Ron Young solid at The Rock; hoping for luck in Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (February 27th 2003) - - Ron Young and the entire RB1 Motorsports team packed their bags quickly after Rockingham and began the trip out west for Saturday's Sam Town's ...
Ron Young solid at The Rock; hoping for luck in Vegas,
Las Vegas, NV (February 27th 2003) - - Ron Young and the entire RB1 Motorsports team packed their bags quickly after Rockingham and began the trip out west for Saturday's Sam Town's 200.
It's been a very stressful week for all the NASCAR Busch Series teams as rain forced the delay of the Rockingham 200 until Monday morning. However, the entire RB1 Motorsports remained extremely busy throughout the weekend as they headed back home to prepare another No. 71 Chevrolet for this weekends third race of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The sponsorless team arrived at the track on Friday hoping to qualify for their first race of the season. Threaten skies had a few people nervous as the team was not sure if they would have made the field on 2002 NASCAR Busch Series point standings.
The NASCAR Busch series only had one practice session throughout the whole weekend. By the end of the morning practice session the entire team was all smiles, as Ron had placed 27th on the speed charts with a speed of 146.895. The team was going to make a couple of adjustments hoping it would make the car faster giving Young a better chance of starting upfront.
The guys made the right adjustments and the car was faster in qualifying, however so was everyone else. Ron drove around North Carolina Motor Speedway in a time of 24.725 which amounted to a speed of 148.077 and placed him 35th on the starting grid.
"We're in the show, and for right now that's all that matters," said a smiling Ron Young after qualifying With the team in their first race for the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series season, their focused turn over to Happy Hour. Unfortunately none of the NASCAR BGN teams were able to compete in Happy Hour as darkness feel upon the speedway, leaving the team hoping for the best on raceday.
When everyone awoke Saturday, Mother Nature was playing havoc in the Rockingham area as heavy rain, thunderstorms and a tornado watch had invaded.
With the forecast not looking good for Saturday, NASCAR officials made the announcement later that afternoon, that they would postpone the event until early Monday morning.
"Just because the race has been postponed, we're still keeping busy," explained Ron. While some team members stayed in North Carolina, some team members along with Ron hoped in the car and returned to team's shop and begun preparing the Las Vegas machine.
The crew along with the former NASCAR all-pro series driver arrived back in the Rockingham area late Sunday night stated, "I think we're going to be good next weekend."
The weather on Monday morning was a complete opposite from Saturday as bright blue skies and a shinning sun hovered around the speedway and the entire team was pumped up and ready to roll.
The race took the green flag shortly after 11:00am EST and Ron began his march towards the front. While Ron did not have the fastest Chevrolet on the track, he was posting good laps times and steadily working his way through traffic.
Throughout the course of the race, Ron battled an ill-handling Chevrolet and relied his group to make the necessary adjustments, so that he could continue his battle towards the front.
The No. 71 White Chevrolet remained in the top twenty for a majority of the late stages of the Rockingham 200, while Jamie McMurray who was dominate from the start of the race, continued to blister the field.
In the end Young would fight a close on track battle with Stanton Barrett and Hermie Sadler for the top twenty, but a loose Chevrolet would cross the line 21st.
"I'm happy!" exclaimed Ron.
"This was a great run for the entire RB1 Motorsports team, I would have like to have gotten in the top twenty, but we'll definitely take this finish and momentum to Vegas." He said.
In addition Ron mentioned, "I am so proud of these guys, I know that we are a small team, but their hearts are huge and they should all be proud of this finish."
The team heads out to Vegas hoping to improve on their finish at the Rock with hopes of attracting a sponsor to compete in more BGN events in 2003.
The Sam's Town 300 is the third race of the 34-race schedule in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2003. The race is scheduled to be broadcasted live on FX beginning at 3:00pm EST and also available on MRN & XM Radio.