Kyle Busch Wins at Bristol, Notches Milestones in Process
- Mar 25, 2007
- 5 Team
BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 25, 2007) – Kyle Busch and his No. 5 CARQUEST/ Kellogg’s team scored a milestone win Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
It was the eighth victory for Hendrick Motorsports at Bristol and car owner Rick Hendrick’s 200th career NASCAR win.
Busch’s performance marked the 600th win for Chevrolet and it was the first win for any driver with the manufacturer’s new Impala SS.
Busch started 20th and exhibited patience moving through the field. He had difficulty turning the new car and relayed to his team that it was loose off the corners.
On Lap 50, crew chief Alan Gustafson and the No. 5 crew made a track-bar adjustment and changed four tires. The changes worked as Busch sailed into fifth place by Lap 109. The team pitted again on Lap 121 for more chassis tweaks to help the car turn better.
Over the next few rounds of pit stops, Busch maintained the sixth position. His car was better on longer runs and he slowly crept into the third position by Lap 282. Long green-flag runs are uncharacteristic of Bristol, but helped Busch remain in the top three.
With just 12 laps to go, the caution flag flew moments after Busch passed Denny Hamlin for the lead. The team then made the decision to stay on the track for the restart, but only four others joined them.
The remaining cars pitted for fresh Goodyear tires, but Busch held his own on the restart and led until another caution sparked a green-white-checkered flag finish. When the green flag fell, Busch had held off Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton, who were both racing on fresh rubber.
Busch took the checkered flag to win his fourth NEXTEL Cup race, moving the team into sixth position in the championship standings.
“I need to thank Jeff Gordon for giving me a break there in [turn] one,” Busch said. “Jeff Burton could have dumped me there in [turns] three and four, but I think our Vegas finish helped me out a little bit with that. I think I had some brownie points to use up.
“I really want to thank everybody at CARQUEST and Kellogg’s and everybody on this Hendrick Motorsports team and everybody at the shop. This is [win] 200 for [Hendrick Motorsports], and 600 for Chevrolet, so [I’m} glad we could do that for everybody.”
Busch wasn’t the only Hendrick Motorsports driver who enjoyed a solid day at the Bristol half-mile
Teammates Gordon and Casey Mears recorded top-10 results, finishing third and 10th, respectively. Jimmie Johnson was 16th.
Next week, the NEXTEL Cup Series heads to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for another round of short-track racing. Live coverage on FOX and MRN radio affiliates will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.