Beating Around the Busch: Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2003 season finale By: Thomas Chemris Brian Vickers, at the ripe old age of twenty became the youngest champion in the modern era of NASCAR. In addition, team owner Ricky Hendrick, ...
Beating Around the Busch: Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2003 season finale
By: Thomas Chemris
Brian Vickers, at the ripe old age of twenty became the youngest champion in the modern era of NASCAR. In addition, team owner Ricky Hendrick, at twenty-three, is the youngest owner to lay claim to the title.
Brian Vickers fourteen point lead over David Green was the second closest margin in the series history. The closet was in 1992, as Joe Nemecheck edged Bobby LaBonte by three points.
David Stremme was named the 2003 Raybestos Rookie of the year.
David Stremme officially clinched Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the Busch Series with a 14th place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He took top Raybestos Rookie honors for the 15th time in 2003. Stremme won the Raybestos Rookie title by making only 18 starts this season, establishing a record for fewest starts ever by the Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the Busch Series. Stremme, who was happy with the honor, still considers himself a rookie. " We were fortunate enough to capture the Raybestos Rookie of the Year. That was a goal that we set out and it's something that we accomplished and hopefully Jamie can accomplish it tomorrow. I will feel like a rookie because I've never been to Darlington or Michigan or a lot of those tracks, said Stremme. Stremme will run the full season in 2004 and will remain with Finch Racing.
Johnny Sauter got a helping hand from Richard Childress Racing. Sauter, who has worked for Childress for the last two years, will leave the team to drive for Brewco motorsports.
As a thank you for his part in securing the owners championship, Childress fielded a second Payday car for the Wisconsin driver, to assist in his bid to finish 2003 I the top ten in points. Pitted by RCR'S number thirty Cup team, Sauter finished twelfth, landing him eight in championship points/
Roush Racing has announced that 2002 series champion Greg Biffle will compete for the 2004 Nextel Cup, as well as the 2004 Busch series title. Grainger, who has sponsored Biffle in all three series, will back the effort. Biffle will become only the second driver in history to attempt to compete full time in more than one of NASCAR's top three division. Kevin Harvick competed in a combined sixty-eight races between Busch and Cup on his quest for the 2001 Busch series title.
Tri Spa has announced it will sponsor Jason Keller in the number fifty-seven PPC entries for the 2004 season. No word on how this will impact Brewco Motorsports who fielded several drivers under the Trim Spa banner.
Long time series owner George DeBidart announced he has signed on with Toyota Racing Development to field a Craftsman Truck team in 2004. "It will be great to show up to a battle with the same ammunitions everyone else", noted DeBidart.
Dirt series driver Clint Bower to test with Richard Childress Racing. RCR continues to look for a replacement to team with Kevin Harvick in the Payday machine. The team will test Bower at Lakeland Florida following the Ford Championship weekend.
Brewco Motorsports announced it would stick with General motors, changing to the Chevy brand. With GM's announcement it will no longer promote Pontiac on the track, Brewco announced it is switching to Chevrolet. Under NASCAR rules, the Pontiac body would still be eligible for competition in the Busch series, however, as per GM; they would receive no factory support.
Robbie Gordon to field Busch team. RCR driver Robbie Gordon will field a part time Busch effort in 2004. Sponsor, Fruit of the Loom is on board, and the team will make its debut at the season opener in Daytona.
Long time series competitors Carroll Racing have no plans to field a car in 2004. Plagued by the increase in expense in fielding a Busch team, owner Dave Carroll announced he has had enough.
Finally, what's has been the worst kept secret in the Busch garage, Bill Davis Racing announced that Cup driver Kenny Wallace will return to the Bush series with sponsor Stacker Two for a run at the 2004 title. Wallace, who was the series 1989 rookie of the year, has two hundred and seventy seven starts in the series, and a total on nine wins.