Beating around the Busch, chapter 26 - Charlotte II
By: Thomas Chemris

Brian Vickers makes first Career Cup Start.

In preparation for the 2004 season, Busch regular Brian Vickers made his first career Winston Cup start for a fifth Hendrick Motorsports entry.

Vickers made the field on speed as he qualified twentieth.

Vickers will compete in the final four Winston Cup events this season driving the 01 Pontiac for MB2 Motorsports. Vickers involvement in Winston Cup will not impact his entry into the 2004 rookie of the year competition. NASCAR rules allow competitors to enter up to seven events without affecting rookie status.

Lefler to run Busch full time in 2004.

The musical chairs that have become the carrier of short track ace Jason Lefler has taken yet another turn. Lefler started 2004 with Ultra Motorsports in the Craftsman truck series. Demonstrating the ability to be a championship contender, Leveler jumped ship to fill the vacant seat of the HAAS automation Cup car, a ride that many thought he would call home for 2004.

The recent announcement that veteran Ward Burton would take the car, coincided with the team s announcement that it would field a full time Busch effort with Lefler.

Scott Wimmer to move to cup.

Silly season is in full swing as the domino effect has hit the Cup and Busch garage areas. Busch veteran Scott Wimmer has been slated to move to the No 22 Cup team, replacing the departing Ward Burton. Team Owner Bill Davis felt the move was a natural progression. "We have been out actively seeking sponsorship for a third Cup tea for Scott", noted Davis. This just fits well with our plans. No indication of who would replace Wimmer in the Busch series, but Davis indicated that plans were in place, but the team is not prepared to announce the details.

Sprint car driver Michael Lewis was busy this week at Memphis motor sport Park testing a Busch car for Richard Childress Racing. Lewis's test further fueled rumors of the imminent departure of part time drive Johnny Sauter.

David Stremme announced that he would move to a full time schedule in 2004 behind the wheel of the number one Yellow Freight Dodge. Stremme, who finished fourteenth at Charlotte, has shared the ride with Cup series rookie Jamie McMurray for the Finch Motorsports team.

Kevin Harvick's run of top ten finishes continues with his ninth place finish at Lowes Motor Speedway, for at total of fifteen. In addition, the 2001 champion, even though he has only competed in fifteen of twenty-nine races holds the series records for laps led. At nine hundred and ten circuits.

Three of the top five points leaders are proving consistency keeps the drivers at the top of the charts. Riggs, Green, and Ron Hornaday have been running at the end of the all twenty-nine events run this season. Hornaday has built on his record from 2002, marking thirty-five consecutive races that he was running at the finish.

Hendrick driver Kyle Busch, who is slated to run full time in the series in 2004, spent some time in the NASCAR trailer after the running of the ARCA event in which Busch competed. Although NASCAR does not officiate in the other series, discussions regarding anger management and behavior were reviewed.

Hermie Sadler has announced a full time return to the Busch series in 2004. Signing toy company Zapf creations as primary sponsor, Sadler intends to make a run at the 2004 Championship. Sadler has been competing in the series since 1992 has scored two wins in 224 races. He was the Busch series rookie of the year in 1993.