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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4E HERALDZEFTUNG May 2005 If you have a question or a write NASCAR This The Gaston Box NC 28053 All times Eastern NaxtelCup Nextel AllStar 9 Saturday Series CarQuest Auto Parts May 28 Truck Series Quaker Steak and Lube Friday It seems inconceivable that NASCAR officials elected not to punish Kurt Busch or Michael Waltrip for Incidents in the Dar lington race on May Its obvi ous that the same rules do not apply to Kasey Kahnes first victory was obviously long Now that the ice is it will be interesting to see if Kahne fol lows it up with another victory in the near It obviously meant a lot to Kahne that he won his first race by outdueling Tony a driver with a similar background who also won for the first time at Stewarts career lias often been marked by but the 2002 Cup champion is as respected as anyone within the confines of the garage No one has more of a flair for the dramatic than Carl whose exciting Busch Series vic tory at Richmond created some hard feelings but most assured ly gave the fans their moneys The Nextel AllStar Challenge has rewarded young drivers Dale Earnhardt and Ryan Newman among them but its also been a showcase for greats like the late Dale Earnhardt and Jeff the only threetime The dominant driver at Lowes Motor at is Jimmie but he hasnt won the Challenge Stewart should also be consid ered a if for no other reason than the fact that his distinguished career does not yet include a victory in the all star What a contrast well see in the next two The AllStar Challenge is like a local Satur daynight complete with field inversions md spontaneous strategy Then its the CocaCola the closest thing stockcar racing has to an endurance ffjjj f jjf I Q U oj t NEXTEL CUP Jimmie Johnson Greg Biffle JeffGordon Elliott 41 124 149 Kurt 155 Tony Stewart Ryan 192 Kevin Harvick Jamie McMurray BUSCH SERIES Carl 218 Clint Reed Martin Truex Ashton Lewis Kenny 354 373 Denny David Greg Jason CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES Hamilton 968 Ted Musgrave 45 Ricky Craven 7 3 Jimmy Spencer 1Q2 Ron Hornaday Dennis Setzer jL74 ToddBodlne 175 231 231 Jack Sprague Matt Crafton Johnny Benson Race Nextel AllStar Chal lenge Where Lowes Motor Speed 90 three When May 21 Last years winner Matt Kenseth Qualifying record Format has varied through the Race record Format has var ied through the Last week For Kasey the Chevy American Revolu tion 400 was sweet indeed because the 2004 Raybestos Rookie of lie Year had to suffer through six sec ond place finishes before fi nally arriving in victory lane at the same track where the man he Tony won his first race in It was also an impor tant first for Dodge because Kahne became the first driv er to put a Charger in the win ners circle since the model was reincarnated this Kahne had to hold off Stew art for seven final greenflag but there were only two that Stewart made a valiant stab at the but when he couldnt stick along Kahne roared away and left Stewart to nudge out Ryan Newman for Race Carquest Auto Parts 300 Where Lowes Motor Speed 200 When May 28 Last years winner Kyle Busch Qualifying record Kevin Har May Race record Mark May Last week Carl in a won the Funai 250 at Race Quaker Steak Lube 200 Where Lowes Motor Speed 134 When May 20 Last years winner Dennis Setzer Qualifying record Bill May Race record Ted May Last week Bobby in a won the Ohio 250 in Mans MPX AllStar Challenge May 21 CocaCola 600 IMIVGM Quality 500 15 mile oval Length of ft Length of 400 laps Banking in turns 14 NASCAR PIT CREW COMPETITION John This Week The Kurt Busch Sharpie team runs their pit stop during the National Pit Crew Championship powerd by Tyson Monday 2005 in on May if e is the pits The champs team wins pitcrew competition devised by crew chiefs By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week The Na tional PitCrew Championship Pre sented by Tyson wasnt the officially sanctioned NASCAR but it was the event put together by the actual men who change the tires and refuel the cars at Nextel Cup and Busch Se ries tracks all across the The envisioned and devised by the Crew Chief played to a capacity crowd about at the Pit Instruction and Training and none of them had to pay to get Fans were encouraged to make chari table The event will be shown on Speed Channel on The winning pit crew represented tiie reigning Kurt Buschs team was made up of Mark Full front tire Scott Ward front tire Scott Radel The Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts crew runs their stop competition last week in Doug Newell Jim Gaudette catch Kevin Gillman rear tire Jason Binger rear tire carrier and Wayne DeLoria The firstround winners were the Cup pit crews of Matt Michael Joe Kurt Jason Jamie McMur Greg Jeremy Matt Kenseth and Kasey as well as the various driver Busch Se ries crews fielded by Kevin Harvick 33 and Richard Childress The best firstround pit stop was by the McMurray which changed four tires and filled a fuel tank in McMurrays team wound up being eliminated in the next The championship pit representing Busch and Roush turned in a stop of A bonus round which could have netted one team a bonus had one of them completed a stop in seconds or less went to Buschs as though it did not man age to earn the Contact Monte Dutton at email@example.com Carl Edwards Elliott Sadler Carl Edwards Elliott Sadler Edwards won the Funai Rich monds Busch Series at Sadlers passing Sadler on the final lap after the two bumped The two debated the issue af and Sadler refused to talk to Edwards the following day at the driv ers meeting prior to the Nextel Cup NASCAR This Weeks Monte Dutton gives his take Edwards said he wouldnt have changed a thing if he had to do it Sadler had extra incentive at a race in his native It was a rough but Sadler had been similarly aggres sive just moments before when he passed Johnny Theyll get over Alltime IROC team narrowed to 12 names Twelve finalists have been named for the alltime IROC selected by the fans in a Crown Royal The finalists are Mario Mark Dale Hurley Hay Tom Steve Bob by Mark Scott Bobby Danny Lasosky and Gate The fan vote is being con ducted at LETTERS PROM OUR READERS Hard to figure out NASCARs policy on fines Come NASCAR Enough is enough Where are the proba tions and possible suspensions to ward Hendrick Motorsports Espe cially Jimmie Johnson for all the wrecks he has caused this A Hendrick driver has caused a wreck in every race this yearl Once if that had been Tony he wouldve been on fined and possibly Is there a gentlemans agreement If please inform all the Cup drivers they have a right to be reckless if they play it cool after the Brian Huckeby For what its we have a hard time understanding why NASCAR offi cials penalize some and seem to let it go with Roush has a clear edge over his competition One more win for Goes to show you what money will I would like for someone to ex plain how its a level playing field with Roushs five cars and Hen dricks four cars against oneand twocar teams Gene Addlson Council Iowa Thanks for letting us know how you
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