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Racin’ News: Busch To Sub For Keselowski; Pocono to 400 Miles

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, August 10 2011

Kurt Busch will drive for Brad Keselowski in Saturday's Nationwide race. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

In Racin’ News Today, Wednesday, August 10:

(In this package: Busch to Sub for Brad; Pocono cutting 100 miles from races; Crew members suspended.)

Kurt Busch will take the place of injured Brad Keselowski in the Nationwide Race Saturday at Watkins Glen International.

Tim Cindric of Penske Racing, the team for which both Busch and Keselowski drive Sprint Cup cars, issued the following statement on Wednesday.

“As Brad Keselowski continues to recover from the injuries suffered last week at Road Atlanta, Penske Racing teammate Kurt Busch will pilot the No. 22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger in this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Watkins Glen International. Penske Racing is fortunate that Kurt, who is a former NNS winner at Watkins Glen, is in its stable of drivers. We appreciate him lending a hand during this time. We will continue to monitor Brad’s recovery. His NNS schedule will be determined on a race-by-race basis.”

Keselowski raced in the Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday with the injured ankle and won the race. He is also scheduled to race in the Cup race at The Glen.

Keselowski was, however, replaced in the Penske NNS car at Iowa on Saturday night by Sam Hornish Jr.

Busch said he has no problem with taking a Nationwide ride.

“I have always tried to be a great team player throughout my career and I am happy to help out our Penske Racing Team over on the Nationwide side this weekend at the Glen,” he said. “With the incredible effort Brad Keselowski put forth last weekend in winning Sunday’s race at Pocono, we think it’s a smart move to let him focus on just the Sprint Cup action this weekend. We were able to win the race the last time we battled it out on a Saturday at the Glen back in 2006. We’re looking forward to being behind the wheel of the No. 22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge this weekend.”

Starting with the June 10, 2012 Pocono Sprint Cup Series race, the scheduled distance for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races will be shortened to 400 miles.

“The 400 mile distance will make NASCAR racing at Pocono even more exciting,” stated Raceway President and CEO , Brandon Igdalsky. “Race strategies will change, fuel mileage calculations will be altered and I firmly believe that our fans will be treated to outstanding racing at the 400 mile distance.”

“NASCAR supports Pocono Raceway’s move to two 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2012,” stated Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Racing Operations . “We believe this will be a good transition for the fans and competitors. It will provide the teams with a new type of strategy and should make for even more exciting competition at a unique facility that has a long-standing history in our sport.”

Eight weeks after the Pocono 400. It will be the August 5, Pennsylvania 400. Both 400 mile races will have the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards as companion races. The August Pennsylvania 400 weekend will also feature a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on August 4.

NASCAR announced Wednesday that it has indefinitely suspended crew members Jerome Frey and Trevor Lysne, both of whom worked with the No. 42 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, for violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the substance abuse policy) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book.

Lysne was reportedly arrested at his Huntersville, N.C., apartment for selling marijuana.

According to a Huntersville Police Department news release, over 10 pounds of marijuana were seized during the investigation.

Lysne changes tires for EGR driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

Also arrested was EGR mechanic Jerome David Frey, who was charged with one count of trafficking marijuana and one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, August 10 2011
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