BUSCH: Las Vegas: Andy Houston race report

Las Vegas Lacks Luck For Houston, Excedrin Racing Team LAS VEGAS (March 2, 2002) - Following a disappointing qualifying run on Friday afternoon, Andy Houston and the Excedrin Racing team lined up in 37th place for the start of the Sam's Town 300...

Las Vegas Lacks Luck For Houston, Excedrin Racing Team

LAS VEGAS (March 2, 2002) - Following a disappointing qualifying run on Friday afternoon, Andy Houston and the Excedrin Racing team lined up in 37th place for the start of the Sam's Town 300 this past Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After struggling with an ill-handling racecar for the majority of the event, Houston finished the race in a respectable 24th place.

Just six laps into the 200-lap event on the 1.5-mile oval, Houston radioed to crew chief Tony Liberati that the No. 92 Excedrin Chevrolet was a handful to drive. A caution flag on lap 14 and a subsequent pit stop one lap later enabled the team to add a rubber to the right front spring and make a track bar adjustment in an attempt to remedy both the tight and loose handling problems Houston was encountering in the corners. He returned to the track in 39th place, but made another trip to pit road several laps later for right front fender repair - the No. 92 had made slight contact with another car earlier in the event. When the green flag flew on lap 20, Houston lined up in 41st place.

Houston had made his way into the 32nd spot when he was caught by leader Jeff Burton and put one lap down on lap 48. Though Houston thought he might have had a problem with his right front tire several laps later, he remained on the track and fortunately, the second caution flag of the event waved on lap 78. The team made a wedge adjustment and removed the spring rubber from the right front, changed all four tires and added fuel, when Houston came to a stop in his pit stall on lap 79. Thanks to the timing of the caution flag (after most teams had already made their scheduled pit stops), Houston was back on the lead lap and in 18th place when the green flag flew again on lap 82.

Houston struggled with the ill-handling Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the remainder of the event, and ultimately finished 24th, two laps down. The team now holds down the 11th spot in the NASCAR Busch Series owner point standings.

"I don't really know what happened," stated Houston after the race. "The whole weekend we never really got the car right and we really struggled. These guys worked so hard and I feel sorry for them whenever we have a day like this. We work and work and don't see much of a result from it. But, we ran all day and we finished and though we probably took it on the chin a little bit in the points, we've got a weekend off and we'll regroup and get ready for Darlington (S.C.) Raceway."

The NASCAR Busch Series takes its first weekend off of the 2002 season before heading to Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Qualifying for the darlingtonraceway.com 200 will take place on Friday, March 15, 2002. The event will be broadcast live on MRN radio and FX television at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.

For more Excedrin Racing information, log onto www.excedrin.com. Excedrin is a family of non-prescription pain relievers for safe and effective pain relief for a range of headache types. Excedrin is produced by Bristol-Myers Squibb, a leading diversified worldwide health and personal care company, whose principle businesses are medications, nutritionals and medical devices.

For more information on Herzog Jackson Motorsports, Reggie Jackson and Andy Houston please visit www.hjmotorsports.com, www.reggiejackson.com and www.andyhouston.com.

-hjm-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Andy Houston