BUSCH: Darlington II: Notes of interest

Ø TV timeout... According to figures provided by Nielsen Media Research, the Cabela's 250, a NASCAR Busch race held Aug. 17 at Michigan International Speedway and broadcast by TNT, was watched by 1,808,000 viewers. That was larger than the ...

Ø TV timeout... According to figures provided by Nielsen Media Research, the Cabela's 250, a NASCAR Busch race held Aug. 17 at Michigan International Speedway and broadcast by TNT, was watched by 1,808,000 viewers. That was larger than the combined audience of that weekend's American LeMans Series, Formula One and CART events.

Ø Etc.... Jeff Burton (No. 9 Gain/Febreze/Swiffer Ford) won this year's spring race at Darlington and will try for a season sweep on Saturday. Only two drivers have done that, Ron Bouchard in 1984 and Mark Martin in 1994 and 2000.... Burton, Jimmy Spencer (No. 1 Yellow Chevrolet) and Jeff Green (No. 21 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet) are NASCAR Winston Cup regulars entered in the South Carolina 200. (As of Tuesday afternoon.)... Burton has three career NASCAR Busch victories at Darlington. Martin leads all-time with eight victories. Burton has led 627 laps at Darlington, third all-time. Martin also leads that category with 972 laps led. ... Jamie McMurray (No. 27 Williams Travel Centers Chevrolet) is eighth in the NASCAR Busch points after last week's career-best Bristol finish of 11th.... Sept. 6 at Richmond International Raceway, McMurray will once again race the No. 27" Heroes of 2001" U.S. Postal Service stamp car, to honor heroes and victims from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The patriotic paint scheme was unveiled at the July 5 event at Daytona International Speedway. The Heroes of 2001 stamp is available at post offices. Funds raised in connection with sales of the stamp, net of the Postal Service's reasonable costs, are transferred to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Over the next several months, FEMA will develop a program designed to meet the intention of Congress to assist families of the emergency relief workers killed or permanently disabled as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Ø Jeff Burton has chosen the Darlington 200 as one of his selected NASCAR Busch Series events he'll run this year, with good reason. He is the defending champion, also won the race in 1997 and finished second in 2000. He also won at Darlington in March.

Ø Since 1997, Mike McLaughlin (No. 18 MBNA Pontiac) has three top-five finishes: A third place last year and 1998, and a runner-up effort in' 97.

WHAT'S THE WORD?

Ø "When I was a rookie last year, the best advice I've ever received [about Darlington] was from Jeff Green during the rookie meeting, who told me to 'race the race track and not your competitor.''' - Scott Wimmer (No. 23 Siemens Pontiac).

Ø "That racetrack feels so good with sticker tires and they're gone in five laps. You can really abuse the tires in those five laps, and then in 35 laps you're crying."- Randy LaJoie (No. 7 Kleenex/Nortel Networks Chevrolet), on the importance of tire management at Darlington.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

From 1987-89, Harry Gant dominated Darlington's late-summer NASCAR Busch Series event, then called the Gatorade 200. Gant won the race those three years, each time driving a Buick. Mark Martin matched the hat trick from 1993-95, in Fords.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jimmy Spencer , Jeff Green , Mike McLaughlin , Jamie McMurray , Scott Wimmer , Harry Gant , Mark Martin
Teams Williams