NASCAR Busch teams got a well-deserved week off after the event in Las Vegas. Getting ready to take to the track "that's too tough to tame", many teams spent the off week in preparation for the Darlington Raceway.com 200.
Stanton Barrett, driver of the number sixty Roush entry was enjoying the success he found in the dessert. Finishing eighth at Vegas, Barret equaled his best career finish, and his first top ten since 1998.
"It has been a long time since I have driven for a team as strong as this," said Barrett. "Jack really has an incredible organization. With sponsors like OdoBan and Bojangle's, and a team like Roush, I really look forward to the rest of the season."
The finish energized the team. Although the team won last years Championship with driver Greg Biffle most of the crew members moved up to the Cup series.
"There were a lot of unknowns with this team going into the season, with only two returning members from last year," Barrett said. "To show potential for our first win this early in the season really builds our confidence. Our top ten finish shows that Cowboy (crew chief Kevin Starland) has what it takes to be a top crew chief, and that the Roush organization knows how to hire and train a new team to maintain the success level of last year."
Barrett's Roush teammate will be Jeff Burton; arguably, Burton has tamed the lady in black. In 11 Darlington BGN starts, Burton has scored an impressive four wins, 8 top fives, and 11 top tens.
Bobby Hamilton Jr, and team Rensi failed to make the Cup race in Atlanta, but will return to BGN competition currently thirteenth in the point standings.
1994 Series Champion David Green is enjoying a comeback. The forty five year old driver hooked up with Brewco Motor Motorsports and now finds him self second in the over standings, fifty-five points behind part time competitor Kevin Harvick.
Harvick is helping promote the May Richmond Race, the Hardees 250. Harvick will compete in the under the lights at the Richmond bullring in his number twenty-nine Payday Monte Carlo. Richmond International Raceway will continue it's family promotion, allowing all children under twelve to be admitted to the event free with an accompanying adult.
Fans of Kerry Earnhardt can see an animated version of the driver with team owner Terry Bradshaw thanks to a promotion for sponsor Supercuts. "The Mop Squad," a video cartoon viewable at www.supercuts.com. Featuring Earnhardt and his car's co-owner Terry Bradshaw.
Jay Robinson racing and the number forty-nine entry driven by Chris Bingham will auction space on the car it will bring to Darlington to benefit a North Carolina Paramedic Tim Hayes who was recently injured in the line of duty.
Scott Wimmer used the off week to teat at the Texas Motor Speedway.
"It's getting where I am very comfortable with the car. We are trying to work through a lot of different situations and scenarios on the car to see what works the best. Hopefully we can get something pretty close today then work on qualifying situations to get the car fast for two laps."
Wimmer, who won four of the last eight BGN races of 2002, is currently sixth in the overall points race.
Mr. Excitement, Jimmy Spencer announced he would return to BGN racing with his own team and crew chief Dan Glauz. No specific dates were indicated other than the team would enter fifteen races. Spencer, who ran part time the last two years for Phoenix Racing will revive his Spencer Motor Ventures team.
Jackson-Herzog motorsports announced that the financial clock is ticking. Running without a sponsor, the team is sitting third in points, and have made it clear it will not attempt to run the entire season with out the help of a sponsor.
The event at Darlington is the forth of the season and will mark the twenty- first consecutive year the series has competed at the famed track.
Defending race winner and pole sitter is Jeff Burton.