Tuesday, June 29, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Kurt Busch visited the "Windy City" to promote the upcoming July 11 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

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"Chicago feels like a second home to me," said the nine-time NEXTEL Cup Series race winner. Busch began the day in Chicago at Navy Pier where he met with Chicago promotional radio winners after they received a lakeside tour of Chicago courtesy of the popular 2,500 horsepower Seadog Speedboat. For more information about the Seadog Speedboat, please visit www.premieryachts.com.

Busch, who will be competing in the July 11 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway for Roush Racing, enjoys visiting Chicago and says a win at 1.5-mile speedway in Joliet is high on his list. "Chicago is a great market for our team...It holds a lot of value to win here," said Busch. "Chicagoland Speedway is especially a good place for us to do well with our sponsor's base being so close."

When coming to Chicago, Busch especially likes to take in a Chicago Cubs game if he has the chance. "With growing up in Las Vegas, there?s really no sports history and really no professional teams to cheer for. And, with my family being from Chicago, I fell in love with the Cubs," said Busch. Busch was also able live out a life long dream during his visit to Chicago on Tuesday. Busch was on the field during batting practice at the historic Wrigley Field before Tuesday's game against the Houston Astros. "Wrigley Field is unreal. Anytime you get an opportunity to just walk in the gates, you feel like you're part of history," said Busch with a smile.

Busch and his fellow NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competitors return to Chicagoland Speedway in less than two weeks for the July 9-11 NASCAR weekend. "Chicagoland Speedway is a great race track," said Busch. Commenting on the uniqueness of its shape Busch added, "Every part of the race track is round and you are continuality turning. The back straightaway has a nice curve to it and allows for a good exit out of turn 2 and a more challenging entrance into turn 3. With the 18 degree banking, it?s also a place where you can drive it into a corner deep and stand on the gas hard."

Even though the fast, 18-degree banked Chicagoland Speedway is one of seven 1.5-mile tracks on the NEXTEL Cup Series circuit, Busch says there no mistaking Chicagoland from the rest. "Despite being similar to other tracks, (Chicagoland Speedway) has its own attitude, characteristics and when you go to Chicago you know you?re going there and no where else."

There are still a limited amount of great seats available for the 2004 season at Chicagoland Speedway. For tickets, call 815-727-RACE (7223) or log onto www.chicagolandspeedway.com.

Click here for information about the July 9-11 NASCAR weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

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