By David Reininger - Motorsport.com Dover, DE (September 22, 2000) - Kurt Busch won the MBNA e.commerce 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway after driving through the field to take his third career victory, a record in the truck series...
By David Reininger - Motorsport.com
Dover, DE (September 22, 2000) - Kurt Busch won the MBNA e.commerce 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway after driving through the field to take his third career victory, a record in the truck series for wins by a rookie.
"This is the truck that got me the job with Roush Racing. I auditioned in this truck a year ago for the job," said Busch, who had never driven this truck in a race. "Not bad for a backup truck."
Busch earned the pole position for the inaugural Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover with a lap at 151.764 mph, but a crash in practice forced the Roush team to bring out an untested backup truck for the race.
After starting from the rear of the 34-truck field, Busch moved into the top-ten in the first 50 laps of racing. "We've got great people with Roush," said Busch. "We just had to work our way through and take our time. I didn't even pass a truck for the first five laps."
With 50 laps to go, Busch, in second place, was glued to the rear bumper of Mike Wallace. The pair snaked through heavy traffic, running nose to tail with Wallace unable to pull away.
Busch tried everything in his attempt to unseat Wallace from the lead. As the pair raced off turn four, Busch moved high, edging his truck alongside Wallace. Contact was made sending Wallace spinning into the wall.
"He got loose coming off four and I got a run on him," said Busch. He blocked low, but I went high. He tried to come back up the track and close the hole. He ran into my front bumper trying to close the hole."
Wallace saw it another way. "I guess he had a run going and he ran into the back of us. It would have been a heck of a battle between the two trucks if he hadn't done that. It sure is a shame to lose a race like this."
Wallace finished one lap down in 12th.
Roush Racing finished first and second today with Greg Biffle taking second and all but clinching the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship. Biffle has only to start the race at Texas Motor Speedway in three weeks to take the championship.
"We can't celebrate and we can't write that we won the championship," said Biffle. "The only way I can't win the championship is if I take a vacation and don't show up at Texas. All I have to do is start the race and with provisionals, I know I'll be in the race."
Rick Crawford finished third in the Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford. "It was a good Jack Roush Ford one-two-three finish," said Crawford, who uses Roush engines in his Tom Mitchell-owned Ford. "What a great crowd today. I think a lot of people from a seven-state area around here took the day off to come see this first truck race at Dover."
Andy Houston finished fourth followed by Ken Schrader and Jamie McMurray in sixth.
Tom Cary was involved in a serious accident in turn one during today's truck race. After clipping another truck in traffic, Cary was sent head-on into the turn one wall. He was transported to Kent General Hospital where he was admitted in serious but stable condition. At 6:30 p.m., Cary was undergoing a CAT scan. He had facial cuts and multiple lacerations where the shoulder harness was located.
Jeremy Mayfield will start from the pole position for Sunday's MBNA.com 400. Rick Mast will start alongside Mayfield followed by Johnny Benson, Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin.