BUSCH: Garage Chatter: Homestead

Busch named Rookie of the Year: After a hard fought season battling the Busch series title with Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch has been selected Rookie of the Year for 2004. Busch will finish second to Truex in series points this season. Next ...

Busch named Rookie of the Year: After a hard fought season battling the Busch series title with Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch has been selected Rookie of the Year for 2004.

Busch will finish second to Truex in series points this season. Next year, Busch ascends the ranks grabbing the No. 5 Hendrick Chevy ride in the NEXTEL Cup series.

Five drivers come down to the wire: Just 82 points separating the top five drivers it's a battle to the death at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kurt Busch leads by 18 points over Jimmie Johnson. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. trails by 72 and Mark Martin by 82.

Craven to drive Roush truck next year: Former Cup driver Ricky Craven has been tapped to drive a Roush Ford in the Craftsman Truck Series next season.

Craven was released from his No. 32 PPI Cup ride earlier this season.

Radcliffe leaving: Jason Radcliff, crew chief for David Green in the Busch series, announced that he will crew chief for the JJ Yeley ride at Joe Gibbs Racing next season.

Stuart Cooper, the current car chief for Green, will assume the role of crew chief.

Cup drivers pace Busch practice: Kasey Kahne, Casey Mears and Kevin Harvick paced final practice for Busch series teams at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kahne's lap of 174.492 mph was at the top of the charts.

Kyle Busch and Justin Labonte complete the top five.

Road racer Boris Said signs Cup deal: Boris Said has signed a 10 race deal with MB2 Motorsports to run the NEXTEL Cup Series. Said will drive the No. 36 Centrix Financial Chevrolet.

His first race will be the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Rudd fastest in first practice for Cup teams: Ricky Rudd posted the top time in first practice for Cup teams at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mark Martin, Joe Nemechek, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman complete the top five.

Editor's Note: In other NASCAR related news today, the 1960 NASCAR Grand National Champion, Rex White, just released his memoir. Named as one of the top fifty greatest drivers by NASCAR, White felt it was time to write his story: Gold Thunder : Autobiography of a NASCAR Champion

Please see
Rex White - "Gold Thunder"

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