Busch, No. 5 Delphi team win NBS race at Daytona
- Jul 08, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 8, 2007)— Kyle Busch and the No. 5 Delphi team earned its first win of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series season in dominating fashion at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday morning.
Busch led 65 of the 102 laps to earn his eighth career Busch Series victory.
“The Delphi Chevrolet was great all day. Nearly perfect, actually,” Busch said. “The guys back at the shop just got this car done in time for the weekend. It’s an absolutely awesome car. I had all the confidence in the world in my pit crew every time I came down pit road. They had awesome stops.
“To win here, you have to keep the mistakes to a minimum and we basically kept had no mistakes all day. It was just a perfect day for this team.”
After turning the fifth-fastest lap in Thursday’s practice sessions, Busch qualified 14th on Friday afternoon. As the Busch Series teams prepared for Friday evening’s race, however, the weather turned sour. Rain continued to fall throughout the night, forcing NASCAR officials to postpone the race until Saturday morning.
With the sun shining, the field took the green flag on time. On the first lap, Busch made a daring move, creating a three-wide battle for the 12th position. He was shuffled back, but quickly recovered to move into the top 10 on lap six.
The handling of the Delphi Chevy was growing tight, but that didn’t hinder Busch from moving into the runner-up position just in time for the race’s mandatory caution on Lap 20.
The Delphi Chevrolet entered pit road for four tires and fuel, plus a trackbar adjustment to loosen the handling. While exiting pit road, Busch darted into the frontstretch grass to avoid a slowing No .14 car that had missed its pit box. Despite the detour, Busch reentered the track with the lead.
Busch continued to lead until Lap 28 when he was kicked out of the draft. He fell to fifth before finding a drafting partner and moving back to the point position on Lap 38. He pulled away from the field by more than five car lengths at the race’s halfway point.
During a Lap 51 caution period, Busch reported the Delphi Chevrolet grew tighter the longer he was on the track. If he moved to the top side, it would loosen up, but on the bottom it was still tight. The issues were so minor, however, that Busch asked for no adjustments during the team’s lap 52 pit stop. Following another perfect four-tire change, Busch maintained the lead.
Busch continued to lead until the team’s final pit stop on lap 75. This time, he asked for a slight wedge adjustment to keep the Chevy from getting too tight in the race’s closing laps. Again, he exited pit road as the leader.
Busch stayed out front through the remainder of the race. Despite several cautions in the final 25 laps, Busch never wavered. During the green-white-checkered finish, Busch held off a hard charge from Kevin Harvick to earn the victory.
“Our wins should’ve started (at Daytona) in February where we had a great race car and probably should’ve won that race. We had a mechanical problem.
“Here we are, starting the second half of the year. Hopefully, we’ll be able to knock out some of our wins that we missed out on in the beginning of the year and have a strong finish.”
The next NASCAR Busch Series race for the No. 5 Delphi Chevrolet team will be at Chicagoland Speedway next Saturday, July 14.