Following a terrific fourth-place finish driving Kevin Harvick Incorporated's No. 33 in the Nashville 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race April 11 at Nashville Superspeedway, Kelly Bires is now anticipating his next shot behind the wheel this Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.
Win-Tron Racing officials announced the signing of Bires as the driver of the No. 32 Wolfpack Rentals Toyota Camry in Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250 at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
Based in Lakeville, Minnesota, Win-Tron Racing welcomes Bires as their third driver on the ARCA RE/MAX tour in 2009.
Bires will drive the same car that James Buescher drove to a popular win at Daytona International Speedway during February's Speedweeks.
Bires, 24, isn't shy about stating his expectations heading into Friday's 94-lap, 250-mile affair.
"We're going there to win," Bires said on Monday afternoon. "The Win-Tron team is proven with fast equipment. It's a great group of guys, and this is a great opportunity for me to work with everyone at Win-Tron Racing."
After the outstanding run earlier this month in the Nashville Nationwide Series event, Bires is ecstatic to be going back to one of his favorite tracks this weekend.
"I love racing at Talladega. It's one of my best tracks, even though this will be only my third time racing there. We finished fourth there in the ARCA race in 2006, and we were running in the top five last year when that huge accident happened and we got caught up in it."
Left without a full-time ride in 2009, the Mauston, Wisconsin, native Bires admits he's taking it one race at a time for now with hopes of proving he's capable and ready for a full-time ride in ARCA or one of the three top NASCAR touring series.
"Right now, I'm focused on this weekend. After this race, I'll start working to put together another deal and focus on that race. This is an exciting deal for me because I'm from Wisconsin, and the Win-Tron team is based in Minnesota. So in a way it's like driving for the hometown team. I'm looking forward to doing the best I can and I hope that means giving this team another win," Bires added.
Win-Tron Racing co-owner and team manager Nate Thiesse echoes Bires' excitement regarding this weekend's race.
"We're excited to have a caliber driver like Kelly Bires onboard for Talladega," said Thiesse. "Kelly has proven he can do an exceptional job in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and there is little hesitation in our mind that he won't keep that same pace this weekend."
Friday will mark Bires' third career start in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. He finished eighth in 2004 at Lowe's Motor Speedway and finished fourth at Talladega in 2006.
Win-Tron Racing is currently tied for third in ARCA RE/MAX points.
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