Pepsi 300 News and Notes

Pepsi 300 News and Notes

Pepsi 300 Entry List

0 Eric McClure     
01 Morgan Shepherd    
1 J.J. Yeley    
4 Kraig Kinser    
6 David Ragan    
7 Mike Wallace    
9 Boris Said    
10 Dave Blaney    
12 Sam Hornish Jr    
14 Kyle Krisiloff    
16 Todd Kluever    
20 Aric Almirola    
21 Timothy Peters    
22 Mike Bliss    
23 Brad Keselowski    
25 Richard Johns    
27 Jason Keller    
28 Robert Richardson    
29 Scott Wimmer    
33 Cale Gale    
34 Jay Sauter    
35 Bobby Hamilton Jr    
36 Brent Sherman    
37 Johnny Sauter    
38 Jason Leffler    
41 David Stremme    
42 Kevin Hamlin    
44 Mike Harmon    
47 Jon Wood    
52 Brad Teague    
56 Danny O'Quinn Jr    
59 Marcos Ambrose    
60 Carl Edwards    
66 Steve Wallace    
70 Justin Diercks    
73 Brett Rowe    
76 Jerick Johnson    
77 Kertus Davis    
88 Shane Huffman    
90 Stephen Leicht    
99 David Reutimann    

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Busch Series News & Notes - Nashville

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 2, 2007) – The relief could be seen on his face as well as heard in his voice.

When Bobby Hamilton Jr. (No. 35 McDonald’s Ford) held an interview session at Daytona International Speedway during Preseason Thunder testing in January, the Nashville native proclaimed he was finally “back home” in the NASCAR Busch Series after a two-year hiatus.

This week, he returns to series competition in his hometown at his home track for the first time since 2004.

He has momentum, too, having moved into the top 10 in points following the race two weeks ago at Bristol Motor Speedway. And he topped the speed chart during one of the two-day test sessions last week at Richmond International Raceway.

Hamilton has gone through quite a metamorphosis since he was last in a full-time ride for Team Rensi Motorsports in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2004.

He left Team Rensi to compete in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series with 12 races left to go in the season and an eighth-place standing in the points.

His expectations at the next level didn’t go as planned and over the next two years, he moved in between NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. During that time he’d experienced the highs of marriage and fatherhood to the tragic low of losing his father and NASCAR great Bobby Hamilton Sr. to cancer.

His wife Stephanie was the impetus for his return to the NASCAR Busch Series, which has been a conduit to some much-needed happiness for the Hamiltons.

“She went to Ed (Rensi) and said, ‘can you find a sponsor so we can come back home?’” Hamilton said. “I’ve pretty much spent my whole career in the NASCAR Busch Series (and) I couldn’t think of anywhere else I’d want to go.”

Edwards Builds Lead To Avoid Another Nashville Nightmare


Three top-five finishes – including a win last June – hardly makes Nashville Superspeedway an albatross for NASCAR Busch Series points leader Carl Edwards (No. 60 Dish Network Ford).

But it’s the one race he didn’t run at Nashville – in June, 2005 – that fuels his quest for a NASCAR Busch Series championship and serves as a constant reminder of the title that got away.

Edwards led the NASCAR Busch Series point standings two years ago but was forced to miss the June race at Nashville due to inclement weather; the event was pushed to Sunday, the same day as the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Pocono Raceway. Although Edwards won at Pocono, he fell to fourth in the NASCAR Busch Series standings and never recovered.

He dedicated the victory to his NASCAR Busch Series team and vowed that he would work to capture the championship that he felt he lost to Martin Truex Jr. in the rain at Nashville.

In The Loop: “Wood” There Be A Surprise In Store At Nashville?

With the NASCAR Busch Series back after a one-week hiatus to test at Richmond International Raceway, one thing’s for sure: Jon Wood (No. 47 Armor All Ford) is itching to get back to racing.

Wood completed only five of 300 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway two weeks ago, and now comes to a track where he’s had two consecutive top-10 finishes.

Last season, Wood finished sixth and eighth, respectively, at Nashville Superspeedway and posted impressive stats in the process.

Wood has the fourth-best Driver Rating (87.9) of any driver competing this weekend, and the third-best Average Running Position (13.073) of anyone in the race.

Wood’s passing stats might be the most impressive portion of his Nashville resume. Of the 87 total drivers who have raced there over the past two years (four races), only four have completed more passes than Wood. With none of the four competing Saturday, he will be the most prolific passer in the Pepsi 300 field.

Wood has 119 passes, 46 of which occurred on the 2,494-foot frontstretch. That figure is more than any other driver. He also ranks third (though first of any driver in Saturday’s field) in Pass Differential – passes of cars under green compared to the number of times passed – with 34.

Of course, points leader Carl Edwards has the stats of a driver who should run up front most of the day. In three Nashville races, he has an Average Running Position of 6.213 and a Driver Rating of 118.0 – both figures are the best of any driver in Saturday’s field. Edwards won the last time he visited Nashville last June and he scored a near-perfect Driver Rating of 145.6 (the maximum is 150.0) in the process.

Ford Positioned For A Move On Leader Chevrolet

After re-capturing its second-place standing in the Bill France Performance Cup rankings following Carl Edwards’ win at Bristol two weeks ago, Ford is in prime position to gain on Chevrolet as the NASCAR Busch Series heads to Nashville.

Edwards, the series points leader, not only comes off a convincing win, but he has three top-five finishes at Nashville in three races at the track, including a win last June.

Despite Ford’s momentum, Dodge is only three points in back of Ford while Toyota is in fourth but well within striking distance of both.

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Driver to win the Pepsi 300

601     Carl Edwards  +300     
602     JJ Yeley         +615     
603     Dave Blaney   +685     
604     Boris Said         +700     
605     David Stremme +745     
606     Jason Leffler    +875     
607     Johnny Sauter   +950     
608     Jason Keller     +1050     
610     Scott Wimmer   +1050     
611     David Reutimann +1350     
612     David Ragan         +1450     
613     Eric Amarola    +1550     
614     Jon Wood         +1650     
615     Sam Hornish Jr  +2150     
616     Mike Wallace    +2150     
617     Field         +900     

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Carl Edwards  3/1 looks like he has this field covered,in three starts at Nashville he has a win,4th and 5th for a average finish of 3.3.

Nobody in this field even comes close  wink

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ESPN2 To Have Live NASCAR Busch Series Qualifying Coverage From Nashville: ESPN2 will have live coverage of qualifying for this weekend’s Busch Series event in Nashville Saturday, April 7. Qualifying will be televised from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Calling the action from the booth will be Marty Reid with analysts Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree. Allen Bestwick, Jamie Little and Vince Welch will report from the pits and garage, while analyst Stacy Compton will be in the ESPN Pit Studio with host Erik Kuselias

Not all of us have the speed channel  ;D

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Stremme Strums Nashville Record
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David Stremme will lead the field to the green flag in Saturday's Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway after he set a new track record with a fast lap of 166.561 mph.

It was the second career pole for Stremme, who will be making his fourth series start in 2007 and first of the season with Chip Ganassi Racing driving the No. 41 Dodge.

"The Winterfresh car is here on a cold day doing well," Stremme said. "The 41 team has had kind of a rough year and they haven't had much luck. Hopefully I can bring them some. Again, we are just here having fun and trying to get a guitar."

Stremme's time came on his first lap in qualifying around the 1.33-mile speedway.

"We just wanted to put in a solid lap and there was no reason to try and push it any more," Stremme said.

Rookie Marcos Ambrose notched his first career top-10 start after qualifying his No. 59 Ford in second with a lap of 165.630 mph.

Last year, Ambrose finished third in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Nashville.

"I'm really excited," Ambrose said about running at Nashville. "For some reason, those concrete tracks, I get a good feel on them. I ran well at Dover, and I just feel like I can feel the car advancing on the concrete tracks."

Mike Bliss (No. 22 Dodge), Johnny Sauter (No. 37 Ford) and David Reutimann (No. 99 Toyota) rounded out the top five qualifiers.

Series point leader Carl Edwards will roll off eighth.

Richard Johns qualified for his first career Busch Series race in 23rd.

Kyle Krisiloff crashed on his qualifying lap and will go to a back-up car for the 225-lap race.

All 43 drivers present made the field, including Mike Harmon who did not take a qualifying lap.

Today's Pepsi 300 will be televised live at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 with the race taking the green flag at 3:30 p.m. (ET).

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Carl Edwards  3/1 looks like he has this field covered,in three starts at Nashville he has a win,4th and 5th for a average finish of 3.3.

Nobody in this field even comes close  wink

Finally caught a winner even if he was just 3/1  ;D

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