BUSCH: Watkins Glen Sunday pit notes

Busch Series Grand National Division Director John Darby announced contingency plans for use of Goodyear rain tires for today's Lysol 200. If it begins to rain during the race, a caution flag will be displayed and the drivers will enter the pits...

Busch Series Grand National Division Director John Darby announced contingency plans for use of Goodyear rain tires for today's Lysol 200. If it begins to rain during the race, a caution flag will be displayed and the drivers will enter the pits and have one lap at pace car speed to change tires and add wipers. Drivers will not change positions during this change over. If the rain stops, a caution flag will be displayed to check the track to see if it is suitable to return to regular tires. If NASCAR officials determine that the regular tires can then be used, pit road will be opened and positions can be gained or lost.

No NASCAR Busch, Winston Cup or Craftsman Truck Series race has ever been contested in the rain. As of 10:50 a.m. on Sunday morning, it appeared on weather radar that a line of thunderstorms was breaking up and would miss the Watkins Glen International.

Scott Carpenter - Grand Marshal for the Lysol 200 at Watkins Glen International - (on today's drivers)-I feel that race car drivers really have what I call "the right stuff" which is exquisite hand-eye coordination. I salute them all for their achievements. (On how the skills of an astronaut compare to that of a NASCAR driver)-Both take quick reaction time, endurance, hand-eye coordination, but they take another quality that is difficult to learn in practice; maybe it is something we're born with, that's being handling fears. Fear does great things in improving your sight, strength, your endurance, shortening your reaction time. (On being today's Grand Marshal)- This is my first time to the track. NASCAR approached me, to which I am forever grateful. Great fun.

David Green - (#34 AFG Glass Chevy) - RE: After spinning into the gravel-- My breaks started going away about halfway through the run. Instead of going straight through the gravel trap in turn one and damaging the car even more, I spun the car around. It feels like we have fallen over Niagara Falls the past couple of weeks. Hopefully we'll hit the bottom soon and end this bad luck.

Tom Hubert (#20 AT&T Pontiac) led the first laps of his career after he chose not to pit with the leaders on lap 13. Hubert led laps 21 -35 before relinquishing the lead to Fellows on lap 36. Hubert encountered problems on laps 35 and 36 by spinning at nearly the same point in Turn One. His second spin brought out a full-course caution after he spun into the gravel.

Ron Hornaday Jr. - #3 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet - We broke a valve spring, and after that, it got the rest of the motor. These guys are working their guts out and I'm happy how good we ran today. We'll just have to look at the points at the end of the race to see how much it hurt us.

Ron Fellows, #87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet -- Winner -- (After restarting in the 40th position on lap 45) I thought it was going to be done, but (crew chief) Bryan made a couple of tire-pressure changes because we were getting a little pushy to the right. It was a lot tougher to get to the top-three with Kevin Harvick and Butch Leitzinger. Man, that is as good as it gets for me. I couldn't be happier, this is awesome.

Butch Leitzinger, #30 Little Trees Chevrolet - 2nd Place - We really didn't have anything for Fellows on the restart, he was really hauling. I tried to hold him off the best I could but he just had me through some of the slower parts of the track. PJ (Jones) and I had a bit of a dispute over the same territory going through the esses and it looks like I came out a little bit better. I was worried about the hit, it was a pretty big hit.

Kevin Harvick, #2 AC Delco Chevrolet - 3rd Place -- We didn't have the right transmission, but we had the transmission set up to get through turn 1 on the restart. The brakes were going at the end of the race too, which really hurt us. If you get beat by two road racers you've really done something. We will come back next year hopefully we will be better.

Todd Bodine, #66 Phillips 66 Chevrolet -- 4th Place -- We didn't have anything for the top three, they were pretty fast. The Phillips 66 team did great job and we'll have to take the top five and head to the next race. We're not worried about the point's race, we just need to go out and be competitive at every race.

Mike McLaughlin, #48 Goulds Pumps Chevrolet -- 5th Place -- I didn't have much for Todd or the top three, they were just a little bit better than we were. I was more worried about Tim (Fedewa), so we had a pretty good battle on the last lap.

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Butch Leitzinger , Kevin Harvick , Ron Fellows , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Mike McLaughlin , Tom Hubert , David Green , Scott Carpenter