WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Whether it’s in one of NASCAR’s national series or whenever he gets the urge to strap into one of his Late Model racecars, Kyle Busch never shies away from a challenge.
That’s why he’s been so successful, to the tune of 115 career NASCAR victories in the top-three divisions and he’s won some of the most prestigious short track events in the country.
Now, Busch will be tackling another challenge head-on when he battles with some of the country’s top short track racers, plus some of his fellow NASCAR stars, in the ARCA Midwest Tour’s Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150 presented by raceteamgear.com on July 8-9 at Wisconsin’s famed Milwaukee Mile.
The Lettow 150, part of the ARCAFest event at Milwaukee, already has an entry list 80-strong, chock full of big names from the NASCAR and short track worlds. With the addition of Busch to the impressive lineup, the second edition of the Howie Lettow Memorial could very well be the most star-studded short track event in recent history.
“I think it’s a cool event to have late models racing around a big track like Milwaukee,” said Busch. “The Howie Lettow Memorial is a neat race just because of Howie and everything that he has done for the Super Late Model racing community and being at a lot of the premier short tracks around the country over his years. I think that’s why a lot of people enjoy going there and racing in his race.
“Last year, it was a really good race, there were a lot of cars and there was some good competition and some good racing. It was pretty good to see that all happen and it was great to see the Milwaukee Mile come back to life. It was a track that my dad grew up at and went to a lot when he lived in Chicago, seeing IndyCar races and NASCAR race there for years when he was growing up.”
Busch is no stranger to the Milwaukee Mile, nor the track’s victory lane area inside its hallowed infield. The 28-year-old from Las Vegas, Nev., won the ARCA Midwest Tour event at Milwaukee in 2008, battling door-to-door with another fellow NASCAR champion and a star from the short track ranks.