It appeared Kevin Harvick was headed for yet another Busch Series victory on Saturday, but after leading 84 of the first 140 laps, a pit-road penalty cost him the race. After a tire was left out of the pit box, Harvick restarted at the back of the field and was never able to recover. With Harvick out of the equation, Jeff Burton charged to the front, dominating the last quarter of the race. Burton led 49 of the last 60 laps and held off a furious late-race charge by Mark Martin.
Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
25 years ago, Anheuser-Busch decided to take a chance and put their backing behind a newly branded series that NASCAR was debuting. At the time, the Late Model Sportsman Division was undergoing major changes – changes that would ultimately turn the series into the second-most popular brand of NASCAR product. After much negotiation, the Busch Series was formed; and over time, the division was shaped to become the number one minor league feeder system for Nextel Cup veterans. However, there is no underestimating its place in history, especially the longterm contribution that Anheuser-Busch made by being the name on the series throughout the last 25 years.
According to an article on Adweek.com, the makers of Meaty Bones dog snacks are actively courting NASCAR dads – a demographic they define as “middle-aged, working-class men outside of urban areas who frequent car races.” Nothing like a little flattery to get consumers to open their wallets, huh? In order to attract this target audience, the company created an online game which proclaims itself “The Greatest Game in the History of Dogs. Ever.” You’re invited to “mark your territory” by hitting moving objects with a stream of water while missing the pop-up cats. Really.
Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
1 – Number of times Jimmie Johnson led the Pep Boys Auto 500 – laps 322 to 329.
Sunday’s race at Atlanta had about as wacky a finish as you’re going to get. Water in the fuel tanks, wily maneuvers on pit road, and the wheels coming off of people’s solid runs – literally – left most of us hanging in disbelief by the time the checkered flag flew. It was one of those times where Lady Luck trumped the best laid plans for a solid handful of teams who had spent their days running up front, giving those who didn’t quite deserve it the break they needed to finish ahead of them.
1. Hendrick’s Half – If you add up all the races that Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won this year – Jimmie Johnson’s eight, Jeff Gordon’s six, and one each for Kyle Busch and Casey Mears – you’ll see that Hendrick drivers have won 16 of 33 races – just under half of the all the races this season.
Charles Robert “Bobby” Hamilton Sr. started his racing career similar to a man before him – Dale Earnhardt – by dropping out of school at age 13. He laid the foundation for a career at Nashville Speedway, now known as the Music City Motorplex. Nashville Speedway was raced by many NASCAR legends such as Darrell Waltrip, Coo Coo Marlin, and part time driver/country singer Marty Robbins. Bobby would gain the attention of many in the NASCAR community when he competed in a 1988 event starring Cup luminaries Waltrip, Bill Elliott, and Sterling Marlin at his hometown track.
Week three of the Chase finds the traveling road show in the Heartland of America at Kansas Speedway, the newest of the “cookie-cutter” tracks that have come to dominate the schedule in recent years. When it comes to intermediates, there’s one other thing to be aware of; they’re usually the type of racetrack where history repeats itself. Because of that, we’ve gone back through the history books, ready to drop some knowledge from the past to help your future for this week’s edition of Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans.