Bristol, TN--Jimmy Spencer held off a last lap charge from Scott Wimmer to grab the victory under the lights on the half-mile high banks of Bristol. With two laps remaining, the 11th place No. 27 of Jamie McMurray got in the rear of the lapped car...
Bristol, TN--Jimmy Spencer held off a last lap charge from Scott Wimmer to grab the victory under the lights on the half-mile high banks of Bristol. With two laps remaining, the 11th place No. 27 of Jamie McMurray got in the rear of the lapped car of Tim Sauter. As Sauter's No. 19 went sideways, Spencer slowed to avoid him, allowing the No. 23 Bill Davis Pontiac of Wimmer to close in.
Spencer grabbed his 11th career Busch Series win with his Bristol victory. A jubilant Spencer celebrated the win. "I won at Bristol, I'm so excited. What a car, I love this racetrack it's a special place for me."
After grabbing multiple third place finishes, Wimmer notched up his career best, second, in his dash to the checkers. "It was close. He checked up down the backstretch there and I got up on him. I woulda liked to have roughed him up a little bit."
You know the scene; night racing at Bristol. What else would you expect other than caution flags, wrecked cars, and angry drivers. The first major incident of the night took place near lap 34 when it appeared as though the No. 34 of Steve Grissom came down track into the lapped car of Larry Gunnselman. Grissom spun and havoc broke loose as at least eight other cars got collected. Stacy Compton, Bobby Hamilton Jr, Jack Sprague, Larry Foyt and Kenny Wallace, just to name a few.
After running numerous laps under caution, the race restarted, but instantly was back under the yellow. On lap 44, the same lap as the restart, a 12 car wreck broke out in turn one. Again, the cars of Bobby Hamilton Jr, Stacy Compton and Larry Foyt were involved. As were Johnny Sauter, Tim Sauter, Shane Hmiel, and Ashton Lewis among others.
A disturbed Sauter who was involved in Mike Harmon's fierce practice crash on Thursday, was again a victim of track circumstance. But what can you say, it's Bristol. "It's been a tough weekend, second car of the weekend. It's unfortunate but that's the way it works."
Raybestos Rookie of the Year front runner, ppc's Scott Riggs, dipped to the pits on lap 137 for a tire change after he noticed his right rear was going flat. That alone was problem enough. However, the biggest problem for Riggs, he entered the wrong pits. Riggs' pitstall was located on the frontstretch, yet he dipped in on the backstretch pits. He lost three laps in the process.
Following the sixth caution flag which was out for debris, Jason Keller and Kevin Harvick dipped to the pits for fresh tires. Harvick's pit strategy wasn't given time to see if it would pay off. He dropped out of the race with 35 laps remaining after he hit the "kill switch" and shut off the engine. Being he wasn't in the race for points, he parked it for the night.
Keller fell short on his gamble to battle for the lead. He crossed the line in ninth while the person he is chasing in the points battle, Roush Racing's Greg Biffle, pulled out a third place run. Biffle now has a 78 point lead on Keller.
Mike McLaughlin and Jeff Green closed out the top five. Kenny Wallace, who was involved in an early accident recovered and finished sixth. Michael Waltrip grabbed the seventh spot followed by Tony Raines in eighth. With Keller finishing ninth, Randy Lajoie rounds out the top 10.