BUSCH: Beating Around the Busch, chapter 13

Beating Around the Busch By: Thomas Chemris Chapter 13: Busy month of May Busch Breaks Richmond Records Series rookie Kyle Busch tied Martin Truex Jr for the most poles in the series by scoring his third at the Richmond International ...

Beating Around the Busch
By: Thomas Chemris

Chapter 13: Busy month of May

Busch Breaks Richmond Records

Series rookie Kyle Busch tied Martin Truex Jr for the most poles in the series by scoring his third at the Richmond International Raceway. Busch nailed a new series record at the track with a speed of 127.509 MPH, breaking the old mark of 126.869, set in 2002 by Dale Earnhardt Jr. " These guys did an awesome job all day with the Lowe's Chevrolet", said Busch. "It's my first time here in the Busch car so it's pretty cool to not only sit on the pole but to go out here as a Raybestos Rookie and try to run well with all the rest of the veterans out here. It's been a lot of fun." This marked the seventh time this season that the Hendrick driver has been the highest qualifying rookie of the race.

Bush is the eighth driver to win from the pole at Richmond, and at nineteen, the youngest to claim a victory.

Busch also tied the record for most laps les in the series at "The Action Track", matching the record of 236, set by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2002)

Robbie Gordon Seeks Sponsor For Busch Effort, Faces Disappointing Weekend of Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth

Robbie Gordon started off a busy weekend of Bush and Cup racing, with Indy qualifying thrown in for good measure. Gordon, who sits fifth in the series points, noted that he is seeking a primary sponsor for his number fifty-five Chevy for nine races during the 2004 season. Gordon never intended to run a full season, and his current sponsorship with Fruit of The Loom was only for twenty four races." We didn't expect to be running as good as we are running with the Busch car, said Gordon. "I didn't expect to be ninety-three points out of the lead a third of the way through the season. Our Busch program was set up to be a limited schedule, a twenty-four-race program and our quest for the championship could end this Friday night. Whenever we have a bad weekend, we will probably just park the car for the rest of the season, because that's not how the program was sold to Fruit of the Loom". Gordon made it clear, that his priorities are first to his Cup effort, second to his Indy run, and third to the Busch team. If running the Busch race at Charlotte on Memorial Day weekend in any way interfered with his first two priorities; he would forego his run for the Busch championship Gordon had a rough weekend, finishing nineteenth in the Busch race Qualifying eighteenth for the Indy 500. " This will probably be our worst Indianapolis 500 starting spot, said Gordon. "If we didn't have to leave (for Richmond), we would have waved it off, for sure. We couldn't do that because of the circumstances." Gordon's bad luck continued, after returning from Indy, he struggled with his cup team, finishing twentieth in the Saturday race.

David Starr Leaves Holigan Racing.

Truck series veteran David Starr has been released from Holligan Racing. The chronicles of the team have been part of a reality TV series on Spike TV The Reality of Speed. The team got off to a rocky start with making only three races, with a best finish of twenty --fourth. Team owner Michael Holigan released the following statement. "Because of his responsibilities to his Truck series team, David asked to be released from the rest of the races this year with our team," Holigan said. "We are great friends with David and, while we are sorry he will not be with our team, we totally understand his need to be with a team running the full season. We wish him the best."

Benson Leaves Phoenix Racing

Cup veteran Johnny Benson and Phoenix racing have parted ways. Jamie McMurray, who has wheeled the car stepped, and will take on driver responsibilities for the remainder of the season. Benson, a former series champion struggled in the car. In the first ten races of the season, Benson had one pole, and one top five finishes. Benson spend time this week with PPI Racing testing. PPI has indicated that Benson would be a team ate to Ricky Craven if sponsorship can be found.

A Week At The Top

When Martin Truex Jr took the number one spot in the series points after winning Gateway, He and his roommate had a lot more in common than the same address. Truex lives with his team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr, who currently holds the number one spot on the Cup side of things. Quote on Nascar media site. "The coolest thing about the points lead right now is that Dale Jr. leads the points in the NEXTEL Cup, said Truex. The number eight is on top of the top-two series of motorsports. That goes to show how good of a job everyone is doing at DEI.

Menard and Sauter test SAFER at Lowes

Many team spent the previous week testing at The Lowes Motor Speedway preparing for the Carquest 300. Paul Menard and Johnny Sauter had an opportunity to test the newly installed SAFER barriers at the track. Both drivers were unhurt in separate single car incidents.

Hamilton Runs Cup For James Finch

Bobby Hamilton Jr returned to the Nextel Cup Series. Hamilton piloted the entry for Phoenix Racing owned by James Finch. The car, which has been running a part time schedule with drivers Joe Ruttman and Johnny Benson. Benson was originally slated to drive the car, but presumably his recent departure form the phoenix Busch team opened the seat for Hamilton. Hamilton had a good weekend at Richmond finishing third in Busch and seventeenth in Cup.

Iron Men
Greg Biffle, 2nd
Kasey Kahne, 10th
Johnny Sauter, 13th
Robby Gordon, 19th
Michael Waltrip, 28th

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Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bobby Hamilton , Michael Waltrip , David Starr , Greg Biffle , Robby Gordon , Johnny Benson , Ricky Craven , Joe Ruttman , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , Martin Truex Jr. , Paul Menard , Michael Ho , Kyle Busch
Teams Phoenix Racing