The track record was shattered today at the Texas Motor Speedway with a blistering lap of 193.493 miles per hour, set by Busch series regular Jeff Green. This establishes a track record for the NASCAR Busch series. The previous mark was set by...
The track record was shattered today at the Texas Motor Speedway with a blistering lap of 193.493 miles per hour, set by Busch series regular Jeff Green. This establishes a track record for the NASCAR Busch series. The previous mark was set by Matt Kenseth at 189.880 MPH in 2001.
Jeff Green driving the #21 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet bettered the NASCAR Winston Cup Qualifying record of 192.137 MPH by Terry Labonte in 2000. This was the 2nd pole of the season by Green and the 20th of his NASCAR Busch career. In 1997 Green captured the pole at the Texas Motor Speedway in the inauguaral Busch Series event. Anticipation runs high for tomorrow's NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying as the estimated pole speed could reach as high as 196 MPH. This would make the Texas Motor Speedway the fastest track on the Winston Cup circut.
Two cars found the wall today during Busch series practice. David Starr, NASCAR Craftsman Truck driver was consistantly moving up the speed charts. As the car entered corner two the motor vibrated. Starr is based in the Houston area and his Rent-A-Wreck/Chasco Ford will start in the 42nd position in Saturday's O'Reilly 300.
"I tried to push in the clutch," stated Starr. "It locked up the rear end, out and around it went. It's just a shame. Jay Robinson (car owner) is a good guy. I wanted to give this team a good run with this new car. That car was a downforce car made for Texas Motor Speedway. I hate it because our back- up car is not as good. I took a pretty hard hit, but these cars are safe with my HANS device. I'm fine; the only thing hurt is my heart."
Greenville, S.C. driver Shane Hall also wrecked during the pre-qualifying practice session and will take the green flag in 40th position for Saturday's race.
Making up the rest of the top 10 are Joe Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, Jimmy Spencer, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Jack Sprague, Jason Keller, Bobby Hamilton Jr., and Stacy Compton. Five of the top 10 postions for Saturday's race are held by regular Winston Cup drivers.
Qualifying begins tomorrow at 3:05 p.m. for the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 on Sunday, April 7. 45 cars are entered for the 43 starting positions in Sunday's race.
There was an announcement today from Terry Bradshaw that the FitzBradshaw Racing team has secured Jani-King, the nations leading commercial cleaning franchise company, as a primary sponsor and major associate sponsor for the NASCAR Busch Series in 2002 and 2003. Kerry Earnhartdt is the driver of the FitzBradshaw No. 12 Chevrolet.