BUSCH: Beating Around the Busch, chapter 8

Beating Around the Busch By: Thomas Chemris Chapter 8: How the Iron Men Fared Greg Biffle, fresh off his win at Darlington came out swinging at Bristol, scoring the pole for the Sharpie Professional 250. Biffle led the first 117 laps and ...

Beating Around the Busch
By: Thomas Chemris

Chapter 8: How the Iron Men Fared

Greg Biffle, fresh off his win at Darlington came out swinging at Bristol, scoring the pole for the Sharpie Professional 250. Biffle led the first 117 laps and finished forth.

Biffle did well on the Cup side of things finishing twelfth. The team announced that former series competitor Mike McLaughlin will serve as a back-up driver for the Busch effort. McLaughlin will practice and qualify the car on weekends that travel conflicts necessitate.

Johnny Sauter, who was involved in the late race melee finished fourteenth on Saturday.

He nearly matched the performance on Sunday finishing fifteenth.

Sauter who was fined ten thousand dollars and twenty-five championship points stemming from an incident at Las Vegas had his appeal denied by NASCAR, and the penalty was upheld.

Kasey Khane saw his hot streak end as he finished twenty -seventh in the Busch event, and crashed out early in the Cup race to finish fortieth. Khane will have the best-groomed fans in Texas. Khane's sponsor, Great clips will give free tickets for the O'Reilly 300 to haircut recipients at selected Texas locations.

Tony Raines returned to the series with his old ride foe Bace Motorsports. Raines finished sixth at Bristol. Despite the teams best finish of the year, Damon Lusk will return to the team at Texas.

Kyle Busch was named rookie of the race at Bristol. Busch leads Paul Menard by nineteen points in the rookie competition. Busch will attempt to qualify for his second Cup event at Texas.

Kenny Wallace, who finished sixteenth saw his string of top ten finishes end at the worlds fastest half mile. Since the fall 1994 event, Wallace had finished in the top ten in every Busch event in which he has competed.

Chevrolet is dominating the manufactures championship. Chevy has won at Daytona, Las Vegas, and Bristol. Both Dodge and Ford have one lone win, Rockingham and Darlington respectively.

Mike Bliss's last lap exit onto pit road is a familiar reminder that this race marked the ten-year anniversary of one of the strangest finishes in NASCAR Busch series history.

Ten years ago, Mark Martin was poised to take the checkers at the spring Bristol event, when he mistakenly pulled off the track one lap early, believing the race was over. David Green was scored the winner.

Teams were busy this week testing in Texas. Joe Nemechek, Greg Biffle, Johnny Benson, Paul Menard, David Star, Billy Parker, Bobby and Justin Labonte all participated in the open test. Texas will mark the return of Bobby Labonte, as well as his nephew to the series.

Several speedways, including Talladega, Lowes. And Texas announced that after upcoming events they would begin installing SAFER barriers.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Greg Biffle , Johnny Benson , Mike McLaughlin , Tony Raines , David Green , Johnny Sauter , Damon Lusk , Mike Bliss , Paul Menard , Billy Parker , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin