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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4E HERALDZEHUNO April 2005 If you have a question or a write NASCAR This The Gaston Box NC 28053 All times Eastern Nextd Cup Shack April 17 Series OReilly 2 Saturday Truck Series Dodge Ram Tough Z 2 April 30 Jeff Gordons Martinsville victo ry was his sixth at the but more it was the 71st of his That leaves him five shy of the late Dale Earnhardt and sixth place all Gordon was three laps behind early in the race and only took advantage of a free pass NASCARs socalled lucky dog rule Teammates Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte were both con tenders until they fell victim to attrition late in the Stewart led 247 more than three times as many as anyone Gordon led only the final In both of Gordons victories so Stewart led the most Gordon became the seasons first repeat Labonte won the Craftsman Truck Series and heres an amazing note Not only has Labonte won races in all three of NASCARs national touring se but hes won races in all three series at Martinsville Gordons victory was 133 for Hendrick and that total includes all 71 of Gor dons career Gordon has produced six of Hendricks 12 victories at Gordon is 33 years old and will turn 34 in All six races so far have been won by drivers 34 and Ricky Rudd and Joe Nemechek produced their first top10 fin ishes of the Kasey Kahne still hasnt won a but Martinsville marked his sixth secondplace finish in two seasons of Nextel Cup rac Victories in the past two races have lifted Chevrolet to an eight point edge 4840 over Ford in the manufacturer Dodge has 26 IS if I c S I k NEXTEL CUP Jimmie Greg Elliott Mark Tony Jeff Rusty Ryan Kurt Dale BUSCH SERIES Carl Reed Clint Kevin Martin Truex Ashton Kenny Denny Shane Jon CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES Bobby Hamilton 525 Ted Ricky Jimmy Ron Dennis Matt Johnnv David Robert Race Shack 500 Where Texas Motor Speed Justin 334 When April 17 Last years winner Elliott Sadler Qualifying record Bill April Race record Terry March Last week Jeff Gordon be came the seasons first two time capturing the Ad vance Auto Parts 500 at Mar tinsville Speedway by of a second over Kasey Kahne has never won a Cup race but has now fin ished second six Gor in winning for the sixth time at led only the final 36 laps and chalked up career victory Mark Martin finished Ryan Newman fourth and Rusty Wallace Points leader Jimmie Johnson fin ished Perhaps the only reason Gordon didnt dominate the Advance Auto Parts 500 from start to finish was the fact that he fell three laps down before some of the fans had settled into their A vibration from a loose rightfront wheel sent Gordon limping to the pits on the 47th Race OReilly 300 Where Texas Motor Speed Justin 200 When April 16 Last years winner Matt Kenseth Qualifying record Jeff April Race record Mark March Last race Kevin Harvick won the Sharpie Professional 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April Race Dodge Ram Tough 200 Where Gateway Internation al 160 When April 30 Last years winner David Starr Qualifying record Jack Race record Jack May Last race Bobby in a won the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speed Dickies 500 500 April 17 6 Banking in straights mile oval Length of Length of 334 laps Banking in turns 14 fvn r iOSLfiJiw JEFF BURTON 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET Waiting on a Win Its been a long time 118 races since Burtons last victory By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week Jeff Bur a former Raybestos Rookie of the Year who has 17 career hopes to return to the form that had him competing for championships just a few years Now an established 37 yearold Burton moved from Roush Racing to Richard Childress Racing last According to teammate Kevin Burton has been a constructive presence since joining the organization last A span of 118 races has passed since Burtons most recent which occurred on at Phoenix International He finished 16th in the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville which is only about an hours drive from Burtons South He has four tpp20 finish es in the seasons first six races and ranks 22nd in the Nextel Cup points Burton has seen the framework of stockcar racing change during his ca with a number of young drivers moving almost immediately into top notch When you were a young driver in the you didnt drive cars good enough to stand your he The way you stood your ground was that you got the heck out of the because they were so much Your team knew you didnt have a good car your sponsor knew you did nt have a good When I was a they we know youre not going to we dont ex pect you to and if we can finish in the top 25 in it will be You earned respect in a different You do have to come into this sport and earn Theres a right way and wrong way to do The way you race and conduct yourself on the race track is what gains you Thats what makes the veterans and the younger guys know what kind of driver you who you are and what youre Its not about what you Burton considers himself a student of the sports His older broth er currently is a for mer Daytona 500 Jeff talks with conviction when he speaks glow ingly of the level of competition in the sport I love the past of our he but if you want to compare the racing and the competitiveness today versus 20 years 20 years ago John This Week Jeff Burton has won 17 races on NASCAR senior but his last victory was in doesnt stand If you want to talk about how close the cars are and how competitive the cars if you put 43 cars at Bristol and separate them by threelOths of a youre going to have Theres no way around The drivers are responsible for those Not a single race car caused a wreck at Not one race Drivers caused those but you get into such a mind set that when you get a fender up on a youd better pass him right because if you dont pass him right it will be 30 laps from now before you get a chance to pass The cars are so There are no junk cars in Theyre all good cars with good and that creates competitiveness on the and that creates close racing and that creates the Contact Monte Dutton at hmduttonSO@aol.com Jeff Gordon v E R S U S Kurt Busch Jeff Gordon Kurt Busch Gordons victory in Martinsville came a bit at Buschs since the two clashed late in the race and the incident removed the Nextel Cup champion from We fin ished but thats the way it said Well bounce back from Gordon replied The last thing I wanted was to intentional ly get into I would hope Kut would realize that its hard rac ing and its just us two racing for NASCAR This Weeks Monte Dutton gives his take Gordon had gotten his car under Buschs going into turn and when Busch dove into the the two got maybe Gordon couldve backed but backing out might have cost him a lot of ground late in the Its hard to assign Alterca tions like this one are almost impos sible to avoid on a short Elliott won only AllStar race not In Charlotte Bill Elliott won the only edition of The Winston now known as the Nex tel AllStar Challenge held a track other than Lowes Motor It was on Mothers Day in and while Elliott was im the crowd NASCAR never scheduled another major race on that weekend until this Darlingtons Carolina Dodge Dealers 500 is scheduled for Saturday Where are all the foreign cars In NASCAR Why are there no Toyota or other foreign cars In the NASCAR circuit I notice the Indy Racing League uses a lot of Hon da engines and Honda wins a lot of Robert Ware Iowa Stay Toyota has been com peting in the Craftsman Truck Series for the past two seasons and is likely to join Nextel Cup within a few Defending Gordon not a difficult thing to do This letter Is in regards to a letter In the March edition of NASCAR This For your information that is what teammates are for to help their teammates when they dont have the car to Pretty boy Gordon as you call him does not cry nearly as much as some of the other drivers Because Gordon is such a good no one wants him to say a word about But what he does say is always said in a nice professional Juanlta Enlow
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