Kansas City, Kansas-- Roush Racing scored a major victory on Saturday. Jeff Burton led 48 of the 200 laps and found himself yet again in victory lane. He now has four Busch Series wins on the season. Burton's win came with the decision to take...
Kansas City, Kansas-- Roush Racing scored a major victory on Saturday. Jeff Burton led 48 of the 200 laps and found himself yet again in victory lane. He now has four Busch Series wins on the season.
Burton's win came with the decision to take on four tires under a caution flag pitstop. "Brad Parrott (crew chief) makes the calls. We put on four that was definitely the right thing to do." Although Burton defends his call in the pits, the finishing order doesn't echo his four tire call as being the best.
Under the same pitstop sequence, Kerry Earnhardt and his #12 crew did a gas and go and Earnhardt pulled out his career best finish of second. The rookie also led for the first time in his Busch Series career while running on the older tires, before loosing the lead to eventual winner, Burton.
Although the win was nice for the Winston Cup regular, the big winner within the Roush camp came from the 60 team. Greg Biffle drove from the 18th starting position to a fourth place finish while his top rival in the points standings, ppc's Jason Keller, blew an engine with 32 laps remaining and finished 30th. Biffle now has a 127 point lead over Keller with only six events remaining.
Joe Nemechek finished third and Tony Raines closed out the top five with his fifth place finish.
The first car out of the event was the #30 car of Christian Fittapaldi. Fittapaldi's day began on a sour note as he was black flagged on lap one for improper passing. Two laps later he lost control of the car after getting in the high lane and hit the wall. Eric Jones also spun, in a separate incident; and the 25 of Bobby Hamilton Jr. gave the 21 of Jeff Green some help from behind as Green too, spun his car on lap three.
Pole sitter Michael Waltrip on lap 157 while running third, lost control of his # 99 and slammed the outside wall. Waltrip speculated the incident may have been due to a low right rear tire.
The 10 of Scott Riggs led the most laps of the day, 52, but ended the race 23rd. Riggs' team was penalized after allowing a tire to roll across the pit box during a pitstop. Riggs had picked up early track position after taking fuel only on lap 32.
Innovative Motorsports driver Shane Hmiel took on two tires during the same cycle of pitstops and found himself in the lead for a short while. Hmiel then drifted back in the pack and was racing with Casey Mears when on lap 137 Hmiel's Chevy got loose and drifted high, forcing Mears into the wall. While his crew made repairs to his car Mears, still frustrated over an incident involving he and his fellow rookie competitor in Richmond warned, "NASCAR's gotta do something because somebody else is going to if they don't."
Following the race Mears pulled his Dodge door to door to Hmiel's Chevrolet. As Mears was able to easily exit his car, Hmiel pulled himself through the window while he and Mears exchanged words. He then had to walk across the hood of his car to fully exit his #47.
After starting at the rear of the field in a backup car following his wreck in Happy Hour, Jimmy Spencer drove to a strong sixth place finish. Jeff Green faded late in the race and finished seventh. Bobby Hamilton Jr. drove his Team Rensi entry to an eighth place run and Lyndon Amick driving a third ppc entry finished a strong ninth. Brewco Motorsports' Jamie McMurray, driving in front of his hometown crowd closed out the top-10.