BUSCH: Nazareth: News of note, schedule

* Chevrolet still leading Bill France Performance Cup battle * Hamilton nabs Richmond pit crew title NEWS & NOTES Hamilton's team claims Richmond McDonald's POWERade title ... Bobby Hamilton's (No. 25 U.S. Marines Ford) Team Rensi Motorsports...

* Chevrolet still leading Bill France Performance Cup battle
* Hamilton nabs Richmond pit crew title

NEWS & NOTES

Hamilton's team claims Richmond McDonald's POWERade title ... Bobby Hamilton's (No. 25 U.S. Marines Ford) Team Rensi Motorsports crew won the McDonald's POWERade Drive-Thru Pit Crew of the Race Award for the May 14 Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway. David Green's No. 37 Timber Wolf-sponsored Brewco Motorsports team leads the season standings, with Hamilton and Team Rensi in second. Jason Leffler (No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet) and his Haas CNC Racing team are third, followed by Ron Hornaday (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet) and Richard Childress Racing in fourth and Jason Keller (No. 22 Miller High Life Ford) and ppc Racing in fifth.

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 seven wins and 85 points following the May 14 win by Kyle Busch at Richmond International Raceway, to 65 points and three wins for Ford. Dodge is in third place with 47 points and one win, with Pontiac in fourth, with 45 points and no wins so far this year. 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

Ron Hornaday and Tim Fedewa (No. 12 Hot Tamales Chevrolet) are tied for most wins at Nazareth, with two victories each. Both drivers won the first race of their NASCAR Busch Series careers at Nazareth -- Fedewa in May 1995 and Hornaday in July 2000. Hornaday is the defending winner at the track, and has also led the most laps at the facility -- 254. Fedewa is just 17 laps shy of Hornaday's mark, with 237 laps at the front of the field. Fedewa recorded his first NASCAR Busch Series top-10 finish at Nazareth, a seventh-place showing in May 1993. ... Jason Keller is tied with Fedewa for most top-10 finishes at Nazareth, with seven. His four top-five finishes -- including a win in the May 2002 event -- are tied with Fedewa for third in that category.

This year's Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 is slated to be the 11th career start for both Keller and Fedewa at Nazareth, tying them with Elton Sawyer for most at the track. In 10 races at Nazareth, Keller's average finish is 8.0, second only to David Green's 7.1 in eight starts. ... David Green is tied with younger brother, Jeff, for most top-five finishes at Nazareth, with five each. His best finish at the track is a second in May 1996. He and Jeff are also tied for most Busch Poles at Nazareth, with two each. David's 7.1 average finish at Nazareth in eight races is the best of any driver with five or more starts at the facility.

QUOTEBOOK

"The key word for Nazareth is compromise. It's a lot like Gateway in that the corners are distinctly different. At Gateway, you have two different corners to worry about and at Nazareth, there are three. Basically, you decide which corner is most important to you and you work on getting the car set up to handle the way you want it to in that one and then compromise on the others. It's also a flat track like Gateway, so we are bringing back the car we used there. We qualified in the top 10 and finished sixth [at Gateway], so we feel pretty good about what we have to work with." -- Jason Leffler.

"These guys are not only my teammates, but they are my best friends. We have a lot of fun together both on and off the track, which to me strengthens our ability each week. They are all young and so dedicated to doing whatever it takes to win. You mark my words. These guys, led by Jason Ratcliff [crew chief] and Stewart Cooper [car chief] will all be over in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series one day,winning races and championships ... but not until we win a couple of NASCAR Busch Series titles for Brewco Motorsports and Timber Wolf. These guys have turned my career around 180 degrees and made me a championship driver again. I have the best team in the NASCAR Busch Series." -- David Green.

WHAT THEY'RE WRITING

"The hottest driver in the [NASCAR Busch Series] is one of ours. Not in the sense that Smarty Jones is now a Philly favorite. But Martin Truex Jr. is from New Jersey. His hometown, Mayetta, is near Long Beach Island. Driving for Chance 2 Racing, co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his stepmother, Teresa, Truex has won three races ..." -- Bill Fleischman, Philadelphia Daily News

FROM THE ARCHIVES

The First Union 200 on May 23, 1999 at Nazareth Speedway was one for the ages. Jeff Green dominated the first half of the race, the start of which was delayed five hours due to rain. He failed to pit under caution with the rest of the leaders due to a miscommunication, and never found his way back to the front. As they darted past an accident on the backstretch, Tim Fedewa ducked under Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the lead on lap 140. Matt Kenseth dove under Earnhardt and Fedewa in Turn Three on lap 151. That move and Fedewa's earlier one didn't sit well with Earnhardt, who then passed Todd Bodine for second coming to the final caution flag on lap 154. That angered Bodine, who responded by jolting Earnhardt from behind. The contact demolished the front of Bodine's car and removed him from contention. Kenseth was flagged the winner with 168 laps complete, the race called early due to darkness.

Fast Facts

What: Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 (Race 12 of 34 in the NASCAR Busch Series).
Where: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa.
When: 1 p.m. (ET), Sunday, May 23, 2004.

Track layout: 1-mile paved.
Race length: 200 laps/200 miles.

Posted awards: $889,854.

TV: FX, 1 p.m. (ET).
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.

2003 winner: Ron Hornaday.
2003 polesitter: Randy LaJoie.

Top 10 in points: 1. Kyle Busch 1,633. 2. Martin Truex Jr. 1,618. 3. David Green 1,536. 4. Michael Waltrip 1,535. 5. Robby Gordon 1,485. 6. Jason Keller 1,477. 7. Bobby Hamilton Jr. 1,420. 8. Greg Biffle 1,393. 9. Ron Hornaday 1,386. 10. Jason Leffler 1,278.

Pre-race schedule (all times local): Saturday -- Practice, Noon-2 p.m.; Qualifying, 3:35 p.m.; final practice, following conclusion of NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series practice.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bobby Hamilton , Matt Kenseth , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Jason Keller , Jason Leffler , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Elton Sawyer , Robby Gordon , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Ron Hornaday Jr. , David Green , Martin Truex Jr. , Kyle Busch
Teams Richard Childress Racing