JEFF BURTON WINS NICORETTE 300 BUSCH RACE SATURDAY AT ATLANTA MOTORS SPEEDWAY HAMPTON, Ga. (March 17, 2007) -- Jeff Burton won his second straight NASCAR Busch race Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, capturing the Nicorette 300. It was also ...
JEFF BURTON WINS NICORETTE 300 BUSCH RACE SATURDAY AT ATLANTA MOTORS SPEEDWAY
HAMPTON, Ga. (March 17, 2007) -- Jeff Burton won his second straight NASCAR Busch race Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, capturing the Nicorette 300. It was also Burton's second straight Busch win of the season.
Burton held off fellow NASCAR NEXTEL Cup regulars Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Casey Mears, who rounded out the top-five. Busch dominated most of the race, leading 143 of 195 laps, before a pit miscue on 169 forced him to come back through the pits.
"The 5 (Busch) was the class of the field today," Burton said. "The way things cycled out, I don't think we could have ever beat him. But part of racing is putting yourself in position. You put yourself in position long enough, and you never know what's going to happen, and that's what happened with us today. Our guys had great pit stops and kept getting us in the front, and we were there when needed to be there and took advantage of someone else's problems."
Busch was heartbroken about the way his day concluded, saying that this loss was actually worse than last week's final-lap spin.
"This is worse, because you come down pit road and you depend on those guys, and we missed a lug there or it fell off or whatever happened," Busch said. "Last week it was a good race and I was getting tight at the end, not much really I could have done any different, but today we had such an awesome car."
Harvick, on the other hand, was thrilled with his podium finish.
"I had to check and make sure we were at the right race track," Harvick said. "We've struggled a lot here over the last few years. It was a great day for us, we just ran out of laps."
Stockbridge's David Ragan was disappointed with his 20th-place finish.
"I feel like I let (the team) down a little bit on the race track," Ragan said. "This is going to be a learning process, but this is a step in the right direction."
Another local driver, Conyers' Ron Young, was the last car running at the finish, ending up 32nd. While not a stellar day, Young said it was the best he could have hoped for under the circumstances.
"We struggled in practice and only got about eight laps," Young said. "Then we had a fuel line mess up on us, so we didn't get to change any springs or shocks. We didn't really know what we had and were just too tight all day. But our goal was to just make the race and finish, which we did. With what we had to work with, I'm pleased."
Peachtree City's Reed Sorenson finished 39th after crashing on lap 65. Jason Leffler cut a tire, and Sorenson had nowhere to go, running over the top of Leffler as he came back across the track.
"It's a disappointing finish in front of the hometown crowd," Sorenson said. "We were running pretty good and thought we would've had a good car at the end of the race."
Great seats are still available for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 NEXTEL Cup race. Tickets can be obtained at the gate.