Auto Club 300 Saturday notebook By Brett Borden FONTANA, Calif. (May 1, 1999) Notes and quotes following Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Auto Club 300 at California Speedway: Jeff Burton made a slow, steady move to the...
Auto Club 300 Saturday notebook By Brett Borden
FONTANA, Calif. (May 1, 1999) Notes and quotes following Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Auto Club 300 at California Speedway:
Jeff Burton made a slow, steady move to the front of the pack in Saturday's race. He started 17th, was up to 3rd by lap 30 of the 150-lap race, and took 2nd at lap 140, finishing in the No. 2 spot. He said the accident-filled race was exciting, to say the least. "It was eventful," he said. "We were the 2nd- or 3rd-best car most of the day. The No. 3 car (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) was the best most of the time. We caught a long green-flag run there and we were back running back on him and he ended up spinning. We didn't make the adjustments we needed to in order to get by Kenseth with that amount of laps."
It was Earnhardt's race to lose, and he lost it by spinning out midway through the race. But "Little E" recovered and pulled out a 3rd-place finish, enough to keep him in the points lead. "I'm really thankful we got back to where we did because things weren't looking too good," Earnhardt said. "I was upset with myself. Hopefully, my crew isn't too mad at me now, after bringing back at least a 3rd. At least we proved that we were one of the better cars out there."
Adam Petty notched his best finish in the NASCAR Busch Series, a 4th-place. He said he will gladly take it and go across country for his next race. "Everything went well today," he said. "The last few laps were a bit hairy. I knew nobody could run with Earnhardt Jr., Kenseth and Burton. I was pretty much settled with 4th place. It's a good momentum builder going into New Hampshire. The only way we had a chance to win if something happened with the leaders."
Elliott Sadler put in a nice run to get the Monro Muffler & Brake team a top-5 finish. Like Petty, he was content to settle for a top-5 because he felt he didn't have much for the leaders. "I knew I didn't have a good enough car to win," he said. "I was messing up a lot on restarts. I actually had a good car. The longer we ran, the better it got. I wish the last 20-30 laps were on green. I think we would have been better off at the end."
Randy LaJoie came up with a creative excuse after brushing the wall early in the race and settling on a disappointing 34th-place finish. "Guess they put a wall in front of me this week coming out of four," he said. "I got a little loose coming out of three, chased it and got into the wall. It's too bad to get messed up like this early in the race. But it was my own doing. We'll get this thing back together and try to chase some points."
Kevin Grubb lost control of the No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet, setting off a chain reaction that took Mike McLaughlin and Phil Parsons out of the race with him on Lap 16. He said he was unsure what caused him to lose control of the car. "I don't know, we got into the air of the No. 59 car and my car just turned around sideways is what caused the wreck," he said. "It's a shame for the Timber Wolf team and Brewco Motorsports. We're going to get it back together and go up to Loudon, New Hampshire. I've run there a few times and am looking forward to that track."
Source: NASCAR Online