North Haverhill, NH (April 22, 2007): Busch East Series, Grand National Division reigning champion Mike Olsen will begin his title defense, very fittingly, at one of the most historic tracks on the circuit. Olsen, who has been a mainstay on the series since 1989, will take to the track in hopes of a repeat title run amidst a fresh field of drivers and car owners as he begins his 19th season of racing with the series.

The Greased Lightning 150 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway is the first of a 13-race schedule for the “Little Trees” Race Team, and Olsen has high expectations for a strong opener. The team tested at Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 21st to shake down the car and get back into a rhythm before points were on the line.

“We wanted to make sure we didn’t have any problems with the car before Greenville. It’ll be the first short track we run the spec engine on so we wanted to get a feel for it,” said Olsen about the test. “We were definitely happy with our results from the day.”

When the Busch East Series made its debut at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in 2006, Olsen captured the Bud Pole Award with his series leading qualifying speed before posting a third place finish in the feature event. Patience, said Olsen, is the key to a good finish at Greenville-Pickens.

“The track surface is worn out so it’s hard to keep grip in the tires. You have to be real patient with the throttle and not get too aggressive. It’s real easy to lose grip off the turn. There’s also a bump in turn one that you have to be careful of,” he said.

Olsen will defend his crown with essentially the same group of people who helped him to the 2001 and 2006 series titles. Longtime friend Harry Norcross will continue to call the shots as crew chief.

“I’ve had the same core group of people behind me for a while. Everyone here knows what to expect and gels really well together,” Olsen said. “I think that’s an advantage we have. We’re like family on this team.”

The Greased Lightning 150 will kick off on Saturday, April 28th with qualifying at 6 p.m. and green flag action beginning at 8 p.m. The race will be televised as part of the Racing Across America series on SPEED. Check local listings for times.