Series championship "all shook up" once again DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 8, 2003) -- Could the title chase for the NASCAR Busch Series championship be any better? For the eighth time in an amazing 14-race stretch, the lead in the...
Series championship "all shook up" once again
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 8, 2003) -- Could the title chase for the NASCAR Busch Series championship be any better?
For the eighth time in an amazing 14-race stretch, the lead in the point standings exchanged hands following the wild Mr. Goodcents 300 on Oct. 4 at Kansas Speedway. David Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac) leapt from fourth to first in the rankings with a win in the event, while Scott Riggs (No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford) remained second, 21 points down, after finishing 13th. Brian Vickers (No. 5 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet), who fought an ill-handling car, spun and hit the Turn 2 wall at Lap 91, consequently gave up the points lead and dropped to third in the standings, 46 points behind Green.
Ron Hornaday (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet) dropped one spot in the standings to fourth, due to a 14th-place finish at Kansas. He's 48 points down to Green, while Jason Keller (No. 57 Albertsons Ford), who finished fourth, rounds out the top five in the standings, just 59 points behind.
Text Box: As narrow as Green's lead is over Riggs, three others have been closer with six races remaining in the season. Bobby Labonte led Kenny Wallace by just one point with six races to go in 1991 before going on to clinch the title. The following year, Joe Nemechek led Todd Bodine by eight points with a half-dozen checkered flags to go and in the final race of the season captured the championship over Labonte by just three points, the closest margin in the history of the series. Finally, with six races to go in 1989, Tommy Houston led fellow veteran Tommy Ellis by 15 points. Neither wound up wearing the crown that year. Rob Moroso squeaked by Houston in the season finale at Martinsville Speedway to claim the championship.
The 59-point spread between Green and Keller is easily the closest top-five race at this stage of the season in the history of the NASCAR Busch Series.