Busch wins third straight at Bristol; Set to defend Auto Club 500 victory and be enshrined in California Speedway's Walk of Fame FONTANA, Calif. (March 29, 2004) --- Defending Auto Club 500 winner, Kurt Busch, took his third straight-checkered...
Busch wins third straight at Bristol; Set to defend Auto Club 500 victory and be enshrined in California Speedway's Walk of Fame
FONTANA, Calif. (March 29, 2004) --- Defending Auto Club 500 winner, Kurt Busch, took his third straight-checkered flag at Bristol to win his first race of the 2004 season on Sunday.
"Well, I'm hoping that when we get our first victory of the year," said Busch, "I'll be able to yank out the steering wheel, sign it with a silver Sharpie and throw it out to the crowd!" Despite Busch's analogy to new Philadelphia Eagles' Wide Receiver Terrell Owens, he didn't throw his prize-winning piece into the crowd.
Three races, including Texas, Martinsville and Talladega, to go before the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series returns to California Speedway for the Auto Club 500 April 30-May 2.
"It feels laid back when you come out to the style of tracks out West," said Busch. "You can enjoy yourself, especially with the weather."
In 2003, Busch captured four wins; his second of the year came at the 2-mile, D-shaped Fontana, Calif., oval when he drove his No. 97 Rubbermaid Ford to Gatorade Victory Lane with a 2.293 second lead over second place Bobby Labonte.
Like the seven winners before him, Busch's win will become a permanent fixture at the superspeedway when he is inducted into California Speedway's Walk of Fame on Friday, April 30th at 5:00 p.m. Fans can join speedway officials at Gate 12 as they place Busch's footprints, signature and bronze plaque (with the winning race date and his likeness) into cement for the world to see when they visit "America's Ultimate Race Place."
Purchase your tickets today to the Auto Club 500. Tickets start at $65 for Sunday. Also joining the NEXTEL Cup drivers that weekend are the NASCAR Busch Series for a 300-mile event and the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series for the King Taco 200. Tickets start at $40 for Saturday's action, which will also include the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Concert featuring "LIVE." Tickets for Friday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Chevy Trucks Pole Day are $10 general admission.
For ticket and event information call 800-944-RACE (7223) or log onto www.californiaspeedway.com.