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USG Durock 300 News and News

USG Durock 300 News and News

Entry List  USG Durock 300

0 Eric McClure
1. 1 J.J. Yeley
2 Clint Bowyer
4 Regan Smith
05 Justin Ashburn
5 Kyle Busch
6 David Ragan
7 Mike Wallace
9 Kasey Kahne
10 Dave Blaney
11 Jason Keller
12 Ryan Newman
14 Kyle Krisiloff
15 Paul Menard
16 Greg Biffle
17 Matt Kenseth
18 Kevin Conway
20 Denny Hamlin
21 Kevin Harvick
22 David Stremme
24 Casey Mears
25 David Gilliland
26 Todd Kluever
27 Ward Burton
28 Johnny Sauter
29 Jeff Burton
30 Stanton Barrett
33 Tony Stewart
35 Bobby Hamilton
36 Brent Sherman
37 Jamie McMurray
38 Jason Leffler
41 Reed Sorenson
42 Juan Pablo Montoya
47 Kelly Bires 
55 Robby Gordon
58 Chris Horn
59 Marcos Ambrose
60 Carl Edwards
66 Steve Wallace
77 Bobby Labonte
88 Brad Keselowski
89 Morgan Shepherd
90 Stephen Leicht
99 David Reutimann

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Odds to win the USG Durock 300

501 Kevin Harvick +600     
502 Jeff Burton +600     
503 Matt Kenseth +700     
504 Carl Edwards +700     
505 Denny Hamlin +900     
506 Kyle Busch +900     
507 Ryan Newman +900     
508 Tony Stewart +1000     
509 Casey Mears +1000     
510 Clint Bowyer +1000     
511 Kasey Kahne +1200     
512 Juan Montoya +2500     
513 Greg Biffle +2500     
514 Jamie McMurray +3500     
515 Bobby Labonte +4000     
516 Reed Sorrenson +4000     
517 Paul Menard +4000     
518 Robby Gordon +5000     
519 Jason Leffler +5000     
520 David Reutimann +5000     
521 Dave Blaney +5000     
522 Field +600     


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Hamlin hustles around Chicagoland for pole
July 14th, 2007

Joliet, IL (Sports Network) - Denny Hamlin won the pole for this afternoon's USG Durock 300 Busch Series race at the Chicagoland Speedway. The No.20 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet driver circled the 1.5-mile oval in 30.083 seconds (179.503 m.p.h.).

The pole victory was Hamlin's fourth of the season and 10th of his Busch career.

Starting with Hamlin on the front row will be series points leader Carl Edwards who posted a time of 30.114 seconds.

Edwards is the man to beat in 2007 as he jogs to his first Busch Series championship. On the back of 15 top-10s and a series-leading four wins, Edwards has a stranglehold on the driving title - by 798 points. The all-time winning margin is 824 points which Kevin Harvick set last year.

Aric Almirola (30.210) and Kasey Kahne (30.302) will start in row two.

This week's Busch Series race at Chicagoland is likely to see a first-time winner make the turn into Victory Lane. In six previous races, there have been four first-time winners.

In 2001, Jimmie Johnson won the only Busch race of his career. The next year, Johnny Sauter held off late charges from Todd Bodine and Jeff Burton. Skip to 2004 and Justin Labonte won his first and only Busch race squeezing out every drop of fuel to get to the checkered flag. Casey Mears became the fourth member of the club one year ago when he beat Edwards to the checkers.

A possible choice for this year's first-timer would be Brad Keselowski. After a great run substituting for Ted Musgrave in a Craftsman Truck race, he will get a shot behind the wheel of Jr. Motorsports' No.88 U.S. Navy Chevrolet.

The 24-year-old made 13 starts for a smaller team - Keith Coleman Racing before it suspended its operations. When Musgrave was suspended for one race because of an on-track incident, Keselowski finally got the chance to compete in a top quality, competitive truck.

Keselowski won the pole, led four different times for a total of 62 laps and contended for the win.

"I've watched Brad for a while and he's shown a lot of promise in the few Busch races he's run," said Earnhardt Jr. on the team's website. "He became available at a time when we were looking to make some changes to our program and everything just lined up for us to put him in the Navy Chevrolet for the next three races."

The race is set to drop the green flag at 3 p.m. (et).

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Busch Breakdown : USG Durock 300
Mike Neff

In a Nutshell: Buschwhacking Cup regulars dominated the USG Durock 300, leading all but four laps of the race and taking nine of the Top 10 finishing positions. Denny Hamlin was strong early in the event, but a problem getting onto pit road and a dead battery knocked him from contention. Kyle Busch dominated the second half of the race until the caution flag flew for a spin by Aric Armirola with 34 laps to go. Busch’s team made a decision to come to pit road for tires while the cars of Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, and Clint Bowyer stayed out. Busch restarted the race eighth but was only able to make up three positions by race’s end. Harvick took the lead with 27 laps to go and held off the charge of Kenseth over the last 10 laps to become the first repeat Busch Series winner at Chicagoland. Kenseth placed second — crossing the line 1.012 seconds behind Harvick — followed by Childress Racing teammates Burton and Bowyer. Busch placed fifth, with Paul Menard, Hamiln, Tony Stewart, Dave Blaney and Stephen Leicht rounding out the Top 10.

Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch was the strongest car in the second half of the race. He led 58 laps, the most of any competitor, and was in the lead when the caution flag flew with 34 laps to go. Busch came in the pits while most of the other front running cars stayed on the track. Busch restarted in the 8th position and was unable to make it back to the front, finishing the race in 5th place.

Three questions you should be asking after the race this weekend.

1) Has a jet dryer ever exploded?

Before the race even started this weekend, one of the jet dryers began spewing fuel onto the track and had a significant fire following it down the track. It is interesting that you never hear about a jet dryer exploding. NASCAR will certainly be looking at the incident and hopefully making sure it doesn’t happen again in the future.

2) Is Chicago finally becoming a track that offers great racing?

Chicagoland is one of the new “cookie cutter” tracks on the circuit and has been maligned for years for not offering very good racing because of the lack of multiple grooves. After the Busch race this weekend, it appears as though the track has aged enough that a second groove is definitely an option, and the resulting good racing seems to be just what the fans of the Busch Series love to see.

3). Why do the Busch teams refuse to run two batteries in their cars?

It seems like most of the teams in the Cup Series run two batteries in their cars but, for whatever reason, the Busch teams seem to be adamant about only running one. There have been multiple instances this year of teams having alternator problems, and ultimately having to replace their battery during the race. With the teams having to put lead on the side of the car to meet minimum weight anyway, they should be able to run a second battery and avoid having to change them out during the race.

Worth noting/points shuffle:

Denny Hamlin was strong early but a pit miscue and dead battery hampered his day. When he lost the handle on the car after his last pit stop, that prevented him from competing for a win.

In his first race in the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, Brad Keselowski finished 14th and was the highest finishing rookie.

Carl Edwards continues to lead the driver’s standings following the USG Durock 300 but lost quite a few points when his team left a wheel loose on the last pit stop of the race. Forced to come back in for service, Edwards’ pit crew lost a tire out of the pitbox resulting in a pass through penalty. Edwards lost two laps in the exchange and finished the race in the 20th position. He now leads Kevin Harvick by 716 points.

Stephen Leicht’s 10th place finish moved him up to eighth place in the driver’s standings and was the highest among the Busch Series regulars. Battling to be the highest Busch Series regular in points, Leicht is now 97 markers behind Jason Leffler and just 59 behind Bobby Hamilton, Jr.

Buschwhacker watch:

Buschwhackers in the race: 24
Starting spots taken by Buschwhackers YTD: 372 of 813
Buschwhackers finishing in the Top 10: 9
Buschwhackers finishing in the Top 10 YTD: 151 of 200
Races won by Buschwhackers YTD: 18 of 20
Buschwhackers ranked in the Top 10 in Busch Series points standings: 6


“We were off for most of the weekend, we changed a lot of stuff before qualifying and kept working on it all day. We were there at the end when it counted and that is just a tribute to this team.” – Kevin Harvick

“I don’t know what we’ll do to change that, I guess we only have four months to worry about it.” – Kyle Busch on how he will work on the decision making with Alan Gustafson at the end of races going forward.

“We just didn’t get the kind of race we needed. We were strong on the long runs and the caution at the end really hurt us.” – Jeff Burton

Next up:

The Busch Series travels to the St. Louis area for the Gateway 250 next week. The race will be on Saturday, July 21st at 8:00 PM and will be available on ESPN2 and MRN.

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