BUSCH: Rockingham: News of note, schedule

Fedewa, others getting used to "NBS 24/7" exposure NEWS & NOTES * Participating teams getting used to reality show exposure ... Tim Fedewa (No. 12 Supercuts Chevrolet) hopes he's not the next one to get voted off the island. Hold on ...

Fedewa, others getting used to "NBS 24/7" exposure

NEWS & NOTES

* Participating teams getting used to reality show exposure ... Tim Fedewa (No. 12 Supercuts Chevrolet) hopes he's not the next one to get voted off the island. Hold on ... that's another "reality" show. Fedewa is, however, one of several drivers and teams participating in "NBS 24/7," a SPEED Channel project centered on the teams of Fedewa and his FitzBradshaw Racing teammate, Casey Atwood (No. 14 U.S. Navy Chevrolet), as well as David Stremme (No. 32 TrimSpa X32 Dodge) and Kasey Kahne. Cameras for the show made their way into the NASCAR Busch Series garage for the first time at Daytona, and according to Fedewa, it took a little time to adjust. "It was weird at first, but wait ... it is still a little strange," Fedewa says with a laugh when asked about the ever-present cameras. "But you get used to them, and now you just think of them as another part of the team."

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

* Jamie McMurray has won the last three NASCAR Busch Series races at Rockingham, one shy of Mark Martin's record of four straight wins at the facility. McMurray has led a total of 325 laps at Rockingham, sixth on the all-time list. McMurray led only the final lap of the 2002 fall race, then dominated last year's spring event, pacing 192 of 197 circuits. He led 126 laps in the fall. In all, McMurray led 82 percent of Rockingham's 394 NASCAR Busch Series laps in 2003. ... Greg Biffle holds the NASCAR Busch Series track qualifying record at Rockingham, with a speed of 156.368 mph for the March 2001 event. Biffle's feat came in just the third start of his career on the circuit. ... Martin Truex Jr. (No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet) finished second last fall at Rockingham, the first of two consecutive runner-up finishes for the first-year driver. ... Jason Keller (No. 22 Miller High Life Ford) collected the first top-10 finish of his career at Rockingham, an eighth-place showing, in February 1993. Keller also visited Victory Lane at the facility in February 2002. ... David Green and Johnny Sauter finished in the top 10 of both races last year at Rockingham. Green was second in the spring after starting from the pole, and then took 10th in the fall. Sauter finished ninth in both races. They'll be teammates this year at Brewco Motorsports.

QUOTEBOOK

* "It's a drastic change going from opening the season at Daytona to Rockingham the next week. Now the focus turns from drafting to making your car handle and being able to get through the turns and mash the gas before your competitors. We ran well there last fall, and I feel like if we had qualified better, we could have won the race. It would be nice to go ahead and grab a piece of 'The Rock' and win the race on Saturday." -- Bobby Hamilton Jr., who started 20th and finished third Nov. 8, 2003 at Rockingham.

* "We really had a shot to win the race last fall at Rockingham. It was my first race for Braun Racing, and we were up front and leading laps toward the end. I felt we could have won, if not for a mistake I made overshooting the pits on the last stop. Since then, I have been waiting for another shot to win there. In fact, I was looking forward to Rockingham more during Speedweeks than Daytona." -- David Stremme, who finished fifth last fall at Rockingham.

* "I'm really looking forward to getting back out there at Rockingham. Even though I've never been there, it's a track that I would call really 'racey' because there seem to be about 10 different grooves and a good bit of banking. Daytona turned out to be a real disappointment for us, but a good result at Rockingham could definitely go a long way toward erasing that for all of us. The rain delay made it a three-day ordeal, which really compounds the disappointment for everybody. But we're a positive group of guys, and we're just looking forward to getting back out there and getting it right, beginning at Rockingham. There's a rookie championship to be won out there, and we've got 33 races to get it done." -- Paul Menard (No. 33 Menards' Chevrolet)

WHAT THEY'RE WRITING

* "More than two years later, Sydney Stringer is delightful proof that in spite of all the tragedy of that day, something very good began on Sept. 11, 2001." -- Lydia Hinshaw, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, on the adoption of a Chinese toddler by Doug and Liz Stringer. Doug is the general manager and co-owner of Akins Motorsports, which fields the No. 38 Great Clips Dodge driven by Kasey Kahne. The Stringers visited the Immigration and Naturalization Service office in Charlotte, N.C. on the morning of 9/11 to begin the adoption process.

* "In one sense, David Green still stings from his second-place finish in the NASCAR Busch Series standings last season. Just 14 points separated Green from Brian Vickers when the checkered flag fell in Homestead, Fla. That's a difference of three or four positions after 6,669 laps of racing. But on the other hand, Green had to be thankful to have a job, much less a chance at a second title." -- Dave Kallman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

* "Among the entries in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race at Daytona is a car owned by two men from Cleveland who are fulfilling their desire to own a car in racing's big leagues. The driver is a former NASCAR Busch Series champion and one-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup regular Steve Grissom, who is trying to regain his former glory. The crew chief, Ricky Pearson, is trying to prove that even though he hasn't won in years, he still has what it takes. The name of the team, DCT Motorsports, says it all. It stands for 'Dreams Come True.'" -- Rick Minter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Steve Grissom started from the lowest spot of any Rockingham NASCAR Busch Series winner. He took the green flag 32nd before scoring the win in October of 1990.

FAST FACTS

What: Goody's Headache Powder 200 (Race No. 2 of 34 in the NASCAR Busch Series).
Where: North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham, N.C.
When: 1 p.m. (ET), Saturday, Feb. 21.

Track layout: 1.017-mile banked, paved
Race length: 200 miles/197 laps
Posted awards: $960,620

TV: FX, 12:30 p.m. (ET).
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.

Top 10 in points: 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 190. 2. Johnny Sauter 175. 3. Robby Gordon 170. 4. Kevin Harvick 165. 5. Matt Kenseth 155. 6. Ron Hornaday 151. 7. David Stremme 150. 8. Jason Leffler 142. 9. Jason Keller 138. 10. Greg Biffle 135.

Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday--Practice, 9-11:15 a.m.; Qualifying, 1:30 p.m.; Final Practice, after conclusion of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualifying.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bobby Hamilton , Matt Kenseth , Jason Keller , Jason Leffler , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Robby Gordon , Casey Atwood , Jamie McMurray , David Green , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , Steve Grissom , Martin Truex Jr. , Brian Vickers , Paul Menard , David Stremme , Mark Martin