Spencer says turn Busch boys loose in all-star race CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 22, 2002) -- An all-star race for the Busch boys? Jimmy Spencer waves the green flag on the idea. Mere days after The Winston proved, yet again, that it is one of the ...
Spencer says turn Busch boys loose in all-star race
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 22, 2002) -- An all-star race for the Busch boys? Jimmy Spencer waves the green flag on the idea.
Mere days after The Winston proved, yet again, that it is one of the most exciting spectacles in motor racing, a question begs to be asked: why not give the NASCAR Busch Series drivers a chance to run for the money in a gut-wrenching, survival-of-the-fittest type race in which winner takes all? After all, much of the appeal in The Winston -- bent sheet-metal, fearless driving, and tempers -- occurs on a weekly basis when the Busch boys hit the track. And as the Busch drivers prepare for this weekend's CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Spedway (1 p.m. EDT on FOX), a continuation of thrills at the 1.5-mile tri-oval is surely in store.
As Spencer prepares to climb back into the #1 Yellow Chevrolet after a two-week hiatus, he ponders the idea of an all-star race for the Busch Series, and he discusses his expectations for this weekend's showdown at one of his favorite tracks.
Driver Jimmy Spencer's thoughts --
You always talk about how exciting The Winston weekend is. Judging from what we've seen through 10 races this year, can you imagine an all-star race for the Busch Series?
"It's a good concept. I think it would have to be done differently in order to draw well. But if it's done right, it could be a good show. You could have it somewhere other than Charlotte, maybe Richmond. A segmented format at Richmond at night would be cool. For anyone who has gone to a Busch race this year or has watched it on TV, they certainly don't lack excitement. Sometimes the race is actually better on the Busch side than on the Cup side. I enjoy racing in the Busch Series, and I enjoy running well."
So if a Busch all-star race existed, you would race in it?
"Absolutely, if they let me. I think having Cup drivers in the Busch Series helps the (attendance) draw on race weekends, but of course, you wouldn't want every Cup driver to get a ride in the Busch all-star race, just trying to take the money. But if they made a rule where Cup drivers who run in 20 or more Busch races a year are eligible for a Busch all-star race, then you better believe I'd be there.
"There are very good drivers and very good teams in the Busch Series, and they all deserve a chance to be in the spotlight. I know the Yellow Racing team deserves it. We run 24 races a year with this team, and I feel we are in the hunt just about every race. That's what I like about this team. They don't care about much of anything other than running up front. That's the kind of mentality that would fit right in at an all-star race like The Winston."
You think the rules would have to change from The Winston in order for it to work?
"I think so. You have to remember that the Busch Series is designed to be cost-efficient for teams. So there are things that would have to be worked out. But the idea of having an all-out race on a short track like Richmond appeals to me. Anybody who has watched us race this year would agree. Maybe we could have it at the end of the season; something different from The Winston itself."
You haven't been behind the wheel of the #1 Yellow Chevy since Richmond. Are you excited to get back?
"Oh yeah. (Team owner) James Finch and Yellow were kind enough to let me enjoy the Winston Cup off weekend with my son on his birthday, so I wasn't there for the New Hamsphire race. Then with us running only the companion races (Winston Cup and Busch at the same track on the same weekend), we didn't go to Nazareth (Pa.) last weekend. I'm looking forward to getting back into the car, because we have a chance to win. We always have a chance to win, and I think we're going to get one soon. I've won a Busch race at Charlotte before. It's a good track to race on with good racing grooves. You can pass here, and you can run a high line. It's just a fun race."