2001 Busch Series Aaron’s 312 part 2 of 3

2001 Busch Series Aaron’s 312 part 2 of 3


STARR. THE TIRE PROBLEMS, WE SAW THE TREAD ROLLING OUT. IT WAS ON LAP 35. MICHAEL WALTRIP ON THE AARON’S RENTS OBVIOUSLY THIS IS AN AARON’S EVENT MOVING PAST JOE NEMECHECK.>>Vin:.>>Jeff: TAKING THE LEAD. MICHAEL IS EXTREMELY STRONG NOW. HE’S FIGURED OUT HOW TO MAKE THE TOP GROOVE WORK. HIS CAR IS ON A RAIL AT THIS MOMENT. HE ACTUALLY JUST PRETTY MUCH WAXED THE FIELD ON AND OFF PIT ROAD ALSO.>>Chris: HE’S LED 36 OF 77 LAPS. WE’VE HAD FIVE LEAD CHANGES. WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON THE TIRES AND THE PIT STOPS AS THIS CONTINUES.>>Jeff: HE OOKS LIKE HE’S ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON RIDE ON SATURDAY.>>Chris: LET’S GO BACK UP STAIRS TO MIKE JOY.>>Mike: 77 LAPS COMPLETE. YOU RIGHT IN THE AARON’S ON BOARD CAMERA WITH MICHAEL WALTRIP. THERE IS JOE NEMECHECK. EARLY LEADER WHO PRESENTLY IS IN FIFTH PLACE. DICK BERGGREN.>>Darrell:.>>REMEMBER THE STRANGE PIT STOP WHERE THE FRONT TIRE CHANGER CAME AROUND TO NEMECHECK’S REAR OF THE CAR AND LOOSENED UP THE LUG NUTS? THE REASON IS DWAYNE BIGGER WAS BUSY IN THE BACK END PULLING A SPRING RUBBER OUT. BECAUSE HE WAS SO BUSY PULLING OUT THE SPRING RUBBER HE WAS GOING TO BE SLOW SO PAD DISSENT THE FRONT TIRE CHANGER TO THE REAR. THEN HE DID THE LEFT FRONT LUGS. THAT’S THE FASTEST POSSIBLE WAY TO DO A PIT STOP. TO MATT.>>TODD BODINE PITTED ON LAP 66. THIS IS HIS LEFT FRONT TIRE. A LITTLE BIT OF THE CORDS STARTED TO COME THROUGH BUT BRETT BODINE LOOKED AT THE TIRES SAID THEY LOOKED VERY GOOD CONSIDERING HE HAD 66 LAPS ON THEM. TODD’S CAR WAS A LITTLE TIGHT BUT HIS WATER WAS HIGH. THEY WANTED TO ADD TAPE BUT THEY COULDN’T DO THAT BECAUSE THE WATER TEMPERATURE WAS REACHING SO HIGH.>>Mike: THERE’S BODINE ALONG SIDE ELTON SAWYER. THE THE TWO DRIVERS IN THE TOP TEN THAT HAVEN’T STOPPED DURING THIS CYCLE, HANK PARKER JR. AND JASON KELLER, FIFTH PLACE CAR. WE’RE WAITING FOR THEM TO COME TO PIT ROAD.>>Darrell: THAT RUBBER THAT DR. DICK WAS SHOWING US THERE, I TELL YOU HOW SOPHISTICATED WE’VE BECOME, THEY HAVE DIFFERENT HARDNESSES OF THOSE RUBBERS. THEY HAVE SOME THAT ARE REAL SOFT AND DON’T MAKE MUCH CHANGE IN THE SPRING AND MOVE UP THROUGH THE LINE FROM SOFT TO MEDIUM TO REAL HARD TO MAKE HUGE CHANGES.>>Mike: TELLING MICHAEL WALTRIP THAT HANK PARKER JR. IS ABOUT TO PIT. AND THAT TODD BODINE IS 1.2 SECONDS OFF THE LEAD. BRAD BAKER SLOW IN TURN 3. HE M BE OUT OF FUEL BUT HE’LL MAKE IT BACK AROUND. LET’S CRANK IT UP FOR THOSE OF YOU WITH SURROUND SOUND AND GET THE FULL SOUND OF THESE BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL RACERS. TROUBLE OUT OF TURN TWO, ONE CAR SLOW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RACETRACK. PARKER RAN OUT OF GAS. THEY WERE THREE WIDE BEHIND HIM AND THE CAR SHOOTING THROUGH THE MIDDLE, PILED INTO PARKER, ASHTON LEWIS. THE SPEED DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN THOSE CARS WAS AT LEAST 70 OR SO MILES PER HOUR.>>Darrell: JUST LIKE WE SAW LAST WEEK WHEN MATT KENSETH PUMPED IT OFF THE CORNER AND BIFFLE GOT INTO BACK OF HIM. YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU JUST RUN OUT OF FUEL AND STOP. HERE’S PARKER UP HERE. HE’S SLOWING DOWN AND TRYING TO GET DOWN TO INSIDE. HE JUST MAN, HE JUST PULLED RIGHT DOWN IN FRONT OF ASHTON LEWIS. AND HERE COMES TIM FEDEWA. HE HAS NOWHERE TO GO. I’M SURE WHEN THE CAR RAN OUT OF GAS, HANK PARKER TRIED TO GET DOWN OUT OF THE WAY KNOWING HE WOULD BE IN HARM’S WAY AND HE DROVE DOWN IN FRONT OF THOSE CARS BEHIND HIM. THAT’S A BIG HIT. ONE OF THEM IS RUNNING WIDE OPEN. THE OTHER IS TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE WAY OF THE SLOWING DOWN. MOST OF THESE CARS RE JUST THE WAY THEY’RE MADE, THEY DON’T GIVE YOU MUCH WARNING, DO THEY? THEY JUST RUN OUT OF FUEL AND THEY QUIT. NOTHING COULD — NOTHING THAT ASHTON LEWIS COULD DO. PARKER JUST RAN OUT OF FUEL AND WAS TRYING TO GET DOWN OUT OF THE GROOVE. HERE THESE CATS COME. THE SPOTTER COULDN’T EVEN WARN HIM QUICK ENOUGH. LOOKS LIKE EVERYBODY’S OKAY.>>Mike: ASHTON HAD QUITE A RUN COMING THROUGH TURN TWO UNDER NEATH TIM FEDEWA. HE COULDN’T CLEAR FEDEWA BEFORE HE GOT TO THIS CAR OUT OF FUEL.>>Darrell: THIS IS THE 66 CAR THAT GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE MESS AND INTO THE OUTSIDE OF THE RETAINING WALL. SO ALL THESE CARS ARE BADLY DAMAGED. EVERYBODY’S OUT WALKING AROUND. I’M SURE SOMEBODY’S SAYING, WHAT HAPPENED ANYWAY?>>Mike: HANK PARKER STRETCHED THAT FUEL MILEAGE JUST ONE LAP TOO FAR.>>Darrell: THE PICK-UPS IN THE FUEL CELLS ARE SO THAT THEY’LL RUN UNTIL THERE’S NO FUEL LEFT. WHEN THEY RUN OUT, THEY JUST QUIT ALL AT ONCE.>>Mike: TIM FEDEWA WAS AN INNOCENT VICTIM. PULLS THAT CAR BACK BEHIND THE WALL AND PIT ROAD IS OPEN. AND HERE COMES OUR LEADER, AND JUST OUR LEADER. HMM.>>Larry: I BELIEVE EVERYBODY ELSE WILL BE COMING UP.>>Darrell: THEY HAVEN’T CAUGHT UP YET. HERE COMES TODD BACK THERE. THE REST OF THEM ARE COMING WITH HIM. THE SET OF TIRES THEY’VE GOT UNDER GREEN DON’T COUNT AGAINST THE THREE SETS. SO THEY’VE STILL GOT TWO MORE SETS TO USE.>>Mike: THERE’S THE TRIPLE SPLIT OF THE THREE LEADERS PITTING.>>Matt: TODD BODINE IN HIS PIT STOP. THEY’RE FINE TUNING THE 00 OF TODD BODINE. A HALF A POUND OF AIR PRESSURE OUT OF THE RIGHT FRONT. A HALF A POUND IN THE RIGHT REAR TO BYRNES.>>Steve: THEY’RE GOING BACKWARD FROM THE WAY THEY WENT LAST TIME. HALF POUND OUT OF THE RIGHT FRONT. OR HALF A POUND OUT OF THE RIGHT REAR AS WELL. LET’S GO TO DIG BERGGREN.>>JOE NEMECHECK IS IN THE PIT AS WELL AS KEVIN HARVICK. HARVICK HAS THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF PROBLEM. HE RAN OVER DEBRIS, PICKED UP A FLAT TIRE AS A RESULT OF THE DEBRIS. THEY’VE GOT A TIRE LOOSE ON PIT ROAD. CREW MEMBER GRABS IT AROUND TO THE LEFT SIDE. PANDEMONIUM ON PIT ROAD. NEMECHECK FIRST WENT AWAY. WOW.>>Mike: HARVICK GETS AWAY AND YOU SEE BIFFLE COULDN’T QUITE GET ALL THE WAY IN THERE THE WAY THE CARS WERE LINED UP ALONG THE LANE. THERE’S BIFFLE’S CAR.>>Darrell: BIFFLE’S — I DON’T KNOW IF HE’S OUT OF THE BOX OR NOT.>>Larry: THE RIGHT REAR WAS ACTUALLY I THINK ON THE LINE. IF IT’S ON THE LINE YOU’RE OKAY. THE RIGHT REAR IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN BE THAT WAY THOUGH.>>Darrell: I LIKE DICK’S EXPLANATION — PANDEMONIUM. THAT’S WHAT IT FEELS LIKE.>>Mike: HANK PARKER’S CAR IS PANCAKE-DEMONIUM AS WE GO TO BREAK UNDER CAUTION AT LAP 84. THERE’S THE REASON WHY. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK TO ATLANTA. YOU’RE WATCHING NASCAR ON FX.>>Mike: ASHTON LEWIS HAD A GREAT RUN GOING. NOW HE HAS AN ALL TORN UP RACE A CAR TO SHOW FOR IT. AFTER PIT STOPS, MICHAEL WALTRIP WE SHOWED YOU GREG BIFFLE ON THE EDGE OF THE PIT BOX.>>Darrell: YOU SEE MICHAEL RIGHT HERE, HE’S COMING OUT OF HIS PIT BACH. HERE COMES BIFFLE. HE SAID WOE, I CAN’T GET IN. HE DOES THE BEST HE CAN TO GET THE CAR IN THE BOX. I THINK HE’S FINE.>>Mike: ANOTHER ANGLE RIGHT HERE.>>Darrell: OH, MAN. HOW YOU LIKE TO BE LEADING THE RACE AND HAVE THAT HAPPEN?>>Larry: BIFFLE WAS LUCKY HE COULD GET IT EVEN INTO HIS PIT BOX. WE’LL SEE HIS RIGHT REAR TIRE ON THE LINE. THE RIGHT REAR IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN BE THAT WAY.>>Mike: 86 LAPS, MICHAEL WALTRIP IS THE LEADER.>>Darrell: OKAY, GUYS, YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS, RELOAD. EVERYBODY’S HAD A CHANCE NOW. WE’VE GOT A CAUTION HERE. EVERYBODY’S BEEN IN. THEY’VE MADE SOME ADJUSTMENTS. TIRES, SPRING RUBBERS. NOW MICHAEL MAY HAVE A — IT MAY BE A WHOLE NEW RACE. HE HAD THE DOMINANT CAR. TODD BODINE IS UP THERE NOW AND NEMECHECK NEEDED SOME WORK ON HIS CAR AND THE POINTS LEADER THERE, ONE OF THEM, JEFF GREEN, IS RIGHT UP THERE READY TO CHALLENGE.>>Larry: BUT THE UNIQUE THING, THE PACE MICHAEL HAS BEEN KEEPING AT 85 LAPS, THERE’S ONLY 11 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP.>>Darrell: HE WAS PUTTING THEM DOWN.>>Mike: THERE’S TODD BODINE, THE SECOND PLACE CAR BEHIND MICHAEL WALTRIP AHEAD OF JOE NEMECHECK, JEFF GREEN AND JEFF PURVIS. 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MARTY HOUSTON TRYING TO GET BACK ON THE LEAD LAP AS THE CAR INSIDE AS MICHAEL GOES WAY UP THE RACE TRACK, LOSES THE LEAD. TODD BODINE AND JOE NEMECHECK SLIP PAST. HERE COMES JEFF GREEN.>>Darrell: LOOK AT THE 00 CAR RIGHT THERE.>>Larry: HE SHOT OUT OF A CANNON IN THE MIDDLE OF TURN THREE AND FOUR, MATT YOCUM.>>Matt: THE CONCERN FOR TODD BODINE NOW IS A WHEEL VIBRATION. AFTER PITTING ON LAP 84 HE ASKED THE CREW CHIEF, DID YOU GUYS GET ALL THE LUG NUTS TIGHT? HE SIDES YES, WE DID. WE MAY HAVE A WHEEL OUT OF BALANCE. DICK BERGGREN?>>DECHB HARVICK RAN OVER DURING THE ACCIDENT SITUATION. YOU CAN SEE WHERE DEBRIS CUT THE TIRE. HE DIDN’T WANT TO GO PAST BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT THE TIRE TO TEAR UP. IT WOULD HAVE CHEWED UP HIS FENDER AND THE CRUSH PANELS WOULD HAVE MADE THE CAR SLOW. HE GOT THE JOB DONE, GOT THE TIRED CHANG AND WENT BACK OUT IN THE 6TH SPOT.>>Mike: NEMECHECK MOVES PAST BODINE FOR THE LEAD AND McMURRAY IS IN TROUBLE IN TURN ONE.>>Darrell: THAT STARTED IN THREE AND FOUR. IT ALMOST WAS THE SAME THING THAT HAPPENED TO THE 36 CAR WHEN HE RAN OUT OF FUEL. HE’S PROBABLY GOT A TIRE DOWN. HE CAUSED A HECK OF A BUNCH OF CARS TO BACK UP. GOT A CAR SMOKING IN THE MIDDLE OF THREE AND FOUR.>>Mike: KELLY DENTON. EVERYBODY’S GOING TO GET BY HIM ON THE INSIDE.>>Darrell: WATCH THIS 27 CAR. COMING DOWN HERE, LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING HAPPENS TO CAR GOING IN THE CORNER AND STARTS UP THE RACETRACK, RIGHT NOW HE’S PEDALING TRYING TO — WHOA.>>Mike: THAT WAS SAWYER GOING BY.>>Darrell: HE BARELY SQUEEZED THROUGH. HE KNOWS HE’S IN TROUBLE AND BOTTLE NECKING EVERYBODY UP. HE’S ON PIT ROAD WITH A FLAT RIGHT FRONT.>>Larry: THERE YOU SEE IT, THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE. HERE THEY RUN THAT INNER LINER, THE TIRE WITHIN THE TIRE. THAT’S ONLY REASON HE PROBABLY DIDN’T GET INTO A BIG WRECK OR HIT THE WALL IS THAT LINER HELD IT UP.>>Mike: KELLY DENTON THEY’RE SAYING THAT’S TIRE SMOKE AS HE COMES TO PIT ROAD, ALSO. STEVE?>>McMURRAY IS IN. LOOKS LIKE THEY MAY BE HOLDING HIM, THE NASCAR OFFICIAL HOLDING UP A FINGER. THEY HAVE FINISHED WORK ON THE RIGHT SIDE. YES, THEY ARE GOING TO HOLD HIM. HE WAS TOO FAST DOWN PIT ROAD, EVIDENTLY.>>Darrell: THAT HAPPENS A LOT OF TIMES. YOU PANIC WHEN YOU START DOWN PIT ROAD. HERE COMES ONE OF OUR TOP FIVE CARS, THE 26 CAR DOWN PIT ROAD.>>Mike: BOBBY HAMILTON, JR..>>Matt: HE CAME ON THE RADIO, BOBBY HAMILTON JR. SAID TO HIS CREW THE WATER IS NOW AT 255 TO 260. HE FELT IT WAS STARTING TO PUSH WATER OUT. THEY’RE GOING TO RAISE THE HOOD AND PUT SOME WATER IN TO COOL DOWN THE ENGINE. HE SAYS THE OIL PRESSURE IS OKAY BUT THE CAR IS RUNNING VERY, VERY HOT.>>Larry: NORMALLY WHEN THE WATER TEMPERATURE GETS THAT HIGH YOU RUN 235 OR 240 AS LONG AS IT DON’T CLIMB. WHEN IT GETS THAT HIGH IT WILL KEEP CLIMBING.>>Darrell: AND THE ENGINE WILL EVENTUALLY SEIZE UP. BEST THING TO DO IS BRING IT IN AND WORK ON IT. IF YOU CAN’T GET IT COOLED OFF PARK IT.>>Mike: YOU HAVE JOE NEMECHECK WHO LIKES THE BOTTOM OF THE RACETRACK. THAT’S WHERE HE’S BEEN RUNNING BUT MICHAEL WALTRIP WAS GAINING ON HIM SO THEY PUT NEMECHECK UP HIGH. HERE TODD BODINE WHO ALSO LIKES IT ON THE BOTTOM IN SECOND PLACE. HE’S .8 OF A SECOND BACK.>>Darrell: A LOT OF TIMES YOU CHANGE AROUND THE SET-UP AND MAKE THE CAR WORK ON THE BOTTOM. Larry: HERE’S MICHAEL WALTRIP RUNNING IN FOURTH RIGHT NOW. HE’S RUNNING ABOUT THE SAME SPEED AS THOSE OTHER THREE. NOTICE ON THE RESTART HOW HE LOST ALL THAT GROUND. I GOTTA BELIEVE MAYBE THEY’RE STARTING THEIR AIR PRESSURES LOWING THAN THESE OTHER GUYS IN ANTICIPATION OF THE LONG RUN.>>Da■rell: I BELIEVE YOU’RE RIGHT. HIS CAR SEEMS TO BE COMING BACK. HE’S PASSING GREEN FOR THIRD PLACE.>>ALL CLEAR, ALL CLEAR.>>Larry: YOU HEARD THE SPOTTER SAY YOUR CALL. THEY’RE ABOVE US AND LOOK TO TURN FOUR. IT’S COMING STRAIGHT AT HIM. THAT’S THE REASON HE SYS YOUR CALL. THERE’S SPOTTERS ON TOP OF THE PRESS BOX RIGHT THERE.>>Mike: YOU’VE SEEN THE FRONT FOUR, JEFF PURVIS IS THE FIFTH PLACE CAR AS JEFF GREEN CLOSE UP ON MICHAEL WALTRIP. THERE’S A LOOK AT PURVIS WHO RIGHT NOW IS ALONE ON THE RACETRACK. STEVE?>>IT’S INTERESTING. WE’RE HEARING A LOT OF DRIVERS SAY THE SAME THING. THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE A VIBRATION. JEFF PURVIS CALLED DOUG RICHARD AND SAID PLEASE LOOK AT THE TIRES THAT CAME OFF AFTER THE LAST PIT STOP. I KEEP FEELING A VIBRATION. FEELS LIKE THE SAME VIBRATION WE HAD AT LAS VEGAS LAST WEEKEND. JUST WONDERING IF THEY’RE NOT USED TO THESE NEW TIRES.>>Mike: COULD BE. HERE COMES GREG BIFFLE IN SIXTH CHASING AFTER PURVIS.>>Darrell: THESE CREWS WILL START TO EASE THE AIR PRESSURE DOWN, A POUND HERE AND THERE AND THEY’LL KEEP GOING DOWN. ALL OF A SUDDEN THE TIRES WON’T FEEL GOOD UNTIL THE PRESSURE BUILDS UP IN THEM AND THEY’LL BOUNCE OR HAVE A LITTLE VIBRATION.>>Larry: LOOKS LIKE GREG BIFFLE IN 60 CAR HUNTING THE HIGH LINE. HE’S UP THERE ABOUT THE THIRD GROOVE WHERE MICHAEL HAS BEEN RUNNING.>>Darrell: DON’T FORGET HOW FAST WE’RE GOING. IF THE TIRE IS OUT OF BALANCE, THE WHEEL OR THE TIRE OR WHATEVER, YOU’LL FEEL IT THROUGH STEERING WHEEL MORE THAN YOU WILL OTHER PLACES.>>Mike: MICHAEL WALTRIP ON THE MOVE UNDERNEATH TODD BODE. AND MICHAEL MOVES BACK UP TO SECOND PLACE BEHIND JOE NEMECHECK BY ABOUT A SECOND AND A HALF. THERE’S A GOOD THREE-CAR BATTLE THERE: WALTRIP, TODD BODINE AND JEFF GREEN. SO NEMECHECK’S THE LEADER AS WE COMPLETE 100 LAPS. MICHAEL WALTRIP BACK UP TO SECOND. TODD BODINE, JEFF GREEN, JEFF PURVIS, YOUR FRONT FIVE HERE AT ATLANTA. 1 HUNDRED LAPS COMPLETE IN THE AARON’S 312 ON>>Mike: YOU’RE LOOKING AT ELTON SAWYER WHO JUST HAD A HARD CRASH IN TURN TWO. IT STARTED WHEN THE 11 OF MARTY HOUSTON TANGLED WITH THE 61 OF TIM SAUTER. AND ELTON SAWYER CAME INTO THAT SCENE FULL BORE. LOOK AT THE FRONT END OF HIS BRAD AIKENS FORD. ELTON IS OKAY.>>Darrell: 11 CAR GETS DOWN ON THE APRON, COMES BACK UP THE RACETRACK. INTO THE 61. NOW WATCH THIS. WHEN THE 61 COMES DOWN AND ELTON HITS HIM RUNNING WIDE OPEN.>>Larry: NOWHERE FOR TIM SAUTER IN THE 61 TO GO. AS THEY SLIDE DOWN OFF THE BANKING, NOWHERE FOR ELTON SAWYER. WHAT A HIT.>>Darrell: LET ME TELL YOU, THAT 61 CAR, TIM SAUTER’S LUCKY THAT WASN’T IN THE DRIVER’S DOOR. IT WAS JUST BEHIND THE DRIVER’S DOOR. THAT WAS A BLESSING.>>Larry: ONCE AGAIN, THE WHOLE PROBLEM, MARTY HOUSTON GOT THE LEFT SIDE TIRES BELOW THE WHITE LINE ON THE APRON, SHOT HIM UP THE RACETRACK AND SPUN HIM.>>Mike: SECOND WEEK IN A ROW THAT MARTY HOUSTON HAD A SINGLE CAR SPIN TO BRING OUT A CAUTION. HERE’S JOE NEMECHECK YOUR LEADER IN THE PITS. SO IS MICHAEL WALTRIP. TODD BODINE COMPLETES HIS SERVICE AND GETS OUT. NEMECHECK’S AWAY. JEFF GREEN IN THE 10, GREG BIFFLE IN THE 60.>>Darrell: THAT’S A HAPPY BUNCH OF GUYS. THAT WAS A GREAT STOP.>>Mike: WE DID NOT ELTON SAWYER WAS WEARING THE HANS DEVICE, THE HEAD AND NECK SUPPORT THE DRIVER WEARS AS A YOKE OVER HIS SHOULDERS, UNDER HIS SHOULDER HARNESS AND THE HELMET ATTACHES TO THAT. THERE’S MARTY HOUSTON WALKING AWAY, JEFF?>>Jeff: THAT HANS DEVICE MAY HAVE BEEN THE ONE THING THAT SAVED ELTON SAWYER A TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL TODAY. BECAUSE WE TALKED ABOUT IT. SINCE DAYTONA, HOW THAT DEVICE RIGHT THERE CAN KEEP YOUR HEAD FROM SNAPPING FORWARD. THAT RIGHT THERE WAS ONE WHALE OF A HIT HE JUST TOOK.>>Mike: RESCUE WORKERS TALKING WITH TIM SAUTER, WHO FROM WHAT WE SEE IS STILL INSIDE HIS CAR. THERE IS THE REMAINS OF THE FRONT END OF ELTON SAWYER’S MACHINE. SO A HARD CRASH IN TURN TWO THAT STARTED WITH A SPIN BY MARTY HOUSTON. ACTIVITY CONTINUES ON PIT ROAD. 105 LAPS COMPLETE IN THE AARON’S 312.>>Mike: FX WELCOMES YOU BACK TO ATLANTA AND AARON’S 312. WE’RE UNDER CAUTION, LAP 101. MICHAEL WALTRIP, YOUR LEADER WITH SOME PIT STOP ACTION. LET’S GO TO PIT ROAD WITH DICK BERGGREN.>>Dick: CREW CHIEF CALLED JOE NEMECHECK OUT OF THE LEAD TO CHANGE FOUR TIRES AND PUT FUEL IN IT. HASN’T BEEN THAT LONG SINCE THEY DID THAT BUT BRIAN DECIDED THEY NEEDED TO HAVE FRESH TIRES IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH EVERYBODY. MEANWHILE, TOMMY BALDWIN, WINSTON CUP CREW CHIEF. FOR WARD BURTON WAS DOWN HERE CHECKING. HE’S DOING HOMEWORK FOR TOMORROW. TO STEVE BYRNES.>>Steve: MICHAEL WALTRIP CAME IN. THEY HAD A GREAT PIT STOP. THEY TOOK A POUND OUT OF THE LEFT REAR. JEFF PURVIS THEY TOOK SPRING RUBBER OUT OF THE LEFT REAR SPRING. LET’S GO TO MATT.>>Matt: TODD BODINE WAS ONE OF NINE DRIVERS IN THE LEAD LAP TO PIT IN LAP 105. HE DIDN’T LIKE THE LAST SET OF TIRES AND TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A FOUR TIRE STOP. THEY ALSO TOOK ONE ROUND OF WEDGE OUT TO TRY TO LOOSEN UP HIS RACE CAR. TO CHRIS.>>Chris: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AS REPAIRS ARE BEING MADE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN TURN 2. MARTY HOUSTON TANK LINK WITH TIM SAUTER IN THE 61 CAR WHO LATER WALKED AWAY. WENT TO THE CARE UNIT. BUT JEFF HAMMOND WHAT’S HAPPENING.>>Jeff: THE 11 CAR GOT DOWN ON THE APRON. THE CAR HAS GOTTEN AROUND ON HIM. HE STARTED BACK UP THE RACETRACK. AS HE GOES UP, YOU’LL SEE A RED CAR THE NUMBER 61 CAR COMES. HE HAS NO PLACE TO GO. THEY GET TOGETHER. SAUTER BOUNCES ALL THE WALL AND COMES BACK ACROSS THE TRACK. ABOUT THIS TIME YOU SEE THE 98 CAR, ELTON SAWYER, JUST DRILLS HIM IN THE LEFT REAR QUARTER PANEL. HE’S EXTREMELY LUCKY.>>Chris: A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON THAT HIT. YOU LOOK AT THE CAR OF ELTON SAWYER. BUT HE WAS ABLE TO GET OUT. AND WITHOUT ANY NOTICEABLE INJURY HE IS SOMEWHAT RELAXED WEARING THE HANS DEVICE. I WANTED TO MENTION, JEFF, THAT JEFF GORDON WHO WAS THE FIRST WINSTON CUP DRIVER TO WIN A RACE LAST WEEK WITH THE HANS DEVICE SAID MORE DRIVERS WILL BE WEARING THIS IN ATLANTA.>>Jeff: RIGHT THERE AROUND THE BACK OF HIS NECK. THIS IS THE HANS DEVICE RIGHT HERE.>>Chris: THAT PROTECTS THE HEAD FROM –.>>Jeff: IT ATTACHES TO HIS HELMET. HE HIT THE QUICK RELEASES WHICH ARE HERE TO RELEASE HIM FROM THE HELMET SO HE CAN GET OUT OF THE CAR. HE CAN’T GET OUT OF THE CAR WITH DEVICE ON IF NECESSARY.>>Chris: SOMETHING MORE WINSTON CUP DRIVERS WILL BE WEARING THE HANS DEVICE TOMORROW. MORE ON THE PRE-RACE SHOW ON FOX WHEN WE BRING YOU THE RACE TOMORROW. WE’RE CONTINUING HERE UNDER CAUTION AT THE AARON’S 312 ON FX. MICHAEL WALTRIP, YOUR LEADER. AND THERE HE IS IN AND OUT OF THE PITS. WE’LL BE BACK WITH MORE FROM FX IN A MOMENT. LUNCH ANYONE?>>Mike: WELCOME BACK ON FX. AARON’S 312. THE BUSCH RACE. LATER TODAY, THE FINAL PRACTICE FOR TOMORROW’S WINSTON CUP RACE. YOU’LL SEE THAT ON FX. THEN SUNDAY NASCAR THIS MORNING. 10:00 EASTERN, 7 CLOCK PFK ON FOX SPORTS NET. CATCH THE RACE HERE 12:30 EASTERN. PRE-RACE, BOBBY LABONTE WILL BE JOINING US. IT WRAPS UP ON FOX SPORTS NET AT STRIK TRILANE. HERE’S A QUICK PIT STOP SUMMARY. MICHAEL WALTRIP THE LEADER. 8 LEAD CHANGES WITH SIX DIFFERENT DRIVERS.>>Darrell: MICHAEL’S GONE BACK IN THE LEAD BECAUSE OF A GREAT PIT STOP BUT ALSO TODD BODINE’S WOES IN THE PITS ARE CONTINUING. HE WAS THIRD COMING IN. NOW HE’S SEVENTH AGAIN. THEY HAVE TO WORK ON THEIR PIT STOPS IF HE WANTS TO WIN A RACE AGAIN.>>Mike: AS WE WIN ON FX THERE’S YOUR LEADER MICHAEL WALTRIP, LET’S GO BACK UP STAIRS. DARRELL WALTRIP, LARRY McREYNOLDS AND MIKE JOY.>>Mike: FIVE OF MICHAEL WALTRIP’S EIGHT BUSCH SERIES WINS HAVE COME ON SUPER SPEED WAYS. TWO AT CHARLOTTE, TWO AT DOVER, ONE ON DARLINGTON. LAST WEEK TODD BODINE OVERCAME TWO BOTCHED PIT STOPS INCLUDING ONE WHERE THEY TIGHTENED UP LUG NUTS AS HE PULLED OUT OF THE BOX. SAID COME BACK, WE GOTTA REDO THIS AND HE DOES.>>Larry: BUT HE’S OUT OF THE PIT BOX. THIS WAS A WAKE-UP CALL FOR NASCAR. IT KIND OF CAUGHT THEM OFF GUARD WANT WENT ON HERE. I WAS TOLD JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO IN THE DRIVERS MEETING THIS MORNING FOR BUSCH RACE AND IN TOMORROW’S DRIVERS MEETING FOR WINSTON CUP RACE THEY WILL STRESS IF YOU WORK ON THAT CAR, EVEN IF YOU’RE REDOING SOMETHING OR MAKING A MISTAKE BETTER OR FIXING IT YOU GOTTA GET BACK IN YOUR PIT BOX OR ONE LAP PENALTY.>>Mike: AS JEFF EXPLAINED EARLIER THERE’S A CARD HANDED OUT HOW U MUST GET INTO THE PITS TO MAKE YOUR PIT STOPS. BUT THERE’S NOTHING PRINTED ABOUT IF YOU HAVE TO BACK UP OR HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING DONE. SO THEY’VE CLARIFIED THAT FOR TEAMS. LET’S CRANK IT UP FOR THIS RESTART, FOLKS.>>Mike: 87 JOE NEMECHECK HAS COME TO THE LEAD.>>Larry: THE 74 CAR CHAD LITTLE IS ON THE TAIL END OF THE LEAD LAP. HOPING TO CUSHION JUST LIKE RYAN NEWMAN IN THE 02 CAR. BOTH GUYS THE TAIL END OF THE LEAD LAP TRYING TO GET THAT LAP BACK. CHAD LITLOGICAL LOSE HIS BACK HERE.>>Darrell: BEHIND THEM THEY’RE FIGHTING TOO. I TELL YOU WHAT, THESE GUYS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. WE’VE LOST 11 CARS OUT OF THIS RACE ALREADY. WE’RE DOWN TO 30 CARS. THE ATTRITION HAS BEEN A LITTLE HIGH.>>Mike: LET’S REITERATE THE THREE DRIVERS INVOLVED IN THE HARD CRASH AT TURN TWO ARE ALL OKAY. MARTY HOUSTON, ELTON SAWYER AND TIM SAUTER. JEANNE CAUGHT UP WITH ELTON.>>Jeanne: ELTON SAWYER A. PROUD OWNER OF A HANS DEVICE, YES?>>YES, MA’AM. WOW, WHAT A HIT. I’VE NEVER IN MY LIFE HIT THAT HARD. I SAW THE SMOKE. AND TIM SAUTER. BUT THE NEXT THING I SAW WAS THE 61 COMING DOWN. AND THE SPOTTER SAID GO LOW. WHEN I TURNED, HE COME IN MY WINDSHIELD SO FAST, AND I’M A LITTLE SORE IN MY CHEST AREA, BUT WOW, IF I HADN’T HAD THAT DEVICE ON, MY HEAD WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL IN THAT STEERING WHEEL. SO THANKS TO JIM DOWNING AND BOB HOVER, REALLY APPRECIATE IT. HATE IT FOR MY GEORGIA BULL DAWG CAR. IT WASN’T WHERE WE NEEDED IT TO BE BUT WE FOUND A PRETTY GOOD GROOVE UP TOP AND I WAS LIKING THAT. AND THOUGHT WE’D HAVE MANY MAYBE A TOP 15 DAY.>>Jeanne: TAKE SOLACE IN THE FACT YOU’RE SITTING HEE IN ONE PIECE.>>Mike: ROBERT HUBBARD WAS A PROFESSOR AT MICHIGAN STATE WHEN HE DEVELOPED THE HANS DEVICE IN CONNECTION WITH JIM DOWNING FROM HERE IN ATLANTA.>>Larry: THIS BATTLE FOR SECOND RIGHT HERE.>>Darrell: WHOA, WHOA, DON’T DO THAT.>>Larry: RYAN NEWMAN INTO THE OUTSIDE WALL.>>Darrell: SOMEBODY GOT INTO THE BACK OF HIM AND GOT HIM STARTED UP THE HILL. HE’S LUCKY HE GOT HIT FROM BEHIND. HE’S LUCKY HE HUNG ON TO IT AT ALL. AND MIKEY PAN CAKED HIM.>>Larry: FIVE TO SIX DRIVERS IN THE TOP SIX WITH ARE ALL WINSTON CUP DRIVERS. THAT’S SOMETHING WE TALKED ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE WOULD PROBABLY PAY OFF TODAY.>>Larry: HE’S GOT ALL THE TIRES SMOKING, BEING FILLED, INSIDE BEING FILLED WITH SMOKE.>>Darrell: HE’S DOWN LOW. AND THAT 8 CAR COMES UP THERE AND GETS IT. THAT’S WHEN I STARTED HOLLERING RIGHT THERE. AND I KNEW HE WAS IN TROUBLE. HE GETS UP THERE AND GETS IN THAT GRAY STUFF. A LOT OF SAND AND RUBBER AND DIRT GET ON YOUR TIRES, CAR WON’T CUT. INTO THE WALL HE GOES.>>Larry: THAT WAS BLAISE ALEXANDER IN THE 8 CAR THAT GOT IN THE BACK OF HIM.>>Mike: WE’LL STAY GREEN AS NEWMAN LIMPS AROUND AND MAKES IT ON TO PIT ROAD.>>Larry: HE’LL BE TOO FAST I THINK.>>Darrell: GUARANTEE YOU HE’LL BE SITTING THERE A FEW MINUTES EXTRA. MATT?>>Matt: THE 0 THE COMES TO A STOP. THEY’LL WORK ON THE RIGHT SIDE. HE WAS SPEEDING DOWN PIT ROAD, A ROOKIE MISTAKE. THEY TOLD HIM TO BE PATIENT. WE’LL FIX THIS CAR ONCE HE GETS IN. THEY’LL MAKE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT. YOU SEE THE WEDGE WRENCH IN THE BACK WINDOW DISCUSSING THINGS VERY SLOW. THE TROUBLE WITH THE JACK. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG THEY CERTAINLY HAVE GONE WRONG NOW FOR RYAN NEWMAN. A VERY SLOW STOP. NOW 2 CAR SLOWING ON THE TRACK.>>Darrell: 2 CAR GOT UP AGAINST THE WALL IN THE TURN TWO. NOT HARD BUT HE GOT UP IN THAT LOOSE STUFF AND THE LONGER THIS RACE GOES ON, THE DIRTIER IT GETS UP THERE. YOU GET OUT OF THAT GROOVE, THAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH RUNNING THE HIGH LINE. YOU CAN GET INTO THE FENCE REAL EASY.>>Mike: HARVICK DROPS BACK TO NINTH PLACE. SGLTD.>>Darrell: HE DIDN’T DO A LOT OF DAMAGE BUT GOT A LITTLE AGAINST IT OFF TURN TWO AND SLOWED HIM DOWN. IT DIDN’T HURT THE CAR THAT MUCH.>>Larry: DON’T SEE ANY TIRE SMOKE. GOT TO GIVE A CALL TO JASON KELLER IN THE 57 CAR. HIS CREW DECIDED TO PIT UNDER THE EARLIER CAUTIONS. DIDN’T CHANGE TIRES. MADE SOME ADJUSTMENTS. HE STAYED OUT AND CAUGHT A CAUTION, STAYED ON THE LEAD LAP. THEY’VE WORKED THEIR WAY INTO THE 8TH POSITION.>>Mike: I’LL SHOW YOU AGAIN WHAT HAPPENED TO KEVIN HARVICK.>>Darrell: HE’S JUST UP THERE. HE GETS UP IN THAT HIGH GROOVE. SEE THAT DIRT AND DUST FLYING UP? THAT’S SAND, RUBBER AND ALL THAT STUFF OFF THE RACETRACK. AND I DON’T THINK HE REALLY HIT THE WALL. HE JUST GOT SIDEWAYS AND CORRECTED AND LOST HIS MOMENTUM BUT HE’S BACK GOING AGAIN.>>Larry: YOU CAN RUN WHERE IT’S BLACK BUT YOU CAN’T RUN WHERE IT’S GRAY.>>Darrell: THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. HE JUMPED THE CUSHION.>>Mike: HERE’S YOUR LEADER JOE NEMECHECK. GREG BIFFLE NOW CLOSED TO WITHIN A SECOND OF THE LEAD.>>Darrell: THIS OUGHT TO BE A TRACK AND THAT CAR WITH MARK MARTIN HAS WON A LOT OF RACES AND THIS TRACK IS COMING AROUND TO WHERE THAT CAR OUGHT TO BE THE BEST CAR ON THE TRACK. THIS IS MARK MARTIN CONDITIONS NOW. HOT, SLICK, EVERYBODY’S SLIPPING AROUND. HE’S HAMMER DOWN.>>Mike: GREG BIFFLE CAME CLOSE TO THE TRUCK SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP FOR NASCAR TWO YEARS AGO. WON IT LAST YEAR. THE OWNER PROMOTED HIM HERE TO THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES. VERY AGGRESSIVE DRIVER. HE SAID, THAT’S HOW YOU HAD TO RUN THE TRUCKS. YOU HAD TO BE AGGRESSIVE WITH THOSE TRUCKS EVERY LAP.>>Larry: WHAT I LIKE ABOUT HIM IS HE GETS MORE OUT OF THAT RACE CAR THAN THERE. HE’S THE ONLY DRIVER SO FAR THIS YEAR, A ROOKIE, THAT HAS LED IN ALL THREE RACE. HE’S ALWAYS ON THE WHEEL, ALWAYS FIGHTING IT. HE’S GETTING EVERYTHING OUT OF IT.>>Darrell: I WAS SURPRISED WHEN JACK MOVED THE YOUNG KID UP, BIFFLE, TO THE WINSTON CUP. AND DIDN’T MOVE BIFFLE UP WHEN HE MOVED WHAT’S THE KID’S NAME? KURT BUSCH. WHEN HE MOVED KURT BUSCH UP. ITHOUGHT BIFFLE WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER CANDIDATE.>>Mike: THE WAY ROUSH EXPLAINED IT HE SAID BIFFLE HAS MORE EXPERIENCE BUT BUSH READS A NEW RACETRACK BETTER THAN ANYONE HE’D SEEN IN SOME TIME. TH WAS THE REASON GIVEN AT THE TIME. YOU SAW MICHAEL WALTRIP LOSE A SPOT.>>Darrell: THEY’VE MADE CHANGES IN THE PITS AND GONE THE WRONG WAY. SAW THAT HAPPEN TO HIM A COUPLE TIMES. SAW THAT HAPPEN AT ROCKINGHAM AT THAT TIME WINSTON CUP RACE. AS THE RACE WORE ON IT DIDN’T WORK FOR HIM.>>Mike: THIS IS YOUR LEAD BATTLE HERE.>>Larry: YOU’VE GOT TO GIVE A CALL TO JOE NEMECHECK’S CREW CHIEF. BROUGHT HIM IN EARLY UNDER GREEN. HAD THE UNIQUE PIT STOP WHERE THEY GOT THE RUBBER OUT. GREG BIFFLE IS RUNNING HIM DOWN BUT IMPROVED THAT CAR WITH THAT CHANGE.>>Darrell: I THINK HE’S STILL GETTING LOOSE OVER THE LONG RUN.>>Larry: THAT’S BRIAN PADDY THERE, JOE NEMECHECK’S CREW CHIEF. BEEN WITH JOE A NUMBER OF YEARS.>>Darrell: JUST A YOUNG KID TOO. HE’S NOT ALL THAT OLD.>>Mike: NEMECHECK, BIFFLE, KENSETH, BODINE, GREEN, AND NOW WALTRIP HAS FALLEN BACK TO 6TH PLACE, STEVE.>>Steve: WITH THE CREW CHIEF, YOU HAD A GREAT PIT STOP BUT YOUR FALLING BACK. WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE CAR?>>RUNNING REAL LOW AIR. IT TAKES US A LITTLE BIT TO GET GOING BUT RUNNING ABOUT THE SAME. SO I THINK WE’LL BE OKAY.>>Mike: HE’S CAUGHT BACK UP TO JEFF GREEN.>>Larry: WHEN A CAR STARTS PUSHING AND GETTING TIGHT IN AT THE ONLY THING THAT FIX IT IS FOUR MORE TIRES AN ADJUSTMENTED.>>.>>Darrell: HE HAS FALLEN SO FAR BEHIND THAT BY THE TIME HIS CAR COMES IN THE LEADER IS ON THE FRONT STRAIGHTAWAY.>>Larry: TALKING ABOUT LEADERS, WE’RE ABOUT A LAP AWAY I THINK FROM A LEAD CHANGE. GREG BIFFLE PULLED UP TO THE REAR BUMPER OF JOE NEMECHECK IN THE 87 CAR.>>Darrell: YOU CAN BELIEVE BIFFLE IS GETTING GOOD COACHING. HE’S GOT JEFF BURTON DOWN THERE AND HE’S GOT MARK MARTIN AND JACK ROUSH DOWN THERE. HE HAS A LOT OF GOOD HELP.>>Mike: BIFFLE HUNTING THE LEAD AT 129 LAPS. 74 TO GO IN THIS 312-MILE RACE. JOE NEMECHECK CONTINUES TO LEAD THE AARON’S 312 ON FX.>>Mike: WE HAVE A NEW LEADER IN ATLANTA. HERE’S HOW IT HAPPENED. GREG BIFFLE GOING AFTER JOE NEMECHECK.>>Darrell: I THINK NEMECHECK PROBABLY SAID, BIFFLE’S COMING HARD. HE’S PRETTY FAST. BELIEVE I’LL PULL DOWN AND LET HIM GO BY.>>Mike: IS THAT HARD TO DO AS A VETERAN DRIVER, JUST TO LET SOMEBODY GO, DARRELL?>>Darrell: IT REALLY ISN’T FOR SOMEBODY LIKE NEMECHECK WHO KNOWS HIS CAR IS NOT EXACTLY LIKE HE’D LIKE IT. HE KEEPS IMPROVING IT BUT THIS IS NO TIME TO MAKE THE ISSUE, PRESS THE ISSUE. LET HIM GO, GET ONE MORE STOP IN. MAYBE WE CAN MAKE THE CAR GOOD ENOUGH WHERE I DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT.>>Mike: MICHAEL WALTRIP JUST MADE A STRONG MOVE ON TODD BODINE TO MOVE UP TO FOURTH. THAT IS THE ONLY CAR ON THE TRACK RIGHT NOW THAT’S AS QUICK AS GREG BIFFLE LOOKING AT THE LAP TIMES. MATT?>>Matt: AND THIS MORNING, MIKE, MICHAEL WALTRIP MADE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THIS TEAM WILL RUN THE ENTIRE BUSCH SERIES SCHEDULE IN 2,0002. HE ALSO ANNOUNCED SEAN NA ROBINSON WILL DRIVE THE 99 CAR AT TALLADEGA, TEXAS AND NASHVILLE. THEY’RE TRYING TO PUT TOGETHER A DEAL TO RUN CARRIE EARNHARDT IN A COUPLE OF RACES, TRYING TO PAY BACK A BIG FAVOR DALE EARNHARDT GAVE MICHAEL.>>Mike: SHAUNA ROBINSON, THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN A POLE IN THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES. SHE DID IT RIGHT HERE IN ATLANTA.>>Darrell: SHE’S THE BEST FEMALE DRIVER EVER SEEN. SHE RUNS IN THE AR KA SERIES AND LITTLE HALF MILES, GETS IN THERE AND BANGS WITH THE BEST OF THEM. GOES TO DAYTONA OR TALLADEGA AND SHE’S RIGHT THERE WITH THEM ALL THE TIME.>>Mike: BRAD BAKER GETTING OVERLAPPED BY GREG BIFFLE. 137 LAPS COMPLETE HERE. WE’VE HAD FIVE CAUTIONS FOR 24 LAPS AND 12 DIFFERENT LEAD CHANGES AMONG SEVEN LEADERS. 30 OF THE 43 STARTERS STILL RUNNING.>>Darrell: LIKE TO TALK ABOUT AT THE LINE NOW. HERE COMES THE LEADER AT THE LINE NOW. AND WE’LL LOOK BACK AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT ABOUT FIVE SECONDS LOOKS LIKE. THERE GOES MIKEY RIGHT THERE.>>Mike: THERE YOU SEE MICHAEL WALTRIP IS QUICKER ON THIS LAST LAP.>>Darrell: BY A LOT. HE’S GOT THE HIGH — THE CAR CAME IN AND HE GOT BACK UP HIGH AND MAKING GOOD TIME.>>Mike: MATT KENSETH IS IN.>>Larry: HE WAS OUR THIRD PLACE CAR AT THAT POINT.>>Mike: 65 LAPS TO GO. THIS HIS FINAL STOP?>>Larry: I THINK IT’S A LITTLE BIT SHORT BUT HE CAN GO THE DISTANCE FROM HERE. WE’VE SEEN HIM RUN ABOUT 65 LAPS. COULD BE A LITTLE STRATEGY BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS AWFULLY SHORT. I WOULD HAVE AT LEAST RUN UP TO LAP 150.>>Darrell: THAT’S WHEN RAN OUT OF GAS BEFORE WAS RIGHT AROUND THIS TIME.>>Larry: THEY HAVE A PROBLEM ON THIS CAR. YOU SEE THEM PULLING TAPE OFF? THEY’RE RUNNING HOT. WHAT THIS GUY’S DOING HERE, THERE’S A QUICK FILL RIGHT THERE. THEY’RE TRYING TO GET A HIGH PRESSURE HOSE ON IT TO SHOOT WATER INTO THE RADIATOR. HE WAS RUNNING HOT. WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF THAT TODAY.>>Darrell: THAT CAR RUNS HOT A LOT. I SEE HIM IN HIS WINSTON CUP CAR THEY RUN HOT A LOT.>>Mike: LET’S PICK UP THE SIXTH PLACE BATTLE, JASON KELLER AND YOU’RE RIDING WITH JEFF PURVIS, OUR MBNA CAM IN SEVENTH PLACE.>>Darrell: PURVIS IS DOING A GOOD JOB. HE’S BEEN THERE IN THE TOP TEN. HE’S RUNNING THAT HIGH LINE.>>Mike: FOR MORE ON PURVIS, HERE’S STEVE.>>Steve: JEFF PURVIS IS COMPLAINING HIS CAR IS TOO TIGHT. HE’S HAVING TROUBLE TURNING IT. THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT ON THEIR LAST PIT STOP.>>Darrell: THAT ADJUSTMENT COULD BE AS LITTLE AS A HALF A TURN CAN AFFECT THE WAY THESE CARS HANDLE. HALF A POUND OF AIR PRESSURE, A HALF A TURN ON THE WEDGE BOLT. THERE HE IS. HE’S IN THERE. YOU SEE HIS HANDS ON THE STEERING WHEEL. A LITTLE DARK RIGHT THERE NOW. HE KNOWS WE’RE WATCHING HIM. HE HID HIS HANDS. TURNING A BIG HANDFUL INTO THE CORNER.>>Mike: GOING AFTER KELLER.>>Darrell: SEE HOW SMOOTH HE TRIES TO BE OFF. DON’T FIGHT WITH THE CAR OFF THE CORNER. TAKES A LITTLE EFFORT TO GET IT DOWN IN THERE BUT ONCE IT’S IN THERE YOU GOTTA BE REAL SMOOTH WITH IT OFF THE CORNER OR THE THING WILL COME AROUND WITH YOU. HE STARTED COMPLAINING ABOUT A LITTLE TIGHT. WATCH HIS HANDS GO OVER THE TOP. TIGHT’S WHEN YOU GO INTO THE CORNER AND THE CAR WANTS TO GO UP THE TRACK. WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF THEM DO THAT. THAT’S WHEN THE CAR IS TIGHT. YOU’VE GOT THE WHEELS TURNED BUT SHE’S GOING UP THE HILL. WHEN THE HANDS GET AROUND THERE LIKE THAT, THE CAR IS WAY TOO TIGHT. IT USUALLY SLOWS IT DOWN. DRIVER LIKES IT. IT’S NOT REALLY A PROBLEM POINT BECAUSE HE CAN CONTROL IT WITH THE ACCELERATOR BUT IT’S NOT FAST. IT REALLY HURTS THE STRAIGHTAWAY SWEDE.>>Larry: YOU HAVE TO BACK OFF THE EXIT AT THE CORNER.>>Mike: THAT’S REFLECTED IN HIS LAP TIMES. JEFF PURVIS’ TIMES ARE TWO TO FOUR TENTHS OF A SECOND CHRO SLOWER THAN RACE LEADER GREG BIFFLE. HERE’S BIFFLE, THE ONLY DRIVER TO LEAD EVERY RACE THIS YEAR IN THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES. JEANNE HAS AN UPDATE ON ONE OF THE DRIVERS INVOLVED IN THE WRECK.>>Jeanne: TIM SAUTER IS FINE. HE WALKED OUT OF THE CARE CENTER. HE’S A LITTLE BANGED UP BUT NO WORSE FOR THE WEAR. AND VERY HAPPY TO BE IN ONE PIECE BECAUSE HE SAID HIS HELMET WAS CRACKED. HE TOOK A REALLY BAD SHOT TO THE HEAD. HE THOUGHT HE COULD GET THROUGH THE SPIN BUT GOT CAUGHT UP IN IT. THE REASON IT TOOK HIM A WHILE TO GET OUT OF THE CAR IS BECAUSE HE WENT UNCONSCIOUS BUT HAPPY TO BE WALKING OUT OF THE CARE CENTER. HE SAID HE’S GOING TO GO REST FOR A WHILE.>>Mike: GOOD THAT HE’S OKAY. THANKS, JEANNE. 145 LAPS COMPLETE. GREG BIFFLE RUNNING 31.2 SECONDS. MICHAEL WALTRIP IS .2 QUICKER THAN OUR RACE LEADER.>>Larry: HE IS BY FAR THE FASTEST CAR. MAYBE BOBBY KENNEDY WAS TELLING US RIGHT. HE’S MOVED TO THE TOP OF THE RACETRACK RUNNING DOWN JOE NEMECHECK FOR THIS SECOND PLACE. SFLD HE’S SO MUCH FASTER THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER. WATCH HIM CLOSE DOWN ON JOE. THAT’S THE GOOD THING ABOUT BEING UP HIGH. YOU CAN GET BACK IN THE GAS SO MUCH QUICKER. YOU JUST MAKE THE TRACK LOT BIGGER, CAR DOESN’T HAVE TO TURN SO SHARP.>>Larry: LOOK HOW BRIGHT THE SUN IS HERE IN TURN ONE. HE’S GOT RIGHT ON THE HIGH SIDE, JOE NEMECHECK ON THE BOTTOM SIDE IN THE 87.>>Darrell: THAT’S A VETERAN. JOE NEMECHECK, HE SEES MICHAEL’S FASTER, HE DOESN’T RACE HIM, TRY HOLD HIM UP. HE LETS HIM GO. FALL IN BEHIND HIM AND FOLLOW HIM. MAYBE HE CAN LEARN SOMETHING.>>Mike: AT THE TIME OF THIS PASS, NOTE THIS, MICHAEL WALTRIP IS 1.5 SECONDS BEHIND LEADER GREG BIFFLE. LET’S SEE IF HE CAN CLOSE IN>>Mike: CONSIDERING GREG BIFFLE’S STREAK OF LEADING EVERY RACE CONTINUE? FIND OUT NEXT WEEK IN SOUTH CAROLINA, SATURDAY, 12:30 EASTERN ON FOX. THEN MARCH 24 AT BRISTOL, TENNESSEE, 12:30 P.M. EASTERN ON FX. THEN IN TEXAS MARCH 31. WE’RE ON FOX AT 1:00 P.M. EASTERN TIME WITH THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES. GREG BIFFLE IS LEADING MICHAEL WALTRIP. THAT MARGIN HAS STAYED CONSTANT, 1.6 SECONDS, FIRST TO SECOND. DICK BERGGREN.>>Dick: GREG KNOWS ABOUT THAT MARGIN BECAUSE HE’S MULTITASKING THIS AFTERNOON. HE’S GOT MORE VOICES IN HIS EAR THAN A TELEVISION RACETRACK ANNOUNCER. HE HAS GOT PEOPLE TELLING HIM ON VIRTUALLY EVERY LAP NOT ONLY HIS LAP TIMES BUT ALSO THE LAP TIMES OF MICHAEL WALTRIP AND JOE NEMECHECK BEHIND HIM. AND THEY’RE TELLING HIM WHAT LINES MICHAEL WALTRIP AND JOE NEMECHECK ARE RUNNING. IT’S AN INCREDIBLE JOB THAT HE IS DOING, BIFFLE, IN PAYING ATTENTION TO ALL THIS INFORMATION AND NOT LOSING HIS FOCUS ON THE RACETRACK.>>Darrell: WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS HE DOESN’T HAVE HIS RADIO ON. I’VE HAD THEM DO THAT TO ME AND I TURN IT DOWN WHERE I BARRY COULD HEAR THEM. BUT HE’S GOT A LOT OF COACHES AND A LOT OF TEACHERS WORKING WITH HIM. HE’S IN A GREAT RACE CAR. HE’S PERFORMING EXCEPTIONALLY WELL.>>Mike: MICHAEL, 1.6 SECONDS BACK. LET’S COMPARE THEIR SPEEDS THIS LAP. PRETTY CLOSE.>>Darrell: MICHAEL MAKES A LITTLE MOVE. HE GAINS A LITTLE AND THEN HE LOSES A LITTLE. THEY’RE PRETTY EQUAL. I DON’T SEE MUCH DIFFERENCE IN THE TWO CARS RIGHT NOW.>>Larry: IT’S LIKE THEY CATCH LAP TRAFFIC NOW. THE REAL THING, WE TALKED ABOUT THIS LAST WEEK AT LAS VEGAS, ABOUT FIVE TO TEN LAPS AWAY FROM THAT FINAL GREEN FLAG PIT STOP. WHAT MICHAEL WALTRIP’S CREW CHIEF, GREG BIFFLE’S CREW CHIEF, ALL THESE GUYS ARE DOING, THEY’RE GETTING THE TEAM TOGETHER. LOOK, JUST A GOOD SOLID STOP. NO MISTAKES. THEY’RE TALKING TO THEIR DRIVERS. DON’T SPEED DOWN PIT ROAD. THIS IS THE■■ STOP THAT COUNTS, GUYS.>>Mike: WE WANT TO BE HERE FOR PIT STOPS SO WE’LL TAKE OUR PIT STOP NOW. 156 LAPS COMPLETE IN THE AARON’S 312 ON FX P.J..>>Mike: MICHAEL WALTRIP HAS JUST SUFFERED A 22.5 SECOND PIT STOP TO REPLACE TIRES AFTER RECEIVING RIGHT SIDE DAMAGE AGAINST THE WALL AT TURN TWO. WE’RE STILL UNDER GREEN. LEADER JOE NEMECHECK — NOT THE LEADER BUT JOE NEMECHECKHAS COME ON TO PIT ROAD.>>Larry: THESE ARE PRETTY MUCH ROUTINE PIT STOPS RIGHT HERE.>>Mike: GREG BIFFLE STAYS OUT ON THE RACETRACK. WATCH FIRST WHAT HAPPENED TO BIFFLE.>>Darrell:.>>Larry: IS UP OFF TURN TWO.>>Darrell: SEE HIS HANDS ARE GOING DOWN TO THE RIGHT. YEE-HA. I’D SAY HIS TIRES ARE WORN OUT. I’D SAY THAT’S PROBABLY A PRODUCT OF WORN-OUT TIRES. SAME THING HERE WITH MICHAEL. MICHAEL’S UP, WAY UP THERE AGAINST THE WALL. HU, LITERALLY UP AGAINST IT. WHOA. HE PANCAKED IT. I’D BE SURPRISED IF THAT DIDN’T DO A LITTLE MORE DAMAGE THAN JUST BEND SHEET MTAL ON HIS CAR.>>Mike: BUT HE RODE IT OFF THE WALL AND BROUGHT IT AROUND TO PIT ROAD.>>Darrell: IT WAS TIME FOR A STOP. IT DIDN’T THROW HIM OUT OF SEQUENCE THAT MUCH BUT DID A LOT OF DAMAGE TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CAR.>>Mike: JEFF GREEN, THE FIFTH PLACE CAR IS IN. JEANNE?>>Jeanne: ONE MAN’S PAIN IS ANOTHER MAN’S OPPORTUNITY. JEFF WASN’T GOING TO COME IN FOR ANOTHER 15 LAPS. HE DID NOT LIKE THE SET OF TIRES ON THE CAR. HE WILL GET FOUR MORE. HE’S OFF AND WILL GET HELP WITH 92, JIMMIE JOHNSON’S AGREED TO HELP HIM CATCH THE LEADERS. MATT?>>Matt: TODD BODINE IS IN FOR HIS FINAL SCHEDULED PIT STOP. IT WILL BE A FOUR TIRE CHANGE. THEY’LL GO BACK TO SOME CHASSISES THEY HAD ON THE PREVIOUS PIT STOP. IT TOOK ONE ROUND OUT. THE CAR GOT TIGHTER. THEY’LL PUT BACK IN AND ADJUST THE THE 00 CAR WITH AIR PRESSURE. 18.5 SECONDS.>>Darrell: THOSE GUYS WILL BE CELEBRATING WITH 18.5.>>Mike: LEADER’S IN. GREG BIFFLE, EXCUSE ME NOT BIFFLE, THAT’S THE 74 OF CHAD LITTLE IN THE GLARE. IT LOOKED MUCH LIKE BIFFLE’S CAR. MIKE McLAUGHLIN GETTING SERVICE. WE’RE TOLD HE HAS ONLY FOURTH GEAR WHICH HAS DROPPED HIM DOWN THE RUNNING ORDER SOMEWHAT.>>Darrell: THAT’S GOING TO HURT WHEN HE HAS TO LEAVE THE PIT LANE HERE. HE’S GETTING OUT PRETTY WELL.>>Mike: LET’S WATCH FROM MICHAEL WALTRIP’S ON BOARD CAMERA WHAT HAPPENED IN TURN TWO.>>Darrell: THIS IS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH RUNNING UP HIGH IN THAT HIGH GROOVE. HE DIDN’T HIT IT HARD BUT IT DOESN’T TAKE A LOT TO KNOCK THE TOW OFF OR BEND THE FENDERS ALL IN ON THE TIRES.>>Mike: HOUSE THAT CAR?>>Steve: IT’S INTERESTING. WE HEARD MICHAEL WALTRIP TALKING TO KENNEDY WHEN HE WAS COMING DOWN PIT ROAD. HE SAID DON’T DO MUCH TO IT. I DON’T THINK IT’S HURT THAT BADLY. SO THEY CHANGED FOUR TIRES AND MADE SURE THE SHEET METAL WASN’T RUBBING BUT MICHAEL DIDN’T FEEL HE’D DONE THAT MUCH DAMAGE.>>Mike: MICHAEL WORKING THROUGH PACK OF CARS THERE INCLUDING JASON KELLER. YOU SEE JUST AHEAD ON THE LEFT. AND PJ JONES IS IN THAT GROUP. HERE’S THE LEADER, GREG BIFFLE, WHO NOW ENJOYS A 20-SECOND ADVANTAGE ON JEFF PURVIS.>>Larry: BUT HE CAN’T STAY OUT MUCH LONGER BECAUSE YOU HAD JOE NEMECHECK, YOU HAD JEFF GREEN IN THERE. THEY’RE GOING TO BE BACK OUT RUNNING ABOUT 3/4 TO A SECOND FASTER THAN HE IS. THEY NEED TO GET THIS CAR BACK ON PIT ROAD.>>Mike: WE’RE TOLD HE’S COMING THIS TIME.>>Larry: I TOLD HIM HE’D BETTER GET THAT THING IN THERE.>>Mike: SO PURVIS WILL THEN PICK UP THE LEAD. HE’S ABOUT 19 SECONDS BACK RIGHT NOW. YOU’RE RIDING WITH PURVIS.>>Darrell: THERE’S BIFFLE ON PIT ROAD.>>Larry: PIT ROAD IS A LONG WAY AT 45 MILES AN HOUR. THE ONLY WAY THEY KNOW HOW TO MAINTAIN IT IS THROUGH THE TACH.>>Dick: THE BIG QUESTION IS WHETHER THEY WOULD PUT A SPRING RUBBER IN THE RIGHT REAR OF THE TIRE. THE CREW CHIEF WAND TO, ROUSH DIDN’T WANT TO. THEY’LL PUT IT IN ANYWAY. THESE GUYS ARE AS FAST AS ANYBODY IN THROWING A SPRING RUBBER IN OR HAULING ONE OUT. THEY MAY BE THE FASTEST CREW ANYWHERE DOING THAT. THE REAR TIRES ARE CHANGED. ZOOM ALL THE WAY AROUND ON THE LEFT SIDE ALREADY. HE’S DONE A GREAT JOB IF HE GOT THE RUBBER IN. LEFT SIDE GOTHEY’VE GOT TO CLEA, THEY’RE RUNNING HOT AT 230. WOW. GOOD STUFF. 19.40.>>Larry: HE DID A GOOD JOB. YOU DIDN’T HARDLY KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.>>Darrell: HE JUST SLID HER RIGHT IN THERE. CAT IN THE HAT. HE LIKED THAT.>>Mike: WE’LL SEE IF THAT’S THE RIGHT STRATEGY AS HERE COMES TODD BODINE ON NEW TIRES WHIPPING PAST JEFF PURVIS. ON OLD TIRES. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MORE NASCAR ON FX.>>Mike: WELCOME BACK TO ATLANTA. OUR COVERAGE OF THE AARON’S 312. MIKE JOY WITH DARRELL WALTRIP, LARRY McREYNOLDS. JOE NEMECHECK BACK OUT FRONT. GREG BIFFLE, 5.5 SECONDS BEHIND. OF THE YOUNG GUNS THAT STARTED TOWARD THE FRONT, BIFFLE IS HAVING THE BEST DAY. KEVIN HARVICK WHO WAS OUTSIDE POLE WENT A LAP DOWN. RYAN NEWMAN THE POLE SITTER IS OUT OF THE RACE. SCOTT WIMMER STILL ON THE LEAD LAP STARTED FOURTH NOW RUNNING IN 14TH POSITION AND ASHTON LEWIS WHO STARTED EIGHTH GOT CAUGHT UP IN A WRECK NOT OF HIS MAKING AND IS ONE OF THE 13 CARS IN THE GARAGE.>>Larry: BIFFLE’S GOT ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS. HE HAS LAP CARS IN FRONT OF HIM. HE’S GOING TO RUN OUT OF LAPS.>>Mike: DICK BERGGREN?>>Dick: GREG BIFFLE JUST CALLED INTO HIS CREW AND TOLD THEM HE’S DRIVING THE CAR FOR ALL IT IS WORTH. IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING HE CAN’T DRIVE ANY HARDER THAN HE’S GOING RIGHT NOW. MEANWHILE RANDY ROUSH CALLED BACK AND TOLD BIFFLE HE SHOULD REMEMBER LAST TIME AROUND 87 NEMECHECK SLOWED DOWN MORE THAN HE DID ON OLD TIRES. PSYCHOLOGY? MAYBE. WE’LL SEE.>>Mike: 5.4 SECONDS, AND BIFFLE IS A LITTLE QUICKER THAN NEEM CHECK THIS LAP.>>Darrell: THAT’S NOT PSYCHOLOGY. THE ONLY THING I QUESTIONED WAS WHY WOULD YOU PUT A SPRING RUBBER IN A CAR LEADING THE RACE?>>Larry: THE DIFFERENCE IN WHAT THEY HAVE NOW, 5.5 SECONDS BETWEEN TWEEN FIRST AND SECOND IS THE LITTLE EXTRA TIME FOR SPRING RUBBER. BUT JOE NEMECHECK WAS ONE OF THE FIRST CARS ROAD THAT LAPPED 161. THEY WAITED TILL LAP 168, SEVEN- f>Darrell: HE’S CLOSING THE GAP ON HIM, THERE’S NO QUESTION. HE’S A LITTLE QUICKER BUT I DON’T KNOW IF I WORKED ON MY CAR IF IT WAS RUNNING THAT GOOD. BUT WE HAVE SEEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN, NEMECHECK SLOWS DOWN AFTER A 20, 25 LAPS.>>Larry: I’VE WORKED WITH YOU I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES. IF YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD MAKE YOUR RACE CAR BETTER YOU’D WORK ON IT. DON’T TELL US THAT. YOU KNOW BETTER THAN THAT.>>Darrell: I KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE TOLD ME, THOUGH. YOU’D SAY MAN, THIS IS A GREEN FLAG PIT STOP. WE CAN’T DO THAT.>>Mike: MATT KENSETH CLIMBED FROM HIS CAR. JEANNE.>>Jeanne: I’M WITH HIM RIGHT EVERY TEN LAPS THE TEMPERATURE WAS GOING UP IN THE CAR. GOT TO 260 DEGREES. YOU GUYS KEPT OVERHEATING. IS THAT WHY YOU CALLED IT A DAY?>>WE KEPT HAVING PROBLEMS AFTER PROBLEMS. THE VISINE CAR RAN GOOD. WE RAN OUT OF GAS AND DIDN’T HAVE A GOOD PIT STOP. FINALLY SOMETHING HAPPENED WHERE WE STARTED USING WATER AND THE CAR KEPT GETTING HOT. WE DECIDED DAY.>>A COUPLE OF BACK TO BACK TOUGH RACE. GO GET THEM NEXT WEEK BUT HAPPY BIRTHDAY.>>I DIDN’T HEAR WHAT YOU SAID BUT IT WAS A TOUGH DAY. WE HAD A LOT OF BAD LUCK.>>HAPPY BIRTHDAY.>>THANKS FOR WISHING ME A HAPPY BIRTHDAY.>>Jeanne: GO RELAX.>>Darrell: HAPPY BIRTHOU, AND T TOO.>>Mike: MARTHA NEMECHECK, JOE’S MOM. SNOW JOE IS OUT IN FRONT.>>Larry: I’M PREPARED FOR YOU. IF YOU’RE GONNA SING, I BROUGHT A PITCH PIPE. LET ME NOW, BUDDY, OKAY? THIS ONE RIGHT HERE. [ BLOWING PITCH PIPE ] CAN YOU DO THAT?>>Darrell: LOWER.>>Mike: HE DOESN’T HAVE A PITCH PIPE. HE HAS A ONE NOTE HARMONICA DOWN MEANWHILE — BACK ON THE TRACK, WE HAVE 20 LAPS TO GO, AND JOE NEMECHECK EADER OVER GREG BIFFLE, TODD BODINE, MICHAEL WALTRIP, AND JEFF GREEN.>>Mike: WELCOME BACK TO ATLANTA WHERE THE AARON’S 312 HAS SEEN 13 LEAD CHANGES AMONG EIGHT DIFFERENT LEADERS. SIX CARS UPON THAT LEAD LAP. GREG BIFFLE TRYING TO CLOSE ON JOE NEMECHECK FOR THAT LEAD. HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM JUST A MOMENT AGO.>>Darrell: HE JUST GOT LOOSE GETTING IN THE CORNER. HE GETS THE BACK END AROUND. MAN. I DON’T THINK HE HURT IT THAT MUCH. KIND OF LIKE WHAT MICHAEL DID TO HIS CAR. SURE DIDN’T SLOW HIM DOWN A WHOLE LOT. THAT’S THAT RUBBER IN THE RIGHT REAR. I TELL YOU I WOULDN’T HAVE DONE THAT.>>Larry: HE’S LOSING A LOT OF GROUND. NOW HE IS SEVEN SECONDS HERE WITH ABOUT 14 LAPS TO GO.>>Mike: HE CAUGHT THAT WALL PRETTY GOOD. CAN HE AFFORD TO STOP? DO YOU NEED TO STOP?>>Larry: NO, YOU CAN’T STOP.>>Darrell: IF IT’S NOT SMOKING THE TIRES, JUST DID SOME BODY DAMAGE. I DON’T THINK IT HURT ANYTHING ELSE. PROBABLY KNOCKED TOW OUT. IF HE CAN JUST MAKE IT TO THE FINISH HOOE HE’LL BE SECOND PLACE PROBABLY.>>Larry: THEY HAVE THE SPOTTER MAKING SURE HE DON’T SEE ANY TIRE SMOKE OR RUBBING. HE’S TELLING HIM WE’VE GOT 13 LAPS TO GO. WE JUST NEED TO FINISH THIS THING.>>Mike: LET’S SHOW YOU SPEEDS THIS LAP. HERE COMES NEMECHECK. HE’S THE RACE LEADER BY 7.7 SECONDS.>>Darrell: THERE LEIS AT THE LINE. HERE COMES BIFFLE RIGHT THERE.>>Larry: THAT’S OVER EIGHT SECONDS. HE CONTINUES TO LOSE THREE TO FOUR TENTHS A LAP.>>Darrell: HE’LL HAVE HIS WORK CUT OUT FOR HIM JUST HOLDING ONTO SECOND PLACE WITH THE DAMAGE TO THE CAR.>>Larry: HE’S 6 SECONDS IN FRONT OF TODD BODINE IN THE 00 CAR. SO AGAIN THEY’RE JUST TRYING TO NURSE THAT THING HOME. THIS IS JOE NEMECHECK’S TEAM MATE. HE OWNS THAT CAR, RANDY LAJOIE IN THE 7 CAR.>>Darrell: THAT TOOK A LOT OF PRESSURE OFF NEMECHECK BECAUSE HE KNEW BIFFLE WAS CLOSING UP A LITTLE BIT. NOW HE CAN BASICALLY TAKE HIS TIME.>>Mike: THERE’S BIFFLE. NOW YOU’LL SEE TODD BODINE AND MICHAEL WALTRIP COMING UP ON TODD BODINE AS THEY CYCLE THROUGH.>>Darrell: THERE YOU GO RIGHT THERE. MICHAEL HAS BEEN CHASING TODD DOWN. MICHAEL HIT THE WALL A LOT LIKE BIFFLE DID. I THOUGHT IT MIGHT HAVE DONE A LOT OF DAMAGE BUT LOOKS LIKE HE’S GOING TO CONTINUE ON AND FINISH THE RACE.>>Mike: A LOT OF GLARE IN THE WINDSHIELD FROM OUR AARON’S ON BOARD CAMERA AND MICHAEL WALTRIP.>>Darrell: IT DRIVES YOU CRAZY. CAN’T SEE ANYTHING. YOU RELY ON THE SPOTTER.>>Larry: TIRE RUBBER, GREASE, YOU THROW THE SUN IN THERE. YOU FOLLOW THE IMAGE OF A CAR GETTING OFF IN THE CORNER.>>Mike: TEN LAPS TO GO.>>Darrell: YOU’VE BEEN GOING AROUND ALL AFTERNOON, YOU KIND OF KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING.>>Larry: I DON’T KNOW IF I’LL BUY THAT ONE.>>Darrell: KIND OF. I WONDERED IF YOU’D LIKE THAT EXPLANATION OR NOT.>>Mike: 8.4 SECONDS FIRST TO SECOND. ANOTHER 6 SECONDS BACK TO THE THIRD PLACE CAR. DICK?>>Dick: JOE NEMECHECK HAS FACED ADVERSITY ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS THIS WEEKEND BUT NEITHER HE NOR HIS CREW HAVE BECOME FLUS ERD AS A RESULT. ON HIS TIME TRIAL, THE REAR-END BLEW APART JUST AS HE CROSSEDAR THE START-FINISH LINE ON THE FIRST LAP. HE HELD HIS BREATH, HOPED THE CAR WOULDN’T SPIN OUT, HOPED HE’D GET THERE AND LEWOUND UP WITH A GOOD QUALIFYING POSITION. TODAY DURING THE RACE ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS HIS CAR HASN’T BEEN JUST RIGHT. HE’S DRIFTED BACK. THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN NEEM CHECK AND HIS CREW CHIEF BRIAN PADDY HAS ALWAYS BEEN CAREFUL, ALWAYS RESERVED, ALWAYS CON FI DENT AND HERE THEY ARE GETTING READY POTENTIALLY TO WIN THE RACE.>>Mike: HIS LEAD HAS NOW BULL JD TO NINE SECONDS.>>Larry: JOE’S WIFE HAS STOOD ON TOP OF MANY OF A PIT BOX AND WAVED HIM ON. HERE’S THE 99 AND 00. THIS IS FOR THIRD PLACE WITH SEVEN OR EIGHT LAPS TO GO. JAY SAUTER IN THE 43 CAR LAPS DOWN.>>Mike: ANOTHER LAP CAR, THAT’S BICKLE.>>Darrell: BICKLE HAD TO PULL DOWN AND MICHAEL DIDN’T GET BACK IN LINE. COST HIM A GOOD BIT OF TIME. JUST UP ON THE BACK OF THE BUMPER. THOSE SLOW CARS GOT IN THEIR WAY.>>Mike: FEDEWA IS GOING TO THE GARAGE AS NEMECHECK LEADS BY NINE SECONDS. SEVEN TO GO.>>Larry: THIS IS WHERE BRIAN PADDY TELLS HIM, YOU’VE GOT A NINE SECOND LEAD, PICK AND CHOOSE WHERE YOU PASS YOUR LAP TRAFFIC. BE SMOOTH. WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED. SPOTTERS ON TOP OF HIS JOB. THERE’S THE CREW CHIEF. BEEN UP THERE A LOT OF TIMES FOR A LOT OF JOE NEMECHECK’S WINS. BE SMOOTH. WE GOT IT HERE IF WE JUST BE SMART.>>Mike: THERE’S GREG BIFFLE THE SECOND PLACE CAR. 9.4 SECONDS BACK. LOOKS LIKE HE MAY BE ABLE TO HANG ON TO THAT SECOND PLACE. THE CARS BEHIND HIM ARE LOCKED UP WITH RACE TRAFFIC. GOOD RUN FOR BIFFLE TODAY. GOOD, STRONG SOLID KIND OF CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDING KIND OF RUN. THAT NUMBER 60 TEAM, MARK MARTIN DROVE THAT CAR IN THE PAST. THE NUMBER 60 HAS NOW LED ALL TEN ATLANTA BUSCH SERIES RACE.>>Larry: GUYS, HE LED IT TODAY BUT I GUARANTEE YOU HE’LL BE IN VICTORY LANE MANY TIMES. THERE’S THE 00, TODD BODINE GETTING IN THIRD PLACE.>>Mike: HE’S BUSTED THROUGH THAT PACK OF TRAFFIC THAT MICHAEL WALTRIP HAS TO FIGHT THROUGH.>>Darrell: THAT’S WHAT THEY’VE BEEN DOING. I’VE BEEN WATCHING THAT CROWD. THEYRE HAVING TO FIGHT THEIR WAY THROUGH. EVERYBODY’S RACING FOR A POSITION ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.>>Larry: GUYS, WE KEEP GOING BACK TO FIRST PIT STOP, JOE NEMECHECK. THEY MADE THAT GUTSY CALL, PULLED THE SPRING RUBBER OUT OF THE RIGHT REAR. THAT CAR WAS GETTING LOOSE. THEY IDED GET THAT RUBBER OUT EARLY, LET’S MAKE ADJUSTMENTS. JOE’S WIFE ANDREA.>>Mike: TOMORROW NEMECHECK STARTS 11TH IN THE WINSTON CUP RACE ON FOX.>>Darrell: I GOTTA BELIEVE WHAT YOU LEARN TODAY IN THESE CARS THE WAY THEY RUN CLOSE TO THE SAME SPEED AS A WINSTON CUP CAR WILL PAY OFF TOMORROW. IT WILL PAY BIG DIVIDENDS TOMORROW.>>Mike: IN NINE BUSCH SERIES APPEARANCES HE HAS ONLY ONE TOP FIVE FINISH, 5TH PLACE, IN 1997. HE’S COMING CLOSER AND CLOSER TO VICTORY LANE TODAY. THREE LAPS TO GO. BIFFLE NOW TEN SECONDS BACK. BUT THAT’S STILL FOUR SECONDS AHEAD OF TODD BODINE.>>Darrell: BODINE’S STREAK IS GOING TO END. HE’S NOT GOING TO WIN THREE IN A ROW IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE. WE DON’T WANT TO COUNT ANYTHING OFF JUST YET. BUT STILL TO RUN SECOND TODAY WOULD BE A — RUNNING THIRD RIGHT NOW, YEAH. TWO WINS AND A THIRD IN THE LAST THREE RACES. THAT’S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. TAKE THAT TO THE BANK.>>Larry: FOR A GUY THAT WAS ONLY GOING TO DO A ONE-RACE DEAL.>>Mike: THAT BRINGS TODD INTO THE PICTURE. MICHAEL WALTRIP TRYING TO RUN HIM DOWN.>>Darrell: THEY’VE BEEN ALL OVER EACH OTHER, BUT — TO NO AVAIL.>>Mike: WHITE FLAG FOR JOE NEMECHECK. LOOK FOR HIS FIRST WIN SINCE TALLADEGA LAST APRIL. TODD BODINE –.>>Darrell: UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THREE AND FOUR.>>Mike: HE’S GOING TO MAKE IT AROUND AND FINISH THIS RACE. AS NEMECHECK HEADS OFF IN THE CORNER ON HIS FINAL LAP. WE STAY GREEN. IN HIS 195TH BUSCH SERIES START, JOE NEMECHECK PICKS UP HIS 10TH SERIES VICTORY. LOOKING FOR GREG BIFFLE.>>Larry: HE’S SOMEWHERE BACK THERE. THERE HE IS.>>Mike: SECOND-PLACE CAR. TODD BODINE WAS THIRD. MICHAEL WALTRIP WILL FINISH THIRD. HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED TO TODD.>>Larry: DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF TURN THREE AND FOUR, GOT IN THE GRAY STUFF, RIGHT SIDE TIRES UP THERE JUST RUN OUT OF RACETRACK THERE.>>Darrell: THE BACK END GOT A LITTLE LOOSE. SAME THING HAPPENED TO BIFFLE. GOT LOOSE GETTING INTO THREE. GOT HIM UP THE TRACK. YOU CAN SEE HOW DIRTY IT IS UP THERE.>>Mike: FROM THE AARON’S CAMERA ON BOARD MICHAEL WALTRIP.>>Darrell: HE’S WORKING REAEAEA HARD TRYING TO HOLD MICHAEL OFF AND JUST GOT IN THERE A LITTLE

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