BUSCH: Beating Around the Busch, chapter 11

Beating Around the Busch By: Thomas Chemris Chapter 11: Fontana: Busy Week for Robbie Gordon Robbie Gordon has enough on his plate with running double-duty in the Cup and Busch series, but that is only the beginning. Gordon, after ...

Beating Around the Busch
By: Thomas Chemris

Chapter 11: Fontana: Busy Week for Robbie Gordon

Robbie Gordon has enough on his plate with running double-duty in the Cup and Busch series, but that is only the beginning. Gordon, after testing with his RCR team in Michigan headed for IMS to practice for Indy 500. In the opening session Gordon topped of the speed charts before heading out to California. While in California, he found time to test his off road vehicles that he competes with during his "free time".

California Dreaming

Many drivers enjoy a trip to the left coast because it marks a homecoming for several. Robbie Gordon, Kevin Harvick, and Ron Hornaday all came from California before finding national prominence.

"It is always a cool deal to me when we race in California", said Hornaday. "I have so many great memories of racing out there and the people who helped me get my start. I can remember back when I used to be a service technician working on cars during the day and then building race cars at night, dreaming of one day racing NASCAR's best. And with a lot of help from friends and family I have been able to do that." Hornaday started twenty -third at Fontana and finished eleventh.

Veteran Mike Wallace made his 200th start in NASCAR's Busch Series.

"That's kind of a cool deal", said Wallace. "I don't know if it really means anything great to me, to be honest, except I've been able to enjoy this sport for quite a few years now and wake up every day happy as I can be to be able to do what I do for a living. To have this milestone happen at California Speedway is pretty cool because that was the start of this race team. I'm a small percentage owner of the Biagi Bros. race team and it means a lot. It's kind of cool for it to happen there. We'll go over to Rosa's (restaurant) and have a little toast for our 200th!"

Happy Birthday Kyle

Kyle Busch turned nineteen one day after he finished seventh in California. Busch, who wrecked in a pre race practice was feeling down after he crashed another car. To cheer him up, members of the Lowes team helped Kyle celebrate a day early. Busch currently leads the rookie of the year competition by a wide margin over Paul Menard.

Busch teams to test Richmond's new Asphalt.

Richmond International Raceway received a new track surface during the off-season. Former series champion Kevin Harvick tested at the track with Goodyear and liked what he saw. It's definitely the same Richmond," Harvick said. "Number one, the track is super smooth and they did a great job of repaving it. The bumps in turn two are gone and it's really grippy." Other drivers will get there chance to try the new pavement as Johnny Benson, Bobby Hamilton Jr, Justin LaBonte, Greg Biffle, and Kyle Busch are all scheduled to test at the facility prior to the running of the Busch Event on May fourteenth.

Iron Men

Here is how the NASCAR double duty drivers did at Fontana.

<pre> Greg Biffle 1st NB 31st NC 10th NBSP Kasey Kahne 5th NB 13th NC 17th NBSP Johnny Sauter 24th NB 21st NC 9th NBSP Michael Waltrip 6th NB 32nd NC 1st NBSP Robby Gordon 12th NB 12th NC 5th NBSP

Legend: NB (NASCAR Busch) NC (Nextel Cup) NBSP (NASCAR Busch series points)

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Robby Gordon , Mike Wallace , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , Paul Menard , Kyle Busch