Busch Wins in Kentucky By: Thomas Chemris Kyle Busch reversed fortunes in Kentucky. The rookie scored his third win of 2004 in dramatic fashion passing Greg Biffle with two laps remaining to win the Meijer 300. Busch, from Las Vega Nevada...
Busch Wins in Kentucky
By: Thomas Chemris
Kyle Busch reversed fortunes in Kentucky. The rookie scored his third win of 2004 in dramatic fashion passing Greg Biffle with two laps remaining to win the Meijer 300.
Busch, from Las Vega Nevada saw a victory slip away last week in Nashville as he ran out of gas in the closing laps rebounded and gained valuable ground to close within ten points of the top spot in the series standings.
The weekend started off promising for Busch and his Hendrick team as he qualified for the outside pole. Regrettably, Busch wrecked the car in the closing moments of the final practice forcing the team to pull out a back up car. NASCAR rules then required a change in starting positions and the car was regulated to the back of the field.
"I have a lot of confidence in this team", noted Busch who indicated he was not concerned about turning the first laps in the car when the green flag dropped.
Busch worked his way through the field, taking advantage of several cautions to put him in the third position for the final restart. Benefiting from a fresh set of tires made easy work of Jason Lefler, then set his sights on Greg Biffle, who he passed underneath with two laps remaining to claim his third checkers of the season.
"I never gave up, said Busch. "I knew I could catch the sixty (Biffle)"
Finishing behind Busch were Biffle, Mike Bliss, Ron Hornaday, and Jason Keller.
Biffle, who led a total of ninety-eight laps looked to be headed for another win when he was penalized for speeding on pit road. Biffle was required to perform a pass through (the pits) penalty. Fortunately, while serving the penalty the caution flew allowing Biffle to remain on the lead lap and moving him to the point as the other lead lap cars came in for service.
Choosing to keep the lead, Biffle did not return to the pits for fresh tires. A move that eventually cost him the race, as he was no match for Busch and his new Goodyear's.
"Nascar beat me, not Kyle Busch. There was no way I was speeding", said an angry Biffle, who did not agree with the official's call that led to his penalty.
The event was marred by several cautions, including two that involved serious fires.
Moments were tense as the Phoenix racing entry driven by Buckshot Jones was engulfed in flames and the seconds seemed like hours before Jones emerged from the car, collapsing on the infield grass. Jones suffered smoke inhalation, but was otherwise unhurt.
New Jersey's Martin Truex Jr scored his fifth pole of the season, finishing sixth and retaining the top spot in the championship race.
Next week the series heads to Milwaukee Wisconsin, where for the first time the action will take place under lights at the State fair grounds. Jason Keller the defending race champion.