BUSCH: McMurray wins at Rockingham

Jamie McMurray won his third straight Busch series race at North Carolina Motor Speedway Saturday at Rockingham. It is his second win of 2003, and fourth of his career. "What a day," said McMurray. "I cannot believe we've won three races in ...

Jamie McMurray won his third straight Busch series race at North Carolina Motor Speedway Saturday at Rockingham. It is his second win of 2003, and fourth of his career.

"What a day," said McMurray. "I cannot believe we've won three races in row here!"

McMurray dominated much of the event, leading a race high 126 of 197 laps.

"Really proud of the Yellow Dodge," said McMurray. "I am just so excited."

Martin Truex, Jr. scored his best career finish in second.

"We can't really complain about second," said Truex. "Real super happy to bring that No. 8 car home second. It was the Ralph Earnhardt tribute car, so it was something special for us to do this weekend, and I am just glad we could put it out front."

Bobby Hamilton, Jr. earned his seventh top three in the last 11 races with a third place result.

"Overall what can you complain about," said Hamilton. "We really wanted to win, but we will go to Homestead and try and get that one."

Jeremy Mayfield and David Stremme round out the top five.

"We got some seat time and I look forward to next year," said Stremme. "Obviously Jamie (McMurray) has a good set-up and we can get in there in the spring.I had a lot of help between Jamie and Casey (Mears).pretty good effort all in all."

Championship leader Scott Riggs hit the wall with 32 laps left to be completed, the mistake will be costly for Riggs first title bid. He plummets from first to fifth in series standings, 85 points out of first. Riggs finished a dismal 38th.

"I just hate it," said Riggs. "I think something broke in the brakes. Tough break for us."

Brian Vickers sixth place finish secures him the top spot in Busch series standings, 22 points ahead of the field.

"This GMAC crew never gives up," said Vickers. "So we are going to go down there (Homestead) and bring the train."

David Green, who finished tenth, moves up two positions to second place, Ron Hornaday, Jason Keller and Bobby Hamilton, Jr. round out the top six. A mere 89 points separate positions one through six; it is feasible, mathematically, for any of the top six drivers to win the championship trophy. It is the tightest margin in series history with just one event left to settle the title.

Notably, Kevin Harvick and RCR clinch the owner's championship with the No. 21 Chevy.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jeremy Mayfield , Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jamie McMurray , David Green , Scott Riggs , Martin Truex Jr. , Brian Vickers , David Stremme