Beating Around the Busch: Chapter Eighteen, Loudon By; Thomas Chemris No go for Bodine. Todd Bodine declined an opportunity to drive the Nemechek owned number seven Chevrolet at the Magic Mile. "I cannot thank Joe (Nemechek), and Kimberly Clark...
Beating Around the Busch: Chapter Eighteen, Loudon
By; Thomas Chemris
No go for Bodine. Todd Bodine declined an opportunity to drive the Nemechek owned number seven Chevrolet at the Magic Mile. "I cannot thank Joe (Nemechek), and Kimberly Clark enough, but I really need to focus on the Cup side of things", noted Bodine who after nineteen events, sits sixth in the Busch championship points standings. Bodine who held the points lead for nine weeks was left scrambling for a ride as the sponsor less Herzog/Jackson team suspended operations before the Chicago event.
Bodine acknowledged that he was beginning to feel the effects of the half season of running in two series and wants to focus on his Cup team.
Joe Nemechek ran the seven at NHIS, and rumor has it that Hank Parker Jr may assume the ride for the rest of the season.
Possible trouble for Johnny Sauter and the number forty-three Channel Lock team. Sauter, who started the event twenty-seventh at New Hampshire, nearly went down a lap early in the going due to a loose plug wire. Sauter re-cooped to charge to the front to take the lead late in the New England 200.
The late race charge drew admiration from the fans, and the interest of the NASCAR officials. Sauter lost the motor on his ride to finish twenty -fifth, but even with a finish out of the top twenty NASCAR officials torn down the car, paying close attention to the electrical system. An indication that the officials were looking for traction control devices.
In addition, the tires the team used during Sauters charge to the front were impounded, and will be sent to a NASCAR approved lab to test for the presence of a tire-softening agent. Tire "soaking", and traction controls are methods and equipment that would be used to prevent wheel spin at tracks that posses little or no banking in the corners.
Could be trouble for Mike Bliss. Following an on track incident with Bobby Hamilton Jr, Joe Gibbs driver Mike Bliss apparently used some colorful adjectives to describe his fellow competitor when interviewed on MRN Radio. If History repeats itself, look for NASCAR to take exception to his choice of words, and some type of reprimand to follow. Fellow Busch series and Cup competitor Mike Wallace was find at Rockingham North Carolina for a similar use of descriptive language.
Brian Vickers continues his sting of top ten finishes, his forth pace run at NHIS marked his ninth top ten in ten races.
NHIS was not a good day for Busch Whackers. Of the seven full time Cup drivers raiding the series, only two (Harvick & Kenseth) broke the top ten.
Keller quietly starts charging. 2002 Championship runner up Jason Keller has been making quiet progress up to the front of the Busch series rankings. Quietly moving up in the standings, Keller entered New Hampshire in fifth, just eighty points out from leader Scott Riggs "The biggest thing that we've accomplished over the past four or five races is that we have gained points each race and not lost any points," said Keller. "We've been able to gain over 100 points since Dover and that is tough to do this year. Last year there were only three teams in contention and if one of those teams had a bad race, the other guy would more than likely take over the points lead. ", Noted Keller. Keller finished seventh at New Hampshire and remains fifth in the championship standings.
Tim Fedewa has replaced Kerry Earnhardt as the driver for the Number twelve Fitz/Bradshaw entry. Earnhardt, who has struggled in not finished higher than fourteenth this season was at New Hampshire with the team. Fedewa finished twelfth, giving the team the best finish of the season. "We accomplished what we set out to do", noted Fedewa, who was pleased with the run.
Making a solid run at the championship in his second Busch season, driver Scott Riggs was asked at a press conference if he had any plans beyond this years campaign. "I have talked to a lot of people, but right know I really want to focus on winning this championship", noted Riggs. Fellow drivers Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick took the opportunity to tease the attending media indicating it was for them to know (Cup racing), and us to find out--..
Tammy Joe Kirk became the eighth women to compete in the NASCAR Busch Series. Racing for Jay Robinson Racing, Kirk started twentieth, and finished thirty-fourth.
Hendrick driver Kyle Busch tested at Indianapolis Raceway Park in preparation for the August event. Indy will mark the second Busch series start for the eighteen-year-old driver; follow up his runner up debut at The Lowes Motor Speedway. Speculation that Busch may become more involved in NEMCO Motorsports as a cooperative deal with the Hendrick camp. Busch currently races for both Hendrick and Nemco in the ARCA are Busch series