Kyle Busch to race in Duel in the Desert

at LVMS' dirt track Nov. 21-22


            Just six days after making his NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut, Kyle Busch is planning on returning to his roots.

            Busch, who is scheduled to make his first Winston Cup start in Sunday¿s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, has entered the IMCA Modified Duel in the Desert at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Nov. 21-22.

            ¿I grew up racing on dirt tracks with my dad and my brother, so this will be a lot of fun,¿ Busch said. ¿I¿ve been fortunate enough to run a few races in Las Vegas this year at the Bullring. It¿s been about three or four years since I raced at the dirt though, so I am really looking forward to it.¿

            Busch will be part of a two-car team with Pahrump¿s Jason Pike. Pike is one of the top modified racers on the west coast, and has won numerous championships at various tracks around the country.

            ¿It¿s going to be really exciting to work with Kyle,¿ Pike said. ¿I¿ve known him and his family for quite some time, and I¿m glad we were able to put this deal together. It will really help make this event bigger.¿

            Busch has competed in seven NASCAR Busch Series races this season including finishing seventh at this past weekend¿s race in Rockingham, N.C. The 18-year old brother of NASCAR Winston Cup standout Kurt Busch won the July 3 Super Late Model event at the Bullring at LVMS.

            Practice and heat races for the Duel in the Desert will be Friday, Nov. 21. IMCA Modified features will begin Saturday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. The 40-lap A-Feature is set for 9 p.m. In addition, Thunderstocks will compete in a 15-lap feature on Saturday night. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. each day.