The Frontstretch: Frontstretch Breakdown: Stonebridgeracing.com 200 by Toni Montgomery -- Sunday June 4, 2006

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Frontstretch Breakdown: Stonebridgeracing.com 200

Toni Montgomery · Sunday June 4, 2006

 

In A Nutshell: Carl Edwards thought fresh tires were the way to go. He thought he’d be able to run down the leaders one by one on their old tires and pull away for the win. He thought wrong. Everything for Edwards went according to plan until it came time to run down the leader. Stalling in second place, he could only watch in vain as Jeff Burton drove away, taking the victory Saturday afternoon at Dover. Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, and Ron Hornaday completed the top five.

Who Should Have Won: Burton. Jeff Burton was among a strong group of contenders all day, although this question is really kind of a toss up as Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, and the Busch brothers were all equally stout. It came down to the veteran Burton making the right call, getting himself in the right position, and using old tires to the best of his ability to put it all together and score the win.

Three Questions You Should Be Asking After the Race Weekend

1) How many cautions can one team cause?

Team Rensi was involved in three different cautions Saturday. It started when the team’s No. 25 and No. 35 got tangled up trying to slow down to avoid the No. 90 Robert Yates Racing Ford, which had hit the wall. Both cars attempted to continue but we were quickly under caution again when the tailpipes fell off the No. 25 of Ashton Lewis. Mike Skinner and Steven Wallace took the next two but then it was Team Rensi again as the No. 35 of Regan Smith spun and made contact with the wall.

2) Frogs? Carl Edwards was seeing frogs?

I took a ride in a stock car at Pocono once and I have to tell you I couldn’t even see the trees, let alone a frog.

3) Was there ever any doubt that Jeff Burton’s ride would become known as the "Holiday Inn Express" with that sponsor on board?

Really, is there any end to the Holiday Inn jokes?

Worth Noting/Points Shuffle:
I mean this one in the sense of simply worth noting, instead of as a notable accomplishment, but has anyone worked with Steven Wallace on his interview skills at all? The Wallace’s all have different personalities, but they all speak clearly and literately. Until Steven. I have no idea what he said through most of his post-crash interview, other than the basic idea that he was blaming someone else. That part of it might be an inherited trait.

The Busch “winner” this week was Stacy Compton with a 12th place result, the highest for a full-time Busch only driver. It should be noted that while Compton is the highest finishing Busch regular, two other non-Cup drivers also had nice runs and finished in front of him. Ron Hornaday, who usually makes his living behind the wheel of a truck, finished fifth, while Aric Almirola, an upcoming development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing who has also been running in the Truck Series full-time, finished 11th.

Todd Kluever grabbed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the fourth time this season with an 18th place result.

Kevin Harvick remained the points leader, but a less than stellar run at Dover allowed Carl Edwards to close the margin by 51 points. Edwards now trails by 297, while Clint Bowyer remains third, 403 points behind. Denny Hamlin held on to fourth while Kyle Busch continues his march toward the front, moving up two places to fifth.

J.J. Yeley and Greg Biffle, who were both leapfrogged by Busch, slid back one spot to sixth and seventh, while Paul Menard held on to eighth. Johnny Sauter and Jason Leffler swapped spots, with Sauter moving up to take ninth and Leffler slipping back to tenth.

Buschwhacker Watch:
Buschwhackers in this race: 14
Starting spots taken by Buschwhackers YTD: 216 of 602
Buschwhackers finishing in Top 10: 9
Buschwhackers finishing in Top 10 YTD: 110 of 140
Races won by Buschwhackers YTD: 14 of 14
Buschwhackers ranked in top ten of Busch Series points standings: 7

Quotable:
“I had a fast car. I just screwed up. I hit the apron and scraped the right side of the car. It doesn’t look that bad, but I took myself out of contention by doing that.” Greg Biffle
“We had an awesome race car. I about wadded it up one time and lost a bunch of track position, but the guys did a great job. The Kingsford Ford was good." Stacy Compton
“I just didn’t expect it to be that fast without getting tires. I was trying real hard. Congratulations to Jeff Burton; he must have stayed at the Holiday Inn last night." Carl Edwards
"Even on our really bad days when we were out to lunch like we were today, we still finished 18th, so that’s a lot more respectable." Todd Kluever

Next Up: The Busch Series drivers will venture out on their own next week as they head to Nashville for a solo event. The double dippers will have their first of three big travel weeks as the Cup Series will be in Pocono. Coverage for the Federated Auto Parts 300 begins at 7:30 PM ET Saturday night on FX.

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Frank
06/05/2006 09:21 AM
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If they had been racing on the tires they used last year it would have been Carl’s race. But then again everyone would have pitted so whoe knows.

 

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