There was snowball throwing, snowman building, a sea of parkas and fleece hats, oh, and the Busch race. For the first time since 1993 snow fell on a NASCAR Nextel Cup race. In the end, not pelting ice and snow could keep Kurt Busch out of ...
There was snowball throwing, snowman building, a sea of parkas and fleece hats, oh, and the Busch race. For the first time since 1993 snow fell on a NASCAR Nextel Cup race.
In the end, not pelting ice and snow could keep Kurt Busch out of Victory Lane. Busch passed Greg Biffle late in the race for the lead. Before Biffle could make a charge on the No. 5 Chevy he felt a vibration on the No. 16 Ford and was forced to pit.
"I knew I was going to have a bit of a battle with Biffle," said Busch. "But I wasn't sure that I would be able to hold off Harvick"
Kevin Harvick started the race on the pole after qualifying was snowed out. He led a race high 120 laps but a pit stop on lap 146 he lost the lead and was unable to regain it. He tried to put the bumper to Busch on the final lap but could not complete the pass.
Harvick finished second, "I knew if I could get to his bumper, I had a great chance. I just never could get all the way there. I hate it because we had a great car."
Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards complete the top five.
"That was something else," said Edwards. "We had a good car, but we just couldn't catch up with Busch and Harvick. But it's a good day for us."
The Bristol race weekend has been marred with bad weather. A steady rain halted all on track activity on Friday. Both Busch and Cup teams managed to get in practice sessions on Saturday morning before snow started to pepper the track just prior to Busch qualifying.
The light snow allowed a few cars to take their time trial laps, but when the big flakes starting coming down NASCAR set the field to points. The weather cleared until a blinding snow started coming down just 31 laps into the race.
A long delay prompted snowball fights between race teams and fans and between drivers and the working media.
Kevin Harvick continues to lead Busch series point standings. JJ Yeley, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Carl Edwards complete the top five.