Dollar General

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Armed Robbery at Dollar General - NTV
Grand Island Police Officer Roger Philbeck said an armed robber walked into the Dollar General on north Broadwell just before closing at 9:00 Thursday night. He flashed a handgun and asked for cash. Philbeck said the suspect made two employees lay down...
MCC receives $16K grant from Dollar General - Statesville Record & Landmark
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Mitchell Community College with a $16580 grant. Mitchell Community College will use the funds to further its literacy and basic education outreach efforts. "The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is...
Dollar General, Assistant Adjutant General of TN Army National ... - Earthtimes (press release)
(Business Wire) Dollar General Corp. today marked Military Appreciation Month by solidifying its commitment to its employees who serve in the military by signing a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve. Recognize, honor and enforce...
Dollar store now short of dollars - Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel
Burglary of a building, 4300 Southeast Stallings Dr. Dollar General. Two suspects wearing gloves, ski masks and dark clothing cut a hole in the back of the store. Surveillance video shows them removing the store safe, which was bolted to the floor....
Teenager sentenced in murder of Dollar General clerk - Kansas City Star
By MARK WIEBE A 19-year-old will be held in juvenile detention until she is 22 for the role she played in the brutal death of a Dollar General store clerk. Amber Russell received the maximum sentence possible for a juvenile today in Wyandotte County...
Three-alarm blaze guts Oklahoma City Dollar General store - Tulsa World
The fire, which started about 7 pm, was spotted by a customer at the Dollar General store, 6947 NW 10. The spray from a fire extinguisher only spread the blaze, and the store was evacuated, Clay said. No injuries were reported....
Value-oriented retailers stand out - Las Vegas Sun
Featured retailers included Wal-Mart, Auto Zone, Dollar General, Dunkin' Brands, Panera, Pinkberry, Darden Restaurants, Payless and Stride Rite. Former Vice President Al Gore had been touted as a guest speaker by the council, but was a no-show and his...
Dollar General Literacy Foundation - Baxter Bulletin
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Twin Lakes Literacy Council a $3270 grant. Twin Lakes Literacy Council will use the funds to further its literacy and basic education outreach efforts. "The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is...
Women Dressed in Scrubs Steal from Dollar General - The Lincoln Tribune
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives are investigating theft of some items from the Dollar General Store at 1299 Highway 16 South and it may not be the first Dollar General Store the pair has hit. Detective Darrell Hutchens and Deputy K. Davis said...
Post 44 to honor fallen heroes Monday - Gulf Coast Newspapers
... to honor fallen heroes and those continuing to serve to a Memorial Day service at Miller Memorial Cemetery in Gulf Shores on Monday, at 10 am Members will be distributing poppies today at the Gulf Shores Walmart and at the Dollar General Store....

Dollar General

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The stores were founded in 1939 by Cal Turner in Scottsville, Kentucky. Turner was illiterate and later created a Literacy Fund which helps people learn to read; the fund donates computers and books to local schools and libraries.

Dollar General stores are typically in small shopping plazas or strip malls in local neighborhoods. The company acquired the 280 stores of the P.N. Hirsh Division of Interco, Inc. (now Furniture Brands International, Inc.) in 1983 and in 1985 added 206 stores and a warehouse from Eagle Family Discount Stores, also from Interco, Inc. In recent years, the chain has started constructing more stand-alone stores, typically in areas not served by another general-merchandise retailer. In some cases, stores are within a few city blocks of each other.

Dollar General offers both name brand and generic merchandise — including off-brand goods and closeouts of name-brand items — in the same store, often on the same shelf.

Although it has the word "dollar" in the name, Dollar General is not a dollar store in the strict sense of the phrase, because it has goods that are priced at more (or less) than a dollar. However, goods are usually sold at set price points of penny items and up to the range of 50 to 60 dollars, not counting phone cards, trac fone minutes, and loadable store gift cards.

Dollar General typically serves communities that are too small for Wal-Marts. It competes in the dollar store format with national chains Family Dollar and Dollar Tree, regional chains such as Fred's in the southeast, and numerous independently owned stores.

Since the turn of the century, Dollar General has experimented with stores that carry a greater selection of grocery items. These stores (similar to the Wal-Mart Supercenter, but much smaller) operate under the name "Dollar General Market".

Recently, Dollar General began selling produce, meat, and baked goods in new stores called "Super Dollar Generals" in former supermarket locations, even though this idea is similar to the Dollar General Market.

When the first Dollar General store opened in Scottsville, Kentucky, on June 1, 1955, the concept was that no item in the store would cost more than one dollar. The idea became a success, and other stores owned by J.L. Turner and his son Cal Turner were quickly converted. By 1957, annual sales of Dollar General’s 29 stores were $5 million.

The Turners did not reach this level of success without obstacles. James Luther (J.L.) Turner’s father died in an accident in 1902 when J.L. was only 11. J.L. had to quit school so he could work the family farm and help provide for his mother and siblings. He never completed his education. J.L. knew his limited education demanded that he become a quick study of the world around him.

After two unsuccessful attempts at retailing, J.L. became a traveling dry goods salesman for a Nashville wholesale grocer. J.L. left the sales job after 10 years and settled his family in Scottsville, Kentucky. During the Depression, he began buying and liquidating bankrupt general stores. J.L.’s only child, Cal Turner, Sr., accompanied his father to these closeouts at a young age, gaining valuable business knowledge and skills.

In October 1939, J.L. and Cal opened J.L. Turner and Son Wholesale with an initial investment of $5,000 each. Wholesaling quickly gave way to retailing – J.L.’s third and final attempt at retailing. The switch to retailing resulted in annual sales above $2 million by the early 1950s and the rest is history.

J.L. died in 1964. Four years later, the company he co-founded went public as Dollar General Corporation, posting annual sales of more than $40 million and net income in excess of $1.5 million. In 1977, Cal Turner, Jr., who joined the company in 1965 as the third generation Turner, succeeded his father as president of Dollar General. Cal Jr. led the company until his retirement in 2002. Under his leadership, the company grew to more than 6,000 stores and $6 billion in sales.

Dollar General is no longer a publicly traded company. On July 6, 2007, all shares of Dollar General stock were acquired by private equity investors for $22.00 per share. An investment group consisting of affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), GS Capital Partners (an affiliate of Goldman Sachs), Citigroup Private Equity and other co-investors completed an acquisition of Dollar General Corporation for a total enterprise value of $7.3 billion.

As a part of the transition to a privately held company, Dollar General is assessing each location as leases run out against a model known as "EZ Stores". This assessment includes evaluating whether the location has a loading dock, garbage dumpsters, adequate parking, and acceptable profitability. Stores that do not pass this evaluation are closed. Over 400 stores have been closed already as part of this initiative.

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Dollar General 300 (Chicagoland)

Dollar General 300

The Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola is a NASCAR Nationwide Series stock car race held annually at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. In 2008 the race was held at night under Chicagoland Speedway's new lighting system, after being held as a day race for the past 7 years.

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Dollar General 300

The Dollar General 300 is a NASCAR Nationwide Series race that takes place at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

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Nashville, Tennessee

Skyline of City of Nashville

Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is the second most populous city in the state after Memphis. It is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, in the north-central part of the state. Nashville is a major hub for the health care, music, publishing, banking and transportation industries.

Nashville has a consolidated city-county government which includes seven smaller municipalities in a two-tier system. The population of Nashville-Davidson County stood at 619,626 as of 2007, according to United States Census Bureau estimates. The 2007 population of the entire 13-county Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area was 1,521,437, making it the largest metropolitan area in the state.

Nashville was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and a party of Wataugans in 1779, and was originally called Fort Nashborough, after the American Revolutionary War hero Francis Nash. Nashville quickly grew because of its prime location, accessibility as a river port, and its later status as a major railroad center. In 1806, Nashville was incorporated as a city and became the county seat of Davidson County, Tennessee. In 1843, the city was named the permanent capital of the state of Tennessee.

By 1860, when the first rumblings of secession began to be heard across the South, antebellum Nashville was a very prosperous city. The city's significance as a shipping port made it a desirable prize as a means of controlling important river and railroad transportation routes. In February 1862, Nashville became the first state capital to fall to Union troops.

Though the Civil War left Nashville in dire economic straits, the city quickly rebounded. Within a few years, the city had reclaimed its important shipping and trading position and also developed a solid manufacturing base. The post-Civil War years of the late 19th century brought a newfound prosperity to Nashville. These healthy economic times left the city with a legacy of grand classical-style buildings, which can still be seen around the downtown area.

It was the advent of the Grand Ole Opry in 1925, combined with an already thriving publishing industry, that positioned it to become "Music City USA"., and in the early 1960s the city was home to the main activity of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement (see History of Nashville, Tennessee). In 1963, Nashville consolidated its government with Davidson County and thus became the first major city in the United States to form a metropolitan government. Since the 1970s, the city has experienced tremendous growth, particularly during the economic boom of the 1990s under the leadership of Mayor (now-Tennessee Governor) Phil Bredesen, who made urban renewal a priority, and fostered the construction or renovation of several city landmarks, including the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Public Library downtown, the Sommet Center, and LP Field.

The Sommet Center (formerly Nashville Arena and Gaylord Entertainment Center) was built as both a large concert facility and as an enticement to lure either a National Basketball Association or National Hockey League (NHL) sports franchise. This was accomplished in 1997 when Nashville was awarded an NHL expansion team which was subsequently named the Nashville Predators. LP Field (formerly Adelphia Coliseum) was built after the National Football League's (NFL) Houston Oilers agreed to move to the city in 1995. The NFL debuted in Nashville in 1998 at Vanderbilt Stadium, and LP Field opened in the summer of 1999. The Oilers changed their name to the Tennessee Titans and saw a season culminate in the Music City Miracle and a close Super Bowl game.

Today the city along the Cumberland River is a crossroads of American culture, and one of the fastest-growing areas of the Upper South.

Nashville lies on the Cumberland River in the northwestern portion of the Nashville Basin. Nashville's topography ranges from 385 ft (117 m) above sea level at the Cumberland River to 1,160 feet (354 m) above sea level at its highest point.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 526.1 square miles (1,362.6 km²), of which, 502.3 square miles (1,300.8 km²) of it is land and 23.9 square miles (61.8 km²) of it (4.53%) is water.

Nashville has a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and cool winters. Average annual rainfall is 48.1 inches (1222 mm), typically with winter and spring being the wettest and autumn being the driest. In the winter months, snowfall is not uncommon in Nashville but is usually not heavy. Average annual snowfall is about 9 inches (229 mm), falling mostly in January and February and occasionally March and December. Spring and fall are generally pleasantly warm but prone to severe thunderstorms, which occasionally bring tornadoes — with recent major events on April 16, 1998, April 7, 2006, and February 5, 2008. Relative humidity in Nashville averages 83% in the mornings and 60% in the afternoons, which is considered moderate for the Southeastern United States.

The coldest temperature ever recorded in Nashville was −17 °F (−27 °C), on January 21, 1985, and the highest was 107 °F (42 °C), on July 28, 1952. The largest one-day snow total was 17 inches (432 mm) on March 17, 1892. The largest snow event in the recent memory was on January 16, 2003, when Nashville received 7 inches (178 mm) of snow in a single storm.

Nashville's long springs and autumns combined with a diverse array of trees and grasses can often make it uncomfortable for allergy sufferers. In 2008, Nashville was ranked as the 18th-worst spring allergy city in the U.S. by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Nashville has the largest metropolitan area in the state of Tennessee, spanning several counties. The Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area encompasses the Middle Tennessee counties of Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Macon, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson.

Nashville's first skyscraper, the Life & Casualty Tower, was completed in 1957 and started the construction of high rises in downtown Nashville. After the construction of the AT&T Building in 1994, the downtown area saw little construction until recently. Many new residential developments have been constructed or are planned for the various neighborhoods of Downtown and Midtown. A new high rise office building, The Pinnacle, is also currently under construction.

Many civic and infrastructure projects are either being planned, in progress, or recently completed. A new MTA bus hub was recently completed in downtown Nashville. Several public parks are now complete as well, including the Public Square. Riverfront Park is scheduled to be extensively updated in coming years.

Nashville has many entertainment venues in various sizes. The largest and most used facilities are the Sommet Center, and LP Field. A notable recent completion is the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The next major addition to the Nashville cityscape will likely be the Music City Center, a replacement to the current downtown convention center, along with its accompanying hotels.

The City of Nashville and Davidson County merged in 1963 as a way for Nashville to combat the problems of urban sprawl. The combined entity is officially known as "the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County", and is popularly known as "Metro Nashville" or simply "Metro". It offers services such as police, fire, electricity, water and sewage treatment. When the Metro government was formed in 1963, the government was split into two service districts—the "urban services district" and the "general services district." The urban services district encompasses the 1963 boundaries of the former City of Nashville, and the general services district includes the remainder of Davidson County. There are seven smaller municipalities within the consolidated city-county: Belle Meade, Berry Hill, Forest Hills, Lakewood, Oak Hill, Goodlettsville (partially), and Ridgetop (partially). These municipalities use a two-tier system of government, with the smaller municipality typically providing police services and the Metro Nashville government providing most other services.

Nashville is governed by a mayor, vice-mayor, and 40-member Metropolitan Council. It uses the strong-mayor form of the mayor-council system. The current mayor of Nashville is Karl Dean. The Metropolitan Council is the legislative body of government for Nashville and Davidson County. There are 5 council members who are elected at large and 35 council members that represent individual districts. The Metro Council has regular meetings that are presided over by the vice-mayor, who is currently Diane Neighbors. The Metro Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., according to the Metropolitan Charter.

Nashville has been a Democratic stronghold since at least the end of Reconstruction. While local elections are officially nonpartisan, nearly all of the city's elected officials are known to be Democrats. At the state level, Democrats hold all but one of the city's state house districts and all but one of the city's state senate districts.

Democrats are no less dominant at the federal level. Since Reconstruction, the Democratic presidential candidate has failed to carry Nashville/Davidson County only twice. In 1968, George Wallace carried Nashville by a large enough margin that nearly enabled him to carry Tennessee. In 1972, Richard Nixon became the only Republican presidential candidate to carry Nashville. Since then, the Democrats have carried the city at the presidential level with relatively little difficulty. In the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore carried Nashville with over 59% of the vote even as he narrowly lost his home state. In the 2004 election, John Kerry carried Nashville with 55% of the vote even as George W. Bush won the state by 14 points. In 2008, Barack Obama carried Nashville with 60 percent of the vote even as John McCain won Tennessee by 15 points.

At the federal level, Nashville is split between two congressional districts. Nearly all of the city is in the 5th District, currently represented by Democrat Jim Cooper. A Republican has not represented a significant portion of Nashville since 1875. While Republicans made a few spirited challenges in the mid-1960s and early 1970s, they have not made a serious bid for the district since 1972, when the Republican candidate gained only 38% of the vote even as Nixon carried the district by a large margin. The district's best-known congressman was probably Jo Byrns, who represented the district from 1909 to 1936 and was Speaker of the House for much of Franklin Roosevelt's first term. Another nationally prominent congressman from Nashville was Percy Priest, who represented the district from 1941 to 1956 and was House Majority Whip from 1949 to 1953. Former mayors Richard Fulton and Bill Boner also sat in the U.S. House before assuming the Metro mayoral office.

All of Nashville was located in one congressional district for most of the time from Reconstruction until the 2000 Census, when a small portion of southwestern Nashville was drawn into the heavily Republican 7th District. That district is currently represented by Marsha Blackburn of neighboring Williamson County; Blackburn represented much of the Nashville share of the 7th in the state senate from 1998 to 2002.

According to the 2007 American Community Survey, the population of the Nashville-Davidson metropolitan government (balance) was 65.6% White (60.2% non-Hispanic-White alone), 28.9% Black or African American, 0.6% American Indian and Alaska Native, 3.3% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 2.6% from some other race and 0.9% from two or more races. 7.3% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The data below is for all of Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County, including other incorporated cities within the consolidated city-county (such as Belle Meade and Berry Hill). See Nashville-Davidson (balance) for demographic data on Nashville-Davidson County excluding separately incorporated cities.

As of the census of 2000, there were 569,891 people, 237,405 households, and 138,169 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,134.6 people per square mile (438.1/km²). There were 252,977 housing units at an average density of 503.7/sq mi (194.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 66.99% White, 25.92% African American, 0.29% Native American, 2.33% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.42% from other races and 1.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.58% of the population. Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County's estimated population for 2007 is 619,626 people.

There were 237,405 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,797, and the median income for a family was $49,317. Males had a median income of $33,844 versus $27,770 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,069. About 10.0% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.1% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

Because of its relatively low cost of living and large job market, Nashville has become a popular city for immigrants. Nashville’s foreign-born population more than tripled in size between 1990 and 2000, increasing from 12,662 to 39,596. Large groups of Mexicans, Kurds, Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians, Arabs, and Somalis call Nashville home, among other groups. Nashville has the largest Kurdish community in the United States, numbering approximately 11,000. About 60,000 Bhutanese refugees are being admitted to the U.S. and some of them will resettle in Nashville. During the Iraqi election of 2005, Nashville was one of the few international locations where Iraqi expatriates could vote. The American Jewish community in Nashville dates back over 150 years ago, and numbers about 6,500 (2001).

As the "home of country music", Nashville has become a major music recording and production center. All of the Big Four record labels, as well as numerous independent labels, have offices in Nashville, mostly in the Music Row area. Since the 1960s, Nashville has been the second biggest music production center (after New York) in the U.S. As of 2006, Nashville's music industry is estimated to have a total economic impact of $6.4 billion per year and to contribute 19,000 jobs to the Nashville area.

Although Nashville is renowned as a music recording center and tourist destination, its largest industry is actually health care. Nashville is home to more than 250 health care companies, including Hospital Corporation of America, the largest private operator of hospitals in the world. As of 2006, it is estimated that the health care industry contributes $18.3 billion per year and 94,000 jobs to the Nashville-area economy. The automotive industry is also becoming increasingly important for the entire Middle Tennessee region. Nissan North America moved its corporate headquarters in 2006 from Gardena, California (Los Angeles County) to Franklin. Nissan also has its largest North American manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Largely as a result of the increased development of Nissan and other Japanese economic interests in the region, Japan moved its New Orleans Consulate-general to Nashville's Palmer Plaza.

Other major industries in Nashville include insurance, finance, and publishing (especially religious publishing). The city hosts headquarters operations for several Protestant denominations, including the United Methodist Church, Southern Baptist Convention, and National Baptist Convention, USA., and the National Association of Free Will Baptists.

Fortune 500 companies within Nashville include Dell, HCA Inc. (formerly Hospital Corporation of America) and Dollar General Corporation (in Goodlettsville).

The city is served by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

Nashville is often labeled the "Athens of the South" due to the many colleges and universities in the city and metropolitan area. The colleges and universities in Nashville include American Baptist College, Aquinas College, The Art Institute of Tennessee — Nashville, Belmont University, Draughons Junior College, Fisk University, Free Will Baptist Bible College, Gupton College, International Academy of Design and Technology, Lipscomb University, Meharry Medical College, Nashville School of Law, Nashville Auto Diesel College (a NAFTC Training Center), Nashville State Community College, Strayer University, Tennessee State University, Trevecca Nazarene University, University of Phoenix, Vanderbilt University, and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.

Within 30 miles (50 km) of Nashville in Murfreesboro is Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), a full-sized public university with Tennessee's largest undergraduate population. Enrollment in post-secondary education in Nashville is around 43,000. Within the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area—which includes MTSU, Cumberland University (Lebanon), Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin), and O'More College of Design (Franklin)—total enrollment exceeds 74,000. Within a 40 mile (65 km) radius are Austin Peay State University (Clarksville) and Columbia State Community College (Columbia), enrolling an additional 13,600.

Much of the city's cultural life has revolved around its large university community. Particularly significant in this respect were two groups of critics and writers who were associated with Vanderbilt University in the early twentieth century, the Fugitives and the Agrarians.

Popular destinations include Fort Nashborough and Fort Negley, the former being a reconstruction of the original settlement, the latter being a semi-restored Civil War battle fort; the Tennessee State Museum; and The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. The State Capitol is one of the oldest working state capitol buildings in the nation, while The Hermitage is one of the older presidential homes open to the public. The Nashville Zoo is one of the city's newer attractions.

Many popular tourist sites involve country music, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Belcourt Theatre and Ryman Auditorium. Ryman was home to the Grand Ole Opry until 1974 when the show moved to the Grand Ole Opry House nine miles east of downtown. The Opry plays there several times a week, except for an annual winter run at Ryman.

Each year, the CMA Music Festival (formerly known as Fan Fair) brings thousands of country fans to the city.

Nashville was once home of television shows like Hee Haw and Pop! Goes the Country, and to the Opryland USA theme park, which operated from 1972 to 1997 before being closed by its owners Gaylord Entertainment, and soon after demolished to make room for the Opry Mills mega-shopping mall.

Lower Broadway and Printer's Alley are home to many honky tonk bars and clubs.

The Christian pop and rock music industry is based along Nashville's Music Row, with a great influence in neighboring Williamson County. The Christian record companies include EMI (formally Sparrow Records), Rocketown Records, Beach Street and Reunion Records with many of the genre's most popular acts such as Michael Tait, Rebecca St. James, tobyMac, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mandisa, Avalon, DJ Maj and Newsboys based there.

Although Nashville was never known as a jazz town, it did have many great jazz bands including The Nashville Jazz Machine led by Dave Converse and its current version, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, led by Jim Williamson, as well as The Establishment, led by Billy Adair. The Francis Craig Orchestra entertained Nashvillians from 1929 to 1945 from the Oak Bar and Grille Room in the Hermitage Hotel. Craig's orchestra was also the first to broadcast over local radio station WSM-AM and enjoyed phenomenal success with a 12-year show on the NBC Radio Network. In the late 1930s, he introduced a newcomer, Dinah Shore, a former cheerleader and local graduate of Hume Fogg High School and Vanderbilt University.

Radio station WMOT-FM in nearby Murfreesboro has aided significantly in the recent revival of the city's jazz scene, as has the non-profit Nashville Jazz Workshop, which holds concerts in a renovated building in the north Nashville neighborhood of Germantown. Fisk University also maintains a jazz station.

Civil War history is important to the city's tourism industry. Sites pertaining to the Battle of Nashville and the nearby Battle of Franklin and Battle of Stones River can be seen, along with several well-preserved antebellum plantation houses such as Belle Meade Plantation and Belmont Mansion.

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is the major performing arts center of the city. It is the home of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Children's Theatre, the Nashville Opera, and Nashville Ballet.

In September 2006, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center opened as the home of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Nashville has several arts centers and museums, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located in the former post office building; Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art; the Tennessee State Museum; Fisk University's Van Vechten and Aaron Douglas Galleries; Vanderbilt University's Fine Art Gallery and Sarratt Gallery; and the Parthenon.

The primary daily newspaper in Nashville is The Tennessean, which, until 1998, competed fiercely with another daily, the Nashville Banner (although the two were housed in the same building under a joint-operating agreement). Although The Tennessean now enjoys a relative monopoly on the local newspaper market, a smaller free daily called The City Paper has cut into The Tennessean's market share somewhat. Online news service competes with the printed dailies to break news of business and local/state politics. Several weekly papers are also published in Nashville, including the Nashville Scene, Nashville Business Journal, and The Tennessee Tribune. Historically, The Tennessean was associated with a broadly liberal editorial policy, while The Banner carried staunchly conservative views in its editorial pages; The Banner's heritage is carried on these days by The City Paper. The Scene is the area's alternative weekly broadsheet, while The Tribune serves Nashville's African-American population.

Nashville is home to nearly a dozen broadcast television stations, although most households are served by direct cable network connections. Comcast Cable has a monopoly on terrestrial cable service in Davidson County (but not throughout the entire DMA). Nashville is ranked as the 30th largest television market in the United States.

Nashville is also home to cable networks Country Music Television (CMT), Great American Country (GAC), and RFD-TV, among others. CMT's Master Control facilities are located in New York City with the other Viacom properties. The Top 20 Countdown and CMT Insider are taped in their Nashville studios. Nashville is also the home and namesake of the NBC country music singing competition Nashville Star, which broadcasts from the Opryland complex. Shop at Home Network was once based in Nashville, but the channel signed off in 2006.

Several dozen FM and AM radio stations broadcast in the Nashville area, including five college stations and one LPFM community station. Nashville is ranked as the 44th largest radio market in the United States. Nashville is home to WSM which originally stood for "We Shield Millions". WSM-FM is owned by Cumulus Media and is 95.5 FM the Wolf. WSM-AM, owned by Gaylord Entertainment Company, can be heard nationally on 650 AM or online at WSM Online from its studios located inside the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. WLAC is a Clear Channel-owned talk station which was originally sponsored by the Life and Casualty Insurance Company of Tennessee, and its competitor WWTN is owned by Cumulus.

Nashville has a small but growing film industry. Several major motion pictures have been filmed in Nashville, including The Green Mile, The Last Castle, Gummo, The Thing Called Love, Coal Miner's Daughter, and Robert Altman's Nashville.

Nashville has several professional sports teams, most notably the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League and the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. Several other pro sports teams also call Nashville home, as does the NCAA college football Music City Bowl. The Vanderbilt Commodores are members of the Southeastern Conference. The football team of Tennessee State University plays its home games at LP Field.

Metro Board of Parks and Recreation owns and manages 10,200 acres (4,120 ha) of land and 99 parks and greenways (comprising more than 3% of the total area of the county).

2,684 acres (1,086 ha) of land is home to Warner Parks, which houses a 5,000 square-foot (460 m²) learning center, 20 miles (30 km) of scenic roads, 12 miles (19 km) of hiking trails, and 10 miles (16 km) of horse trails. It is also the home of the annual Iroquois Steeplechase.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains parks on Old Hickory Lake and Percy Priest Lake. These parks are used for multiple activities including fishing, water-skiing, sailing and boating. Percy Priest Lake is also home to the Vanderbilt Sailing Club.

Nashville is centrally located at the crossroads of three Interstate Highways: I-40, I-24, and I-65. Interstate 440 is a bypass route connecting I-40, I-65, and I-24 south of downtown Nashville. Briley Parkway connects the north side of the city and its interstates.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority provides bus transit within the city, out of a newly built hub station downtown. Routes utilize a hub and spoke method. Expansion plans include use of Bus rapid transit for new routes, with the possibility for local rail service at some point in the future.

Nashville is considered a gateway city for rail and air traffic for the Piedmont Atlantic MegaRegion.

The city is served by Nashville International Airport, which was a hub for American Airlines between 1986 and 1995 and is now a mini-hub for Southwest Airlines.

Although it is a major rail hub, with a large CSX Transportation freight rail yard, Nashville is one of the largest cities in the U.S. not served by Amtrak.

Nashville launched a passenger commuter rail system called the Music City Star on September 18, 2006. The only currently operational leg of the system connects the city of Lebanon to downtown Nashville at the Nashville Riverfront. Legs to Murfreesboro and Gallatin are currently in the feasibility study stage. The system plan includes seven legs connecting Nashville to surrounding suburbs.

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Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) is an American chain of retail stores headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia. Every item sold in the stores is offered for either $1.00 or less, thus making it a true dollar store.

Dollar Tree competes in the dollar store and low-end retail markets with the national chains Family Dollar, Big Lots and Dollar General together with regional chains such as 99 Cents Only Stores, Fred's and many independent dollar stores nationwide.

Dollar Tree has recently expanded into the grocery business further with the addition of frozen foods and dairy at some stores. Products include milk, punch, pizza, ice cream, frozen dinners and pre-made baked goods.

As of November 1, 2008, Dollar Tree operates 3,572 stores in the 48 contiguous states.

Dollar Tree traces its origins to 1953 when company founder K.R. Perry opened a Ben Franklin store in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Along with Doug Perry, Macon Brock and Ray Compton, he eventually turned the store into K&K 5&10, a five and dime. A number of additional K&K stores were opened. By the 1970s and 1980s, the chain came to concentrate on toys.

In 1986, the company opened its first Dollar Tree store in Dalton, Georgia. By 1991, the company decided to focus exclusively on the Dollar Tree line and sold the K&K stores to KB Toys. The company came to be known as Dollar Tree Stores, and by 1995 was traded on NASDAQ.

Since that time the company has focused on expanding its presence nationwide. In 1996, Dollar Tree bought the Dollar Bill$ chain, which were predominantly in Illinois and Missouri (while the stores retained their original names, they were stocked with Dollar Tree items). In 1999, Dollar Tree merged with the Only $One stores based in New York state. In 2001, Dollar Tree acquired Dollar Express, with 136 stores in six Mid-Atlantic states. In 2003, Dollar Tree bought Greenbacks All-A-Dollar stores. In 2006, Dollar Tree bought Deal$ stores (previously owned by Save-A-Lot). The Company's stores operate under the names of Dollar Tree, Deal$, Dollar Bills and Dollar Express.

Dollar Tree's policy is not to refund purchases for any reason, although merchandise can be exchanged with a receipt. This policy is shown on the backs of receipts and usually at the register.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission lists several recalls for products sold at Dollar Tree stores. The recalled products include children's jewelry containing lead, short circuiting hot glue guns which caused burns and candle sets which produced excessive flame.

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2005 NASCAR Busch Series

The 2005 season of the NASCAR Busch Series began with the Hershey's Take 5 300 at Daytona International Speedway and concluded with the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. of Chance 2 Motorsports was crowned champion.

The following is a list of all full-time teams as of race 5 in the 2005 season.

The Hershey's TAKE 5 300 was held February 19 at Daytona International Speedway. Joe Nemechek was the polesitter.

The Stater Brothers 300 was held February 26 at California Speedway. Tony Stewart was the polesitter.

The Telcel Motorola 200 presented by Banamex was held March 6 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Jorge Goeters was the polesitter.

The Sam's Town 300 was held March 12 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards was the polesitter.

The Aaron's 312 was held March 19 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards was the polesitter.

The Pepsi 300 was held March 26 at Nashville Superspeedway. Reed Sorenson was the polesitter.

The Sharpie Professional 250 was held April 4 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards was the polesitter.

The O'Reilly 300 was held April 16 at Texas Motor Speedway. Shane Hmiel was the polesitter.

The Bashas' Supermarkets 200 was held April 22 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kasey Kahne was the polesitter.

The Aaron's 312 was held April 30 at Talladega Superspeedway. Paul Menard was the polesitter.

Because of a long rain delay, and a delay caused by cleaning debris from a crash, this race ended near darkness, but was 120 laps (of 117) because of the green-white-checker finish rule. It was the first time in Busch Series history a race had ended in prime-time network television, as the checkered flag waved at 8:20 p.m. EDT.

The Diamond Hill Plywood 200 was held May 6 at Darlington Raceway. Jimmie Johnson was the polesitter.

The Funai 250 was held May 13 at Richmond International Raceway. Kasey Kahne was the polesitter.

The Carquest Auto Parts 300 was held May 28 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne was the polesitter.

The MBNA RacePoints 200 was held June 4 at Dover International Speedway. Carl Edwards was the polesitter.

The Federated Auto Parts 300 was held June 12 at Nashville Superspeedway. Qualifying and the race were rained out when attempted on June 11, the order determined by owner points (not driver points). The drivers who were racing in the June 12 Pocono 500 Nextel Cup race had that commitment, and left after the race was rained out -- Carl Edwards and Sterling Marlin did not participate as planned because of the rescheduled race. Martin Truex, Jr. started first when the green flag waved per NASCAR rules.

The Meijer 300 was held June 18 at Kentucky Speedway. Carl Edwards was the polesitter.

The SBC 250 was held on June 25 at the Milwaukee Mile. Johnny Sauter was the polesitter.

The Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo was held on July 1 at Daytona International Speedway. Kevin Harvick was the polesitter.

The USG Durock 300 was held on July 9 at Chicagoland Speedway. Ryan Newman was the polesitter.

The New England 200 was held on July 16 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Kevin Harvick was the polesitter.

The ITT Industries, Systems Division and Goulds Pumps Salute to the Troops 250 presented by Dodge was held on July 23 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Clint Bowyer was the polesitter. It was the final NASCAR race to be held at Pikes Peak International Raceway before its closing at the end of the season.

The Wallace Family Tribute 250 presented by Shop 'n Save was held on July 30 at Gateway International Raceway. Martin Truex, Jr. was the polesitter.

The Kroger 200 was held on August 6 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Reed Sorenson was the polesitter.

The Zippo 200 was held on August 13 at Watkins Glen International. Tony Stewart was the polesitter.

The Domino's Pizza 250 was held on August 20 at Michigan International Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. was the polesitter.

The Food City 250 was held on August 26 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman won his third straight Busch Series race. Kyle Busch was the polesitter.

The Ameriquest 300 was held on September 3 at California Speedway. Clint Bowyer was the polesitter.

The race became the first in NASCAR's Busch Series to be televised live in its entirety in prime-time television, with the NBC broadcast beginning at 8:30 p.m. EDT.

The Emerson Radio 250 was held on September 9 at Richmond International Raceway. Mark Martin was the polesitter.

The Dover 200 was held on September 24 at Dover International Speedway. Ryan Newman was the polesitter.

The United Way 300 was held on October 8 at Kansas Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. was the polesitter.

The Dollar General 300 was held on October 14 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson was the polesitter.

The Sam's Town 250 was held on October 22 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Martin Truex Jr. was the polesitter.

The inaugural O'Reilly Challenge (300 miles) was held on November 5 at Texas Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman was the polesitter.

The Arizona 200 was held on November 12 at Phoenix International Raceway. Carl Edwards was the polesitter.

The Ford 300 was held on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Ryan Newman was the polesitter.

In the recent resentment against so-called "Busch-Whackers", Carl Edwards may have only added fuel to the fire, as he won five times, nailed down four pole positions, had 21 top-ten finishes, and eventually named the Busch Series Rookie of the Year while simultaneously competing in the NEXTEL Cup Series. 19-year-old Reed Sorenson had two wins finished second in the running, only 158 points away from overtaking Edwards in the championship points, while for late-model racer Denny Hamlin finished fifth in points despite not winning a race. After that, the field was limited, as only Jon Wood, Brent Sherman, and Kertus Davis made full attempts at Rookie of the Year. Michel Jourdain Jr. started the year with ppc Racing, was released from the team, then came back to the organization with a different car, while Paul Wolfe, Ryan Hemphill, Boston Reid, and Blake Feese, only completed a partial season and were released from their driver development contracts. The field also featured Kim Crosby, the first woman contender for ROTY since Shawna Robinson, who only qualified for a mere handful of races with her Keith Coleman Racing team.

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2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series


The 2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series began on April 19, 2008, at Greenville-Pickens Speedway with An American Revolution 150. The regular season concluded on October 12, 2008, at Stafford Motor Speedway. NASCAR's 4th-tier series will be known as the NASCAR Camping World Series beginning with the 2008 season, ending the 21 year sponsorship by Anheuser-Busch's Busch Beer.

The 2008 TV schedule will follow a similar format to the 2007 season. Almost all of the events will have TV coverage in one form or another. The first part of the season will be broadcast on the Speed Channel. These races will be taped and broadcast at a later date. HDNet has signed on to broadcast the final 7 races on Live TV. Divisions. The U.S. Cellular 200 race at Iowa Speedway will be shown live on HDNet due to the fact that it is a combination race with the Camping World West Series and it is part of the West series TV schedule. The Toyota All-Star Showdown, moved to January, is part of the 2008 season per NASCAR rules, and airs live on Speed.

The "An American Revolution 150 Presented by Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet" was held at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on April 19. Peyton Sellers won the pole for the event and then went on to take the checkered flag in first position. During post race inspection an illegal shock absorber was found on Peyton's car and he was disqualified and was credited with a last place finish in the race and everyone else in the field moved ahead one finishing position. Austin Dillon crossed the line behind Peyton and was subsequently declared the winner. This was Austin's first win in his first race in the series.

Did not Qualify: (9) Todd Peck (#50), Jason Cochran (#72), Richard Gould (#58), A J Henriksen (#17), Daniel Pope, II (#10), Johnny Petrozelle (#33), James Pritchard (#41), Ian Henderson (#93), Joe Oliver (#08).

The U.S. Cellular 200 took place on May 18. This marks the second year that the East and West series have met in Iowa for a points race. Nextel Cup driver Kasey Kahne was on hand to take part in the event and marks the second time in a row that the winner of the previous nights "Nextel All-Star Race" was on hand for this event. Austin Dillon captured his first pole award and Brian Ickler captured his first win in the series.

NOTE: On May 20, NASCAR announced that the No. 18 car of Marc Davis was found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); 20C-8.4C (lubrication oil reservoir tank cover was not in place on the top of the lubrication oil reservoir tank encasement) and 20C-2.1O (any device or duct work that permits air to pass from one area of the interior of the car to another, or to the outside of the car, will not be permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, the inside of the car to the trunk area, or the floors, firewalls, crush panels and wheel wells passing air into or out of the car) of the 2008 NASCAR rule book. The violations was discovered during post race inspection on May 18.

The 150 was run on May 31 at South Boston Speedway. Ricky Carmichael took his first pole award and Brian Iclker went on to lead a dominant 149 laps of the 150. He then held off bids from runner-up Austin Dillon of Lewisville, N.C., and third-place Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va., through a late race caution that extended the event to 155 laps. This win was his second of the season, and his second in a row.

Did not Qualify: (9) Todd Peck (#50), Jason Cochran (#72), Richard Gould (#58), A J Henriksen (#17), Daniel Pope, II (#10), Johnny Petrozelle (#33), James Pritchard (#41), Ian Henderson (#93), Joe Oliver (#08).

NOTE: This was Eddie MacDonald's 100th career start.

The NASCAR Camping World Series 125 At The Glen was run on June 8. This marked the return of the series to the historic Watkins Glen International track for the first time since 2004. Antonio Perez took the pole award and Matt Kobyluck went on to win the race. A green-white-checkered finish necessitated by a late-race blown engine and stretched the race from its scheduled 51 laps to 55. Marc Davis (No. 18 Slim Jim Toyota) led a total of 32 laps of the event and led the field to its final restart.

The Heluva Good! Summer 125 was run on June 27 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This race is the first of three this season that will be run in conjunction with the Nascar Nextel Cup series. Qualifying was rained out and the field was set by the rulebook. This put points leader Austin Dillon on the pole. Matt Kobyluck went on to lead a race high 47 laps, but it was Eddie MacDonald taking the win after he managed to jump into the lead over Trevor Bayne on the final restart on lap 122.

NOTE: This was Eddie MacDonald's first win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 16 career NASCAR Camping World Series East starts at the track.

The Pepsi Full Fender Frenzy 100 was run on July 12 at the Thompson International Speedway. Jesus Hernandez seemed to have the car to beat as he lead three times for a race high of 50 laps, but it was Trevor Bayne who took both the pole and the win for the event. This was Trevor's first pole award and his first win in the series in only his sixth start.

The 150 Presented by Dollar General was run on July 19 at the Music City Motorplex. Sterling Marlin was on hand to compete in this event. Peyton Sellers captured another pole award and lead a race high 74 laps. In the end it was Matt Kobyluck who crossed the start/finish line first to capture his second win of the season.

The "The Edge Hotel 150" was run on July 26 at Adirondack Motor Speedway in Lowville (New Bremen), NY. Bryon Chew captured his first pole award of the season and went on to finish eleventh, while Matt Kobyluck who lead only three laps went on to take the win for his third of the season and second in a row. This was also Kobyluck's third win at this track in only six visits.

NOTE: NASCAR announced on July 29 that the #3 car of Austin Dillon was being penalized due to a rules violations discovered during post-race inspection. The car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20C-12.3-S (front shock absorbers would not extend to the specified distance within the specified period of time) of the 2008 NASCAR rule book. The violations were discovered during post race inspection on July 26. The infraction dropped Dillon to 25th in the official race finish. All other drivers in the event moved up one position in the official finishing order.

The Mohegan Sun NASCAR Camping World Series 200 took place on August 16 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT. This race is the second and final road course on the 2008 schedule. Qualifying for this event was rained out so the starting lineup was set by the rule book. This put points leader Matt Kobyluck on the pole for the event. Matt went on to lead a race high 41 laps en route to win his 4th race of the season and third in a row.

Note: The race was red flagged at lap 51 due to rain. The red flag was out for 75 minutes before racing resumed.

The Mansfield 150 took place on August 23 at Mansfield Motorsports Park in Mansfield, OH. Trevor Bayne captured his second pole award of the season while Brian Ickler dominated the field leading six times for 128 laps en route to his third win of the season.

The "Heluva Good! Fall 125 took place on September 13 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. "Independent" teams lead the field by taking the top three spots in qualifying on Thursday. Peyton Sellers, Steve Park and Eddie MacDonald took the top three spots respectively; Each of them drive for teams that have no affiliation with any Cup or Nationwide teams. Rain on Friday forced the race to be postponed until Saturday morning. A 52 lap green flag stretch during the middle of the race was not planned on and ended up resulting in several teams running out of gas in the closing laps. Eddie MacDonald took the lead from Steve Park on the last lap and went on to win the race.

The "Sunoco 150" was run on September 19 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Points leader Matt Kobyluck was poised to clinch the series championship with good finish in the race. Brian Ickler got his first pole position of the year but the race would turn bittersweet for him as he was involved in a wreck only 18 laps into the event. A nine minute red flag stopped the race for cleanup after an accident. Aric Almirola would go on to win the race but it was Matt Kobyluck, who by finishing in third place and extending his lead to 219 points over second place with only one race remaining, clinched the series championship.

Notes: Aric Almirola became the second driver this year to win his first race in the series on his first start in the series.

Matt Kobyluck became the thirteenth different series champion in the series 22 years.

The "36th Annual Carquest Fall Final" at Stafford Motor Speedway was originally scheduled to run on September 28, however due to an unfavorable forecast the race was postponed until weekend of October 11-12th.

While Matt Kobyluck had wrapped up the series championship at Dover, there were still several positions within the top ten in points that were up for grabs.

Brian Ickler was the second to last driver to go out in qualifying and he laid down a lap of 19.376 seconds (new series record at the track) and took the pole. Ickler would lead the first 36 laps of the event before handing the lead over to Ted Christopher on a restart. Peyton Sellers would be the only other driver to lead laps during the race, and between the three of them they exchanged the lead 8 times.

A blistering race speed and a 57 lap green flag run put many cars down a lap and made for an exciting race. A couple of late race cautions kept the leaders within reach of each other. Towards the end of the race Nascar was getting reports of Christopher's car leaking oil and spend several laps under caution looking for a leak but ended up not bringing him to pit road to take a look at the car. On the final restart on lap 143 Ickler was leading with Christopher on the outside as they came to take the green flag. The two got together and Ickler went spinning into the infield with Christopher taking the lead.

Ickler kept the car running and was able to continue but a caution was not thrown and the race continued under green. Christopher and Sellers were running nose to tail for the lead Coming out of turn 4 on lap 148 Ickler was directly in front of the leaders and Christopher seemed to have to check up a little bit to not get into Ickler. This lead to Sellers getting into the rear of Christopher and sending him spinning towards the outside wall. Sellers would take the lead and the white flag as Christopher came to a rest near the wall out of turn 4. The yellow came out and Sellers would cross the line in first place under the yellow/checkered flags and take the win.

Peyton Sellers would proceed to stop under the flag stand to get the checkered flag and do a little celebrating but all victory lane proceedings would be postponed while the tower reviewed the contact between Sellers and Christopher. 15 minutes later word came from the tower that Sellers was the winner of the event. This was Sellers' first win of the season after having a win in the season opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway taken away from him for an illegal shock absorber.

Moved to January of the next year from its traditional October date in order to allow the race to keep a "post-season" feel, this race is a 2008 Camping World Series race, per NASCAR rulebook, since it is run with 2008 rules, and not 2009 rules (e.g., 2008 approved equipment only; no 2009 approved equipment was allowed to be run, and no 2009 rules applied).

The East-West showdown format favoured the West in qualifying, as six of the top ten drivers in qualifying were West drivers, with only two East Series regulars making the top ten, along with defending champion Joey Logano (who was not an East Series regular in 2008) and Mexico Series champion Antonio Pérez.

West Series champion Eric Holmes was among the leaders of the first 100 laps, along with East Series driver Brian Ickler (originally from California; moved to the Charlotte area to race in the East Series in 2008), who led 98 laps throughout the night. Holmes dropped back because of a dragging part on the start of the second segment. On Lap 141, Ron Hornaday, Jr. ran into the side of Ickler, and caused an incident that led to a nine-minute red flag as 22 cars were involved, either by the crash or being stuck behind the wreckage.

On Lap 250, Logano raced Peyton Sellers, who has a Nationwide Series ride for 2009, hard, running into Sellers to cause a spin in turn three. Logano crossed the line first but was disqualified by NASCAR for unsportsmanlike conduct. East Series champion Matt Kobyluck, who did not lead a single lap and crashed in practice, going to his 2006 Showdown-winning car, finished second but was declared the winner.

East driver Trevor Bayne was second, and West driver Jason Bowles, who drove a car for this race purchased from East Series team owner Andy Santerre, who supported the team (he did not bring his regular team with him to the Showdown) was third.

There were 13 cautions in the race.

Did not qualify out of 50-lap "last chance qualifier" was held after qualifying. The top six advanced.: (16) Blake Koch (#21), Joe Polewarczyk, Jr. (#03), Daryl Harr (#00), Keith Spangler (#39), Brian Wong (#89), Marcus Zukanovic (#99), Tony Toste (#91), Stan Silva, Jr. (#65), Paul Pedroncelli, Jr. (#0), Billy Kann (#78), Kyle Kelley (#7), Dakoda Armstrong (#5), Wes Banks (#31), Rod Johnson, Jr. (#04), Terry Henry (#19), Greg Pursley (#26).

NOTE: Logano crossed the line first but was penalised for rough driving in the Lap 250 crash with Sellers.

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2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series


The 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series began on February 16, 2008, at Daytona International Speedway with the Camping World 300. The season will conclude on November 15, 2008, at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Ford 300. NASCAR's second-tier series will be known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series beginning with the 2008 season, ending the 26 year sponsorship by Anheuser-Busch's Busch Beer. The seven-year agreement gives Nationwide Insurance the exclusive rights to tie its brand to NASCAR's second most popular racing series.

The following table shows the 2008 schedule published by NASCAR. Race names are subject to change.

Bold Italics - Indicates current or next race.

The following is a list of teams that are trying to run the full 35 race schedule in 2008.

The following is a list of teams that are running part time in 2008.

See List of 2008 NASCAR races for a complete list and schedule of the 2008 season races.

The Camping World 300 presented by Chevrolet was held February 16 at Daytona International Speedway. Tony Stewart won the pole and then went on to win the race. Stewart became the first driver to win the season opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona from the pole.

NOTE: On February 20 NASCAR announced that seven Nationwide teams had been penalized due to rule violations during Speedweeks at Daytona. The most notable was Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s #5 team whose crew chief was fined $25,000 and suspended for the next six Nationwide Series events until April 9. Earnhardt Jr. was penalized with the loss of 50 driver points, while car owner Rick Hendrick was penalized 50 owner points. An altered rear spoiler was found during post practice template inspection which enhanced the aerodynamic performance on the car. On March 4 it was announced that some teams had their penalty's upheld and some rescinded by the National Stock Car Racing Commission. Rusty Wallace, Inc. had 3 penalty's rescinded on the #64 car driven by David Stremme. The commission also amended 2 of 3 penalty's issued to Richardson-Hass Motorsports' #14 car driven by David Gilliland. The commission also reduced a fine against Kevin Harvick Incorporated #77 crew chief Charles Wilson from $15,000 to $5,000 and also reduced a suspension from the next 6 races to only 4 races. The commission opted to uphold penalties against the JD Motorsports #0 car driven by Kertus Davis. The commission also decided to amend 2 of 3 penalty's issued to the Phoenix Racing #1 car driven by Johnny Sauter.

The Stater Brothers 300 was held on Monday, February 25 due to rain at the newly renamed Auto Club Speedway of Southern California (previously California Speedway) in Fontana, California. Jeff Burton won the pole due to qualifying being canceled after being rained out. The race was scheduled to be held on the 23rd, but water seeping onto the track surface prevented this, and it was then scheduled to be held after Sunday's Auto Club 500. More rain postponed that, and again also delayed the Nationwide race to Monday, an hour after the completion of the Sprint Cup Series race. Tony Stewart dominated most of the day leading 139 of 150 laps with fellow Toyota driver David Reutimann sitting in 2nd for much of the race.

Did Not Qualify: None only 43 entries.

NOTE: Eric Norris driver of the #14 Carl A. Haas Motorsports entry withdrew, making only 42 starters.

The Sam's Town 300 was held on March 1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Brian Vickers won the pole. Just like the previous two weeks, Tony Stewart dominated the race. However, his chance to score his first Vegas win were dashed on lap 138 when he spun while alongside David Reutimann. Hometown hero Kyle Busch had to start in the back but worked his way through the field and took the lead after a lap 63 pit stop. However, his day would end on lap 103 when he cut a right front tire. Another strong car, the #29 of Jeff Burton, worked his way through the field following an unscheduled pit stop. However, on lap 158, his engine blew while challenging Mark Martin for the lead. Eventually, after 12 cautions, the race would turn to three drivers: Martin who was seeking to return to Victory Lane, Carl Edwards who was looking to keep his momentum going after his Cup win in Fontana, and Brad Keselowski, trying to make a name for himself and become the first non Cup Series driver to win since Aric Almirola last year. On lap 195 while Edwards and Keselowski were going side by side at the start/finish line, Martin tapped Edwards in the rear, spinning him into Keselowski and sending the race into overtime. Martin would easily fend off former teammate Greg Biffle for his first Nationwide Series win of the season. Martin later apologized to both Edwards and Keselowski in victory lane.

The Nicorette 300 was held on March 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jeff Burton won the pole. As usual, the race would be dominated by Sprint Cup Series points leader Kyle Busch. Busch hoped to make history by being the points leader in all three of NASCAR's top racing circuits. He would do so to an extent, leading 153 laps. However, Busch's hopes would be derailed by a flat tire while entering turn 1. His misfortune would open the door for other drivers such as Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, and polesitter Burton. David Ragan would take the top spot after pit stops under the caution for Busch's crash. However, Burton and Kenseth took first and second on lap 177. Things would stay this way for 9 laps until Kenseth made the pass for the lead. The main highlight of the race came on lap 189. While exiting turn two, Dale Earnhardt Jr. attempted to pass Eric McClure. However, McClure spun in front of Dale Jr., turning him into the wall and into the path of rookie Bryan Clauson, who hit McClure's car as it hit the wall, lifting it off the ground. This brought out a red flag lasting several minutes. Although Kenseth led with three to go, debris from Ragan's car brought out a green-white-checkered finish to lap 198, with Kenseth holding off Harvick for his first win of the season.

The Sharpie Mini 300 was held March 15 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Scott Wimmer won the pole. Unlike other races, Kyle Busch would not dominate this one, as he was taken out by a spinning Martin Truex Jr. on lap 13. 2006 Champion Kevin Harvick had one of the best cars all day but fell out of contention after his tire changer failed to secre a lugnut on lap 102. Clint Bowyer dominated the race, leading for 119 laps. However, the move of the race came on lap 164 when Bowyer and eight others stayed out on the track as rain began to hit the track. Up to that point, Bowyer had been fending off a charging Kasey Kahne for the past 40 laps before the rains hit. The cars would be pulled onto pit road on lap 171 and Bowyer would be declared the winner after a 47 minute rain delay.

The Pepsi 300 was held on March 22 at Nashville Superspeedway. Kyle Busch won the pole. As usual, Busch would dominate the race, leading 125 laps. However, his bad luck would continue as he spun coming out of turn 4. This move handed the lead to Bristol winner Clint Bowyer who held the top spot until teammate Scott Wimmer passed him with 20 to go. Wimmer would hang on to snap his 57 race winless streak (since Pikes Peak in 2003) and become the first non-Sprint Cup driver to win a race in 2008.

The O'Reilly 300 was held on April 5 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Kevin Harvick started from the pole after qualifying was rained out. Kyle Busch won the race, it was his first Nationwide Series win of the 2008 season. Busch led four times for 126 laps, including the final 43 laps of the race. Kevin Harvick who led 55 laps broke an axle on his first pit stop and lost 21 laps while his crew replaced it, he finished 34th. Tony Stewart went down a lap with an unscheduled pit stop on lap 71 after cutting his right rear tire. He had run over a lug nut on pit road during a green-flag pit stop on lap 56. Only 14 cars finished on the lead lap.

Failed to make race as qualifying was canceled due to rain: None only 43 cars.

The Bashas' Supermarkets 200 was held on April 11 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kyle Busch won the pole. As usual, the race would be dominated by Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch. Busch hoped to make history by being the points leader in all three of NASCAR's top racing circuits.

The Corona México 200 was held on April 20 at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, Mexico. Colin Braun won the pole. Kyle Busch won the race after passing Scott Pruett with 9 laps remaining. Busch warned over his radio that Pruett would get dumped if he kept blocking him, a reference to the 2007 race. The win was Busch's first on a road course and his third straight Nationwide Series win. Scott Pruett led 36 of the 80 laps and wound up finishing third. Road course veteran Boris Said struggled for most of the day and was spun out by Marcos Ambrose with 28 laps remaining. The damage took Said out of the race, and he angrily ponited at Ambrose. Boris commented that "He either made a mistake or he's incredibly stupid, and I don't think he'd make a big mistake like that. I wouldn't expect it from him. "I'm not going to get mad, I'm just going to get even." Ambrose finished the day in second place, his best finish in the Nationwide Series.

The Aaron's 312 was held on April 26 at Talladega Superspeedway, in Talladega, Alabama. Tony Stewart won the pole and later went on to win the race. Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. dominated much of the race running in first and second place respectively. 2007 IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti blew a tire on lap 11 and spun around onto the apron in Turn 3 into the path of the #91 car driven by Larry Gunselman who slammed into the driver's side of Franchitti's car. Franchitti suffered a fractured left ankle and minor contusions from the hard impact, the injury would sideline him for 5 Sprint Cup Series races. The big wreck (often dubbed "The Big One") occurred on lap 71 when Kevin Lepage was coming off pit road and merged immediately in front of the lead pack traffic. Lepage was only running around 115 mph when the wreck happened compared to the leaders who were running 191 mph. Several contenders were taken out including Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. The race was red flagged to clean up debris. Around 16 cars were involved in the wreck, during the race several drivers were penalized for blending onto the track to early, instead of blending at Turn 2. Lepage publicly apologized for the incident the next day saying "I made a huge driver error by blending onto the racetrack in the wrong area. This caused a multi-car accident and changed the outcome of the race for many teams." Dale Eanhardt, Jr. waited to make a last lap pass down the backstretch on Stewart but didn't have any drafting help, Dale would cross the finish line in sixth position.

Failed to Qualify: None, only 43 cars.

The Lipton Tea 250 was held on May 2 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Kasey Kahne won the pole. The race, like the previous year's featured pit strategy as a key factor. Bryan Clauson (#41) spun out on lap 247 with only 3 laps left bringing out the eighth and final caution. Virginia native Denny Hamlin who was leading at the time of Clauson's spin made a pit stop during the caution for four fresh Goodyear tires. On the restart of a green-white-checkered finish Hamlin blew past Carl Edwards and race leader Kevin Harvick who both opted to not pit during the late race caution. It was Denny Hamlin's sixth Nationwide Series career win and also Joe Gibbs Racing's seventh Nationwide Series victory in 2008. Kyle Busch came from a lap down to finish third, even after Steve Wallace got into Busch on the final lap. Kyle retaliated at Wallace after the checkered flag and spun out fourth place finisher David Ragan in the process. Busch and Wallace had a small altercation on pit road after the race. Wallace who was seated in his #66 Chevy grabbed Busch's helmet when Busch confronted him about the incident.

The Diamond Hill Plywood 200 was held on May 9 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Carl Edwards won the pole. Denny Hamlin who won the previous race and was the fastest in the two final practice sessions hit the wall on his qualifying lap and failed to qualify. Carl Edwards, who won the pole, chose to start on the outside of Bowyer, the second-place qualifier. But scraped the wall while racing Bowyer on the opening lap. Edwards' bad luck would continue when on lap 2 his #60 Ford blew the right-front tire and smacked the Turn 3 wall causing his race to end early. Matt Kenseth led Tony Stewart by more than two seconds with 46 laps left in the race but Kenseth made a pit stop on lap 121, complaining that his wheels were chattering. The crew put on four tires and sent Kenseth back on the track, but Kenseth wrecked in Turn 4 on lap 128 trying to catch the first car one lap down. The race was red flagged with 19 laps remaining as track crews cleaned up after Kenseth's wreck. David Ragan spun on lap 138 and hit the wall bringing out the seventh caution. Mark Martin's engine stalled on the restart with three laps remaining due to fuel pickup problems, triggering a six-car wreck, the race was red flagged again for cleanup. Stewart led the field to the restart of a green-white-checker finish on lap 148. Tony Stewart pulled away from Clint Bowyer and went on to win his first race at Darlington Raceway. It was Stewart's fourth victory in the 2008 Nationwide Series, and the sixth of his career. It marked the eighth win for Joe Gibbs Racing in the 2008 Nationwide Series, and the fourth consecutive victory for the team's #20 car.

The Carquest Auto Parts 300 was held on May 24 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina a suburb of Charlotte. Brian Vickers won the pole. Kyle Busch driving for Braun Racing won the race, ending the four-race winning streak of Joe Gibbs Racing. During the final caution (#88) Brad Keselowski tapped (#20) Denny Hamlin's bumper as the cars circled the track behind the pace car. Keselowski was upset with the way Hamlin had raced him. Hamlin retaliated by turning right into Keselowski's Chevrolet, damaging the left-front fender. The move by Hamlin upset Dale Earnhardt, Jr. owner of the #88, who was running fourth right behind the #88. While still under caution Earnhardt drove up and tapped Hamlin's bumper. After the incident an angry post race confrontation erupted between the #88 JR Motorsports crew and the #20 Gibbs crew. The confrontation resulted in three members of the JR Motorsports crew being fined by NASCAR and one member was also suspended for one race.

The Heluva Good! 200 was held on May 31 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Carl Edwards won the pole. The start of the race was delayed for three hours due to heavy rain. This race marked the much anticipated debut of 18-year-old driving sensation Joey Logano drving the #20 GameStop Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. Dario Franchitti made his first start since breaking his ankle in the Aaron's 312 at Talladega. Kyle Busch driving for Braun Racing led 68 laps, but various problems dropped him back in the field. Busch made a pit stop on Lap 105 while leading, but contact between his #32 Toyota and Brad Keselowski's #88 Chevrolet forced both cars back to pit road under the third caution of the race. Busch had rallied back to the eight position when on Lap 169, Braun Racing teammate Jason Leffler lost control of his car and knocked Busch into the Turn 2 wall. From then on, Denny Hamlin would hold off polesitter Edwards and David Stremme over the final 28 laps to win the race. It would be Joe Gibbs Racing's ninth victory in the 2008 Nationwide Series. Joey Logano was able to keep his car in one piece and finish sixth, despite making contact with Kasey Kahne on pit road early in the race.

The Federated Auto Parts 300 presented by Dollar General was held on June 7 at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee. The 18-year-old phenom Joey Logano won the pole in his second ever start. Logano led early for 60 laps. Though Logano, Clint Bowyer, David Reutimann, and others headed for the pits on Lap 79, Brad Keselowski stayed out. This move put Keselowski on a different fuel strategy, pitting late with 41 laps to go instead of pitting with the rest of the field with 77 to go. On Lap 89 Logano was taken out of contention during a four wide race through Turn 4. His #20 Toyota was clipped by Greg Biffle's Ford, turning him sideways into Busch's car before shooting up track and into the outside wall. Late in the race fuel became an issue as Reutimann appeared to have his second Nationwide career win in the bag while being pursued by Bowyer and Kyle Busch. However, a caution brought out by a spinning Brad Teague ruined Reutimann's hopes of victory, as he was passed by Bowyer and Busch on the restart with 8 laps to go. As Bowyer made contact with Reutimann, Keselowski made his move to the inside of Bowyer, taking the lead and eventually his first ever win in his 49th start.

The Meijer 300 presented by Oreo was held on June 14 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. 18-year-old phenom Joey Logano won the pole. From the drop of the green, Logano and teammate Kyle Busch dominated the race, leading a combined total of 116 laps, with Busch leading a race high 85 laps. It would be the Logano and Busch show until lap 163 when Busch spun coming out of turn 2. From there, Logano went on to win the race, becoming the youngest winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at only 18 years and 21 days, beating Casey Atwood's long standing record of 18 years, 10 months and 9 days set when he won at Milwaukee in 1999.

The Camping World RV Rental 250 was held on June 21 at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. The defending 2007 NASCAR Busch Series champion, Carl Edwards, won the event, end his 36-winless streak drought. Edwards had start in the back, due to not making to the track for qualifying. Last week's winner, Joey Logano finished hard strong 2nd. While points leader, Clint Bowyer finished 3rd.

The Camping World RV Sales 200 was held on June 28 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Landon Cassill won the pole but started from the rear due to an engine change. Cassill gained 28 positions but on Lap 47 a tap from Bobby Hamilton, Jr. sent his #5 Chevy into the wall and ended his day. He finished 34th. Tony Stewart who started 8th dominated the race in the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota leading 75 of the 200 laps. Fellow Joe Gibbs driver Kyle Busch also fared well starting 4th and leading 63 laps eventually finishing 3rd. The Braun Racing #32 and #38 cars were painted black, with no sponsor decals on either cars as a symbol of mourning for the team owner's mother, Linda Braun, who passed away before the race. David Reutimann led 25 laps and managed a 7th place finish in his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. Nationwide points leader Clint Bowyer started 2nd and led 36 laps before finishing 9th. Greg Biffle crashed on the last lap causing the race to end under caution with Stewart, Hamlin, and Busch claiming the top 3 spots. The race marked the first 1-2-3 Nationwide Series finish for Toyota. Stewart's win was the eighth of the season for the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

The Winn-Dixie 250 Powered by Coca-Cola was held on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Denny Hamlin won the race.

NOTE: Race extended 5 laps / 12.5 miles due to a green-white-checker finish.

The Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola was held on July 11 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. Sprint Cup Series regular David Reutimann won the pole. Denny Hamlin started the race in 41st position after a mechanical problem in qualifying forced him to start from the rear. Hamlin rallied back and finished 2nd having one of the fastest cars near the end of the race. Tony Stewart missed a shift at the start of the race causing Kevin Harvick to slam into the back of Stewart's car taking both drivers out of contention for the win. The first caution flag flew on Lap 56 when Jason Leffler spun into the infield grass during green flag pit stops. The second caution was brought out on Lap 63 when Matt Kensth's #17 car spun coming off Turn 4. The third and final caution came out for debris from Tony Stewart's #20 car. The race stayed green setting a record average speed, Kyle Busch had a 3.120 second advantage over Denny Hamlin when he took the checkered flag. The win was Busch's fifth 2008 Nationwide victory, and the 16th of his career. The win gave Joe Gibbs Racing a series record tying 13 wins in a single season, matching in 20 races the 13 wins Richard Childress Racing scored in all of 2007.

The Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 was held on July 19 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Carl Edwards was the winner.

The Kroger 200 was held on July 26 at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Indiana. Kyle Busch was the overall winner.

The Food City 250 was held on August at Bristol Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski was the overall winner.

The Camping World RV Sales 200 was held September 20 at Dover International Speedway. Kyle Busch won the pole and then went on to win the race.

The Kansas Lottery 300 was held at September 27 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Denny Hamlin is the race winner.

The Dollar General 300 was held on October 10 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina suburb of Concord. Kyle Busch was the winner.

The Kroger On Track for the Cure 250 was held on October 25 at Memphis Motorsports Park in Charlotte, Tennessee suburb of Memphis. Carl Edwards was the winner.

Did Not Qualify:#90-Johnny Chapman; #30-Stanton Barrett; #09-John Wes Townley; #0-Larry Gunselman; #56-Travis Kittleson; #75-Tim Weaver.

The O'Reilly Challenge was held on November 1 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas suburb of Dallas. Kyle Busch was the winner.

Did Not Qualify:#89-Morgan Shepherd, #05-Burney Lamar, #09-John Wes Townley, #31-Kenny Hendrick, #91-Justin Hobgood, #78-Johnny Sauter, #84-Mike Harmon.

The Hefty Odor Block 200 was held on November 8 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona suburb of Phoenix. Carl Edwards was the winner.

The Ford 300 was held November 15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida suburb Miami.Edwards wins the race. Clint Bowyer wins his first championship.

Did Not Qualify:#30-Stanton Barrett, #05-Casey Atwood, #35-Danny O'Quinn, Jr., #70-Mark Green, #23-Robert Richardson Jr., #09-John Wes Townley, #73-Kevin Lepage, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #78-Derrike Cope.

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Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch at the March 5, 2006 race in Mexico City

Kyle Thomas Busch (born May 2, 1985 in Las Vegas, Nevada) nicknamed "The Spider," "Rowdy Busch," "Wild Thing," and "Shrub" is an American race car driver. He drives the #18 M&M's / Interstate Batteries / Snickers Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, the #18 Interstate Batteries / Z-Line Designs / NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series, and the #51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra for Billy Ballew Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series. He currently has the record for most wins in a season between the three series with 21 wins, which he got in 2008. He also is the only NASCAR driver to win races in two of its national touring series on the same day by winning the Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series races held on February 21, 2009. With these victories, he also became the only NASCAR competitor to simultaneously hold the points lead in two of the organization's touring series.

Busch started his NASCAR career at age 16, year 2001 in the Craftsman Truck Series, but was removed from racing due to a new rule set by NASCAR disallowing anyone persons under the age of 18 to compete in NASCAR's top divisions.

Almost three years after the incident Busch won his first career NASCAR race in dominating fashion on May 14, 2004, leading 236 out of 250 laps in the Busch Series (now known as Nationwide) race at Richmond International Raceway, driving for Rick Hendrick. At the end of the season Busch won the 2004 Busch Series Rookie of the Year with 5 wins, making him the record holder of most races won by a driver in their rookie season.

A year later, Busch won his first career Craftsman Truck Series race on May 20, 2005, at Lowe's Motor Speedway , driving for Billy Ballew Motorsports. Later in the year, he won his first career NASCAR Nextel Cup race (now known as Sprint Cup) on September 4, 2005 at Auto Club Speedway (Fontana) , driving for Rick Hendrick. At the end of the season Busch won the 2005 Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year with 2 wins. The earlier win at Fontana made Kyle Busch eligible to become a part of the 18 NASCAR Triple Threats, a group of drivers who have won a race in NASCAR's top three divisions.

Busch’s first driving lessons came at the age of 6 as he cruised the cul-de-sac of his family’s Las Vegas home in a makeshift go-kart. Although he was too small to reach the throttle, Busch still was able to pick up the basics thanks to father Tom, who controlled the gas pedal as his young son steered the kart.

Throughout his childhood, Kyle Busch spent countless hours as an apprentice to his father and older brother Kurt Busch (2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Champion) in the family garage learning to build and repair race cars. By the age of 10, he was a full-fledged mechanic and served as crew chief of his older brother’s dwarf car team.

In 1998, shortly after his 13th birthday, Busch’s driving career officially began, but schoolwork was always made first priority. His parents stressed accountability, so if Busch wanted to race, he was responsible for working on, repairing and paying for his own cars. He learned quickly that carelessness on the track proved costly and sometimes meant not racing the next weekend.

From 1999 through 2001, Busch earned more than 65 wins in legends cars as he racked up two track championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s “Bullring” before moving to late models. Winning seemed to come naturally as the youngster captured 10 victories in late model competition at the Bullring in 2001.

In 2002 Kyle Busch graduated a year early with honors from Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Kyle Busch Foundation is dedicated to providing essential tools for less fortunate children throughout the country. KBF will concentrate its efforts on assisting organizations in fostering a safe environment for children to live, learn and challenge themselves as well as seeing that day to day needs are met. His foundation sponsors his #51 late model which is driven by Alex Haase. Kyle also has personal sponsorship deals in place with NOS Energy Drink and Electric Visual, with both appearing on his late model at one time or another.

When the age requirements were put in place, Busch switched from NASCAR to the American Speed Association (ASA) series, a Midwest based company that also aided in his success; in the 2002 season, Busch finished eighth in the championship points for the ASA series.

Busch returned to the Craftsman Truck Series in 2005 for a limited number of races in Billy Ballew Motorsports's Chevrolet's, winning at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, and the fall race in Atlanta Motor Speedway, all 200-mile races. Busch became the youngest driver to win a Truck Series race, at 20 years 19 days.

Busch repeated his Lowe's victory in 2006 in a truck painted to resemble the Rowdy Burns car from Days of Thunder, in a tribute to Bobby Hamilton (who was the stunt driver for the character), who was in the midst of a cancer battle which would later take his life.

Busch won two more truck races in the #51 Billy Ballew Motorsports truck towards the end of the 2007 season, at Atlanta on October 27 and at Phoenix on November 9. In 2008, he will drive the #51 Billy Ballew Motorsports truck with David Stremme and one other driver.

Kyle Busch started the season off with a second place finish in the Chevy Silverado 250 at Daytona International Speedway, and followed it up a week later with a win in the San Bernardino County 200 at the newly named Auto Club Speedway (previously California Speedway) in Fontana, California. Two weeks later at Atlanta, he raced to another win in the American Commercial Lines 200. Busch acquired his 2nd Craftsman Truck Series pole for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. His 3rd win of the season was at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008.

Busch's 2009 season in the newly-renamed Camping World Truck Series started off much like the 2008 season had. Finishing second in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona to Todd Bodine, as they had finished in 2008, Busch then dominated the San Bernardino County 200 a week later at Auto Club Speedway, winning the pole and leading 95 of 100 laps. Bodine finished second - again, the same as the two had finished in this race the year before. The following race, the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta, Busch again won the pole, and overcame an ill-handling truck as well as transmission problems to take the lead in the closing laps. Busch was able to hold off Kevin Harvick to win the race for the second year in a row. It was Kyle's fourth win in five Truck Series starts at Atlanta. Kyle's nickname "The Spider" has been catching on because his driving style is tenacious.

Upon turning 18, Busch partnered with Hendrick Motorsports to run a set of six NASCAR Busch Series races at selected tracks, running the #87 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for NEMCO Motorsports. During his seat time in that ride, Busch finished a Busch Series career-high second in his first NASCAR Busch Series race at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in May 2003. He also teamed with Hendrick to run selected ARCA RE/MAX Series races, where he won races at the Kentucky Speedway and the Nashville Superspeedway, where he also started from the pole position (his other pole in 2003 was at Pocono). Busch's first full-time season began in 2004, as he competed in the Lowe's car vacated by Brian Vickers, who had moved up to the NEXTEL Cup series. Busch easily clinched Rookie of the Year honors in the series, and clearly showed his stronghold on the Busch series with the start of the series-he received his first top-10 finish of the season at the second race in Rockingham, his first pole of the season in the fifth race, and claimed his first victory at the Richmond International Raceway at the Funai 250 in May. Busch went on to claim five wins in 2004, finishing second in the overall points to Martin Truex, Jr. and claiming the Rookie of the Year title. Busch won the Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2005. Busch won the Sharpie Mini 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2006. 2007 has been an interesting year for Busch. Two wins, the (Nicorette 300 at Altanta and Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas), were in sight before mistakes put him out of contention. On July 7, 2007, Busch finally capitalized and won his first ever race at Daytona with a win in the Winn-Dixie 250. He also edged out Matt Kenseth by .085 seconds to win the Yellow Transportation 300 at Kansas Speedway, and then went on to finish off his NASCAR Busch Series career with Hendrick Motorsports in style, with a dominating victory in his last ride in the #5 car at Phoenix on November 10.

In 2008, Kyle ran 30 of 35 total races and along with Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Tony Stewart helped win the 2008 Nationwide series Owners Championship for Joe Gibbs Racing for the number 20 car. Kyle ran in the series for three different teams and in 4 different numbers, running for Braun Racing's number 32 with Beringer and Dollar General sponsorship, for D'Hondt Motorsports number 92 Toyota with Zippo BLU sponsorship for the Zippo 200, and for Joe Gibbs Racing in the number 18: Interstate Batteries, DLP, Z line and Farm Bureau and number 20 Doosan Infracore, Farm Bureau and Z line Toyota. Busch accumulated 4 poles and 20 top tens in his partial season, 18 of which where top 5's and of those 10 where history tying wins which tied the Nationwide series record for most wins in a season with Sam Ard who had accomplished the feat some 24 years earlier.

In 2009, Busch plans to run full time in the Nationwide Series driving the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Busch ran 6 races in 2004 in the #84 Carquest Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. His highest finish was 24th at California Speedway.

After the announcement that long time Hendrick NEXTEL Cup series driver Terry Labonte would be running a limited schedule in 2005 and 2006, Busch was picked to take over the #5 Kellogg's/Carquest Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Hendrick Motorsports.

He won his first Cup race at the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway in Fontana, California in September 2005, and is the youngest-ever winner in the NASCAR Cup Series, at 20 years, 125 days. He followed that up with another win two months later in November 2005 at Phoenix International Raceway. Busch clinched the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Rookie of the Year title before the end of the 2005 season.

A victory in the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway led to a stronger chance of qualifying for the Chase for the Cup during the last race before the 2006 Chase at Richmond International Raceway, in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, where he finished second after leading the most laps. He entered the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup fourth in Cup points.

Busch started mid-pack, by mid-pack that means he started in the middle of the 43 car field, in the first race of the Chase at the New Hampshire International Speedway but got caught up in an incident on lap four when he made contact with #66 Best Buy Chevrolet of Jeff Green, and knocked the front suspension out of line, eventually spinning out and wrecking the car. Busch followed up the next week at Dover International Speedway with an initially strong run before an engine failure took him out of the race. Busch then went to the Kansas Speedway and led several laps before being caught for speeding on pit road and finished in the bottom half of the top-ten.

Busch finished the season in tenth place in the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series standings, 448 points behind champion Jimmie Johnson. His winnings for the 2006 season totaled $5,537,337. Busch is currently the youngest driver to make the NASCAR NEXTEL Chase for the Cup. He is also the youngest pole sitter in NEXTEL Cup history.

With his milestone win at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, on March 25, 2007, Busch became the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver to win in NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow. He also scored Hendrick Motorsports their 200th NASCAR win (in all series), and also scored Chevrolet's 600th NASCAR victory, the first by the Chevrolet Impala since Wendell Scott's historic 1963 win in Jacksonville, Florida. At the Aaron's 312 Busch Race at Talladega, Busch went on a wild ride down the backstretch when he got turned into teammate Casey Mears' car by Tony Stewart, which was similar to the bump Brian Vickers gave to Jimmie Johnson in the 2006 UAW-Ford 500. The car spun towards the outside wall and flipped onto its roof. The car then slid down the track and hit the turn 3 grass, flipping side over side. The car flipped a total of seven times, but Busch walked away unscathed. In the Nextel All-Star Challenge at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, he and older brother Kurt Busch got together, knocking them both out of the race.

On June 13, 2007, Busch announced his plans to leave Hendrick Motorsports after the 2007 season. The two sides had been working on a contract extension but eventually agreed mutually to part ways. It was announced the same day that Dale Earnhardt Jr. would be replacing Kyle Busch at Hendrick Motorsports. However, days later Kyle Busch stated that he had no idea he was going to be released.. It was announced on August 14, 2007, that Busch had chosen Joe Gibbs Racing for his team in the 2008 season. He replaced J.J. Yeley in the #18 Toyota Camry.

Kyle Busch drives the number 18 M&M's Automobile for Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch's season started off with a great running in the 50th Annual Daytona 500 before finishing 4th. He led the most laps (86). He followed that with another 4th place finish in the Auto Club 500. As a result, he took the lead in the points standings for the first time in his career.

Kyle Busch won the pole for the UAW-Dodge 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The pole was Busch's 3rd pole of his career.

Kyle Busch led 173 of the 325 laps and won the Kobalt Tools 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was the 5th career win for Busch.

Kyle Busch had a promising run in the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway, but finished 38th due to a broken transmission, and the poor finish dropped him to 5th in points, 84 points out of the points lead.

He turned his fortunes around with a strong run in the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He ran up front the whole race and finished the race third.

Three weeks later Busch won his first restrictor plate race by taking the checkered flag at the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

A week later at Richmond International Raceway in the Dan Lowry 400, Kyle Busch was driving the #18 Pedigree Car racing for the lead when he and Dale Earnhardt Jr. bumped into each other with four laps to go. This allowed Clint Bowyer to slip by for the lead (and eventually, the win) with Busch finishing second. Earnhardt fans were very displeased with the incident. Earnhardt, though, told reporters "rubbin's racin,'" a term used by those who do not look down on the amount of contact in the sport. The incident later lead for him to be booed at Driver Introductions by the unforgiving "Junior Nation". Earlier that day, Busch announced the "Kyle's Miles" program, inviting consumers to go to Kyle's Miles is a team up with Pedigree to help dogs in shelters and breed rescue organizations.

Busch rebounded the following week and became the youngest driver to win a race at Darlington Speedway. He led 169 laps in route to his third 2008 victory.

Following the 24th place finish at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (a non-points race) Busch qualified 1st for the Coca-Cola 600, getting the 4th pole position of his Sprint Cup career. He again had a dominant car in the race, but a battery problem considerably slowed his pace later in the event. His team replaced the failing battery nearing the end, and Busch rallied back to lead the race, eventually settling for a third place finish.

On June 1st, Kyle Busch won the Best Buy 400 at Dover International Speedway, his 8th career Nascar Sprint Cup win, and his 4th of the season.

Just a couple weeks after Kyle Busch's fourth cup win of the season, he won another on June 22nd in Sonoma, his first win and best career finish on a road course in the Sprint Cup Series.

On July 5th, Kyle Busch won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway after a last lap caution ended the race. This was his 10th career victory, and 6th of the 2008 season. A week later at Chicagoland Speedway, he recorded his 11th career win, and 7th of the season in the 400. After two poor races in a row, he won his 8th win of the season and 12th of his career at the Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. Sweeping both road courses races of the season in the process.

On August 24th at Bristol Motor Speedway, Carl Edwards tapped Busch's rear bumper on lap 470/500 to take the lead Busch had owned for most of the race. After the race, Busch pulled alongside to bump and smash into Edwards repeatedly, to "let him know I didn't appreciate the way he pasted me." Edwards responded by spinning out Busch. Busch was called to the hauler after the incident. The following week, Nascar announced that both Edwards and Busch were being placed on probation for their after track antics.

With his series leading eight wins, Busch was seeded in first place for the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup with an 80 point lead over "rival" Edwards. Though many analysts had predicted a three way championship battle between Busch, Edwards, and Busch's ex-teammate Jimmie Johnson, the 18 team had seen a decline in results since the Brickyard, while Johnson and Edwards were coming on strong. Busch's hopes for his first championship were dashed by two consecutive DNF's at Loudon and Dover, wiping out his 80 point lead and dropping him to 12th in points. However, Busch ralled back with top fives and gained two more spots to close out his first season with JGR 10th in points.

On February 12 Kyle Busch won the second Gatorade Duel at Daytona. This was the first qualifying race win for Busch. Busch will start fourth in the 51st Daytona 500. Busch led 88 laps, leading the most for the second year in a row. However, he was taken out on lap 125 during the big one when Dale Earnhardt Jr., while attempting a pass, was blocked by Brian Vickers. While merging back into the lane, Vickers attempted a second block and was clipped by Earnhardt's car, which sent Vickers into Busch's car, wrecking it, and several other car's.

On the 21st February 2009, Busch made NASCAR history, becoming the first person in the history of the sport to win races in two of NASCAR's touring series in the same day by winning the San Bernardino County 200 in the afternoon and the Stater Brothers 300 in the evening. It has also been notified that at the April Atlanta Motor Speedway race, Busch will be running with Nascar Kart Racing on the back to promote the new game for the Wii.

March 1st meant victory for Busch; he won the 2009 Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in his hometown. After the race, he and his brother exchanged a long, passionate hug, perhaps signaling the end of their feud. Darrell Waltrip was quoted as saying it was the "sweetest thing he had ever seen".

On March 26, in a race known as the "Smell My Face Beltway Race" sponsored by the radio show Elliot in the Morning, Busch came in second to Washington, DC regional celebrity and show employee Bryan "Flounder" Schlossberg.

He is often nicknamed Shrub, since he is the younger brother of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and a small bush is called a shrub. He is also most commonly referred to as Rowdy Busch after Rowdy Burns in the movie Days of Thunder, as well as Little Busch after the TV series Lil' Bush. Recently Mike Joy coined the nickname Wild Thing as he is always making daring and bold moves on the track. Kyle's latest nickname is The Spider, for his tenacious driving style and the way he preys on other drivers.

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