BUSCH: Kentucky: Ron Young race notes

RB1 Motorsports grab another top twenty in Kentucky Conyers, GA (Wednesday June 18th, 2003) - - RB1 Motorsports walked away from Kentucky Speedway all smiles once again as one of the most underfunded teams in the NASCAR Busch Series had another...

RB1 Motorsports grab another top twenty in Kentucky

Conyers, GA (Wednesday June 18th, 2003) - - RB1 Motorsports walked away from Kentucky Speedway all smiles once again as one of the most underfunded teams in the NASCAR Busch Series had another impressive showing.

However, it was definitely a rocking road for the RB1 team before the end of the race on Saturday.

In the first practice session for the Meijer 300, Young posted the 40th fastest lap in a time of 32.894 seconds equaling a speed of 164.164 MPH. "This is not good," said Young following the session. "I am not sure what were missing, but we have to improve if we are going to have a shot on making this field."

In time trials, the Conyers, Georgia native drove his unsponsored machine around the Sparta, KY based track in 32.738 seconds transferring to a speed of 164.946 MPH. "We were considerably quicker from the practice, but I don't know if that is going to get us in the show," he said.

While the time was not fastest to make the field on time, the former NASCAR All-Pro Series driver would start the race in the 43rd taking the final provisional for the race. "Again, I hate taking provisional, I want to make the race in on time, but when we are struggling, like we are this weekend, I am extremely thankful to have them."

In the final session for the NASCAR Busch Series otherwise known as "Happy Hour" things were looking positive for the team. "We found something," Ron said after climbing from his car. The team was 31st fastest on the sheet after posting a lap in 32.302 seconds amounting to a speed of 167.172 MPH.

The former Go-Kart winner mentioned, "We were able to pick up over a ½ second during the course of the session and I have a feeling that we were are going to be able to hang with the rest of the field tomorrow night."

The series took the green flag shortly after 8:00pm EST, under overcast skies. Quickly, the No. 71 machine was moving up quickly on the leader board as Young was driving an aggressive, but smart race.

By lap 15, Young had piloted his 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo into the top 30 and was continuing his march towards the front.

The field would be under a long span of green flag racing, and while he was battling with other competitors and gaining on the rest of the field, the leaders were quickly moving in behind Young. He went a lap down shortly following the 50 lap mark, but to be running in the top twenty five when that happened, the team was still confident as ever.

During the course of the first caution, Ron pitted his car and his crew quickly went to work, changing four tires, adding fuel and making a chassis adjustment before sending him back on the track to go at it once again.

Young was again doing a fantastic job, and while he didn't have the fastest machine in the field, he was very consistent and avoided the wreck of Kerry Earnhardt and Mike Harmon in front of him. It was also another close one, on lap 166 as the leaders began wrecking sending up smoke, leaving Young to maneuver his car through the battered machines.

He was able to stay in the top 25 for the remainder of the event, and would cross the line 20th completing 195 of the scheduled 200 markers.

"It was a good weekend after all," noted Young. "The guys made some adjustments on pit road, and we were getting better and better, we dodged the wrecks and again finished in the top twenty."

"I have to give a huge thanks to Ricky Pearson (crew chief) and the guys. They worked all weekend to try and improve the car, we were able to do so and had a good showing, I'm tickled," he smiled.

Heading into Milwaukee Ron currently sits 34th in the NASCAR Busch Series standings.

"We're looking at all options about the possibility of heading to Milwaukee." "We're going to review and decide by the end of this week and if we decide to go, our goal is not going to change heading into the event, WIN!"

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kerry Earnhardt , Mike Harmon , Ron Young