The start of the Busch Series' O'Reilly 300 race at the Texas Motor Speedway was delayed 3 hours and 39 minutes because of rain. It also was shortened to just 116 laps by rain. To Jeff Purvis, that was a good thing. Purvis grabbed his fourth Busch...
The start of the Busch Series' O'Reilly 300 race at the Texas Motor Speedway was delayed 3 hours and 39 minutes because of rain. It also was shortened to just 116 laps by rain. To Jeff Purvis, that was a good thing. Purvis grabbed his fourth Busch Series win and his first with Brewco Motorsports.
"This team deserved to win," said Purvis in victory lane. "It was a great call to put on only two tires."
During the final pit stop, Jeff Purvis and his Timberwolf crew took on only two tires. This strategy put him in the lead when Jack Sprague pitted a lap later. The race remained under caution as the rain returned. On lap 116, NASCAR put out the red flag and called the race.
When the green flag finally dropped after the rain delay, the yellow was brought out one lap later. Stuart Kirby, making his debut in the Busch Series driving the No. 34 for Spencer Motor Ventures, wrecked hard into the outside wall. Kirby walked away unhurt.
Pole sitter Jeff Green led the first 40 laps. On lap 41, the expected and planned second caution of the race came out to allow teams to check tire wear. After pit stops under the caution, Green fell to fifth place due to problems on a left side tire. Jack Sprague, driving for Hendrick Motorsports, took over the lead.
Lyndon Amick lost control of his car bringing out the third caution. Amick hit the wall and collected the cars of Michael Waltrip, Kasey Kahne and Kevin Grubb. Waltrip's car flipped on its roof and caught fire. Luckily, like the other drivers who were involved in the accident, Waltrip walked away uninjured.
Kahne stayed in the race; however on lap 107, he brought out the fourth caution when he lost control entering pit road. The Robert Yates Racing rookie simply spun the Taurus.
The top three were Jeff Purvis, Jack Sprague, Joe Nemechek.
"I'm certainly not disappointed with our finish," stated Sprague. "Man we had a great car, but so did Nemecheck, Riggs and so did the No. 27 car. I'm disappointed that it was called because of rain, but I also don't know that I would have won it if it stayed green."
Scott Riggs finished fourth in the ppc Racing Ford, and was the highest finishing rookie. "I felt like we have a really good race car, and we know what we need when we come back to a place like this, so I'm pretty happy."
Injury to crew member:
Shawn Pincola, Tim Sauter's front tire carrier was hit by Steadman Marlin's Sadler Brothers Ford. Marlin was entering his pit box, as Pincola came around Sauter's AP Performance Ford.
Pincola was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas after the initial examination at the infield care center. He was reported to be talking with the medical personnel.
At the hospital, Shawn was reported to be stable. Tests and x-rays were being preformed.
UPDATE: Shawn Pincola was released from Parkland Memorial Hospital last night. The results of all tests were negative.
Motorsport.com will have updates on Pincola's condition as they are available.