Beating Around the Busch By: Thomas Chemris Chapter 10: Talladega: A Weekend to Remember Busch series veteran Mark Green was at the track at Talladega. Green practiced and qualified the number forty-seven ST Motorsports car for driver Robert...
Beating Around the Busch
By: Thomas Chemris
Chapter 10: Talladega: A Weekend to Remember
Busch series veteran Mark Green was at the track at Talladega. Green practiced and qualified the number forty-seven ST Motorsports car for driver Robert Presley. Presley remained home to be with his father (Bob) who had been hospitalized. Presley ran the event and finished thirteenth.
Fitz/Bradshaw driver Tim Feedewa was transported Alabama-Birmington Medical Center for evaluation following his involvement in a multi-car wreck on lap one hundred of the event. Feedewa was awake and alert, and the trip to the medical center was described as precautionary.
In only his third start, rookie Clint Bowyer scored a Busch pole at NASCAR's longest track. "I'm definitely smiling", said Bowyer. "These boys will put the pressure on you. Hats off the guys back home in the shop, the fabrication shop and the engine shop. This was their day to shine. These super speedways are what they are all about and I tell you, they've put together the best program there is", noted the Richard Childress driver.
NASCAR Busch television rating continues to climb. The telecast from Nashville was up thirty percent over the previous year.
Brewco Motorsports continues to switch over to Chevrolet. Brewco, which started the season in Pontiacs, has slowly been building Monte Carlos for drivers David Green and Johnny Sauter.
Green's crew chief Jason Ratcliff supports the change, even if it means taking untested equipment to events. "Prior to Talladega, this car has never seen a racetrack. It has, however, been to the wind tunnel two times. NASCAR racing has changed a lot in the past few years. We are able to put a lot more faith in our engineering program than we used to. After studying the wind tunnel data, we determined that this was the car we wanted to bring, and it has apparently paid off". Driver David green finished ninth.
Michael Waltrip commits to full time schedule through Dover. The team owner and driver who is currently atop the series points chase will leave it to his sponsor to decide if he will complete a full season of double duty. "We're going to run until possibly Charlotte or even Nazareth", said Waltrip. "That would get us through Dover running all the races. We'll see where we stand at that point. I really don't have any desire to run all the races. But when you make that statement, there is only a couple that would be a problem. One would be Milwaukee. Another is Pike's Peak. I've always been very sensitive to my sponsor's desires with Michael Waltrip Racing. I not only drive the car, but I own the car. I always want to hear what Aaron's has in mind and want to cater to their needs."
Veteran crew chief Paul Andrews has signed on with Akins Motorsports and driver Casey Khane. The team finished thirty- eighth in Andrews debut.
Greg Biffle twenty --first in Busch/ fifteenth in Cup/thirteenth in NB points
Johnny Sauter thirty-first in Busch/ fourteenth in Cup/seventh in NB points
Casey Khane thirty- Eighth in Busch/ twenty-sixth in Cup/ Twentieth in NB points
Michael Waltrip eighth in Busch/twelfth in Cup/ first in NB points
Robby Gordon sixth in Busch? Fifth in cup/ fifth in NB points