Concord, NC--Roush Racing driver Jeff Burton pulled out his usual hat trick in the Busch Series by winning Saturday's 300-mile event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Burton first took the lead on lap 42 and from that point on, he proved it was his race...
Concord, NC--Roush Racing driver Jeff Burton pulled out his usual hat trick in the Busch Series by winning Saturday's 300-mile event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Burton first took the lead on lap 42 and from that point on, he proved it was his race to lose as he led well over half of the event.
With the win, Burton now has a total of five wins in the Busch Series. With his fast pace, only three cars finished on the lead lap. As for his dominating lead, "We've done that this year, several times. Brad (Parrott, crew chief)'s done a great job getting a great group together. We've got a lot of confidence right now."
Winning crew chief Parrott echoed Burton's mindset of teamwork. "We hired some Winston Cup caliber people at the beginning of the year, we all have a lot of experience, we work hard and we win races doing it."
Although Burton dominated, the race was definitely one to watch. The first caution of the day came on lap 9 when the RCR car of Johnny Sauter got together with the 7 of Randy Lajoie. Lajoie had to relinquish his 17th place starting position after changing engines. As he was working his way through the field and attempting to pass Sauter's No. 2 Chevrolet in turn four, Sauter's car became loose and he lost control. Both cars headed to the garage for repairs and rejoined the event numerous laps down.
On lap 95 the caution flew yet again, for oil on the track, bringing out the third flag of the day. During the round of pitstops, Scott Riggs got in to the back of Michael Waltrip's car during his stop. Waltrip suffered very little damage and drove to a strong second place run. Riggs also suffered minor damage to the nose of his car and continued, as did his bad luck.
Following the restart on lap 99, the fourth flag flew after the 46 of Ashton Lewis bounced off of the outside wall and spun. Collected in the incident, Kerry Earnhardt, Mark Green, Lewis, Stacy Compton, Hank Parker Jr. Randy Lajoie and Larry Foyt.
ppc's Jason Keller, who currently sits second in the standings, was forced to the rear of the field following an engine change after qualifying on Friday. During the final round of pitstops, Keller stretched his fuel mileage to lead a handful of laps to pick up five bonus points for leading. On lap 173, he entered the pits for his final stop of the day. His No. 57 Ford ran out of gas and stalled out during the pitstop. The ppc crew had to push the car to help re-fire.
Although Keller led a lap for the extra points, he was unable to gain any ground on Biffle after he lost valuable track position in the pits. Keller now sits 168 points behind Biffle after he and his Grainger crew pulled out a sixth place run. Keller ended the event 18th.
Joe Nemechek, Jeff Green and David Green closed out the top five. Green made his first race of the season after taking over the No. 5 Chevrolet following Ricky Hendrick's departure due to lingering injuries.
With Biffle sixth, Wally Dallenbach, Mike McLaughlin, Bobby Hamilton Jr., and Shane Hmiel round out the top-10.