BUSCH: Beating Around the Busch, chapter 9

Beating Around the Busch By: Thomas Chemris Chapter 9: The Iron Men Did Not Fare Well in The Lone Star State Johnny Sauter was the highest finisher of the trio, scoring a sixteenth place run. Sauter who finished twenty forth on Sunday almost...

Beating Around the Busch
By: Thomas Chemris

Chapter 9: The Iron Men Did Not Fare Well in The Lone Star State

Johnny Sauter was the highest finisher of the trio, scoring a sixteenth place run. Sauter who finished twenty forth on Sunday almost became involved in the finish as he nearly affected the outcome of the Cup race by blocking the leader on the final lap.

Kasey Khane finished twenty-eighth on the Busch side of things; Khane saw a decent run go away as he was collected in a late race incident. Khane, who is making a career of being a bridesmaid, ran second to Elliott Sadler on Sunday

Greg Biffle saw his weekend go up in smoke as he lost another Roush motor, finishing thirty-forth, and repeating the event on Sunday to finish thirty-first.

Sauter leads the trio in the points chase holding in ninth.

Third and fifth in the points chase are Cup drivers Michael Waltrip and Robby Gordon. Both drivers have been running double duty, but were not expected to run a full Busch schedule. Rumors in the garage is that both teams are considering making a run for the Busch crown as long as they remain in the top five in points. Both teams are expected to attempt to qualify at Nashville.

Texas brought a new meaning to the term "field fillers", as the field was filled with seven former series champions. Kevin Harvick (2001), Greg Biffle (2002), David Green (1994), Joe Nemechek (1992), Randy Lajoie (1996, 97), Johnny Benson (1995), and Bobby Labonte (1991)

Labonte started his first Busch race since 1999. Driving a car owned by Richard Childress, the Texas native returned to compete against his nephew, who was driving for Labonte motorsports. Labonte indicated that he is considering a part time series schedule for 2005, fielded by current Cup team owner Joe Gibbs.

One of Labonte's teammates at Gibbs Racing JJ Yeley started his second Busch event for the team, only to crash out on the second lap.

Another "young gun " to find the wall was RCR driver Clint Bowyer. Bowyer, driving the RCR twenty-nine entries that have been piloted by Kevin Harvick, qualified sixth, hit the wall hard mid way through the event. "I feel like I let a lot of people down". Note Bowyer, who as a result saw the RCR entry, slip from the top spot in series owner's points.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Randy Lajoie , Greg Biffle , Robby Gordon , Johnny Benson , David Green , Johnny Sauter , Clint Bowyer