Kurt Busch Chicagoland prez for day

Chicagoland Speedway on Wednesday named Kurt Busch interim president for one day. Busch drives the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge for Penske Racing in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series.

"This is a very exciting time for Chicagoland Speedway, as the track begins to prepare for its 10-year anniversary celebration," Busch said in a news release. "There are many things fans can look forward to for next season, including Chicagoland Speedway kicking off the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, as well as some of the new changes put in place that will hopefully build up a great deal of excitement and ultimately, help out the fans financially."

The announcement that Chicagoland would host the Chase for the Cup's first race in 2011 came three months ago.

"It's great to have Kurt on hand to assist Chicagoland Speedway in announcing some very exciting, fan-friendly initiatives for 2011," said Ken Kohrs, vice president of operations, in a statement. "The track continues to listen to feedback from its fans, and we feel the changes implemented at Chicagoland will directly address what they've been asking for."

Busch is currently 11th in the Sprint Cup standings with two races remaining.