The weather gods co-operated with NASCAR today, allowing the Little Trees 300 for the Busch series to finally be settled. The event, originally slated for Friday night, succumbed to inclement weather after just eight laps yesterday. NASCAR ...
The weather gods co-operated with NASCAR today, allowing the Little Trees 300 for the Busch series to finally be settled. The event, originally slated for Friday night, succumbed to inclement weather after just eight laps yesterday.
NASCAR restarted the race Saturday morning from a lap count of zero, setting up the first-ever NASCAR Busch/Cup double-header in the history of the sport.
Reigning Busch series champion Greg Biffle scored the win, and posted to the NASCAR season annals the largest margin of victory so far this year in a Busch race at 12.628 seconds. Biffle, piloting the No. 7 Chevy, started fourth and took the front on lap 20, leading a race high 118 laps on his way to his 10th career win.
"It was kind of early to get going," said Biffle. "But thank God the weather held and we had a good morning.
"I practically still had a cup of coffee in my hand when they threw the green flag."
Four of the top five finishers are among those racers taking a stab at running 800-miles today in the Busch and Cup events.
When asked about the downsides of pulling a double-header today, second-placed Michael Waltrip reflected, "I ran the Boston Marathon once -- that was 4 ½ hours on my feet. So I figure I can drive a race car for seven hours sitting on my ass."
Mike Bliss was third.
"We've had so many DNFs on our side," said Bliss, "that a finish like this really does help a lot."
Brian Vickers and Jamie McMurray round out the top five.
The Busch championship battle continues to heat up, with the smallest point margin between positions one through five (with five events left) in the series' history. They are separated by a mere 80 points.
David Green entered Lowe's Motor Speedway in the catbird seat, 21 points in the lead over Scott Riggs. Green earned a sixth place, and extends his advantage to 36 markers.
Scott Riggs 13th place finish drops him a spot to third, while Vickers 4th place moves him up one rung to second. Ron Hornaday and Jason Keller round out the top five.
"We just didn't have a very good car," said Riggs. "When the guys you're chasing (in points) finish in front of you. It's not a good day."
Winston Cup point leader Matt Kenseth decided not to run the Busch/Cup double-header in an effort to concentrate on the UAW-GM Quality 500 Saturday night. Teammate Jeff Burton ran the No. 17 Ford entry in Kenseth's stead, finishing 38th.
There were three cautions for 14 laps, and 15 lead changes among nine drivers.