Kelly Bires Inks Slinger Nationals

32nd Annual Miller Lite Nationals July 10

(Slinger, WI) Mauston Wisconsin's Kelly Bires has been busy this week working out deals for his fledging NASCAR career. Thursday he announced a two race deal in the potent Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide number 18 Toyota. Today Kelly inked a deal with Slinger Speedway to compete in the 32nd Annual Miller Lite Nationals, Sunday night July 10.

While Kelly is working diligently to secure a full time ride in NASCAR, taking time out for a short track race may not make sense to some. The Slinger Nationals is not just another short track race, it's an annual tradition rich with history and the Slinger Nationals is another way to showcase his talent against some of the best short track racers in the country. Former Slinger Nationals Champions are well known and some jump started their careers winning events like the Slinger Nationals. Mark Martin, Alan Kulwicki, Joe Shear, Dick Trickle, Rich Bickle, and Matt Kenseth are just a few of that took on the high banks of Slinger Speedway.

Kelly Bires and Kyle Busch have a couple of things in common now, they will both be driving the JGR 18 car this season, and they will both be racing to win the Larry Detjens Cup at the Slinger Nationals. Kyle will be one of the toughest competitors Kelly will face at the Slinger Nationals. Last year Kyle was leading with 9 laps to go only to cut a tire down and end up with a DNF. Kyle is headed back again this year for one purpose, to win, and now he will have to beat Kelly Bires too.