NEWS & NOTES * Unilever Bestfoods expands NASCAR Busch Series program * Chevrolet holds on to manufacturers' lead * Unilever Bestfoods expands sponsorship to full time in 2005 ... Drivers Paul Wolfe, Tracy Hines, Mark McFarland and Scott...
NEWS & NOTES
* Unilever Bestfoods expands NASCAR Busch Series program
* Chevrolet holds on to manufacturers' lead
* Unilever Bestfoods expands sponsorship to full time in 2005 ... Drivers Paul Wolfe, Tracy Hines, Mark McFarland and Scott Lynch got Unilever Bestfoods' 12-race "Hungry Drivers" off to a start with Tommy Baldwin Racing this year, and officials of the company have opted to expand the program to all 34 races of the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series season. The program will be run under the banner of Unilever's Ragu, Shedd's Spread, Country Crock and Hellmann's brands. Of the four current drivers, one will be chosen as the primary driver of the No. 6 Hungry Drivers Dodge and will compete in 25 companion events next year, allowing him to run for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors. Three others will showcase their skills by competing three times each. The primary driver will be announced after the 2004 season.
* Chevrolet builds on lead in manufacturers' standings ... Chevrolet has built a fairly comfortable lead in the Bill France Performance Cup standings for manufacturers in the NASCAR Busch Series. Chevrolet has nine wins and 109 points. Following the June 7 win by Greg Biffle (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford) at Dover International Speedway, Ford has four wins and 84 points. Dodge is in third place with 60 points and one win, while Pontiac is in fourth, with 55 points. The standings are determined by a scoring system in which the highest-finishing manufacturer receives nine points, the second-highest gets six, third-highest receives four and fourth-highest receives three.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Bobby Hamilton Jr. (No. 25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford) leads all drivers at Nashville in most starts in the top five (four), top-five finishes (three) and top 10s (four, tied with Scott Wimmer). He's also led during all six races held at the track, for a total of 233 laps, both of which are also tops at the facility. Hamilton's best finish at the track is a second in June 2002. ... Martin Truex Jr. (No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet) set the track qualifying record at Nashville in April, with a speed of 166.516 mph. Greg Biffle (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford) collected the first NASCAR Busch Series win of his career at Nashville in April 2001. ... David Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac) finished first and second in last year's races at Nashville, and 10th in April. ... Ford has three wins at Nashville Superspeedway, while Chevrolet has two and Pontiac has one.
* "Nashville always seems to make exciting finishes. I don't know what it is about that place, but it always seems to go down to the wire there." - Johnny Sauter (No. 27 Kleenex/Scott Chevrolet)
* "Returning [to Nashville] is exciting for us because we feel like we have some unfinished business left over from the spring race. We ran our first Chevrolet there in the spring, and we've learned a lot about the new body style since then, but to play it safe, we are bringing the car we won in last year. We are not going to settle for anything less than the pole and another guitar. On top of that, Goodyear is brining a different tire back, and we have had some good runs with this particular tire at Rockingham and Darlington. We really feel like the car we're bringing is a concrete winning car." - David Green
WHAT THEY'RE WRITING
* "Daytona and Le Mans are both famous for hosting 24-hour endurance races. But those two events could not compare to the MBNA America 200, which NASCAR's Busch Series staged at Dover International Speedway. Greg Biffle, a regular on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, finally took the checkered flag in the MBNA 200 at 12:50 p.m. Monday, nearly 48 hours after the race began. The race was suspended after 28 laps Saturday due to lingering rain at the high-banked, one-mile oval." - Mike Finney, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal
FROM THE ARCHIVES
With his 14th-place finish in the June 2003 race at Nashville Superspeedway, Jason Keller (No. 22 Miller High Life Ford) became the first and only NASCAR Busch Series driver to pass the $7 million mark in career winnings. Keller has since passed the $8 million plateau.
Federated Auto Parts 300 (Race No. 15 of 34 in the NASCAR Busch
Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, Tenn.
8 p.m. (ET), Saturday, June 12, 2004.
Track layout: 1.333-mile banked concrete oval.
Race length: 300 miles/225 laps.
TV: FX, 8 p.m. (ET).
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday -- Practice, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Qualifying, 5:05 p.m.; Final Practice, following conclusion of NASS event.