BUSCH: Talladega: News of Note, schedule

ON THE RIGHT TRACK * Todd Bodine (No. 92 Herzog-Jackson Motorsports Chevrolet) has five top-10 finishes and one win in six starts this season, including three straight top 10s. "This team has been consistent all season," said Bodine. "My crew...

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

* Todd Bodine (No. 92 Herzog-Jackson Motorsports Chevrolet) has five top-10 finishes and one win in six starts this season, including three straight top 10s. "This team has been consistent all season," said Bodine. "My crew has been the reason that we have finished as high as we have. Each week they have brought a car that has been able to run at the front of the pack, which makes my job a whole lot easier." Bodine has two consecutive fourth-place finishes at Talladega. In his career, he has three top fives and four top 10s.

* Joe Nemechek (No. 87 CellularOne Chevrolet) is the only NASCAR Busch Series driver with more than one win at Talladega (two). He has finished first or second in four of the last seven races at the track. Nemechek leads all drivers at Talladega in top fives (five), top 10s (five), races led (seven), and laps led (142). He is also the only driver to win from the pole at Talladega (1998).

ROOKIES RUN WELL AT TEXAS

* Coy Gibbs (No. 18 MBNA Chevrolet) finished 10th at Texas Motor Speedway, his first NASCAR Busch Series top-10 finish in 11 starts. Gibbs, who now has five top-10s, finished 10th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings last year.

* Chad Blount (No. 19 APP Pre-Paid Gas Cards Dodge) finished fifth at Texas for his first top-10 finish of the season. He leads the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings by two points (65-63) over Gibbs.

TEAM AMICK DEBUTS AT TALLADEGA

* Lyndon Amick will drive the No. 32 Chevrolet Saturday at Talladega as Team Amick Motorsports makes its 2003 NASCAR Busch Series debut, with a limited schedule planned. Harold Holly, the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series championship crew chief with driver Jeff Green, has been selected as the crew chief. "I'm just so excited to get this season started," said team owner Bill Amick. "The No. 32 has a great engine underneath the hood provided by Bo Montgomery and his crew. Harold and his team have been working on the car for weeks. Lyndon's been waiting a long time to get back behind the wheel again. Team Amick Motorsports couldn't be more ready." Lyndon, who made his last start at Kansas in September 2002, has 92 career starts with his best finish of fourth coming at Myrtle Beach in July 1998.

ETC.

* The winners of each of the last three NASCAR Busch Series races at Talladega are entered in the Aaron's 312 -- Nemechek, Mike McLaughlin (No. 34 LesCare Kitchens Chevrolet) and Keller. ... Three of the four rookies (Gibbs, Blount and Chase Montgomery -- No. 27 TrimSpa Pontiac) entered in the race have previous experience at Talladega. ... The lowest starting position of any winner at Talladega is 35th (Nemechek, 2000) and is the third lowest of any winner in NASCAR Busch Series history. ... Three of the series' top 10 drivers did not race last year at Talladega (Mike Bliss -- No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet; David Green -- No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac and Kasey Kahne -- No. 38 Great Clips Ford).

WHAT'S THE WORD?

* "At Talladega, you basically just point the car and hold the gas down. You'll see three and four wide racing all afternoon, so you've got to know who's around you at all times. I didn't race at Talladega last year, so I'm looking forward to going there this year with the Timber Wolf Team." -- David Green, (No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac)

* "You've got to remember that a victory lasts only one week. Last year's win won't mean anything when we go back to Talladega." -- Jason Keller, (No. 57 Albertsons Ford)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

* In 1992, the first visit for the NASCAR Busch Series at Talladega Superspeedway, Ernie Irvan swept the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Winston Cup Series races driving a No. 4 Kodak Film Chevrolet in both events.

Aaron's 312 (NASCAR Busch Series race No. 7 of 34.) Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.

Race: 2 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 5.
TV: FOX, 2 p.m. ET.

Pre-race schedule (all times local): Thursday--Practice, 11-1 p.m., Qualifying, 3:05 p.m. Friday--Final practice, 9:50-10:50 a.m.

-nascar-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ernie Irvan , Todd Bodine , Jason Keller , Joe Nemechek , Jeff Green , Mike McLaughlin , Lyndon Amick , Chad Blount , Coy Gibbs , Chase Montgomery , David Green , Kasey Kahne , Mike Bliss