SBRS: BUSCH: Weekend update 2001-09-09

Skip Barber trained Jimmy Spencer was in high spirits in Virginia. For the second time in 2001, Spencer utterly dominated the NASCAR Busch Series event at Richmond International Raceway, this time leading a race-high 169 laps en route to victory...

Skip Barber trained Jimmy Spencer was in high spirits in Virginia. For the second time in 2001, Spencer utterly dominated the NASCAR Busch Series event at Richmond International Raceway, this time leading a race-high 169 laps en route to victory in the Autolite/Fram 250. Prior to Spencer's feat, no driver had won both the spring and fall race at RIR since 1992.

"I haven't had a racecar where I could do whatever I wanted to in a long time," said an elated Spencer from Victory Lane. "That one was it. I could do whatever I wanted with that thing."

Spencer now has three wins this season, and while the fact that he led all but 81 laps might lead one to believe it was easy, this was a race he had to earn. There were several instances in which Spencer was faced with near-misses, including a late-race accident that involved defending series champion Jeff Green.

In NASCAR's marquee race, 2000 Winston Cup Champion Bobby Labonte kept his hopes of a repeat title alive with a sixth place result at the Monte Carlo 400. Spencer followed up his Busch win with an eighth place result as Skip Barber trained Jeff Burton followed in ninth.

At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, former Barber Dodge Pro Series pilot Milka Duno and her teammate won the LMP675 class in American Le Mans Series competition. In the GTS class, Skip Barber trained Terry Borcheller finished sixth overall to give the Saleen S7R its second ALMS victory, leading the two works Corvettes handily throughout the race.

This feels great," said Borcheller of the team's first win since Sebring, on the first anniversary of the Saleen's debut race. "The season has been a real struggle. It seems that a lot of little details have been hurting us and causing us to lose races. This victory is a big boost for the team and for Saleen."

Fellow Skip Barber trained Boris Said and his co-pilot took fourth in the GT class.

-barber

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Series ALMS , NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , Other open wheel
Drivers Jeff Burton , Bobby Labonte , Boris Said , Jimmy Spencer , Jeff Green , Terry Borcheller , Skip Barber