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Kyle Busch enters Super Late Model Thanksgiving Classic

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The reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion isn’t quite ready to hang up his helmet in 2019 yet.

Kyle Busch has entered the Super Late Model portion of Saturday’s Thanksgiving Classic at the Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina.

This will be his first appearance of any kind at the four-tenths mile short track.

Busch turned laps in his Super Late Model earlier in the week at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida in advance of the Snowball Derby in the car he has entered for driver Chandler Smith. He tested his No. 51 on Friday at Southern National.

The two-time Cup Series champion has previously fielded cars at Southern National for Christopher Bell and Raphael Lessard.

He also attended the CARS Tour debut event in March 2015, which was held at Southern National, while he was rehabbing his broken leg and foot suffered in the season-opening NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

The Super Late Model portion of the Thanksgiving Classic is sanctioned by the Pretoria Racing Alliance. The main event on Saturday is a 150-lap Late Model Stock race.

Green flag for racing will come at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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  1. Howard Wilkins

    November 30, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Kyle Busch actually did race at Southern National. It was somewhere between the years 1997 1998 1999 when he was a developmental driver for Hendrick. I can verify this because I was a crew member for Shelton McNair during this time period. He raced in the Late Model Sportsman division and won the track championship in 1998. Hope this helps.

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