BUSCH: Tough practice for contenders

Brian Vickers title hopes shined a lot brighter after three of his competitors crumpled their cars in Busch final practice. Vickers, currently, maintains a 22 point lead over the field heading into the season finale, and was fourth fastest in...

Brian Vickers title hopes shined a lot brighter after three of his competitors crumpled their cars in Busch final practice. Vickers, currently, maintains a 22 point lead over the field heading into the season finale, and was fourth fastest in happy hour.

The top drivers are in the tightest race in Busch series history; with just 89 points separating positions one through six. But, it was tough luck for challengers Ron Hornaday, Scott Riggs and Bobby Hamilton, Jr. during practice.

Hornaday, who sits 39 points behind the leader, wrecked his primary car in practice and will have to use a back-up car for the event. Hornaday scrunched the right side of his No. 2 Chevy in turn 1 on the 1.5-mile speedway.

Fifth and sixth place contenders, Scott Riggs and Bobby Hamilton, Jr. also encountered hard luck. Riggs and Hamilton made contact during the final session of practice on the frontstretch, but neither car was severely damaged.

Both drivers are able to race their primary race cars, and the incident didn't slow Hamilton in the slightest. He was fastest in the session with a lap of 176.384 mph.

Riggs did not fare as well, he was 31rst quickest only charting a time of 172.101 mph.

David Green, second in standings, just 22 markers behind Vickers, posted the sixth best time with a lap of 174.244 mph.

It all comes down to the line Saturday, as to who will be crowned the 2003 Busch series champion.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Ron Hornaday Jr. , David Green , Scott Riggs , Brian Vickers