BUSCH: Beating around the Busch, chapter 3

Beating Around the Busch: Chapter three Las Vegas By: Thomas Chemris NASCAR changed the finishing order of the Rockingham 200, moving Aston Lewis to sixteenth, and moving Scott Riggs to seventeenth, after reviewing a fifteen second penalty...

Beating Around the Busch: Chapter three Las Vegas
By: Thomas Chemris

NASCAR changed the finishing order of the Rockingham 200, moving Aston Lewis to sixteenth, and moving Scott Riggs to seventeenth, after reviewing a fifteen second penalty given to Lewis for violation of the tire utilization rules.

NASCAR fined driver Mike Wallace three thousand dollars for his use of inappropriate language during the telecast of the Rockingham 200 at North Carolina Speedway. The comments were related to an on track incident with Shane Hmeil.

Jamie McMurray crashed his primary Dodge in practice at Las Vegas, forcing the team to pull out a back up Chevrolet. A car that was most recently used as a show car. McMurray ran well until electrical problems put him out of the event on lap 155.

Unexpectedly, McMurray's Busch Car Chief, Johnny Allen resigned shortly before the start of the Sams Town 300.

Bobby Hamilton Jr, and Team Rensi were busy, as Hamilton Jr made an appearance at the speedway Charities auction at the Sams Town Casino. The team announced this week it would attempt its first Winston cup start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team will use the No 35, and by sponsored by the United States Marines, and Timberland Boots.

"Atlanta seemed like the obvious place to all of us. It's early enough in the season and it occurs during one of the Busch Series off weekends. We are running for a championship and we don't want to interfere or take our focus away from that", noted Hamilton.

Johnny Sauter has worked out arrangements with two different teams to compete in all the 2003 Busch events. Sauter will drive the Richard Childress Racing's No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet for 19 races and the Curb Agajanian Motorsports' No. 43 Channellock Chevrolet for the remaining 14 races. Sauter started thirty seventh and finished thirty first after crashing out on lap 175, currently sits eleventh is the championship points standings.

Hard Luck for Mike McLaughlin, due to the cancellation of qualifying, McLaughlin was sent home. He and his team borrowed a car from Busch north driver Andy Santare, and had no owners' points to enter the field.

Jackson Herzog Motorsports continue to search for a sponsor. The team is currently third in the points race with driver Todd Bodine.

Jeff Burton's attempt to cherry pick five for five on Busch Starts/Wins went up in smoke, and his entry erupted in flame after leading twenty three laps at Las Vegas.

Former Buffalo Bills Quarterback Jim Kelley announced he has purchased a minority ownership in Fran Cicci racing. The team will attempt ten Busch races during the 2003 campaign with Les-care Kitchens on board as sponsor and Clay Rogers behind the wheel.

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