* 4 Races Left To Decide Who Joins Harvick At Orlando Awards Banquet * Harvick, Bowyer, Kyle Busch Prime-Time Post-Open Week Drivers * Ross the Intern Joins Leicht, No. 90 CitiFinancial Team * Checkers/Rally's Pit Crew Challenge Claimed By Team ...
* 4 Races Left To Decide Who Joins Harvick At Orlando Awards Banquet
* Harvick, Bowyer, Kyle Busch Prime-Time Post-Open Week Drivers
* Ross the Intern Joins Leicht, No. 90 CitiFinancial Team
* Checkers/Rally's Pit Crew Challenge Claimed By Team Yellow
* Fans, Media Can Vote For 25 Greatest NASCAR Busch Series Drivers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 17) -- Now that Kevin Harvick (No. 21 U.S. Coast Guard Chevrolet) has secured the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series championship and can focus on becoming the first driver in history to capture that crown and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series title in the same season, the attention shifts to the fight to capture the remaining spots in the top 10 in points with only four races to go.
Johnny Sauter's (No. 00 Yellow Transportation Chevrolet) first top-10 finish in 11 races (sixth) at Lowe's Motor Speedway once again moved him into ninth in the points, a position he'd lost after an 11-week run following the race at Kansas Speedway two weeks ago.
Sauter overtook Reed Sorenson (No. 41 Discount Tire Co. Dodge), who has been making a furious charge at the top 10 over the last 13 weeks. Sorenson now sits in 10th place in the standings, 16 points behind Sauter.
The trio of Jason Leffler (No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet), Kenny Wallace (No. 22 AutoZone Ford) and John Andretti (No. 10 ppc Racing Ford) is still in the top-10 chase despite each driver losing significant ground last Friday night at LMS.
Still, Leffler (11th), Wallace (12th) and Andretti (13th) are within 54, 56 and 103 points, respectively, of 10th.
While Andretti strives to become the third consecutive series Raybestos Rookie candidate to finish in the top 10 in points, he's suddenly in a battle with Danny O'Quinn Jr. (No. 50 Roush Racing Ford) for that 2006 award.
Despite missing two of the last five races while Roush Racing teammate David Ragan stepped in, O'Quinn moved to within four points of Andretti in the rookie standings following his career-best fifth-place finish at LMS last week. It was also his fifth top-20 finish in his last seven races.
Andretti leads the rookie rankings with 196 points while O'Quinn is in second -- his highest standing of the season -- with 192.
Harvick, Bowyer, Busch Top Post-Open Week Performers This is the final open week for the NASCAR Busch Series prior to the four-race sprint to the conclusion of its 25th anniversary season.
Three drivers have posted good results following the previous four open weeks this year and two of them are top performers at Memphis Motorsports Park, the next series stop on Oct. 28.
Champion Kevin Harvick has one top five and four top 10s coming off open weeks this year. He also has a win, two top fives and two top 10s in two career races at Memphis.
Clint Bowyer (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet), Harvick's Richard Childress Racing teammate, has registered a win, a top five and two top 10s after open weeks this year. Bowyer is the defending winner at Memphis and like Harvick, has two top fives and two top 10s in two races there.
Kyle Busch (No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet) has posted a top five and two top-10 finishes following open weeks in 2006, but hasn't fared well at Memphis. In two career races at the .75-mile track, Busch has yet to post a top 10.
NBS ETC. ...
Fans and media are encouraged to vote for the "25 Greatest NASCAR Busch Series Drivers." Polls are available on NASCAR.COM through Nov. 12 and results will be announced during Homestead-Miami week. ... Media members can also book rooms for 2006 NASCAR Busch Series Champion's Week in Orlando Dec. 6-8. A media day featuring series champion Kevin Harvick, the top-10 drivers and top rookie will be held Dec. 7 along with other activities leading up to the awards banquet on Dec. 8. Log on to NASCARMedia.com for further information. ... Stacy Compton's (No. 59 Kingsford/Bush's Baked Beans Ford) third-place finish at LMS was his best result since a second-place at Pikes Peak in 2004. ... Tim Russell, transporter driver and gas man for the No. 66 BREWCO Ford, took the team hauler and show car to his granddaughter's school for the day on Tuesday. Students at North Todd (Ky.) Elementary were able to view pit stop tapes in the lounge and get a personal view of NASCAR life on the road. ... Kevin Harvick Inc. will hold its fifth annual Fan Club gathering on Friday from 5--10 p.m. Harvick will join following NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualifying at Martinsville. ... Shane Huffman and members of the No. 88 U.S. NAVY Chevrolet team are scheduled to spend two days aboard a U.S. Navy submarine this week for a tour and visit with sailors. Huffman is also entered in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville. ... Johnny Sauter's No. 00 Yellow Transportation Chevrolet crew clinched the Checkers/Rally's Pit Crew Challenge with nine wins on the season. "They're posting times consistent with our Cup teams week in and week out and have worked very hard to earn this honor," said Wayne Holden, pit crew coach with Hendrick Motorsports. Sauter's crew trains with Hendrick as part of the Haas/Hendrick partnership. ... Steve Wallace won the inaugural ARCA RE/MAX event at the new Iowa Speedway last week. His next race will be at Memphis in the No. 64 RWI Dodge. His father Rusty is the chief designer of the track in Iowa. ... Kenny Wallace is entered in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Martinsville.
Leno's Intern Ross Crews With Leicht, No. 90 Team
Stephen Leicht and the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford team are scheduled to be featured on a segment of "The Tonight Show" with host Jay Leno early next month.
Ross the Intern was a member of the No. 90 pit crew last week at Lowe's Motor Speedway, holding the sign during Leicht's pit stops. His "efforts" helped bring home a 13th-place finish -- Leicht's second consecutive top-15 result.
Auggie Vidovich (No. 4 9 Lives/Morris' Million Cat Rescue Dodge) will be in New York City on Sunday and is scheduled to appear on a segment of "Fox & Friends".
From The NASCAR Busch Series '25 Seasons Running' Archives The NASCAR Busch Series has produced solid race teams over the past 25 seasons and Bill Davis Racing stands out as one of them.
Mark Martin, the series' all-time leader in victories (47) won three events with Davis' equipment early in his NASCAR career. The Davis-Martin combination had been very successful on the old ASA circuit.
Newcomer Jeff Gordon broke into the NASCAR ranks with Davis in 1991. Gordon won three races and a series-high 11 Busch Poles in 1992 with his Bill Davis-prepared Thunderbird.
Davis has 11 series victories to his credit with his best season coming in 2002. Scott Wimmer took the Davis team to victory lane four times that year with a win at Memphis included in the final tally. In that win, Wimmer defeated runner-up Stacy Compton by .523 of-a-second for his second victory of the year.
Next Race: Sam's Town 250
The Place: Memphis Motorsports Park
The Date: Oct. 281
The Time: 2:10 p.m. (ET)
TV: NBC 2 p.m. (ET)
Track Layout: .75-mile oval
Race Purse: $1,279,397
2005 Winner: Clint Bowyer
2005 Pole: Martin Truex Jr.
Schedule: (all times local) Fri., Oct. 27 -- 2-3 p.m. , Practice; 3:30- 4 p.m., Rookie Practice, 4-5 p.m., Final Practice. Sat., Oct. 28 --Qualifying, 10:05 a.m. Race, 1:10 p.m.