return to Kansas Speedway. With an average finish of just 22.4 in his previous eight visits to Kansas, Busch knows he is due a strong finish there with the improvements the team has made at intermediate tracks this season. Busch turned around his fortunes earlier this year at another intermediate track – Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Even though the 2-mile Michigan layout had given Busch fits over the years, he broke through for his first Sprint Cup win there in August after an average finish of just 16.6 in his 13 previous races at the track.


The 1.5-mile Kansas layout just a stone’s throw west of the Kansas-Missouri state line has been one of Busch’s most challenging venues over the past seven seasons. But the addition of a second race date there this year only helps accelerate the growing database of knowledge it will take for he and his M&M’s teammates to find the kind of success they’re accustomed to.


As is the case at most racetracks on the Nationwide Series schedule, Busch has tasted success at Kansas in NASCAR’s second tier of competition, scoring a victory (2007), a runner-up finish (2009) and a pair of third-place runs (2006, 2010). The best he has to show for his eight visits on the Sprint Cup side, however, is a seventh-place finish in 2006.


So, the question remains: Is this weekend when the law of averages will work in Busch’s favor? It certainly seems that Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 might be the time for the roulette wheel to finally land on the No. 18 at Kansas.


KYLE BUSCH, Driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:


What changes have you seen over the years at Kansas Speedway?


“Kansas is a typical cookie-cutter-type racetrack that we always call a mile-and-a-half that has that layout. It’s got older asphalt, now, but we know that’s going to change for next year. The surface has matured a little bit over the years. It’s a racetrack where you can move all over the place. You can go from the bottom all the way to the top. Typically, when we repave these places, you’re always stuck to the bottom. It’s the fastest way around – the shortest way around. Sometimes, there’s not a lot of grip. It’s got good age to it. It’s got some character. There are definitely some things about it that are different than other racetracks that we go to. And that’s what we like – that’s what the drivers like. We don’t want to see a Charlotte, a Texas and an Atlanta all the same. They’re all so different. But yet, from the naked eye looking from above, they’re all laid out the same. So, you would think that they drive the same. But, they’re completely different.”


Why has Kansas been so difficult for you over the years?


“It’s not that you might not like a track or might not like a race or something like that. It’s just a matter of trying to figure it out. Once you kind of get it figured out or get the right situations kind of lined up, you can have a shot. I look at this place a lot like Michigan. That’s a place that I struggled at for a long time, but we finally were able to break through there for a win this year. Of course, just like Michigan, as soon as I figure it out, they are going to repave it just like they are going to do at Kansas, but it would be nice to get a win on the current surface at Kansas before they do the repave just like we were able to do at Michigan.”


Kansas Speedway has only played host to Sprint Cup racing since 2001, and you’ve only run seven races there, but now are going there twice a year. What are your thoughts heading into Kansas this weekend?


“I think we need to be better than I have run there before. Dave (Rogers, crew chief) and all the guys in the shop have worked really hard to be as prepared as possible for Kansas. We ran much better at Chicago this year even though our results didn’t show it, and the guys went to work to bring an even better car to Kansas this weekend and it’s a very similar layout to Chicago. The banking is just a little bit different but, other than that, it’s really similar. I’ve had some success with JGR and Hendrick in the Nationwide Series there, and I’m hoping, with a little more experience and knowledge, I can do that in the Cup car at Kansas, as well. This weekend would be a great time to get it figured out and, hopefully, have a good solid top-five day with our M&M’s Camry.”


Were there any challenges to having only one Sprint Cup race each year at Kansas Speedway, and will it change things a bit for you as far as getting more knowledge and track time, there, with this second race?


“We go to Indy once a year. We go to Chicago once a year, a lot of different racetracks once a year. It’s a little bit different of a challenge because you’ve got to remember that far back. I think the more Dave (Rogers) and the guys go there, we will keep learning, and it will only help us with our notebook of information. Dave is really good at learning from past races. He’s constantly thinking about ways to improve things, especially at places where we’ve struggled. I’ve really never had much luck at Kansas in the Cup car, so I’m hoping we can turn that around this weekend. I’ve run well there, at times, but seem to be snake-bitten a bit with mechanical issues or getting caught up in an accident. We’re hoping we can turn that around this weekend. After the Chicago race last year, we basically threw out our notebook there and started over. We ran really well there this year even though the result didn’t show it since we ran out of gas, but we’re hoping to take what we learned at places like Michigan and Chicago, where we’ve run well at those intermediate tracks and, and apply them to Kansas.”


The Kansas race often has come down to fuel mileage – including three of the last four years. The spring race there came down to fuel and the first two Chase races also came down to fuel mileage. What have you learned about saving fuel? Is it a matter of saving it, or just being in a position where you can gamble at the end of the race?


It’s probably just a matter of either being in a position to gamble, more times than not. When you’re trying to conserve fuel, it’s pretty much all on luck. You try to roll out of the gas early and be smooth getting back to it. You’ll probably save a drop here or there, but nothing that’s going to make a big difference. I think four times in my career I’ve tried, but I didn’t make it on three of them. It depends on the scenario. If you’re short by three laps with 60 laps to go and you go green the rest of the way, if you start saving, you will go for it. But if you’re short five laps, if there is no other way but to stop, you might as well come in early and then go for it.”


Is it a struggle for you not to pass during the race if you are saving fuel and your car for the end of the race?


“Yeah, you want to race those guys who are around you all of the time. You want to go, ‘Uh, there’s a car in front of me. I want to pass that guy.’ That’s what’s in your blood to do. Sometimes you’ve just got to back off a little bit and kind of let the race play out. You’ve got to get to the end on the final pit stop. Once you get to the final pit stop, then the race is on. That’s kind of the way it works out. This place can suck you in and it can suck you in pretty easily – into the wall, I mean.”











Laps Led




STP 400



Running, 267/267





Price Chopper 400



Running, 266/267





Price Chopper 400



Running, 267/267





Camping World RV 400



Running, 266/267





*LifeLock 400



Running, 164/210





Banquet 400



Running, 267/267





Banquet 400



Running, 267/267





Banquet 400



Accident, 136/267



* Race cut short due to weather.





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Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon Tied Atop ARCA's

For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011



(TOLEDO, Ohio) - Ty Dillon appears to be coasting to the overall ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver championship, but faces a worthy challenger in Chris Buescher as the two rookie drivers pursue the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Award.


With 1135 points each, Dillon and Buescher have put their owners into a tie at the top of the standings for one of ARCA's most prestigious awards. Dillon has four speedway wins and Buescher has put six top-fives to use, making their teams tied with one race to go in the seven-event series.


 The Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Award is given to the owner of the ARCA Racing Series team scoring the most race points - not counting qualifying or lap bonuses - in the seven races at Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Pocono Raceway (two), Michigan International Speedway, and Kansas Speedway.


Friday's Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway will be the final event of the competition, and the award will be presented on Saturday, December 10 at the ARCA Racing Series championship banquet in Covington, Ky.


Of the two main competitors, the driver that finishes ahead of the other on Friday will win the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge, provided they finish in 27th place or higher. Neither driver has finished outside of the top 25 in a race in their careers.


Based in Lakeville, Ind., Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. produces the Official Tire of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and is part of one of the longest-standing sponsor relationships in ARCA's 59-year history. Hoosier has participated as a supplier for ARCA-sanctioned events since the 1960s and has been the exclusive tire provider for the ARCA Racing Series since 1995.


A chart showcasing points earned through six races is below. Dillon's team is owned by Richard Childress, while Buescher's is owned by Russell Roulo. Frank Kimmel, a driver and owner, and Grant Enfinger, who drives for owner Mike Allgaier, are the only other drivers still mathematically eligible for the award.


Top Drivers in Position for the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Award















C. Buescher











T. Dillon











F. Kimmel











G. Enfinger











Allocation of points by position (Pos. - Pts.): 1 - 200; 2 - 195; 3 - 190; 4 - 185; 5 - 180; 6 - 175; 7 - 170; 8 - 165; 9 - 160; 10 - 155; 11 - 150; 12 - 145; 13 - 140; 14 - 135; 15 - 130; 16 - 125; 17 - 120; 18 - 115; 19 - 110; 20 - 105; 21 - 100; 22 - 95; 23 - 90; 24 - 85; 25 - 80; 26 - 75; 27 - 70; 28 - 65; 29 - 60; 30 - 55; 31 - 50; 32 - 45; 33 - 40; 34 - 35; 35 - 30; 36 - 25; 37 - 20; 38 - 15; 39 - 10; 40 - 5; 41 - 5.


Practice on Kansas Speedway's 1.5-mile oval will begin at 9 a.m. Central (10 Eastern) on October 7; the session will last for two hours and 15 minutes. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will start at 5:35 p.m. Central, and the race will begin at 7:30 p.m. Central. SPEED will air live television coverage of the race, and ARCARacing.com will carry live timing and scoring coverage of the day's entire schedule.


The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards features 19 events at 16 tracks on its 2011 schedule. The series has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course.


Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.


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ACT Wraps Up Season with Doubleheader Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     ACT-100311-62


Waterbury, VT – For the first time in American Canadian Tour Late Model history, the season will come to a close with a doubleheader weekend. The ACT Tour, Série ACT Castrol and Bond/WIX Tiger Tour point battles will conclude on Saturday, October 8 with the Rent-A-Wreck Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. With the tours completed, many teams will head to Thunder Road in Barre, VT for the 49th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl on Sunday, October 9, rain dated from October 2.

Williston, VT’s Brian Hoar will look to conclude his eighth ACT championship season with a third career win in the Rent-A-Wreck Fall Foliage 200. Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC will wrap up his second Série ACT Castrol Championship as he attempts to win his fourth straight Fall Foliage event. Randy Potter, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., and Brent Dragon will be looking for their first wins of the season, while Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Austin Theriault, Ben Ashline and Glen Luce among others will look for their first career ACT wins.


With the pressure of the points racing over, many teams are expected to head to the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl and take a shot at the $10,000 to win pay check. 2011 Champion Dave Pembroke and runner-up Lt. Governor Phil Scott will attempt to cap off successful seasons by adding another Milk Bowl win to their resumés. John Donahue will try to add to his three wins at Thunder Road this season. 2010 Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet won both 2011 ACT events at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.”

Bradford, VT’s Derrick O’Donnell currently leads both the Bond/WIX Tiger Tour and the Thunder Road Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen standings. With solid runs on both Saturday and Sunday, he could lock up both titles.

Action for the Rent-A-Wreck Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne will begin at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 8. The ACT Tour and Série ACT Castrol will run 200 laps, the Bond/WIX Tiger Tour will run 100 laps and the Airborne Renegades will have a 50 lap special. Advanced sale tickets are available now at the ACT office in Waterbury and the Plattsburgh, NY Rent-A-Wreck for $15. Tickets at the gate will be $18 and kids 12 and under are free.

On Sunday, October 9, Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Time trials will roll out at 12 noon with the first segment of the 49th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl scheduled for approximately 2:00pm at Thunder Road. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and under.


Pic1.jpg: Brian Hoar (37VT) battles with Eric Williams (7VT) in the 2010 edition of the Fall Foliage at Airborne Speedway. Photo by Alan Ward

Pic2.jpg: Patrick Laperle (91QC) and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (97NH) during the 2010 People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road. Photo by Alan Ward


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Fall Foliage 200 à la piste Airborne de Plattsburgh

Pour diffusion immédiate (04-10-11-37)




Samedi prochain, à la piste Airborne de Plattsburgh, Patrick Laperle, le pilote de la Fusion/LaSalle Ford, sera en quête d’un quatrième succès dans cet événement annuel qui marquera également la fin de la course pour le titre tant dans la série ACT-Castrol que dans le championnat américain de l’ACT. En effet, il s’agira alors de la troisième et dernière manche conjointe pour les pilotes de l’ACT.


Déjà champion ACT-Castrol pour une deuxième fois en carrière, Laperle  a déjà remporté ce Fall Foliage 200 en quatre occasions dont les trois dernières présentations, soit 2005, 2009 et 2010 alors que de 2006 à 2008 inclusivement, l’événement n’avait pas été présenté. Son autre succès remonte à 1999. En raison de ce qui précède, Laperle est largement favori pour l’emporter.


Cette confrontation est également très importante pour les autres pilotes qui complètent le peloton des 15 premiers au cumulatif ACT-Castrol. On sait que c’est d’après ce résultat qu’est distribué le fonds de points lors du banquet, de là l’importance de bien performer lors de Fall Foliage et d’améliorer sa fiche personnelle. Il va donc y avoir des luttes intéressantes à ce niveau.


Entre Patrick Hamel de St-Édouard-de-Lotbinière qui détient la troisième place et David Michaud de Ste-Anne-des-Plaines qui est cinquième, il n’y a que huit points d’écart alors que Donald Theetge de Québec est dans le milieu de ce trio à trois points d’Hamel et devance Michaud par seulement cinq points.


Un autre trio se livrera une bataille finale pour l’obtention de la sixième position détenue par Dany Trépanier de St-Édouard-de-Lotbinière et Claude Leclerc de Lanoraie. Dans ce groupe, c’est Patrick Cliche de St-Jean-Chrysostôme qui aura de la pression. Il n’a qu’un point de priorité devant Leclerc. Quant à Yannick Tremblay de Chicoutimi, la recrue ACT-Castrol, tout indique qu’il terminera en neuvième place puisque Marc-André Cliche de Vallée-Jonction a décidé d’abandonner avant ce Fall Foliage 200.


Comme on peut le constater, c’est loin d’être coulé dans le béton pour plusieurs alors que la présence des meilleurs pilotes du championnat américain de l’ACT seront également de la partie.


Tout comme Laperle, Brian Hoar a récolté le titre pour une huitième saison avec un dossier de cinq visites dans le cercle des vainqueurs et une présence parmi les cinq premiers en neuf occasions sur une possibilité de onze. Si Hoar est assuré de la première position, ce n’est pas le cas de ses poursuivants qui peuvent encore améliorer leur fiche personnelle. On assistera donc à beaucoup d’action


Dans ce Fall Foliage, Hoar a triomphé en deux occasions, soit en 1997 et 2000. Cependant, cette saison, à chaque fois que les deux groupes étaient confrontés, Hoar n’a pas connu la défaite. Il a commencé au Showdown Budweiser à l’Autodrome Chaudière en septembre dernier. Le lendemain, faisant suite à la disqualification du jeune Alex Labbé, il a été crédité de la victoire lors de la deuxième édition de la Can-Am 200 puis, il a complété le truc du chapeau lors de la course INVITATION au New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


Il sera donc un adversaire redoutable pour Laperle tout comme Jean-Paul Cyr et Mark Lamberton qui ont déjà triomphé. Il y a également Nick Sweet, John Donohue, Brent Dragon, Austin Theriault, Joey Pôle et Randy Potter qui sont très loin d’avoir lancé la serviette.


On sait que le lendemain, on se rendra à la piste de Thunder Road de Barre qu Vermont pour la reprise de la 49e édition du prestigieux Milk Bowl. Plusieurs fois vainqueur de cet événement annuel, il ne fait pas l’ombre d’un doute que Patrick Laperle sera de la partie.



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