BUSCH: Bristol: Notes of Interest, schedule

ON THE RIGHT TRACK * Seven former winners at Bristol are entered in Saturday's race, with Morgan Shepherd (No. 0 Eagle Jet International Chevrolet (four), Todd Bodine (No. 92 Herzog-Jackson Motorsports Chevrolet) and Kevin Harvick (No. 21 PayDay...


* Seven former winners at Bristol are entered in Saturday's race, with Morgan Shepherd (No. 0 Eagle Jet International Chevrolet (four), Todd Bodine (No. 92 Herzog-Jackson Motorsports Chevrolet) and Kevin Harvick (No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet) (two each) the only multiple winners entered. Other former Bristol winners include David Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac), Jason Keller (No. 57 Albertsons Ford), Jimmy Spencer (No. 6 Food City Dodge) and Michael Waltrip (No. 99 Aaron's Sales & Lease Chevrolet). Green (1994), Keller (1999), Waltrip (1993) and Shepherd (1983, '86, '87) are all spring race winners.

* Scott Wimmer (No. 23 Stacker 2/Rx Chevrolet) and Jimmy Spencer are the only two drivers entered Saturday who finished in the top five at both Bristol races last year. Spencer is entered in his first NASCAR Busch Series race of the season at Bristol; he has two career wins there including the 2002 fall race and would be making his 206th career NASCAR Busch Series start.

* Todd Bodine owns seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes at Bristol, the most top fives among active NASCAR Busch Series drivers; Jimmy Spencer's 10 top 10s are tied for fifth all-time at the track and are the most among those entered Saturday. David Green and Jason Keller have nine top-10 finishes at Bristol.


* Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet) is one of the hottest drivers in the NASCAR Busch Series with two top 10 finishes in his last two races that have helped propel him to fourth in the point standings, his first foray into the top 10 this season. ... Three sets of brothers have at least one win each at Bristol Motor Speedway -- Brett and Todd Bodine lead the way with two wins apiece. Darrell and Michael Waltrip have each won once, while defending Channellock 250 champion Jeff Green and his brother David also have one victory apiece. Jeff is not entered in the race and for the first time in 22 races at Bristol, no brothers will compete against one another. ... Coy Gibbs (No. 18 MBNA Chevrolet) leads Chad Blount (No. 19 APP Pre-Paid Gas Cards Dodge) by three points (42-39) in the Raybestos Rookie Standings entering the Channellock 250; no member of the '03 Raybestos Rookie class has ever started a NASCAR Busch Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. ... Large crowds are the norm for NASCAR Busch Series events at Bristol and the Channellock 250 should be no exception. "We could see more than 130,000 fans at Saturday's race," said Evelyn Hicks, BMS ticketing vice president. "Given the number of tickets already sold and our typical walk-up crowd, we expect another outstanding fan showing." ... Bobby Hamilton Jr.'s (No. 25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford) dog Coco was recently named by USA Today as "Best Dressed" in an article about America's athletes and their pets. Coco made her second appearance in Victory Lane last weekend when Bobby Hamilton Sr. won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Craftsman 200 at Darlington. ... Monday's rain-delayed darlingtonraceway.com 200 marked the second time this season a NASCAR Busch Series race had been postponed due to weather, but the exciting finish (.309 second) between Todd Bodine and Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Yellow Dodge) was well worth the wait. The Rockingham 200 was pushed to Monday, Feb. 25 due to rain on Feb. 23, the originally scheduled date.


* "Someone will be in your way each lap and it can get extremely frustrating. It's a place that brings out tempers and often sparks a rivalry that could last throughout the season. You really have to keep your temper in check and try to have some patience. That's a lot easier said than done at Bristol." -- Bobby Hamilton Jr.


* Morgan Shepherd has six career NASCAR Busch Series Bud Poles, three of which have come at Bristol Motor Speedway. His last pole at Bristol was on Aug. 25, 1989, but he finished 27th after a handling problem forced him out of the race on Lap 107 of the 200-lap event. That was one of the few bad days suffered by Shepherd at Bristol where he has four career victories, the most among NASCAR Busch Series competitors and the most at one track by the veteran driver.

Channellock 250 (NASCAR Busch Series race No. 5 of 34.)
Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.

Race: 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 22.

TV: FX, 12:30 p.m. ET.
Radio: PRN/XM Satellite

Pre-race schedule (all times local):
Practice, 9:00 a.m.-- 11:15 a.m.
Qualifying, 1:30 p.m.
One-hour final practice following NWC qualifying (3:05 p.m.)


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Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Jason Keller , Jimmy Spencer , Kevin Harvick , Jeff Green , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Chad Blount , Coy Gibbs , Jamie McMurray , David Green , Scott Wimmer , Morgan Shepherd