By: Thomas Chemris For the third consecutive race, the winner in the NASCAR Busch series was determined within the final ten laps. This time, it was veteran Ron Hornaday who took the checkers in winning the Alan Kulwicki 250 at the Milwaukee ...
By: Thomas Chemris
For the third consecutive race, the winner in the NASCAR Busch series was determined within the final ten laps. This time, it was veteran Ron Hornaday who took the checkers in winning the Alan Kulwicki 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.
"Those kids were running their guts out", noted Hornaday, referring to Shane Hmeil and David Stremme who led for most of the race...
In the end experience won out over youthful exuberance as Hornaday passed Hmiel with seven laps to go to take his first victory of the season, and the forth of his Busch career.
Hornaday's win was not an easy one. The Richard Childress driver got caught on pit road as a caution flew, putting him a lap down in the early going. Hornaday, known as the "king of re-starts", used his skills and some well placed cautions to get back on the lead lap, and work his way through the field.
David Stremme, Jason Keller, Hmiel, and Bobby Hamilton Jr rounded out the top five finishers.
Stremme, who took his first career pole was disappointed with his runner up finish. "Everybody on the whole Trim spa team did a really great Job, I just gave the race away", said Stremme as he discussed his call to free the car up on the last pit stop. "I guess you have to give some away before you win one".
One of the biggest surprises of the night was the performance of Shane Hmiel.
Hmiel, substituting for Kasey Khane ran both the truck and Busch series over the weekend and had a career night as he continues to rebound from last years NASCAR suspension.
Milwaukee proved to be a tough track for rookie Kyle Busch. Busch, who had never visited the track qualified fourth, but spun the car in happy hour damaging his tires.
The tires became an issue, as the Milwaukee event switched to a one day format in which teams practice, qualify, practice and race all in one day. NASCAR rules require the impounding of cars after the final practice and all entrants are mandated to start the race on tires they used to qualify.
"Hindsight is twenty-twenty", said Busch' crew grief Lance McGrew. Busch led for a few laps, but then fell back to eventually finish sixteenth, two laps down.
Point's leader Martin Truex Jr started seventeenth and finished ninth. Truex maintains the top spot in the standings twenty eight markers ahead of Busch.
The marathon of double duty drivers continues to dwindle. Michael Waltrip and Kasey Khane both opted not to run the Wisconsin race, leaving Roush driver Greg Biffle as the only driver to make every cup and Busch race this year. Biffle finished seventh and currently sits fourth in the championship hunt.
Next week the series is off to run under the lights at Daytona for the Winn Dixie 250 where Dale Earnhardt Jr is the defending race winner.