Sunday, May 25, 2003

Buschwhacker Kenseth wins



The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.C. - NASCAR newcomer Kyle Busch got "Buschwhacked" by Matt Kenseth, who took the lead on the last restart and cruised to victory in Saturday's Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Kenseth is the Winston Cup points leader who moonlights in the Busch Series for extra track time and a chance at another win - a group known as the "Buschwhackers." In the Carquest Auto Parts 300, he used a veteran's experience to beat Busch as the race came off its final caution flag on Lap 171 of 200.

Busch took only two tires to Kenseth's four during the caution.

"I sort of felt like it was Christmas," Kenseth said when he saw Busch had taken two tires during the last pit stop. "As many times as we've raced here, as many times as I've done that, I would never gamble on two. When I saw him get two, I was really surprised."

Busch Carquest Auto Parts 300

Saturday

At Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

Lap Length: 1.5 miles (Starting position in parentheses)

1. (9) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 200.

2. (5) Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 200.

3. (3) Scott Riggs, Ford, 200.

4. (21) Todd Bodine, Chevrolet, 200.

5. (17) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 200.

6. (6) Kasey Kahne, Ford, 200.

7. (14) Hank Parker Jr., Chevrolet, 200.

8. (13) Ashton Lewis Jr., Chevrolet, 200.

9. (1) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 200.

10. (4) Michael Waltrip, Chevrolet, 200.

11. (12) Greg Biffle, Ford, 200.

12. (11) Dave Blaney, Ford, 200.

13. (19) Bobby Hamilton Jr., Ford, 199.

14. (18) Brian Vickers, Chevrolet, 199.

15. (8) Casey Mears, Dodge, 199.

16. (30) Jeff Fultz, Chevrolet, 199.

17. (22) Jason Keller, Ford, 199, $24,010.

18. (16) Stacy Compton, Chevrolet, 199.

19. (27) Scott Wimmer, Chevrolet, 199.

20. (35) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 199.

21. (7) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 199.

22. (32) Stanton Barrett, Ford, 199.

23. (23) Jamie McMurray, Dodge, 198.

24. (34) Coy Gibbs{nldr}, Chevrolet, 198.

25. (41) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 197.

26. (37) Joey Clanton{nldr}, Pontiac, 197.

27. (36) Tim Sauter, Chevrolet, 197.

28. (28) Randy LaJoie, Chevrolet, 196.

29. (10) Damon Lusk{nldr}, Dodge, 196.

30. (29) Mike McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 195.

31. (25) Regan Smith{nldr}, Chevrolet, 193.

32. (31) Steadman Marlin, Dodge, 193.

33. (39) Chris Bingham{nldr}, Ford, 186.

34. (26) Kevin Grubb, Dodge, 178, eng. fail.

35. (24) Kerry Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 130, crash.

36. (2) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 125, eng. fail.

37. (20) David Green, Pontiac, 121.

38. (33) Shane Hmiel, Chevrolet, 102, eng. fail.

39. (38) Brad Teague, Ford, 91, eng. fail.

40. (43) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, 84, eng. fail.

41. (42) Mike Harmon, Chevrolet, 23, eng. fail.

42. (40) Larry Gunselman, Chev., 10, hndlng.

43. (15) Jeff Fuller, Chevrolet, 2, vib.

RACE STATISTICS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 138.302 mph.

Time of Race: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 9 seconds.

Margin of Victory: Under Caution.

Caution Flags: 5 for 24 laps.

Lead Changes: 9 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K.Harvick 1-21; M.Waltrip 22-65; B.Hamilton Jr.66-68; M.Kenseth 69-78; M.Waltrip 79-105; K.Harvick 106-137; K.Busch 138-166; K.Harvick 167; K.Busch 168-171; M.Kenseth 172-200.




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