2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Sharpie 500


THAT’S TO GET POINTS AND BE AT THE LEAD AT THE END. WE JUST HAVE TO BE PATIENT AND THAT’S THE THING WE HEARD A LOT IN THE DRIVER’S MEETING AND THE SAME THING THE GUYS IN THE BOOTH WILL TALK ABOUT, JUST BEING PATIENT HERE. YOU TAKE 400 LAPS TO GET YOUR CAR GOOD AND RACE THE LAST 100. WE’LL SEE WHAT WE CAN DO AND AFTER THAT WHAT WE HAVE TO RACE WITH. MARTY: ALLEN BESTWICK? ALLEN: WITH JIMMIE JOHNSON WHO HAS A CHANCE TO LOCK IN HIS PLACE IN THE CHASE TONIGHT BUT HAS FINISHED IN THE 30’S THE LAST TWO RACES. IS THIS A GET THROUGH IT OR GO TO IT?>>I’M PLAYING GET THROUGH IT. I THINK THAT’S THE MINDSET OF MOST OF THE GUYS OUT THERE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THIS TRACK. WE’VE BEEN DRIVING GOOD. I’M TRYING TO GET THROUGH THIS DEAL F. I’M IN POSITION AT THE END, GO FROM THERE AND TRY TO WIN THE THING. ALLEN: GOOD LUCK TONIGHT. >>THANK YOU. BILL: HERE ARE THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS WITH THREE TO GO BEFORE CUTDOWN DAY. BILL: THIS IS THE WILD CARD RACE OF THE THREE REMAINING BECAUSE THE RACE COULD BE LOCKED BY THE TIME WE GET TO RICHMOND. KURT BUSCH’S ONLY WIN IN 2006 CAME HERE IN MARCH, 18 RACES AGO. HIS CHANCES OF MAKING THE CHASE ARE AS REMOTE BUT HIS CHANCES TONIGHT ARE GOOD. TONIGHT THE DRIVER OF THE MILLER LITE DODGE TRIES TO MAKE IT A SIX PACK.>>♪ I’VE GOT FIVE ON IT IT’S GOT ME STUCK AND I GO BACK ♪ DAVE: AND IN HIS WINS KURT BUSCH HAS HAD TO BUMP THEM, THUMPED THEM FROM TIME TO TIME. KURT, HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO WIN HERE WITHOUT SOME SORT OF CONTROVERSY BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER? >>CONTROVERSY FOR WHAT? DAVE: BEFORE THE NIGHT’S OVER.>>EVERYBODY RUNS AROUND BEFORE, SORRY, I BUMPED INTO YOU. THIS RACE IS ALWAYS TOUGH TO WIN BECAUSE IT’S THE ONE EVERYBODY WANTS TO WIN. GOT TO RUN. >>HE HAS TO GET INTRODUCED FOR THE POLE AWARD AND HE WILL START FIRST TONIGHT T.O. MATT YOCUM. MATT: JEFF BURTON DROPPED FROM FOURTH TO NINTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS SO WITH THAT IN MIND DO YOU GO INTO POINTS PROTECTION MODE TONIGHT, JEFF, OR SINCE YOU’RE STARTING SECOND, CAN YOU BE AGGRESSIVE HERE AT BRISTOL?>>I THINK THERE’S ALMOST NO OTHER WAY BUT TO BE AGUESSIVE. YOU HAVE TO BE SMART AND YOU HAVE TO — YOU HAVE TO RACE THE WAY YOU KNOW HOW TO RACE. I’M NOT GOING TO CHANGE ANYTHING BASED ON WHAT HAPPENED TO US THIS WEEK. I AM WHO I AM. MY TEAM IS A GREAT TEAM. WE’RE GOING TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT WE’RE DOING AND, HEY, THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. IT’S CRUNCH TIME. IT’S TIME TO GET IT DONE. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. MATT: HE BEGINS HERE, BILL, THE SAME SPOT WHERE HE WON A YEAR AGO. BILL: THANKS, MATT. HIS WORST FINISH IN THE LAST 37 RACES, 171 RACES SINCE JEFF BURTON WENT TO VICTORY LANE AT PHOENIX IN OCTOBER OF 2001. THAT’S THE FIRST LAP. HERE IS WHAT’S COMING UP ON THE “BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN.” MICHIGAN RACE WINNER MATT KENSETH GOT A JUMP ON THE FIELD BY TAKING THE FIELD WITH THE LIONS BEFORE HE WENT TO THE TRACK, LEAD TO GO A VICTORY FOR MATT AND MAYBE MORE WINS FOR THE LIONS. WITH THE NEXTEL CUP SERIES COMING TO BRISTOL NEXT SPRING, TODAY’S CAR WILL BE THE CAR OF YESTERDAY BECAUSE THESE GUYS WILL BE DRIVING THE CAR OF TOMORROW. AND WE’LL TAKE TO THE HIGH BANKS WITH WALLY AND A SPECIAL GUEST WE SAVEDED JUST FOR THIS EDITION OF THE “BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN.” BILL: DON’T WORRY ABOUT SOME OF THOSE EMPTY SEATS YOU MIGHT SEE HERE AT THE BRISTOL SPEEDWAY. THEY ARE CLEANING UP THE TAILGATE PARTY. THEY’LL BE HEADING INSIDE SOON TO CATCH THE GREEN FLAG FOR THE SHARPIE 500. NASCAR RELEASED ITS 2007 SCHEDULE THIS WEEK. THE FIFTH RACE OF THE SEASON WILL BE RIGHT HERE AT BRISTOL. IT WILL BE THE FIRST OF 16 SCHEDULED RACES FOR THE MUCH-TALKED-ABOUT CAR OF TOMORROW. 14 DRIVERS TESTED THE CAR ON MONDAY AT MICHIGAN. AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT IT GOT MIXED REVIEWS. SOME DRIVERS HAPPY WITH THE RIDE, OTHERS SAYING THEY DON’T SEE ANY MAJOR SAFETY ADVANTAGES. SOME DRIVERS LIKE THE WAY IT HANDLED. OTHERS DID NOT. THE CAR OF TOMORROW IS SCHEDULED TO BE USED IN 26 EVENTS IN 2008 AND ALL 36 RACES IN 2009. IT WAS MADE OFFICIAL ON FRIDAY JEREMY MAYFIELD WILL DRIVE FOR BILL DAVIS RACING IN 2007. MAYFIELD WAS FIRED BY EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS AFTER THE RACE IN INDIANAPOLIS. HE IS NOT EXPECTED TO COMPETE THIS SEASON BUT WILL TEST FOR THE DAVIS OPERATION. NASCAR TAG DRIVER CARL EDWARDS WITH A $20,000 FINE FOR HIS BEHAVIOR AFTER THE BUSCH RACE AT MICHIGAN. EDWARDS WAS REACTING TO GETTING HIT BY DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN A TWO-LAP DASH TO DECIDE THE RACE. AS WE TALKED ABOUT ON THE AIR LAST SUNDAY, NASCAR WAS VERY UNHAPPY WITH HE HAD CARDS TAKING A RUN AT EARNHARDT’S CAR AFTER THE RACE ENDED AND GOING TO VICTORY LANE TO DISCUSS THE WRECK. CARL IS ON NASCAR PROBATION UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR MEANING ANY ILL WILL AND BUSCH, NEXTEL CUP, AND THE TRUCK SERIES AND HE CAN BE BACK IN COURT. MARTY: AND I’LL TRY NOT TO POLICE HIM TOO MUCH, BILL. IN LIGHT OF THE PROBATION AND FINES LEVIED THIS WEEK, CAN YOU DRIVE WITH THE SAME INTENSITY AND PASSION?>>OH, YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE RACE TONIGHT. I FEEL BAD ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK AND GLAD WE PUT IT BEHIND US AND JUST GO ON. I LOVE RACING, AND I SPENT A LOT OF TIME THIS WEEK THINKING ABOUT IT. I HAVE A LOT OF GOOD THINGS IN MY LIFE AND WILL NOT TRY TO TAKE THINGS TOO PERSONALLY ON THE RACETRACK ANYMORE. MARTY: YOU FINISHED FOURTH IN MARCH. ARE YOU GOING TO FINISH BETTER TONIGHT?>>WE THOUGHT THE CAR WAS AWESOME FOR QUALIFYING. WE HAD IT TOO LOOSE. OUR CREW AND THE FUSION HAS BEEN WORKING WELL SINCE THEN. IF WE COME OUT WITH A TOP FIVE OR SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE AWESOME. AT THIS POINT IN THE SEASON WE’RE WORKING FOR WINS. MARTY: ONE THING THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN TONIGHT, BILL, HE WILL NOT RETALIATE IF ANYONE WRECKS HIM. BILL: GOOD POINT, MARTY. THANKS. ELLIOTT SADLER FINISHED 10TH LAST SUNDAY. HE STARTS NINTH TONIGHT. HE SHARES ROW FIVE WITH REED SORENSON. HE’S MAKING JUST HIS SECOND NEXTEL CUP START AT BRISTOL. RE” RACES ON AMERICA COUNTDOWN O>>NOW THIS WEEK’S BANK OF AMERICA HIGHER STANDARDS MOMENT. BILL: SECOND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS, ALREADY HAS ONE NEXTEL CUP CHAMPIONSHIP, TRYING TO GET ANOTHER, MATT KENSETH WINS AT MICHIGAN. >>GOOD JOB, GUYS.>>♪ ROLLING ROLLING ROLLING ON ROLLING, ROLLING, ROLLING ♪ BILL: MATT KENSETH IS THE DEFENDING CHAMPION OF THIS RACE. HE WON THE BUSCH RACE LAST NIGHT. HE HAS THREE NEXTEL CUP WINS THIS SEASON. HIS 12 TOP FIVE FINISHES LEADS THE LEAGUE. KENSETH IS A FORMER NEXTEL CUP SERIES CHAMPION. RACING IS HIS PROFESSION BUT FOOTBALL IS HIS PASSION. HE’S A LONGTIME FAN OF THE GREEN BAY PACKERS. THE ANNUAL KENSETH NEW YEAR’S DAY FRIENDS AND FAMILY FOOTBALL GAME USED TO BE PLAYED AT HIS CABIN IN WISCONSIN. THIS SEASON HE’S TRYING TO TACKLE ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP BUT AWAY FROM THE TRACK HE’S BEEN WATCHING THE HITS INSTEAD OF TAKING THEM. ALLEN BESTWICK HAS THE STORY. >>WHENEVER I GET A CHANCE, I TRY TO. I WATCH THEM PRACTICE. IT’S AMAZING. ALL THE FANS IN WISCONSIN REALLY APPRECIATE THIS PLACE. >>MATT KENSETH, NICE TO MEET YOU, SIR. >>NICE TO MEET YOU. HEY, BRET. I HAVE TO DO A WINNER’S CIRCLE APPEARANCE AT THE RACETRACK, RIGHT? THEY TOLD ME THREE DAYS AGO DO YOU KNOW WHERE IT’S AT? IT’S AT LION’S CAMP. I CAN’T GO TO LION’S CAMP. I GO TO GREEN BAY WEDNESDAY. SO IF YOU NEED ME TO CHECK ANYTHING OUT, LET ME KNOW.>>SPY FOR US.>>ALL RIGHT. >>I WAS UP IN PACKERS CAMP YESTERDAY.>>OK. HOLD ON A SECOND. WE NEED A LIONS STICKER OR SOMETHING.>>I’M A BIG PACKER FAN. IT’S COOL TO WATCH THEM COME OUT HERE AND PREPARE A LITTLE BIT. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE BRETT FAVRE FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES. TOLD HIM I WAS GOING TO COME HERE AND SCOUT THEM OUT FOR HIM.>>88 IS MIKE WILLIAMS. ROY IS 11.>>THEY’RE BOTH REALLY GOOD.>>MATT KENSETH, LOOK OUT.>>THE 20 WRECKED ME, PLAIN AS DAY.>>NASCAR RACE CONTROL A MOMENT AGO TOLD BOTH DRIVERS TO SETTLE DOWN. BLACK FLAG, 17. MATT KENSETH WILL HAVE TO COME TO PIT ROAD. ALLEN: ARE YOU A LITTLE FEISTIER THIS YEAR ON THE TRACK, OR IS THAT JUST YOU LETTING US SEE MORE OF WHAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE?>>I DON’T THINK IT’S — I DON’T THINK I’M MUCH DIFFERENT. WE’VE JUST BEEN INVOLVED IN A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN MORE HIGH PROFILE BECAUSE WE’RE RUNNING IN FRONT OF THE PACK OR A MORE HIGH-PROFILE DRIVER. >>KENSETH GOES AROUND OFF THE FRONT END OF JORDAN.>>I KNOW FOR SURE IT WAS INTENTIONAL. HE DUMPED ME. >>HE SAID IT WAS NOT LEFT OVER FROM BRISTOL BUT YOU BELIEVE IT WAS?>>DO YOU THINK HIM BEING ON PROBATION THAT HE’S GOING TO GO ON TV AND SAY IT’S LEFT OVER FROM BRISTOL? IT WAS. HE’S NOT STUPID.>>NICE TO MEET YOU.>>HOW ARE YOU DOING? >>OH!>>MADE ONE. THAT WAS MY FIRST ONE, RIGHT? THAT WAS THE FIRST ONE. >>THE FIRST SHOT. ALLEN: WE KNOW YOU WANT ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP BUT WHY DOES IT SEEM LIKE YOU’RE REALLY HUNG ON MAKING SURE YOU GET A CHANCE AT IT THIS YEAR? >>WELL, I THINK IT’S FINISHING WHAT YOU STARTED. WE WENT THROUGH A FEW WEEKS, THE LAST FEW WEEKS HAVE BEEN BETTER BUT WE WENT THROUGH A FEW WEEKS, TWO OR THREE OR FOUR IN A ROW WHERE WE DIDN’T OPERATE AT A HIGH LEVEL BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN THAT CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE FINAL 10 RACES.>>WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP WORKING ON PIT ROAD AND ON THE CARS. I HAVE TO BE MORE CONSISTENT AND FIGURE OUT WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE WHOLE DEAL. WE’LL RUN FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP RUNNING GOOD AND WE CARRY MOMENTUM INTO THE CHASE. I DON’T THINK IT MATTERS WHAT WE DID TWO MONTHS AGO. YOU’VE GOT TO BE DOING IT GOING INTO THE CHASE. THAT’S MY BIGGEST CONCERN, MAKING SURE WE’RE ALL ON TOP OF OUR GAME WHEN IT STARTS. ALLEN: WINNING THE LAST TWO RACES HE’S ENTERED SHOULD MAKE MATT KENSETH BE ON TOP OF HIS GAME, RIGHT? MATT, YOU SAID YOU’RE LOOKING FOR MOMENTUM ENTERING THE RACE. YOUR WIN LAST NIGHT IN THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RACE, DO YOU HAVE THAT MOMENTUM YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?>>RIGHT NOW WE DO. I DON’T KNOW IF WE WILL IN 20 MINUTES. A LOT OF THINGS CAN HAPPEN HERE. THEY’RE OPERATING AT A CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL RIGHT NOW AND WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP IT UP FOR ANOTHER 12 WEEKS OR WHATEVER IT IS. I’M REAL PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS DEWALT TEAM AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT 12 WEEKS AND TO TONIGHT. ALLEN: HOW ABOUT THE TRIFECTA? CAN YOU WIN TONIGHT? DO YOU HAVE THE CAR?>>I DON’T KNOW. I THOUGHT I DID, I STILL WOULDN’T MAKE THE PREDICTION. I DON’T KNOW. WE HAVE A PRETTY GOOD CAR BUT THERE’S A LOT THAT HAS TO GO RIGHT HERE AND YOU CAN’T HAVE ANY TROUBLE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A GOOD HANDLING CAR AND ALL THAT STUFF. WE’LL DO THE BEST WE CAN AND SEE WHAT OUR CAR RUNS LIKE. HOPEFULLY WE CAN BE THERE WHEN IT COUNTS. ALLEN: VERY NICE WITH THE FOOTBALL IN THE TRASH BARRELS. VERY NICE.>>I NEED A LITTLE BIT OF WORK. IT WAS KIND OF LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE TO GO TO PACKERS CAMP. WE GOT TO SEE HOW THEY TRAIN AND GET READY. I’M A HUGE PACKER FAN SO THAT WAS A HUGE FOR ME. ALLEN: YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE STANDS PACKED WITH PEOPLE. WHAT’S THAT LIKE? >>THIS IRON CAN’T GET ANY COOLER THAN THIS. IT’S AWESOME LOOK AT ALL THE FANS UP THERE. IT’S AN EXCITING RACE, IT’S EXCITING FOR THEM AND US. I CAN’T WAIT TO GET STARTED. I’M SURE IT WILL BE A GOOD RACE FOR THEM. HOPEFULLY WE CAN DO THE RIGHT THINGS AND KEEP OUR NOSE CLEAN. ALLEN: MATT KENSETH THE DEFENDING WINNER, BILL. HE STARTS FOURTH. BILL: CALE YARBOROUGH WON THE FIRST BRISTOL RACE AUGUST 26, 1978, EXACTLY 28 YEARS AGO TONIGHT. CALE STARTED FOURTH THAT NIGHT AND AS ALLEN POINTED OUT, TONIGHT MATT KENSETH WILL START FOURTH. NOW YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK IT UP BECAUSE WE ALREADY DID. BILL: “BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN” BROUGHT TO YOU BY — >>♪ READY OR NOT THE BOYS FROM THE SOUTH READY OR NOT HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW READY OR NOT HERE COME THE BOYS FROM THE SOUTH READY OR NOT HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW BOOM READY OR NOT HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW ♪♪ BILL: I LOVE THAT STUFF. LOSE YOUR TEMPER AT BRISTOL AND SOME WISE GUY PRODUCER WILL MAKE SURE NOBODY EVER FORGETS. THAT’S A SNAPSHOT OF OUR BRISTOL BAD BOYS TAPE. WE WILL ADD TO IT TONIGHT FOR SURE. SOME GUYS WILL TROY TO DO JUST THE OPPOSITE, PULL OFF A BRISTOL MIRACLE — TURN PATIENCE INTO VALUABLE POINTS, DAVE. DAVE: ONE OF THOSE GUYS WOULD HOPEFULLY BE DALE EARNHARDT JR. HE’S IN THE TOP 10 BUT ONLY BY 49 POINTS. JUNIOR, YOU NEED SOME MORE POINTS BUT YOU START 40TH. DID YOU FIX YOUR HANDLING PROBLEMS AND CAN YOU WORK YOUR WAY UP WILL?>>WE WERE GOOD IN PRACTICE. WE STARTED 29TH WHEN WE WON HERE. WE HAVE A FEW MORE CARS TO PASS. WE CAN PIT EARLY ON AN EARLY CAUTION AND THEN STAY OUT ON THE LATE CAUTION WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET SOME TRACK POSITION THAT WAY. DAVE: HE MENTIONED IT ALREADY N. 2004 HE CAME FROM DEEP IN THE PACK TO WIN HERE. MATT? MATT: KASEY KAHNE HAD TO START AT THE BACK OF THE BUSCH SERIES RACE. HE WAS IN THE LEAD BY HALFWAY AND FINISHED FOURTH. YOU’RE 31ST HERE. DO YOU IMPLEMENT THE SAME TYPE OF PIT STRATEGY?>>I THINK THAT WORKS IN A SHORT RACE BUT IT’S TOUGH IN THE LONG RACE. THERE ARE TWO OR THREE DIFFERENT STRATEGIES GOING ON BETWEEN THE FIELD CUT UP AND JUST SEE WHERE WE’RE AT AT THE END. HOPEFULLY WE’RE IN A GOOD POSITION. I THINK OUR CAR SHOULD GET BETTER AS THE NIGHT GOES ON. WE NEED TO HAVE A GOOD RUN. MARTY: MATT, CONTINUING WITH THE THEME OF GUYS WHO STARTED IN THE BACK TONIGHT, GREG BIFFLE STARTS 35TH. IS TONIGHT A MUST-WIN TO MAKE THE CHASE, GREG?>>I THINK SO. IT’S OBVIOUS A LOT CAN HAPPEN HERE AT BRISTOL. WE HAVE A GOOD RACE CAR HERE. OUR OTHER CAR WAS BETTER. NO LAPS IN THIS CAR, QUALIFIED 35TH. SO I’M PRETTY PROUD OF THAT ACTUALLY THAT WE WENT THAT FAST. SEVENTH WEEK IN PRACTICE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND THE FINAL PRACTICE WITH THIS CAR. WE FEEL CONFIDENT. JUST PIT STRATEGY AND TRYING TO WORK OUR WAY TO THE FRONT, TRY TO STAY THERE THE REST OF THE NIGHT. ALLEN: JEFF GORDON HAS A LOT OF TRIPS TO VICTORY LANE HERE AT BRISTOL BUT GIVEN YOUR PLACE IN POINTS, JEFF, WHAT ARE YOUR PRERACE THOUGHTS RACING HERE? >>WELL, I MEAN, I LOVE THIS PLACE. A LOT OF EXCITEMENT. IT’S A GREAT RACETRACK. I LOVE THE HIGH BANK SHORT TRACKS LIKE WINCHESTER AND SALEM I GREW UP ON. THIS PLACE, THE FIRST COUPLE HUNDRED LAPS THEY’RE TOUGH. THOSE ARE THE TOUGHEST ONES TO GET THROUGH, I THINK. THERE’S A LOT OF WEEDING OUT OF CARS. WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO REALLY DIAL IN OUR DUPONT CHEVROLET AND STAY OUT OF TROUBLE IF WE CAN AND GO ATTACK AND GET AFTER IT THE SECOND HALF. ALLEN: GOOD LUCK TONIGHT. >>THANK YOU. ALLEN: JEFF GORDON STARTS THIS RACE IN 13TH POSITION. THESE 160,000 FANS AND YOU AT HOME WANT TO SEE ONE THING — THE GREEN FLAG. WE’RE GETTING CLOSE. THE COUNTDOWN’S AT ZERO. MORE PRERACE COVERAGE FROM BRISTOL COMING UP.>>THIS HAS BEEN THE “BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN.” LET’S GO RACING. BILL: BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY, A PLACE AND A RACE LIKE NONE OTHER IN THE SPORT. ALLEN: THE SHARPIE 500 GETS THE FLAG SHORTLY HERE ON TNT. TO WIN TONIGHT’S RACE THE DRIVER IS GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE A LOT OF GREAT SAVES — SAVED IS A SERIES AND ONE OF ITS STARS WAS WALLY’S VICTIM THIS WEEK. HERE IS QUAGS WALLY’S WORLD” DRIVEN BY STATE FARM. >>♪ WALLY’S WORLD WALLY’S WORLD NASCAR EXCELLENT ♪ WALLY: I INVITE YOU ABOARD THE STATE FARM CAR HERE AT BRISTOL. GLAD YOU COULD MAKE IT. >>THANK YOU, WALLY. THANK YOU! WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL MY FRIENDS USED TO CALL ME MARIO ANDRETTI. TODAY IS THE DAY, BABY. WALLY: I ALWAYS KNEW I WOULD HAVE A PARAMEDIC STOPPING BY THE CAR BUT JUST FOR DIFFERENT REASONS.>>I’M NOT A PARAMEDIC TODAY. I’M A COWBOY! WALLY: YOU’RE A COWBOY? >>I’M A COWBOY TODAY. WALLY: WE HAVE A LOT IN COMMON. YOU DRIVE AN AMBULANCE AND I DRIVE A RACE CAR. >>RIGHT. WALLY: YOU SAVE LIVES AND, WELL, I PUT MINE AT RISK. >>YEAH, WE’RE GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING. [SCREAMING] WALLY: I’M RUN INTO SOME CASES WHERE RIDERS HAVE HAD A LOT OF STRESS AND SHOCK. [SCREAMING] WALLY: HOW DO YOU RECOMMEND THAT I TREAT THAT? [SCREAMING] WALLY: I COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT ANY BETTER. >>GO WALLY! GO WALLY! GO! GO! GO! YAHOO! WALLY: YOU’RE [email protected], OMARI. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK RACE CAR DRIVERS AREN’T ATHLETES. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT? >>LIKE THIS. I BOW DOWN TO YOU. I BOW DOWN TO THE DRIVERS. WALLY: I’M REALLY GLAD YOU SAID THAT BECAUSE I DIDN’T REALLY WANT TO HAVE TO STOP THIS CAR.>>YEAH, WALLY’S WORLD. WALLY, YOU’RE PRETTY GOOD AT THIS, MAN. WALLY: I FOOL A LOT OF PEOPLE, OMARI. ALLEN: DID I HEAR WALLY USE THE WORD FOOL? I CAN’T DO IT. I CAN’T DO IT. WALLY MAY HAVE MADE A LIVING OUT OF FOOLING AROUND BUT THERE WILL BE NO FOOLING AROUND FOR KEVIN HARVICK TONIGHT. KEVIN THIS RACE DOES NOT ALLOW YOU MUCH SLACK. I SAW YOU USE THE WORD CLEAN. WHAT DOES CLEAN MEAN? >>WELL, I THINK IF YOU’RE GOOD ENOUGH TO PASS, YOU GET BY SOMEBODY CLEAN AND YOU HAVE TO RACE THEM HARD STILL SO IF YOU CAN FINISH THIS RACE MOST LIKELY YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A GOOD NIGHT. OUR CHEVROLET WAS GOOD IN PRACTICE. HOPEFULLY WE CAN PUT OUR SELF IN POSITION AND GO FROM THERE. ALLEN: WE HOPE YOU HAVE A CLEAN RACE CAR TONIGHT. MATT? MATT: I’LL TAKE IT FROM HERE. DENNY HAMLIN IN THE SPRING DIDN’T HAVE THE CHASE HANGING OVER HIM. YOU’RE 88 POINTS TO THE GOOD RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS THE CHASE IS CONCERNED. THAT’S NOT A SAFE MARGIN. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS GOING INTO TONIGHT’S RACE?>>WE’VE COME A LONG WAY BACK FROM THE POINTS. IT’S NOT LIKE WE BACKED OUR WAY INTO THE TOP 10 BY ANY MEANS. THE WAY I SEE IT WE’RE 50 POINTS OUT OF FOURTH SO WE’RE LOOKING TO MOVE UP IN THE STANDINGS, NOT MOVE BACKWARDS. THAT’S THE MENTALITY WE TAKE THE NEXT THREE RACES AND HOPEFULLY GET IN THAT CHASE. MATT: DAVE, MARK MARTIN IS A TWO-TIME BRISTOL NIGHT RACE WINNER KNOWN AS A CLEAN DRIVER. MARK, IS THIS ONE OF THOSE PLACES WHERE IF YOU’RE A CLEAN DRIVER SOME GUYS MAY TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT? >>I GUESS IT’S POSSIBLE BUT I ALWAYS LOOK AT IT LIKE I GET MORE CONSIDERATION THAN MOST OUT THERE BECAUSE I GIVE MORE THAN MOST. I’VE GOT A GREAT RELATIONSHIP OUT THERE. WE’VE GOT REALLY A SWEET RACE CAR HERE TONIGHT WITH THE A.A.A. FUSION. THIS IS A BIG NIGHT FOR US. IF WE CAN CLEAR THIS HURDLE WITHOUT GETTING IN A WRECK HERE TONIGHT, WE’RE ON OUR WAY TO MAKING THE CHASE. MATT: WE WERE TALKING EARLIER ABOUT SOME GUYS REALLY HAVING TO GO IN HERE WITH THE APPROACH OF BEING MORE LENIENT ON THE AGGRESSIVE DRIVING. >>THESE ARE TIGHT QUARTERS AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE — YOU HAVE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY YOU HAVE BUT, YOU KNOW, AT THE SAME TIME YOU HAVE TO ALLOW FOR PEOPLE TO MAKE A LITTLE BIT OF A MISTAKE. YOU NEED TO ALLOW A FEW INCHES HERE AND THERE. TO MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MESS SOMEBODY UP THAT MAKES A LITTLE MISTAKE. SO IT’S A TOUGH RACETRACK AND IT’S TOUGH QUARTERS OUT THERE WITH ALL THESE CARS THE SAME SPEED AND THERE ARE 43 OF THEM OUT THERE. IT’S A GREAT SHOW FOR THE FANS AND I HAVE MY FINGERS CROSSED TONIGHT. WE HAVE A GOOD CAR. WE COULD CONTEND TO WIN THIS THING. MATT: MARK MARTIN WITH THE NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES RACE WEDNESDAY NIGHT, ONE OF FIVE TO WIN LAST YEAR, STILL SEARCHING FOR A WIN THIS YEAR. MORE PRERACE CEREMONIES LIVE ON TNT.>>WE’RE IN VICTORY LANE IN BRISTOL FOR THE SHARPIE 500 WITH THE PRESIDENT OF SHARPRPIE HOWARD, WHAT MAKES THIS THE BOLDEST RACE ON THE NASCAR SCHEDULE? >>IT’S 165,000 PASSIONATE FANS. IT’S THE WORLD’S FASTEST HALF MILE. ALL THOSE THINGS ARE VERY BOLD JUST LIKE SHARPIE. MARTY: WHAT MAKES THESE FANS SO SPECIAL? WHAT MAKES THIS RACETRACK SO SPECIAL?>>THE FANS BECAUSE IT’S 165,000 PEOPLE ON SUCH A SHORT TRACK. IT’S AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE. THE FEELING HERE IS QUITE INCREDIBLE AND WE THINK THE EXPERIENCE THAT WE GIVE YOU AT SHARPIE IS AWESOME AS WELL. MARTY: WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THE SHARPIE 500 TONIGHT ON TNT.>>♪ WE’VE GOT TO LEAD THE WAY HEAR THE BATTLE CRY STEP ASIDE LET ME HEAR THE BATTLE CRY TONIGHT STEP ASIDE ♪ [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY TURNER ENTERTAINMENT GROUP] CAPTIONED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE –WWW.NCICAP.ORG– BILL: TNT SPORTS PRESENTS THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES. TONIGHT IT’S THE SHARPIE 500 FROM THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. THE FANS STARTED ARRIVING HERE SO EARLY THIS MORNING THE SOUVENIR TRAILERS WEREN’T EVEN OPEN. YOU COME TO BRISTOL, YOU MAKE IT A BIG DAY. THE STARS OF NASCAR MAKE IT A BIG NIGHT. LET’S TAKE YOU TRACKSIDE AND JOIN THE PRERACE CEREMONIES.>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND FOR THE PRESENTATION OF COLORS BY THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, DELTA COMPANY FOURTH COMBAT ENGINEER BATTALION, AND REMAIN STANDING FOR OUR INVOCATION BY DAVE INBRECK. >>LET’S PRAY TOGETHER. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER WE THANK YOU FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL NIGHT WHEN WE COULD ENJOY THE GREATEST OF ALL THE RACES. THANK YOU THAT YOU’VE GIVEN US GRACE THROUGH YOUR SON, JESUS CHRIST. THANK YOU FOR THE HOPE WE CAN HAVE FOR THIS LIFE AND FOR ETERNITY. AND NOW, FATHER, I PRAY PROTECTION. I PRAY PROTECTION FOR EACH OF THE DRIVERS, THEIR CREWS, AND ALL THE RACE OFFICIALS AND MAY WE, AS WE RUN THE RACE OF LIFE, RUN POWERED BY YOUR HOLY SPIRIT. IT’S IN THE NAME OF JESUS WE PRAY, AMEN. >>AND PLEASE REMAIN STANDING AND SING ALONG WITH OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM WITH THE CHILDREN OF THE DRIVERS AND CREWS FROM MOTOR RACING OUTREACH. >>♪ O SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE OH, SAY DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE ♪♪ BILL: JUST ONE OF THE MANY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PRERACE CEREMONIES HERE AT THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. WE’VE WATCHED A NUMBER OF THOSE CHILDREN GROW UP THROUGH THE YEARS RIGHT THERE AND IT’S ALWAYS HARD TO TELL WHO IS MOST PROUD — THE KIDS SINGING OR THE PARENTS THAT ARE WATCHING THEIR CHILDREN PERFORM HERE IN FRONT OF A CROWD OF ABOUT 160,000 PEOPLE AT THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY AND ALL OF YOU WATCHING AT HOME. MORE PRERACE ACTIVITIES FROM DOWNSTAIRS. HERE IS ALLEN. ALLEN: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES THIS RACE SPECIAL, BILL, BOBBY LABONTE HAVING A FINAL MOMENT WITH HIS CHILDREN AND THE CHILDREN OF SOME OF HIS FRIENDS. YOU ALWAYS ENJOY WATCHING THAT. IT’S NEAT TO HAVE YOUR KIDS PART OF THE PRERACE, ISN’T IT?>>IT IS. YOU SEE THEM GROWING UP FOR SO MANY YEARS AND A LOT OF THE KIDS THAT ARE OLD ENOUGH TO DRIVE CARS, THEY ALWAYS COME BACK FOR THIS DEAL. IT’S COOL. ALLEN: YOU START THIRD TONIGHT. CAN WE SEE THIS 43 UP FRONT THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT? >>WELL, I HOPE SO. WE HAVE A GOOD RACE CAR AND I THOUGHT THE SAME THING IN PRACTICE YESTERDAY AS I DID LAST RACE HERE. WE ENDED UP PRETTY GOOD. SO HOPEFULLY WE GET IT FIGURED OUT BETTER FOR TONIGHT. IT’S HOTTER NOW THAN IT WAS IN THE SPRINGTIME BUT HOPEFULLY EVERYTHING GOES RIGHT WE’LL HAVE A GOOD RACE CAR. ALLEN: GOOD LUCK TONIGHT. BOBBY LABONTE. MARTY: BOTH PETTY CARS START IN THE TOP 10. LET’S ASK KYLE PETTY IF THEY’RE BOTH GOOD ENOUGH TO FINISH IN THE TOP 10. >>I THINK SO. THE CHEERIOS DODGE WITH BOBBY HAS BEEN GOOD. THAT TEAM IS GETTING STRONGER AND STRONGER AND GREG AND THOSE GUYS HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB. I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT OUR CAR. THE MARATHON DODGE THAT PAUL ANDREWS AND EVERYBODY HAS WORKED REALLY HARD. I WANT TO TELL EVERYBODY OUT THERE THE ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPER FROM SUNOCO, REMEMBER, GO ONLINE VICTORYJUNCTION.ORG, WE’RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. GO AND REGISTER FOR THAT ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPER BECAUSE IT’S A COOL BIKE. MARTY: KYLE PETTY STARTS EIGHTH. BILL? BILL: THANKS, MARTY. THIS IS AN ATMOSPHERE UNLIKE ANY OTHER OF NASCAR. ASK A FAN IF THEY COULD WATCH ONE RACE, MOST WOULD CHOOSE THIS RACE. WHEN WE COME BACK, THE COMMAND, THE STARTING LINEUP, AND THE GREEN FLAG AT BRISTOL ALL IN THE NEXT 10 MINUTES LIVE ON TNT. BILL: THE SHARPIE 500 LIVE FROM THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY ON TNT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY — BILL: HI, EVERYBODY. BILL WEBER ALONG WITH WALLY DALLENBACH AND IT IS A PLEASURE TO WELCOME BACK TO THE BOOTH OUR OLD PARTNER BENNY PARSONS. HOW ARE YOU FEELING? BENNY: WELL, I’M BETTER. I’M NOT PERFECT YET, FOLKS, BUT I’M BETTER. BILL: I KNEW YOU WOULDN’T MISS THIS RACE. YOU WON HERE IN 1973. 18 TOP FIVE FINISHES. BENNY, THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME AT BRISTOL. BENNY: IT IS UNBELIEVABLE. SINCE THE LATE 1970’S WHEN THEY STARTED RUNNING THIS RACE AT NIGHT, IT HAS BEEN THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER AND THE BANK OF AMERICA PREGAME SHOW, BUT, AND IT’S THE BEST TIME FOR NASCAR BECAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH EXCITEMENT. 160,000 PEOPLE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. BUT SOMETIMES IT CAN BE THE WORST OF TIMES BECAUSE WE SEE SO MANY FRIENDS HAVING TO KNOCK EACH OTHER OUT OF THE WAY TO GET SUCCESS. IN THE SPRING MATT KENSETH, HE’S LEADING THE RACE. KURT BUSCH, THEY’RE GOOD FRIENDS. BUT BUSCH WANTS TO WIN AND IT HAS BECOME ACCEPTED TO DO THIS. KENSETH KNOCKS JEFF GORDON OUT OF THE WAY. AND AFTER THAT IS OVER KENSETH SAYS TO KURT, HE SHOULDN’T HAVE DONE THAT. JEFF GORDON SAID TO KENSETH, HEY, I DIDN’T APPRECIATE THAT. THAT’S THE WORST OF TIMES. BILL: IS THAT REALLY WHAT THEY SAID? I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING OTHER THAN THAT. AS A RACE FAN YOU LOVE WALKING IN HERE. THE ATMOSPHERE IS ELECTRIC AND THE DRIVERS CAN FEEL IT, TOO. WALLY: I REMEMBER AS A DRIVER COMING HERE. IT WAS LIKE A COLISEUM, A ROMAN COLISEUM. IT’S VERY INTIMIDATING. THIS IS A PLACE WHERE A DRIVER REALLY SENSES WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. WHEN YOU GO AROUND THE RACETRACK AND THE TRUCKS YOU SENSE THE FANS. THEY’RE RIGHT NEXT TO THE RACETRACK. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE. AND WHEN THE GREEN FLAG DROPS, THERE’S 160,000 CAMERA FLASHES THAT WILL GO OFF, AND YOU SEE ALL THAT. BUT IT’S REALLY, REALLY A COOL PLACE. AND, B.P., WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT THERE’S GOING TO BE 42 GUYS THAT LEAD THIS RACETRACK THAT ARE MAD, AND THERE’S GOING TO BE ONE GUY THAT’S HAPPY. BUT EVERYBODY ELSE IS GOING TO BE MAD AT EACH OTHER A LOT LIKE THIS BOOTH TONIGHT. BILL: I HAVE BAD NEWS FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE. MARK MARTIN SAYS HE HAS A GOOD RACE CAR. THAT’S GOOD FOR HIM BECAUSE MARK DOESN’T SAY THAT. TWO WEEKS IN A ROW HE’S PREDICT ADD STRONG FINISH. A LOT OF WHAT HAPPENS HERE IS OUT OF YOUR HANDS. WALLY: IT REALLY IS. A LOT OF TIMES YOU TALK ABOUT DAYTONA AND TALLADEGA, THE BIG ONE HAPPENING. THIS RACE YOU COULD RUN 499 LAPS AND BE TAKEN OUT BECAUSE OF SOMEBODY ELSE’S MESS, AND WE SAW IT LAST NIGHT IN THE BUSCH RACE A COUPLE OF TIMES. IT’S HARD. YOU’VE GOT TO STAY FOCUSED. I KNOW A LOT OF GUYS TALKED IN THE PRERACE WE’RE JUST GOING TO TRY TO GET A GOOD FINISH. WE’RE GOING TO BE CAREFUL. A LOT OF TIMES IT’S OUT OF YOUR HANDS. BILL: WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. FIVE OF THE LAST SIX NIGHT RACES, THE MARGIN OF VICTORY HAS BEEN ABOUT ONE HALF SECOND SO DON’T MISS THE FINISH. GLAD YOU COULD BE ALONG FOR THE SHARPIE 500 HERE ON TNT. 160,000 FANS HAVE WAITED ALL DAY. LET’S GO TRACKSIDE FOR THE WORDS THEY WANT TO HEAR.>>AND NOW, RACE FANS, FOR THE WORDS WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR, SHARPIE 500 GRAND MARSHAL, LYN.>>GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES! BILL: 43 CARS THUNDER TO LIFE HERE AT THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN THE MOUNTAINS OF TENNESSEE. IT’S GOING TO BE A BIG NIGHT. THE SUN IS STARTING TO SET. THE FANS IN THEIR SEATS. THE CARS ARE FIRED UP ON PIT ROAD. BUDWEISER, THE OFFICIAL BEER OF NASCAR, IS THE PROUD SPONSOR OF THE BUDWEISER POLE AWARD GIVEN TO THE FASTEST QUALIFIER IN EACH NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACE. CONGRATULATIONS TO KURT BUSCH, HIS FOURTH POLE OF THE SEASON, AND HE’LL BE IN THE BUDWEISER SHOOT-OUT WHEN WE ALL GO TO DAYTONA IN FEBRUARY OF 2007. HERE’S THE STARTING GRID FOR THE 2006 SHARPIE 500. BILL: THE CARS ROLL OFF OF PIT ROAD. TAKE A LOOK AT THE DRIVERS THAT DID NOT QUALIFY. NO ONE HAS TO DROP TO THE BACK OF THE FIELD TONIGHT. BILL: AND THE CARS BEGIN TO CRAWL DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH HERE AND LINE UP FOR THE START OF THE SHARPIE 500. TWO PIT ROADS HERE, CAN BE VERY TRICKY, ONE ON THE FRONT AND ONE ON THE BACK. WHERE IS MATT YOCUM AT? MATT: UNDER PIT ROAD PROTOCOL, CARS HAVE TO ENTER OFF TURN TWO. THAT’S WHERE I’M LOCATED AND MATT KENSETH’S PIT STALL THE SAME EXACT PIT STALL THAT HE CHOSE LAST NIGHT IN THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RACE. HE GOT THIS ISLAND STALL BECAUSE HE QUALIFIED FOURTH. HE GOT THE LAST ONE. NOW MATT HAS NEVER WON A BUSCH CUP RACE IN THE SAME WEEK. HE COULD PULL OFF THE SWEEP IN BRISTOL. THE LAST TO DO THAT WAS DALE EARNHARDT JR. THE BIGGEST NUMBER FOR MATT IS 22. HE FINISHES 22ND OR BETTER TONIGHT, HE CLINCHES HIS SPOT IN THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP OF 2002. NOW LET ME GO FURTHER UP PIT ROAD DOWN TOWARD TURN NUMBER THREE AND DAVE BURNS. DAVE? DAVE: MATT, I’M ALSO ON THE BACKSTRETCH. I TALKED TO SCOTT MILLER, THE SCREW CHIEF FOR JEFF BURTON, ASKED HIM ABOUT STRATEGY HERE AT BRISTOL. HE SAID YOU HAVE TO DO RISKY THINGS AND SMART THINGS. DO RISKY THINGS IF YOU QUALIFY POORLY YOU MAY HAVE TO GET OUT OF PIT SEQUENCE WITH PEOPLE, TAKE TWO TIRES INSTEAD OF FOUR. THEY QUALIFIED GREAT SO THEY GET TO DO SMART THINGS LIKE SET UP THEIR CAR FOR THE LONG RUN AND ALSO PICK A GREAT PIT STALL WITH A GREAT OPENING IN FRONT OF IT LIKE THEY’VE DONE DOWN HERE IN TURN THREE. MARTY? MARTY: DAVE, I’M HERE ON THE FRONT STRETCH OF THE TURN FOUR ENTRANCE OF PIT ROAD WHERE JEFF GORDON IS TONIGHT. HE’S A FIVE-TIME BRISTOL WINNER BUT WINNING MAY NOT BE THE GOAL TONIGHT. THEY ADMITTED TO ME EARLIER WE ARE BIG PICTURE RACING. I ASKED STEVE LETARTE, THE CREW CHIEF, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WE’RE RACING ABOUT 95% OF WHAT WE WOULD NORMALLY RACE. WE HAVE TO MAKE THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. TONIGHT JEFF GORDON STARTS 13TH. THE LAST TIME DETHAT, CHICAGO, WHEN HE WENT ON TO WIN. ALLEN? ALLEN: MARTY, JIMMIE JOHNSON LOCKS IN HIS PLACE BY FINISHING 41ST OR BETTER TONIGHT. SHOULD BE ABLE TO PULL THAT OFF HERE AT BRISTOL. JIMMIE’S CREW CHIEF TOLD ME HE CHOSE A PIT STALL AS FAR TOWARDS TURN ONE AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WITH THE QUICK CAUTION LAPS HERE AT BRISTOL HE AND JIMMIE HAVE MORE TIME TO TALK ABOUT WHAT ADJUSTMENTS THEY MIGHT LIKE TO MAKE TO THEIR CAR AFTER THE YELLOW FLAG COME OUT AND GET THE CREW TO PREPARE TO MAKE THOSE ON A PIT STOP. WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER JIMMIE JOHNSON DOWN HERE TOWARDS TURN ONE TONIGHT. BILL? BILL: THANKS, GUYS. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT DOWN THERE. TO SEE THE ENTIRE TNT PIT MAP GO TO NASCAR.COM’S HOME PAGE AND CLICK ON PIT MAP. NOW AS YOU LOOK DOWN AT THIS TRACK A NUMBER OF SPEEDING PENALTIES HANDED OUT LAST NIGHT IN THE BUSCH SERIES RACE. IT WAS ADDRESSED IN THE DRIVER’S MEETING TONIGHT WHAT NASCAR WANTS TO MAKE SURE DRIVERS DO NOT DO IS CUT THE CORNERS BETWEEN TURNS THREE AND FOUR AT THE OPPOSITE END OF THE RACETRACK. YOU NEED TO STAY ABOVE THE YELLOW LINE THAT’S DOWN THERE. OTHERWISE YOU PUT YOURSELF IN A POSITION WHERE YOU WILL BEAT THE CLOCK AND SUFFER FROM A PIT ROAD SPEEDING TICKET AND WE’LL GET MORE INTO THAT AS IT GOES ALONG DURING THE RACE HERE TONIGHT BUT THE GUYS WILL HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL AT THAT TURN THREE AND FOUR END OF THE RACETRACK. BENNY: THEY SAID YOU CAN GO BELOW THE YELLOW LINE IF YOU WANT BUT IT MAY PUT YOU IN A POSITION TO SPEED. WALLY: JUST DON’T SPEED. BILL: EVERYBODY THAT COMES HERE, I THINK, BRINGS A CAMERA. AND THEIR FLASHBULBS ARE GOING OFF. DO YOU THINK THE FLASHBULBS HELP OR JUST LOOK GOOD? WALLY: I DON’T KNOW IF IT HELPS BUT IT LOOKS COOL. WHEN YOU’RE A DRIVER, YOU CAN SEE IT. THERE’S NOTHING NOW. WHEN THIS THING GOES GREEN, IT WILL POP. BILL: KURT BUSCH, JEFF BURTON ON THE FRONT ROW. 500 LAPS AT BRISTOL. ENJOY THE RACE. BILL: KURT BUSCH LEADS THE FIRST TWO LAPS BUT THEY’RE ALREADY SIDE BY SIDE AS THEY WILL BE FOR A LOT OF TIME TONIGHT. BENNY: AND THAT 41 CAR FINALLY GETS ABOVE THE RACETRACK. SOMEBODY PLEASE CUT ME SOME SLACK. BILL: YOU SEE THE DIFFERENT COLORS ON THE TICKER TONIGHT. WE’LL HAVE THAT FOR YOU THROUGH THE REST OF THE RACE FOR THE CHASE. THE GUYS TRYING TO GET IN ARE IN GREEN. THE GUYS ON THE BUBBLE IN YELLOW. THE GUYS ELIMINATED MATHEMATICALLY ARE IN RED. WALLY: EVERYBODY IS ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT NOW. IF YOU’RE GOING TO RUN THIS PLACE AND BE FAST, BE ANY GOOD, YOU HAVE TO RUN THAT YELLOW LINE ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE CORNERS. IF YOU GET PUSHED OUT OF LINE IN THIS POINT OF THE RACE, LIKE THE 49 CAR, LEPAGE IS TRYING TO FIND A SPOT TO GET DOWN IN BUT YOU CAN’T. IT’S THE START OF THE RACE AND YOU CAN LOSE 25 SPOTS IN ABOUT 10 LAPS OR LESS HERE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE RACE BECAUSE EVERYBODY IS ON THE BOTTOM. BILL: KYLE BUSCH, NOW RYAN NEWMAN BY THE 49. JEFF GREEN IN THAT 66. WALLY: AND EVEN IF IT’S YOUR BUDDY, YOU CAN’T LET THEM IN. BENNY: YOU CAN’T. WALLY: BECAUSE IT’S JUST LIKE, MAN, I REALLY WANT TO LET YOU IN BUT — THE 31 ALL UP IN KURT BUSCH’S BUMPER RIGHT THERE. BENNY: I THINK HE WANTS THOSE FIVE BONUS POINTS FOR LEADING THE LAP BADLY. BILL: JEFF BURTON FINISHED 42 PPED LAST WEEK. LOOK WHO IS RUNNING THIRD IN THIS LINE. MATT KENSETH. MORE ON JEFF WITH YOUR TON — BURTON FROM DAVE BURNS. DAVE: JEFF TOLD ME THEY STARTED OUT GOOD IN THE FINAL PRACTICE BUT THE CAR WENT TIGHT. WE’LL HAVE A CREW TAKE A BIG SWING AT IT SETUPWISE TO START THE RACE. LOOKS LIKE IT WORKED. ALLEN? ALLEN: DAVE, THIS CAR KURT BUSCH IS DRIVING THAT HE’S TRYING TO HOLD ON TO THE LEAD WITH, THE LAST TIME THIS CAR WAS ON A RACETRACK WAS HERE WHEN IT WON THE RACE BACK IN THE END OF MARCH. THEY TOOK IT BACK TO THE SHOP, COVERED IT UP, HASN’T BEEN RUN SINCE. MATT? MATT: THE GUY SITTING THERE IN THIRD, THE 17 CAR, THE SAME CAR HE DOMINATED LAST FALL LEADING 415 LAPS. THEY’RE SETTLING IN, SEEING WHAT HAPPENS THERE BETWEEN THE TWO AND 31. READY TO MAKE THE MOVE. HE WON SEVEN OF THE LAST 10 SHORT TRACK RACES. BILL: DERRIKE COPE HAS GONE TO THE GARAGE. IF HE IS DONE FOR THE EVENING, JIMMIE JOHNSON WILL BE ONE STEP CLOSER TO CLINCHING. WALLY: DOESN’T MARTY HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY? BILL: HE DOES BUT WE’RE MAKING HIM WAIT. BENNY: HERE WE GO. HERE WE GO! IS BUSCH GOING TO GIVE HIM THE ROOM? WALLY: GOT TO. AND IT’S OK.>>ALL CLEAR. NICE JOB. WALLY: HE’S GOING TO LOSE TWO SPOTS, NOT 25 SPOTS. THERE’S ENOUGH ROOM IN BETWEEN KENSETH AND BOBBY LABONTE WHERE HE WILL JUST LOSE A COUPLE OF SPOTS. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE. BILL: B.P., THOSE ARE THE FIVE BONUS POINTS BURTON WANTED. BENNY: THEY COULD BE VITAL BY THE TIME HE GETS TO RICHMOND OR VIRGINIA. WALLY: THE 25 CAR HAS GOT — BENNY: A FLAT TIRE I THINK I SEE.>>RIGHT-SIDE TIRES, GUYS. BILL: HE’S ON THE FRONT STRETCH. BENNY: THE RIGHT FRONT IS FLAT. WALLY: YOU’RE RIGHT. JUST GETS INTO THE WALL. HE GETS INTO THE WALL — THAT’S A LITTLE HARDER THAN IT LOOKS. ANYTIME YOU HIT THE WALL HERE IN BRISTOL, IT’S HARDER THAN IT LOOKS. BILL: WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT LAST NIGHT. KENSETH IN SECOND. BUSCH IN THIRD. BOBBY LABONTE RUNS FOURTH THEN DENNY HAMLIN. TONY STEWART IN THAT HIGH GROOVE. MEARS GOES BY. WALLY: YOU SEE THE 41 CAR. HE IS TRYING — REED SORENSON WILL TRY TO GET BY HIM. NOW GORDON IS GOING TO TRY TO SNEAK UP THERE AND GET AS CLOSE TO SORENSON AS HE CAN SO THERE’S NO GAP FOR STEWART TO DROP DOWN IN ALTHOUGH STEWART — OH, HE WANTED TO GET DOWN THERE. YOU’RE ONLY CLEAR FOR A SECOND. IT’S LIKE, OK, I’VE GOT A CLEAR — NO, I’M NOT CLEAR. BENNY: LAP 417 YOU’D HAVE BEEN CLEARED. WALLY: HE WOULD HAVE BEEN TAKING IT. BENNY: CLEAR OR NOT, HE’D HAVE BEEN GOING DOWN THERE. BILL: NOW JEFF GORDON IN THE 24 . FIVE-TIME WINNER HERE. WALLY: AND STEWART’S SPOTTER — STEWART IS SAYING FIND ME A HOLE. FIND ME A GAP. AND THE SPOTTER IS GOING INSIDE, INSIDE, ANOTHER ONE BEHIND HIM, ANOTHER ONE BEHIND HIM. BILLION BILLION TIME FOR MARTY TO CHIP IN. MARTY: TONY STEWART, WE TALKED TO HIM THIS MORNING, WE TALKED TO THE TEAM AND GREG ZIPADELLI. THE CAR IS GREAT ON NEW TIRES BUT ON OLD TIRES THAT’S WHERE STEWART IS THE BEST. HE RUNS VERY CONSISTENT LAPS. A LOT OF THESE CARS ARE FASTER ON NEWER TIRES THAN HIM. TALKED TO JEFF GORDON’S TEAM, THEY SAID THE EXACT OPPOSITE. THEY WOULD BE FAST ON THE GIT-GO BUT WHAT THEY WERE SEEKING TODAY IS CONSISTENCY. TRYING TO BE BETTER ON THE LONGER RUN. THAT’S WHERE STEWART THINKS HE’S GOOD. HE’S HAVING A TOUGH TIME GETTING THE CAR DOWN. BILL: THE FIRST 20 HAVEN’T BEEN ANY FUN. BENNY: START FIFTH AND NOW BATTLING FOR 13TH. BILL: B.P., HE’S GOING THE WRONG WAY. BENNY: YES, HE IS. WALLY: ACTUALLY HE’S RUNNING PRETTY GOOD UP THERE. THERE’S NO GRIP UP ON THE OUTSIDE. NOT COMPARED TO THE BOTTOM BUT YOU SEE HIM SLIDE UP RIGHT THERE. YOU’RE DIGGING. YOU’RE DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO TRY TO STAY SIDE-BY-SIDE OR AT LEAST STAY WITH THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU. YOU’RE WORKING YOUR TAIL OFF WHEN YOU RUN THAT HIGH LINE LIKE STEWART IS. THERE GOES STERLING MARLIN IN THE 14. STEWART IS GOING TO LODS A BUNCH OF SPOTS HERE. HE MAY BE ABLE TO GET BEHIND NEWMAN THERE OR NOT. NOW SCHRADER CLOSES UP THE GAP IN THE 21 CAR. SO VERY, VERY FRUSTRATING WHEN YOU’RE A DRIVER RIGHT NOW AND YOU’RE IN TONY STEWART’S SITUATION. BILL: THERE’S SO MUCH TRAFFIC OUT THERE, TOO. CARS ALL AROUND THIS HALF-MILE TRACK WITH 42 CARS OUT THERE RUNNING. WALLY: AND SCHRADER GAVE HIM SOME SLACK, GAVE HIM A BREAK, AND GAVE HIM THE SPOT. BILL: J.J. YELEY WENT UP THE HILL IN TURN TWO. ABLE TO RECOVER BUT IS GOING TO LOSE A SPOT. OR FIVE. REED SORENSON WITH JEFF GORDON TRYING TO GET INSIDE. WALLY: YOU’LL SEE A GUY LIKE THE 24, YOU’LL SEE HIM PULL DOWN TO THE LEFT. ALL YOU’RE TRYING TO DO IS PSYCH THAT GUY OUT. YOU KNOW HE’S LOOKING IN THE MIRROR AND YOU’RE HOPING THAT IF YOU PULL DOWN TO THE LEFT — YOU DON’T JUST HESITATE A LITTLE BIT TO WHERE HE’LL STAY UP UNTIL YOU GIVE HIM THAT BOTTOM LIKE THAT. BILL: HAD HIS HANDS FULL, ALLEN. ALLEN: THE GOAL FOR REED SORENSON TONIGHT, GET TO THE FINISH FIRST. THAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST PROBLEM HE’S HAD IN HIS FIRST FEW TRIPS HERE TO THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY BOTH IN THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES AND NEXTEL CUP SERIES. HE SAID A TOP 10 TONIGHT WOULD BE LIKE A WIN. MARTY? MARTY: ALLEN, THIS IS A VERY DELICATE BALANCE FOR JEFF GORDON. THEY KNOW THEY HAVE A GOOD RACE CAR, A RACE CAR THAT COULD FINISH IN THE TOP FIVE TONIGHT. THEY ALSO KNOW THEY HAVE TO MAKE THE CHASE. THEY CAN’T RUN ALL OUT. IT’S GOING TO BE HARD TO BE 95% AT BRISTOL, BUT THE TEAM IS FOCUSED ON THE BIG PICTURE. THEY WOULD LOVE TO WIN TONIGHT BUT THEY KNOW THEY HAVE TO MAKE THE CHASE SO I GUESS, B.P., HOW DO YOU BE CONSERVATIVE IN A PLACE LIKE BRISTOL? BENNY: EVERYONE KEEPS TALKING BICK PICTURE. WHERE DO YOU HIDE AT THIS PLACE, WALLY? WALLY: YOU CAN’T. THEY’LL FIND YOU. BENNY: SOMEHOW, SOME WAY THEY’LL FIND YOU. BILL: SOMETIMES THEY FINDING COMING OUT OF TURN FOUR ON THE LAST LAP, TOO. KURT BUSCH RUNS THIRD. AN UPDATE FROM ALLEN. ALLEN: WELL, YOU KNOW, HE’S NOT ALL THAT CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING FALLEN BACK FIRST TO THIRD BECAUSE THE GOAL TONIGHT, WELL, HERE’S THE CONVERSATION ON THE RADIO JUST BEFORE THE GREEN FLAG. >>ALL RIGHT, BOYS AND GIRLS. THIS IS THE BRISTOL THING. LET’S DO IT. FINISH FIRST OR FIRST TO FINISH. SOMETHING LIKE THAT. ALLEN: EVEN THOUGH HE’S FALLEN BACK TO THIRD, HE KNOWS THIS IS A LONG RACE. YOU HAVE TO GET TO LAP 500. RIGHT NOW KURT LACKING A LITTLE REAR END GRIP ON THIS CAR THAT THEY’LL TRY TO ADJUST THE FIRST CHANCE THEY GET ON PIT ROAD. WALLY: YOU HAVE 500 LAPS HERE AND THIS IS REALLY THE POINT OF THE RACE YOU’RE GOING TO SEE GUYS GIVING EACH OTHER A LOT OF SLACK. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THAT DISAPPEAR AS THE LAPS START COUNTING DOWN BECAUSE RIGHT NOW EVERYBODY IS JUST LOGGING LAPS, FEELING THEIR CAR OUT. TRUST ME, THERE’S GOING TO BE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT TYPE OF DRIVING HERE THE LAST 100 LAPS. BILL: NEVER A DULL MOMENT HERE AT BRISTOL. 33 LAPS OF COMMERCIAL-FREE COVERAGE TO GET YOU FIRED UP FOR THE SHARPIE 500. JEFF BURTON OUT FRONT OF MATT KENSETH, KURT BUSCH, KEVIN HARVICK, AND ELLIOTT SADLER. BENNY: WALLY, THERE IS YOUR ROMAN EMPIRE FROM THAT AERIAL SHOT. WALLY: IT REALLY IS. THAT’S HOW I FELT. WE USED TO PIT OUTSIDE THE RACETRACK, AND YOU WALK UP THE HILL IN TURN TWO AND YOU LOOK DOWN INTO THIS THING. I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME AND IT WAS LIKE, WOW. BILL: IT WASNA A LITTLE LIKE TH GATES THEY HAD TO OPEN BEFORE YOU COULD WALK DOWN. IT’S LIKE I’M IN THE WRONG PLACE. WALLY: WILL IS JUNIOR ABOUT TO GO A LAP DOWN HERE. GOT JEFF BURTON ONLY ABOUT FOUR CARS BEHIND HIM, SO JUNIOR IS TRYING TO HUSTLE AND YOU CAN WATCH HIM DRIVE HERE, LOOK IN THE MIRROR ABOUT EVERY TIME HE COMES OFF THE CORNER AND GIVE A QUICK LOOK IN THE MIRROR TO SEE WHERE BURTON IS AT. HOPEFULLY HE’S NOT GETTING TOO CLOSE TO HIM BUT HE KNOWS HE’S GOT TO GO. BILL: JUNIOR STARTED 41ST IN THIS RACE A YEAR AGO AND FINISHED NINTH. NOT HAVING THAT LUCK HERE TONIGHT. DALE SCORED IN THE 32ND POSITION. MORE ON THE EIGHT FROM MATT. MATT: NO ONE REALLY VENTURING OFF THE BOTTOM. DALE EARNHARDT JR. LIKE WALLY MENTIONED STARTING TO GO ON THE AGGRESSIVE TRACK TRYING TO WORK HIS WAY TO THE FRONT KNOWING THE LEADERS ARE THREE SECONDS OR LESS AWAY FROM LAPPING HIM. HE KNEW GOING IN HE MAY HAVE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LUCKY DOG EARLY. DOESN’T WANT TO DO IT. JUNIOR WON FROM 30TH TWO YEARS AGO. HE KNOWS HE CAN WIN FROM BACK THERE. NOW HE JUST HAS TO TRY TO BE PATIENT. YOU SEE HIM WORKING THAT WHEEL. WALLY: IT’S HARD TO BE PATIENT ON THIS FIELD RIGHT HERE, MATT. I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE SAYING BUT, MAN, THE PROBLEM WITH THE LUCKY DOG THING IS IF BURTON GETS BY HIM THAT YELLOW HAS TO COME OUT RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THE LUCKY DOG IS GOING TO BE SOMEBODY ELSE TWO LAPS LATER. BILL: I’LL TELL YOU WHO ELSE IS IN DANGER HERE IS CARL EDWARDS. CARL EDWARDS JUST AHEAD OF EARNHARDT. BENNY: NEMECHEK CUT JUNIOR A BREAK THERE WHEN HE MOVED UP THE RACETRACK, LET HIM GET BY. YOU SEE CARL EDWARDS IN THE 99 CAR. BILL: GREG BIFFLE HAS MOVED FORWARD FROM HIS 35TH STARTING SPOT. BIFFLE HAS MADE IT TO 18TH NOW, BUT EDWARDS NOT HAVING THE SAME LUCK, DAVE. DAVE: HE HAS NOT MOVED FORWARD FROM HIS STARTING SPOT WAY IN THE BACK OF THIS PACK, BILL. NO FORWARD BITE IS THE REPORT FROM HIM ON LAP 12, AND IT REALLY HASN’T GOTTEN ANY BETTER FOR HIM. WALLY, THAT’S TOUGH AT THIS TRACK TAKING OFF THE CORNER. WALLY: YOU SLIDE AROUND THIS RACETRACK EVEN IF YOU HAVE A GOOD RACE CAR. IT FEELS LIKE YOU’RE SLIDING ALL OVER THE PLACE. WHEN YOU WANT TO GET INTO THE CORNERS, YOU WANT TO GET DOWN TO THAT BOTTOM — THE BOTTOM OF THE RACETRACK ALMOST ON THE APRON BUT THEN WHEN YOU WANT TO PICK UP THE THROTTLE YOU WANT THAT THING TO LAUNCH OFF THE CORNER. IT’S JUST LIKE TOP-FUEL CAR LEAVING THE LINE AND THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR HERE AT BRISTOL. IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE FORWARD BITE, IT’S REALLY TOUGH BECAUSE YOU JUST SPIN THE WHEELS. YOU SPIN THE TIRES COMING OFF THE CORNER. BILL: JEFF GORDON GETS EIGHTH PLACE FROM DENNY HAMLIN AND MATT KENSETH TRYING TO TAKE THE LEAD FROM JEFF BURTON. WALLY: BURTON BETTER GET DOWN OR HE’S GOING TO LOSE SOME MORE SPOTS. I DON’T THINK KURT BUSCH IS GOING TO — YEAH, I GUESS HE DID GET IN THERE. BOY, THAT WAS GOOD BECAUSE BURTON COULD HAVE LOST A BUNCH OF SPOTS RIGHT THERE. BENNY: AS THEY CATCH THIS LAP TRAFFIC WE SEE ALL THE CARS BEHIND THEM CATCHING UP. KEVIN HARVICK IS BACK THERE. ELLIOTT SADLER IS MOVING UP TO THE FIFTH POSITION, THE 19 CAR. WALLY: A GOOD RUN FOR ELLIOTT. BILL: WHAT’S GOING ON WITH BURTON, DAVE? DAVE: INTERESTING TO WATCH HOW JEFF’S CAR IS NOT AS GOOD NOW AND THE TWO AND 17, JUST AS THE 31 APPROACHED THEM EARLIER, THEY’RE NOW GOING BACK BY. THAT’S BECAUSE JEFF HAS REPORTED HIS CAR IS JUST A BIT TIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER. WON’T TURN THE WAY HE WANTS IT TO IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER. WALLY: AND THAT BEING THE CASE, YOU KNOW, YOU’VE GOT TO WAIT TO GET ON THE THROTTLE. THE GUYS GETTING ON THE THROTTLE EARLIER ARE GOING TO MAKE UP A LOT OF GROUND ON YOU. BILL: THERE’S ONE THING YOU CAN’T DO AT BRISTOL — WAIT. WALLY: YOU CANNOT WAIT. OR YOU’RE JUST GOING TO WAIT TO GET RUN OVER. BILL: THE TICKER AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN, WE’LL COLOR CODE THIS FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS AS WE HEAD TO THE NEXTEL CUP CHAMPIONSHIP. THE GREEN ARE THE GUYS THAT ARE IN OR TRYING TO GET IN. THE GUYS ON THE BUBBLE ARE IN YELLOW. THE GUYS OUT OF CONTENTION FOR THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP ARE IN RED. DERRIKE COPE HAS BEEN RETIRED FROM THE RACE. THE 42 CAR CONTINUES. THE UPDATE FROM ALLEN. ALLEN: FOR PEOPLE NOT WITH US FOR THE COVERAGE OF THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RACE HERE FROM BRISTOL, KEVIN HARVICK DRIVING HIS NASCAR BUSCH SERIES MACHINE HAD IT COVERED. HE CAME FROM THE BACK OF THE FIELD TO DO THAT. HE CAME ON HIS RADIO A LITTLE WHILE AGO SAID THIS CAR TONIGHT COMES OFF THE CORNER AS GOOD AS LAST NIGHT’S DID. THAT COULD BE TROUBLE FOR THE REST OF THE FIELD. BILL: IT SURE COULD. WALLY: ONE THING I MENTIONED — UH-OH, WE’VE GOT TROUBLE. BILL: STERLING MARLIN HIGH IN TURN FOUR. BENNY: AND HE HAS MADE SOME CONTACT — OH, YEAH. WALLY: SERIOUS. BENNY: SERIOUS CONTACT. WALLY: ONE THING I WAS NOTICING ON KEVIN’S CAR, PRETTY RED ON THAT 29 CAR. BILL: KEEP AN EYE ON THAT. THE FIRST CAUTION OF THE NIGHT. 61 LAPS IN. WALLY: HE DEFINITELY HAD A TIRE GO DOWN THERE. RIGHT FRONT PROBABLY WENT FLAT. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS. BILL: PIT ROAD WILL BE OPEN THIS TIME. BENNY: IS JUNIOR GOING TO PLAY SOME THAT HAVE PIT STRATEGY AND FUEL ONLY OR — WALLY: THE LEADERS ARE COMING IN. BILL: YES, THEY ARE. MATT ON MATT. MATT: KENSETH AN EASY ENTRY TO THE PIT STALL OF 43. AN EASY OUT BECAUSE THE 32 CAR IS A LAP DOWN. MATT SAYS HE NEEDS MORE GRIP, DOWN ONE POUND OF AIR PRESSURE ALL THE WAY AROUND, DAVE? DAVE: JEFF BURTON’S CREW SAYS WE’LL DO WHAT THE 17 DOES. THEY CAME IN. SO DID THE 31. MARTY? MARTY: JEFF GORDON IS GOING TO COME TO HIS PIT STALL ON THE FRONT STRETCH OF PIT ROAD, DAVE. FROM 13TH TO SIXTH FOR JEFF GORDON. THE CAR COMES TO HIM LATE IN THE RUN. THEY WERE CLEARLY VERY FAST. WHAT HE WANTS IS A LITTLE MORE DRIVE, UP A POUND, HELP HIM OFF THE CORNERS. ALLEN: RIDING IN VERY HARD TO WATCH HIS PIT ROAD SPEED ALL THE WAY AROUND TURNS THREE AND FOUR LIKE WE DISCUSSED BEFORE THE START OF THE RACE A. FOUR-TIRE CHANGE, AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT TO THE RIGHT FRONT AND A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT TO HELP THE REAR END GRIP ON THIS CAR. LET’S SEE IF HE WINS THE RACE OFF PIT ROAD. HE WILL DO SO. WALLY: HEY, DAVE, HAVE THEY SAID ANYTHING FROM THE 31 ABOUT BURTON’S CAR RUNNING WARM? DAVE: THAT’S WHAT I WAS GOING TO CHECK ON NEXT, WALLY. SPITTING WATER OUT OF THE OVERFLOW LIKE IT WAS RUNNING HOT. I’LL GET BACK TO YOU. WALLY: OK. BILL: DAVE WILL CHECK ON THAT. YOU LOOK AT THE NEXTEL RACE OFF OF PIT ROAD WON BY KURT BUSCH WHO PICKS UP TWO POSITIONS. UNDER OUR FIRST CAUTION OF THE NIGHT IN THE SHARPIE 500 AT THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. AR BILL: GETTING THE ONE TO GO HERE AT BRISTOL. A DEVELOPMENT INVOLVING CHASE CONTENDER MARK MARTIN. DETAILS FROM MATT. MATT: BILL, HE HIT PIT ROAD IN THE 13 POSITION. NOW SOME DIFFERENCE OF OPINION. MARK PITTED IN HIS BOX. THESE STALLS ARE 16 BY 26. MARK PITTED A LITTLE SHORT IN HIS BOX SO, THEREFORE, HE WOULD HAVE AN EASY EXIT WITH DALE EARNHARDT JR. RIGHT IN FRONT. NASCAR OFFICIALS MADE MARK COME BACK TO HIS PIT STALL, HELD HIM FOR A LAP AS A PENALTY, NOW HE IS ALL THE WAY IN THE 33RD POSITION NOW THE CREW CHIEF WAS LOBBYING HIS POINT OF VIEW ON THE FACT THAT THEY NEVER TOLD HIM THEY NEEDED TO MOVE FORWARD IN THE BOX AND THEY WOULD HAVE BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS NOW. HE WILL RESTART ALL THE WAY BACK IN THE 33RD POSITION ONE LAP DOWN. BILL: PITTING OUT OF THE BOX A HUGE PENALTY. KURT BUSCH LEADS ON THE RESTART. JEFF BURTON RUNS SECOND. WALLY: KURT BUSCH REALLY CLEARED THE 32 CAR. KURT BUSCH HAS GOT ABOUT AN EIGHT CAR LENGTH LEAD ALREADY ON THE SECOND PLACE CAR, ONE LAP. BILL: YOU WON’T SEE MUCH PATIENCE HERE. WALLY: THAT’S ONE THING, TOO, WHAT IS FRUSTRATING, TOO, GUYS A LAP DOWN WANT THEIR LAP BACK. GOT THE FAST CARS TRYING TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE LEADER. BILL: BURTON IS BY. HERE COMES HIS TEAMMATE HARVICK. BENNY: MATT KENSETH AND THOSE GUYS ARE SO GOOD ON PIT ROAD. HE COMES OUT FIFTH. BILL: ONE OF THE GUYS THAT GOT HIT WITH A SPEEDING PENALTY LAST NIGHT, MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN HIS HEAD. MORE ON BURTON FROM DAVE. DAVE: YOU SAW JEFF BURTON’S CAR OVERHEATING, THE WATER SPITTING OUT NEAR THE FRONT COWELL ON TOP OF THE HOOD AND I TALKED TO THE CREW CHIEF. I SAID IS THAT NORMAL? HE HESITATED AND SAID, KIND OF. THEY TALKED TO JEFF ON THE RADIO. HE SAID IT WAS 240 WATER TEMP. IT’S NOW DOWN TO 230. PROBLEM CORRECTED.. 240 IS PRETTY HOT. BILL: JOE NEMECHEK WAS THE LUCKY DOG UNDER THE CAUTION. GREG BIFFLE HAVING A STRONG RUN HAS MOVED HIS WAY ALL THE WAY UP TO THE 10TH SPOT. ALL 42 CARS PITTED UNDER THAT CAUTION. DERRIKE COPE THE ONLY CAR OUT OF THE RACE. HE HAS RETIRED. BENNY: WHAT HAPPENS TO THESE CARS AS THEY GO AROUND THE RACETRACK THERE’S ENOUGH AIR GOING THROUGH THE GRILL, THEY’RE GOING FAST ENOUGH THE AIR GOES THROUGH THE GRILL AND COOLS. ONCE THEY SLOW DOWN TO 35 MILES PER HOUR, THE PACE CAR SPEED, THAT’S NOT ENOUGH AIR. THEN THEY TURN ON THE FANS AND JEFF HAD FORGOTTEN TO TURN ON THE FANS. BILL: BIFFLE STARTED 35TH. HAS WORKED HIS WAY FORWARD. HE FINISHED 12TH OR BETTER IN SIX OF SEVEN BRISTOL RACES. WALLY: CONTACT BETWEEN THE 42 CAR OF CASEY MEARS AND SCOTT RIGGS IN THE 10. BILL: BOBBY LABONTE RUNNING NINTH IN THE 43 CAR. HIS TEAMMATE KYLE PETTY HAS DROPPED BACK TO 32ND. THE LAST CAR SCORED ON THE LEAD LAP. BIFFLE FOR POSITION UNDER LABONTE. BENNY: BOBBY SAID YOU CAN HAVE THAT SPOT. BILL: MARTY? MARTY: BILL, IT’S FUN TO SEE THE 43 CAR RUN UP FRONT, ISN’T IT? BILL: YES, SIR. MARTY: BOBBY TOLD ME THIS MORNING WE HAVE TRACK POSITION TO START THE RACE. OUR GOAL IS TO KEEP IT ALL DAY LONG. THERE’S A BATTLE FOR THE LEAD, SPEAKING OF TRACK POSITION. BILL: GO AHEAD AND FINISH, MARTY. MARTY: I WAS GOING TO TELL YOU THE CHANGES THEY MADE ON THEIR STOP. THEY WERE LOOSE OFF THE MIDDLE LACKING REAR GRIP. A POUND OUT OF LEFT-SIDE TIRES — ACTUALLY ADDED A POUND TO LEFT-SIDE TIRES TRYING TO GET THE CAR TO GRIP BETTER. FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER OFF, WALLY, THAT’S WHERE YOU HAVE TO BE GOOD HERE AT BRISTOL. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT MOMENTUM TO CARRY YOU INTO THE NEXT CORNER. WALLY: GOT TO BE ABLE TO SHOOT, ALMOST LAUNCH OFF THESE CORNERS. WE SAW EARLIER JEFF BURTON WAS BETTER AT THE FIRST OF THE RUN. WE’LL SEE IF THEY MADE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE CAR OR MAKE IT STAY UP FRONT. BILL: CASEY MEARS IN THE 42 CAR, SORENSON IN THE 41. TONY STEWART IN THE 20. GOING BACK AROUND 17TH OR SO. BENNY: WE SEE DALE EARNHARDT JR. THERE, THE CAR BEHIND KEVIN LEPAGE. MARTY, WHAT ABOUT TONY STEWART? MARTY: WE WATCHED HIM FALL BACK THROUGH THE FIELD EARLIER. HIS CAR WAS EXTREMELY LOOSE. THEY WERE BUSY INSIDE THAT CAR. TOOK HIM A WHILE TO GET BACK TO THE RADIO. SAID I CAN’T KEEP THE CAR ON THE BOTTOM. THEY TOOK OUT A SPRING RUBBER, TRIED TO GET THE CAR TO WORK ON THE BOTTOM AND STICK DOWN THERE. MATT? MATT: MARTY, DALE EARNHARDT JR., THE RED CAR, TWO BACK FROM STEWART NOW, NO CHANGES ON THEIR LAST STOP. THE CAR HAS BEEN FREE MOST OF THE RACE BUT JUNIOR EXPECTS THE TRACK TO TIGHTEN UP AS THE RACE GOES ON SO THEY’RE LOOKING FOR THE TRACK TO HELP FIX THIS RACE CAR’S HANDLING AS THEY GET MORE RUBBER ON THE RACETRACK AND IT TIGHTENS UP. CURRENTLY RUNNING IN THE 21ST POSITION. BILL: WE HAVE OUR FIRST SPEEDING PENALTY ON PIT ROAD OF THE NIGHT GOES TO KYLE PETTY. BENNY: YOU’RE KIDDING. BILL: HIT WITH THAT EARLIER IN THE RACE. THERE IS CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER JIMMIE JOHNSON. IF ONE MORE CAR FALLS OUT OF THIS RACE HE WILL CLINCH A SPOT IN THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. AN UPDATE ON HIS NIGHT FROM ALLEN. ALLEN: BILL, HE STARTED IN 18TH POSITION. HE’S UP TO 12TH AFTER THE PIT STOPS. JIMMIE TALKING ABOUT HIS CAR ON THE TEAM RADIO A MINUTE AGO.>>THE CENTER FELT GOOD BUT A LITTLE DIFFICULT GETTING UP OFF. IT’S A LITTLE FREE THERE. >>KILLING THEM THROUGH THE CENTER. NOBODY IS AS FAST AS YOU. MAKE SURE YOU’RE STAYING OFF THE BRAKE. YOU’RE START TO GO GET HOT ON THE FRONT BRAKE. ALLEN: THE PLAN FOR THIS TEAM TONIGHT IS TO NOT REALLY TAKE ANY CHANCES, TO RACE VERY CONSERVATIVELY UNTIL THEY GET TO LAP 250. ONCE THEY GET PAST LAP 250 THEY’LL SEE WHAT KIND OF SHAPE THEY’RE IN. IF THEY’RE ON THE LEAD LAP, THEY’RE GOING TO GO FOR IT. TROUBLE. BILL: THAT’S TURN TWO. THAT’S KYLE. BENNY: YOU TALKED ABOUT HIM, BILL, PUT THE JINX ON KYLE PETTY. BILL: SORRY. YOU KNOW I WOULDN’T DO THAT TO KYLE. BENNY: I KNOW YOU WOULDN’T. LOOKS LIKE CONTACT TURNED HIM AROUND, DIDN’T IT, WALLY? WALLY: YEAH. THIS IS BRISTOL. WE’LL SEE. BILL: THE SECOND CAUTION OF THE RACE. WALLY: HE’S DOWN UNDERNEATH THE 22 CAR. WAY, WAY UNDERNEATH THE 22 CAR. ALL HE WAS TRYING TO DO, TRYING TO TURN DOWN OFF THE 22 CAR OF WIMMER TO MAKE SURE HE DIDN’T CRASH WIMMER BUT TOOK HIMSELF OUT. BENNY: OH, MAN — LOOK AT ALL THOSE LEADERS GOING BY. BILL: BURTON, BUSCH, KENSETH AND COMPANY. KYLE GOES AROUND. AGAIN, THIS IS TURN TWO, THE SECOND CAUTION. WALLY: MAN, OH, MAN. VICKERS ALMOST HIT HIM. BILL: UNDER OUR SECOND CAUTION OF THE EVENING, THIS ONE FOR A SPIN BY KYLE PETTY. JEFF BURTON IS THE RACE LEADER IN THE SHARPIE 500. BILL: GETTING READY TO GO BACK TO GREEN. THIS IS WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT ONBOARD WITH JEFF BURTON. >>EASY, EASY. STAY DOWN. WALLY: KURT BUSCH LOCKED THAT FRONT UP A LITTLE BIT. BENNY: I THOUGHT I HEARD THE CREW ASKED HIM IF HE FLAT SPOTTED THE TIRES. WALLY: I THINK HE WAS ASKING JEFF, YEAH. BILL: OUR CHEVY DRIFFERS TO WATCH. THEIR BEST BRISTOL FINISH JEFF GORDON WITH THE FIVE WINS, EARNHARDT AND STEWART ALSO WINNERS HERE, JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS HAD SOME GOOD RUNS HERE BUT THEY HAVEN’T BEEN IN HIS LAST TWO VISITS AT THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. OUR CHEVY DRIFFERS TO WATCH. CHECKING ON SOME SPEEDING PENALTIES HERE. TRAVIS KVAPIL AND KENNY WALLACE TOO FAST ON PIT ROAD. WALLY: MARK MARTIN IS THE FIRST CAR ON THAT LOWER LINE TRYING TO GET A LAP BACK. BILL: THE TOP 20 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP STOPPED. BENNY: NOW MARK IN THIS POSITION CANNOT JUMP THE LEADER. WALLY: RIGHT. HE HAS TO WAIT FOR JEFF TO MAKE THE RIGHT MOVE. IF HE STAYS DOWN ON THE BOTTOM AND GETS A GOOD START — DOESN’T LOOK LIKE HE QUITE PULLED IT OFF THAT TIME. BENNY: CHECK DAVID STREMME THE 40 CAR GOING BY KURT BUSCH IN THE TWO. WALLY: I GUESS HE FIGURES IF HE CAN STAY WITH MARK AND MARK GETS UP TO THE 31 CAR HE CAN GET A LAP BACK, TOO. HE NEEDS TO STAY ON THE BOTTOM AND TRY TO GET UP WITH MARK. BILL: MARK DID NOT STOP UNDER THAT CAUTION. BENNY: DIDN’T YOU SAY THE TOP 20 CARS STAYED ON THE RACETRACK, BILL? BILL: EXACTLY RIGHT. MARK IS SCORED BACK IN 33RD, ONE LAP DOWN AFTER A — FOR PITTING OUT OF THE BOX EARLIER IN THE RACE. WALLY: YOU CAN SEE KURT BUSCH IS LOSING SOME GROUND ON THE LEADER BECAUSE HE HAD TO RUN STREMME THAT HARD FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF LAPS. BILL: AND YOU SAW HIM GET ON THE BRAKES AS YOU TALKED ABOUT WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT SO HE DIDN’T RUN INTO BURTON. WALLY: HE SLID THE RIGHT FRONT. I DON’T KNOW IF HE FLAT-SPOTTED IT OR NOT. IT DIDN’T LOOK TOO BAD. BILL: BUNCHED UP BETWEEN KENSETH AND STREMME. WALLY: STREMME AND GILLILAND — WHAT DO WE HAVE GOING ON HERE? BILL: MICHAEL WALTRIP AND J.J. YELEY. WALLY: HAVING A CONVERSATION OF SOME SORT. BILL: WE’LL CHECK INTO THAT. BENNY: DURING THE QUALIFYING SHOW FRIDAY J.J. YELEY SAID — BILL: YOU’RE RIGHT. AND I BELIEVE HIM. BENNY: HE WAS CONVINCING, I’LL TELL YOU THAT. LOOKS LIKE LONG MAY HAVE BEEN ON THE APRON OF THE RACETRACK. BILL: THERE’S ELLIOTT SADLER IN THE 19 CAR. GREG BIFFLE IN THE 16. SADLER IS IN THE SIXTH SPOT. BIFFLE IN SEVENTH. BILL: SADLER GIVING THAT 19 CAR ANOTHER STRONG RUN SO FAR. FOR RAY EVERNHAM. LET’S TAKE YOU THROUGH THE FIELD STARTING WITH DAVE BURTON AND DAVE. DAVE: THE LAST RUN HIS CAR WAS A BIT FREER BUT HE CAN STILL STAND MORE. I GUESS THESE GUYS WANT IT SO LOOSE THEY’RE ALMOST SPINNING OUT AS LOOSE IS FAST. ALLEN? ALLEN: KURT BUSCH GOT OFF PIT ROAD FIRST BUT GAVE UP THE LEAD SHORTLY AFTER THE RESTART TO JEFF BURTON. KURT USES THE WORDS ALSO TO DESCRIBE HIS CAR AND THE BACK END IS BREAKING TRACTION. MATT? MATT: TRYING TO CHASE HIM DOWN IS THE 17 OF MATT KENSETH. HE SAYS THE CAR IS NEUTRAL DOWN IN TURNS THREE AND FOUR BUT DOWN IN ONE AND TWO THE CAR IS TIGHT IN THE MIDDLE AND LOOSE ON LATE EXIT TRYING TO GIVE ROBBIE REISER MAYBE AN IDEA WHAT THE CAR IS DOING SO WHEN THEY STOP HOW SIGNIFICANT A CHANGE CAN MAKE. ALLEN: KEN HARVICK PICKED UP A SPOT ON THE PIT STOP FOURTH TO THIRD. HE’S GET THAT GO BACK UP TO MATT KENSETH. THE 29 CAR NOT REALLY, AS IS KEVIN’S TYPICAL CUSTOM WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WELL, NOT SAY AGO WHOLE LOT ON THE RADIO. MARTY? MARTY: JEFF GORDON RUNNING SILENTLY. THE CAR IS A LITTLE BIT TOO LOOSE OFF THE CORNERS AND A CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT WITH STEVE LETARTE UNDER THE LAST CAUTION.>>I’M JUST TIGHT RIGHT AS I GO TO PICK UP THE THROTTLE. I’M A LITTLE BIT TIGHT. IT DOESN’T WANT TO COME BACK DOWN THE HILL ON ME, BUT THEN RIGHT AFTER THAT WHEN I HIT THAT BUMP, I’M LOOSE. I’M PRETTY HAPPY. WE’RE NOT BAD. THIS IS BETTER. NEED A NEW SET OF TIRES BUT WE’RE HANGING RIGHT WITH THEM. MARTY: JEFF DID SAY HE’S CONCERNED ABOUT HOW THIS CAR WILL BE LATE ON THE RUNS ESPECIALLY AT THE END ON THE OLD TIRES. DAVE? DAVE: COMMUNICATION SO IMPORTANT WITH THE NEW TEAM. HERE IS THE TECHNICAL JARGON THAT ELLIOTT SADLER USED WITH THE 19 CREW. PRETTY GOOD. DON’T MESS WITH IT. FOUR TIRES, NO CHANGES ON THE LAST STOP. MATT? MATT: GREG BIFFLE RACING WITHOUT ANY KIND OF SAFETY NET IN HIS HOPES TO MAKE THE CHASE. CURRENTLY 12TH IN THE STANDINGS COMING IN. NO CHANGES ON THE LAST STOP. THE CAR, HE SAYS, IS GOOD. THIS IS HIS BACKUP CAR. HE WRECKED THE DARLINGTON WINNER ON FRIDAY. ALLEN? ALLEN: KYLE BUSCH STARTED IN 19TH POSITION. HE’S RUN UP TO EIGHTH SPOT. PRETTY GOOD SAYS KYLE ABOUT HIS RACE CAR. THEY ARE WATCHING THE ENGINE TEMPERATURE. THEY MAY HAVE TO PULL A LITTLE TAPE OFF THE NOSE ON THE NEXT PIT STOP. DENNY HAMLIN, HIS TEAMMATE AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT AND A WEIGHT ADJUSTMENT ON HIS LAST PIT STOP. HAMLIN IN THE TOP 10 RUNNING IN NINTH. THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A POTENTIAL WINNER. >>RIGGS STARTED 23RD TONIGHT, RACED HIS WAY UP NEAR THE TOP 10 BEFORE THE FIRST CAUTION AND MAKES SOME ADJUSTMENTS. NOW HE IS 10TH. MARTY? MARTY: DAVE, RYAN NEWMAN STARTED 21ST TONIGHT. HIS FIRST EVER STARTING POSITION AT BRISTOL. THAT DIDN’T MATTER. THE CAR STARTED GOING TO THE FRONT. IT STARTED OUT GREAT ON THIS RUN. CAME ON THE RADIO FIVE LAPS LATER SAID IT’S GETTING TIGHT. FIVE LAPS LATER NOW IT’S WAY TOO TIGHT, GUYS. THEY HAVE SOME REPAIRS TO DO. ALLEN: JIMMIE JOHNSON CONTINUES HIS WAY TOWARDS THE FRONT, BEING HAPPY WITH HIS RACE CAR. AND JUST A WORD OF SUPPORT FROM DOWN HERE IN THE JIMMIE JOHNSON PIT. ALL OF THE PIT CREW MEMBERS ON JOHNSON’S OVER-THE-WALL GANG WEARING THESE STICKERS ON THEIR HELMETS TONIGHT. WE’LL SEE ONE ON THAT 48 CAR ON THE RACETRACK AS WELL. MARTY? MARTY: ALLEN, BOBBY LABONTE IS TRYING TO HANG ON TO THAT TRACK POSITION AS BEST AS HE CAN. LABONTE IS IN THE 13ST POSITION AFTER STARTING THIRD, HIS BEST EVER START OF THE SEASON. THE CAR IS STILL LOOSE LACKING REAR GRIP ESPECIALLY OFF THE CORNER. MATT: THE 2004 WINNER DALE EARNHARDT JR., THE WATER TEMPERATURE, LIKE SOME OTHER DRIVERS, HAVING ISSUES. IT CLIMBED TO 240 DEGREES. HE HAS MOVED SINCE HIS LAST STOP 21ST UP TO 14TH AND THERE’S CAUTION ON THE RACEWAY. BILL: THAT’S THE TOP 14 CARS THROUGH THE FIELD. THE CAUTION IS IS OUT. DAVID GILLILAND IS SLOW AND THAT’S WHY. HAS HAD CONTACT WITH THE WALL. NOW THE LUCKY DOG HERE GOES TO DAVID STREMME AND YOU WERE WATCHING HIS TIMES WHILE WE WERE GOING THROUGH THE FIELD. WALLY: I WAS JUST GOING TO TALK ABOUT IT BEFORE WE WENT TO YELLOW. STREMME WAS CATCHING THE 31 CAR. HE WAS ABOUT .2 OF A SECOND FASTER EVERY LAP THAN BURTON. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE HAS UNDER IT FOR THE REST OF THE RACE BUT THAT CAR WAS HAULING THE MAIL THERE THE LAST 15 LAPS. BENNY: HE PASSED KURT BUSCH, MARK MARTIN, HE PASSED THEM ALL. BILL: HE WILL COME AROUND AND BE THE 33RD CAR ON THE LEAD LAP. WALLY: LOOKS LIKE GILLILAND JUST GOT LOOSE COMING OFF THE CORNER, B.P. BENNY: MADE CONTACT WITH THE WALL. LET’S SEE IF WE CAN SEE AGAIN DOWN ON THE BOTTOM. WALLY: GOT ON THE APRON — GOT ON THE APRON AND THAT REALLYUP SET THE CAR WHEN HE GOT ON THE THROTTLE AND HAMMERED THE WALL. BILL: NOT EASY BEING A ROOKIE AT BRISTOL. WALLY: NOT GOOD BEING A VETERAN AT BRISTOL. BENNY: HE’S FROM CALIFORNIA. HE’S NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE IN HIS LIFE. WALLY: HE MAY NOT WANT TO EVER AGAIN. BENNY: HE MAY GO TALK TO J.J. YELEY. BILL: PIT ROAD IS OPEN. HERE THEY COME, MATT. MATT: KENSETH SAYS THE CAR NO GRIP ABSOLUTELY WHATSOEVER. ROBBIE REISER MAKING ANOTHER AIR PRESSURE CHANGE ON THE 17. DAVE? DAVE: JEFF BURTON’S CREW DEBATED STAYING OUT. NO, LET’S COME IN. WE CAN STAY OUT LATER. ANOTHER TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT. AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT AS WELL. THE CAR WANTS TO BE A LITTLE BIT FREER, LOOSER. THEY HOPE TO GET IT HERE. JEFF GETS A COOL DRINK AND HIS TEAM GETS HIM DOWN AND OUT OF HERE. MARTY? MARTY: JEFF GORDON WILL ROLL TO THE FRONT STRETCH PIT STALLS, CURRENTLY RUNNING IN THE FIFTH POSITION. THE CAR IS AWFULLY TIGHT IN THE MIDDLE LACKING FRONT GRIP. HE SAID WE’RE NOT BAD. WE’RE REAL CLOSE. DON’T GO CRAZY ON THESE ADJUSTMENTS. THEY WILL DO A POUND OUT OF THE LEFT-SIDE TIRES. THAT’S IT. ALLEN? ALLEN: THE LAST TIME ON PIT ROAD KURT BURN’S TEAM MOVED HIM UP FROM THIRD TO FIRST. WE’LL SEE HOW THEY DO THIS TIME. A FOUR-TIRE CHANGE LOOKING TO HELP THIS TWO CAR TURN BETTER IN THE CORNER BUT KEEP THE BACK END UNDER IT LEAVING THE CORNERS. JEFF BURTON IS GOING TO GET OUT AHEAD ON KURT BUSCH. BENNY: DIG HARD. BILL: THERE’S NO ROOM TO DIG HARD DOWN THERE. TAKE A LOOK AT THE RACE OFF OF PIT ROAD. JEFF BURTON AND THEN JEFF GORDON, I’M THINKING, KURT BUSCH, KEVIN HARVICK. A MINUTE. – NO PROBLEM. SO, BY THE WAY,
GREAT JOB TODAY. BILL: THE FIELD HAS GOTTEN THE ONE TO GO SIGNAL. COMING AROUND NOW TO GET THE GREEN FLAG FROM 160,000 FANS HERE AT BRISTOL. DALE EARNHARDT JR., CARL EDWARDS, JOE NEMECHEK, DAVE BLANEY, ROBBY GORDON, ELLIOTT SADLER — SADLER YOUR TOP SIX AS WE GET READY FOR THE RESTART. COKE INVITES YOU TO DRINK IT UP AND START IT UP. ELLIOTT SADLER IN THE 19 CAR, A TWO-TIRE STOP. BENNY: THAT WAS THE FIRST CAR OFF OF PIT ROAD, HE BEAT THE 31 CAR BY CHANGING THOSE TWO TIRES. WALLY: JEFF BURTON WAS FIRST IN CLASS. BENNY: FIRST IN CLASS, RIGHT. MUCH LESS TIME TO CHANGE TWO THAN FOUR. I THOUGHT JEREMY WAS GOING TO COME DOWN. IF HE HAD, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A WRECK. BILL: WE GOT TO ABOUT LAP 120 BEFORE THE DIFFERENT PIT STRATEGIES STARTED COMING INTO PLAY. EARNHARDT JR. WHO NOT THAT LONG AGO WAS IN DANGER OF FALLING OFF THE LEAD LAP IS INDEED THE RACE LEADER. BENNY: I KNEW I WAS GOING TO DO IT, PUT JEREMY IN THE 19. IT’S ELLIOTT. COME ON, B.P. BILL: THAT’S YOUR MULLIGAN, B.P. BENNY: I GOT A MULLIGAN. JUNIOR GETTING THOSE BONUS POINTS. THERE’S THAT PIT ROAD STRATEGY HE WAS TALKING ABOUT. WALLY: HE GOT IT. MARK MARTIN JUST PASSED TONY RAINES A LAP AGO. SO NOW HE IS IN POSITION FOR THE LUCKY DOG IF THE YELLOW WERE TO COME OUT. BILL: DAVID STREMME, WHO WAS RUNNING SO WELL TO EARN THE LUCKY DOG UNDER THE PREVIOUS CAUTION, BACK IN THE 30TH SPOT. BENNY: MY GUESS IS HE WON’T BE BACK THERE LONG. WALLY: NOT IF THAT CAR STAYS THE WAY IT WAS, B.P. BILL: MARK MARTIN AROUND HIS TEAMMATE THERE. THAT’S NOT FOR POSITION AS WALLY WAS TALKING ABOUT. MARK THE FIRST CAR ONE LAP DOWN NOW IN PURSUIT OF EARNHARDT JR. TO TRY AND RACE HIS WAY BACK ONTO THE LEAD LAP. AND WITH JUNIOR OUT FRONT, THE FLASHBULBS ARE VERY BUSY HERE AT BRISTOL RIGHT NOW. WALLY: MARK IS CATCHING EARNHARDT. A LITTLE QUICKER EVERY LAP. IF HE GETS TO EARNHARDT, EARNHARDT WILL PULL OVER AND LET MARK GO. HE WON’T RACE HIM THAT HARD. BILL: EARNHARDT, EDWARDS, NEMECHEK, BLANEY AND THE SEVEN OF ROBBY GORDON DID NOT STOP UNDER THE LAST CAUTION. MATT KENSETH DID, MATT. MATT: BILL, A GREAT STOP BY THE KILLER BEES WHEN HE GOT READY TO LET THE CLUTCH OUT AND MAKE HIS WAY TRAVIS KVAPIL WAS MAKING HIS WAY INTO THE PIT BOX. MATT HAD TO WAIT PROBABLY TWO SECONDS. IT COST HIM TWO SPOTS OF THE CARS THAT HIT PIT ROAD. ROBBIE REISER GOT OFF HIS BOX, WALKED NEXT DOOR AND TALKED TO THE 32 TEAM. NOW THE 32 TEAM IS GOING TO SHOW A LOT OF CONSIDERATION. TRAVIS IS ACTUALLY GOING TO TRY TO WAIT WHEN HE MAKES HIS ENTRANCE ONTO PIT ROAD THAT MATT IS ALREADY ON HIS WAY OUT SO THEY DON’T HAVE ANY CONFUSION IN THE FUTURE. BILL: ALMOST HAD A MESS. BENNY: WE DID. BIFFLE AND ROBBY GORDON MADE SOME CONTACT, AND BOTH CARS SLOWED DOWN. ACCORDION THE BACKED ABOUT 15, 20 CAR LENGTHS, I KNEW WE WOULD HAVE A CRASH. BILL: MARK MARTIN UP FRONT INSIDE OF DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND RACES HIS WAY BACK ONTO THE LEAD LAP. THERE’S MARK IN FRONT OF JUNIOR. SO THAT MAKES MARK THE LAST CAR ON THE LEAD LAP SCORED IN THE 34TH POSITION. BENNY: DOESN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BEING THE LUCKY DOG. BILL: KURT BUSCH AND WHO IS IN THE 19? BENNY: I THINK THAT’S ELLIOTT SADLER. BILL: VERY GOOD. HARVICK IN THE 29 AND KENSETH TRYING TO PICK UP POSITIONS. BENNY: YOU MISS ONE RACE AND EVERYTHING FALLS APART. BILL: PIT ROAD HERE GETTING BACK TO MATT’S REPORT, VERY NARROW AND THERE’S JUST THIS INTENSE DESIRE TO GET OFF OF THERE AS FAST AS YOU CAN. AND THERE’S A LOT OF TRAFFIC ON BOTH PITS. ONBOARD WITH HARVICK. HE RUNS IN THE SIXTH POSITION. CARL EDWARDS AROUND DALE EARNHARDT JR., A CHANGE AT THE FRONT. AND, REMEMBER, BOTH THESE GUYS ARE TRYING TO RACE THEIR WAY INTO THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. RIGHT NOW JUNIOR IS IN THE SIXTH SPOT, EDWARDS IN THE 13TH SPOT. WALLY: AND HAVE GIVEN EACH OTHER A LOT OF ROOM. BENNY: I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING, WALLY. OK, NOW I’M PAYING YOU BACK. WALLY: I THINK JUNIOR IS JUST LOSING THE HANDLE ON HIS CAR RIGHT NOW. I KNOW HE CHANGED TWO TIRES BUT THAT WAS SCOTT WIMMER WHO WAS A LAP DOWN JUST WENT BY JUNIOR. BILL: DRIVERS NEVER FORGET, DO THEY? WALLY: NO, THEY DON’T. BENNY: SCOTT WIMMER IN THE FOUR CAR, FOR YEARS AND YEARS THAT CAR WAS SO FAST AT THIS RACETRACK. DAVE, HOW ABOUT THIS 99 CAR? DAVE: B.P., THE FANS DON’T FORGET EITHER. I WAS RIDING AROUND ON A FLATBED WITH JUNIOR. CHEERS FOLLOWED US. THERE WAS KIND OF A TRAIL OF BOOS BEHIND US. GUESS WHO WAS ON THE TRUCK BEHIND. BILL: UH, DRIVER 99? DAVE: THE FANS ARE STILL DECIDING BUT ARE UNHAPPY WITH CARL. BILL: EARNHARDT JR. PUT A BUMPER TO THE 99 WHEN IT LOOKED LIKE CARL WAS LOOSE. CARL CRASHED AND EARNHARDT WON THE RACE. WALLY: ARE YOU SURE THOSE BOOS WEREN’T FOR MARTY? HE WAS RIDING WITH CARL. BILL: NEW LEADER, JUST A MOMENT AGO. BENNY: JEFF BURTON IN THE 31 CAR, RAN THEM ALL DOWN TO TAKE THE LEAD. BILL: THE TOP FIVE CARS DID NOT PIT UNDER THE LAST CAUTION. BURTON HAS WORKED AROUND ALL OF THEM UNTIL HE GOT HERE. WALLY: THE 99 JUST SAW HE WAS FASTER AND PULLED OVER. SAID THERE YOU GO. WE SEE A GUY COMING UP ON YOUR MIRROR THAT QUICK, THERE’S NO SENSE IN TRYING TO HOLD THEM OFF BECAUSE HE’S GOING TO GET IMPATIENT, PUT THE BUMPER TO YOU IF HE’S THAT MUCH FASTER SO YOU MAY AS WELL LET HIM GO, GET BACK IN LINE, AND TRY NOT TO LOSE TOO MUCH TRACK POSITION. BILL: THE NEXT GUY CARL IS GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH IS PROBABLY THE 24. WE’LL SEE HOW WELL THE FOUR RUNS HERE. WALLY: AGAIN, LIKE STREMME WAS EARLIER, UP THERE IN THE LEAD PACK AND HE’S RUNNING PRETTY GOOD LAP TIMES. BILL: SCOTT WIMMER IN THE FIRST CAR ONE LAP DOWN. UPDATE ON THE 99 FROM DAVE. DAVE: YOU REMEMBER EARLIER THIS YEAR THE 99 CREW HAD A CREW CHIEF CHANGE. BROWN, THE CURRENT CREW CHIEF, WAS NOT EVEN HERE. I ASKED HIM TODAY DID YOU GET ANY ADVICE FROM THE OTHER CREW CHIEFS. YEAH, ROBBIE REISER HAS BEEN HELPING ME A LOT. ONE THING HE TOLD ME WAS MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN. THEY’VE DONE THAT NOW BY STAYING OUT. NOW THEY NEED A CAUTION WHERE EVERYONE PITS WITH THEM. BENNY: YOU CAN SEE WALLY BROWN CHECKING EVERYTHING OUT. BILL: A CAUTION RIGHT NOW WOULD HELP THOSE GUYS, THE 99, THE EIGHT, THE GUYS THAT STAYED OUT, ELLIOTT SADLER ONLY TOOK TWO TIRES. WALLY: THE FOUR CAR LOOKS PRETTY GOOD. HE’S PASSING THE SECOND PLACE CAR RIGHT NOW. BILL: WOMENER IN POSITION TO BE THE LUCKY DOG IF WE SHOULD GET THE CAUTION. THERE’S GORDON GOING BY ON THE INSIDE. HERE COMES EARNHARDT JR. AND HARVICK AND CARL IS GOING TO BE GOING THE WRONG WAY. WALLY: SAID IF WE SHOULD GET A CAUTION. BILL: SHOULD GET A CAUTION. WHAT DID I SAY? WALLY: IT SHOULD BE WHEN. BILL: I AGREE. BENNY: JUNIOR GOT BOOTED UP THE HILL BY THE 29, THE 1. LOSES A COUPLE OF SPOTS. WALLY: THEY HAVE BETTER TIRES RIGHT NOW. THEY ARE RUNNING UP FRONT LIKE KENSETH. BILL: EARNHARDT AND CARL EDWARDS HAVE THE OLDER TIRES. BENNY? BENNY: I THINK JUNIOR AND CARL EDWARDS BOTH MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. WALLY: ABSOLUTELY. BENNY: GOT TO LEAD A LAP, GOT SOME BONUS POINTS. WALLY: IF THEY CAN HANG HERE LONG ENOUGH, WHEN THE CAUTION DOES COME OUT AGAIN, THEY’LL BE ABLE TO PIT WITH THE LEADERS IN THE TOP 10 OR 15 AND GET WHAT THE LEADERS ARE GETTING AND THAT PUTS THEM IN A GOOD POSITION. BILL: IT COULD WOCK FOR JOE NEMECHEK WHO IS 11TH AND ROBBY GORDON WHO IS 12. ALLEN: BILL, REMEMBER ONE OF THE BUBBLE GUYS TRYING TO MAKE THE CHASE. HE HAD A CRASH EARLY IN MICHIGAN LAST WEEK, LOST 109 POINTS. ANOTHER EARLY PROBLEM HERE TONIGHT ON THE LAST PIT STOP UNDER CAUTION. THEY LEFT LUG NUTS LOOSE. THE FIVE CAR HAD TO COME BACK DOWN PIT ROAD. HE FELL ALL THE WAY BACK TO 31ST PLACE. YOU SEE HE’S PICKED HIS WAY BACK UP TO 24TH NOW. THEY HAVE TIME TONIGHT BUT THAT’S JUST NOT THE KIND OF THING YOU WANT TO HAVE HAPPEN WHEN YOU’RE SCRAMBLING TO MAKE THE CHASE. BILL: KYLE BUSCH 10TH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS, 78 POINTS IN FRONT OF KASEY KAHNE. WALLY: HERE OF ALL PLACES. I MEAN, GIVE IT TO ME AT FONTANA, LEAVE THE WHEEL LOOSE OR SOMETHING BUT NOT AT BRISTOL. BILL: GOT TO WORK THROUGH ALL THAT TRAFFIC AGAIN. BENNY: MARK MARTIN WAS LOOKING PRETTY GOOD. WALLY: MARK THOUGHT HE HAD A GOOD RACE CAR FOR TONIGHT BUT HE’S ABOUT TO GET PUT A LAP DOWN AGAIN. AND THE GUY RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM WHO LOVES THIS PLACE, J.J. YELEY. BILL: I DETECT SOME SARCASM. CARL LONG OFF THE PACE HEADS FOR PET ROAD. MARTY: HERE COMES THE WHOLE TEST OF THE PATIENCE SCENE FOR JEFF GORDON. HE HAS A FAST RACE CAR. BUT HOW HARD DOES HE PUSH IT? HE REALLY CAN’T GAIN THAT MUCH. WALLY, DO YOU PUSH THE CAR HERE OR PLAY IT CONSERVATIVE AND THINK BIG PICTURE? REMEMBER, THAT’S THE PLAN FOR TODAY. WALLY: I THINK HE’S DOING RIGHT WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO, JUST RUNNING GOOD, CONSISTENT LAPS. HE’S NOT IN A LOT OF TRAFFIC. THAT’S THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE AT BRISTOL. JUST LOG LAPS RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE A LONG WAYS TO GO. IF HE CAN JUST KEEP RUNNING AND LOGGING LAPS, HE’S SITTING IN A GREAT SPOT, HE’S SITTING IN SECOND SPOT. SO I THINK HE’S DOING RIGHT WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO. BILL: MARK MARTIN GOT AROUND J.J. YELEY AND RACE LEADER JEFF BURTON AROUND YELEY. JEFF BURTON 171 RACES SINCE HIS LAST VICTORY AT PHOENIX IN OCTOBER OF 2001. BILL: A SPECTACULAR SIGHT HERE AT BRISTOL AND FOR JEFF GORDON FANS ANOTHER GOOD SIGHT. AROUND JEFF BURTON FOR THE RACE LEAD. JEFF BURTON GIVES UP THE LEAD TO JEFF GORDON. FIVE BONUS POINTS FOR GORDON. BENNY: PRETTY IMPRESSIVE FOR SOMEBODY RUNNING 95%. BILL: I HAVE TO SAY, THAT’S PATIENCE? THAT’S GOOD AT BRISTOL. KURT BUSCH AROUND DALE EARNHARDT JR. THAT’S FOR SIXTH. SO KURT’S UP TO SIXTH AFTER STARTING ON THE POLE. I’LL TELL YOU EARNHARDT JR. HAS DONE A GOOD JOB ON THOSE TIRES. BENNY: HE HAS. WALLY: I THINK HE’S JUST WAITING RIGHT NOW. HE JUST WANTS TO GO LONG ENOUGH TO WHERE EVERYBODY COMES IN AT THE SAME TIME AND HE CAN GET BACK ON THE SAME SEQUENCE AS EVERYBODY. BILL: OUR AUTOZONE IN THE ZONE DRIVERS. THIS IS SIXTH, SEVENTH, AND EIGHTH. AS WE APPROACH THE 200-LAP MARK. BENNY: CARL EDWARDS ANOTHER GUY LIKE DALE EARNHARDT JR. THAT’S DOING A GREAT JOB WITH TWO TIRES. WALLY: I’LL TELL YOU WHAT THE SIX CAR HAS FALLEN OFF THE PACE A LITTLE BIT. MATT, WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE SIX? REALLY TALKED ABOUT HAVING A GOOD CAR BUT IT LOOKS LIKE HE’S STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW. MATT: EXPECTATIONS WERE HIGH. THEY ENDED THE PRACTICE EARLY. THAT’S HOW GOOD THE CAR WAS. AFTER THE PENALTY MIRED BACK IN TRAFFIC, NOW THE CAR IS TIGHT. SO NOW HE’S HAVING TO WAIT ON THE CAR A LITTLE BIT TO TRY TO WORK HIS WAY UP OFF THE CORNER AND THEN THROUGH TRAFFIC LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEXT STOP TO TRY TO FREE IT UP. BILL: WE SAW GORDON WORKING A LITTLE BIT. BENNY: THE CAR IS ALL THE WAY AROUND THE RACETRACK EVEN IF JEFF GORDON GOES BY HIM, THE CAUTION WILL HAVE TO FALL THE NEXT LAP OR TWO BECAUSE JEFF WILL LAP SOMEONE ELSE QUICKLY. WALLY: THAT LUCKY DOG CHANGES EVERY LAP A PLACE LIKE THIS. THAT’S WHY MARK IS RUNNING SO HARD. HE’S NOT PULLING OVER JUST GIVING IT TO JEFF BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE HAS TO STAY IN FRONT OF HIM EVERY LAP HE CAN. BILL: ABOUT TO COMPLETE LAP 190. MOST LEADERS PITTED LAP 115. EARNHARDT JR., CARL EDWARDS AND A HANDFUL OF OTHERS STAYED OUT. ELLIOTT SADLER TOOK JUST TWO TIRES. WALLY: MARK SLIDES UP A LITTLE BIT BUT JEFF IS HELD UP A LITTLE BIT LETTING JEFF BURTON CLOSE UP ON THE 24. BENNY: ALSO LET THE FOUR CAR BECOME THE FIRST CAR ONE LAP DOWN RIGHT NOW. WALLY: ONE LAP, RIGHT? BILL: SO MARK MARTIN WITH HIS HANDS FULL TONIGHT. WIMMER IS RUNNING WELL, JUST MIRED BACK THERE IN 31ST. ONBOARD WITH HARVICK. WALLY: I SAID STREMME WAS RUNNING WELL AND HE’S THE NEXT CAR TO GO A LAP DOWN. BILL: IT DOES COME AND GO ON YOU. THE CHANGING TRACK SURFACE BASED ON YOUR PIT STRATEGY, YOUR TIRES. HARVICK AROUND MARK. HOW ABOUT IT, MATT? MATT: BILL, IT WILL BE ALLEN BUT THAT’S OK. I’LL TAKE IT. ALLEN: HARVICK’S COMMENTS ON THE RADIO IS THIS CAR FEELS JUST LIKE LAST NIGHT WHICH IS GOOD BECAUSE HE HAD A GREAT RACE. REMEMBER THE KEY WORD OF THE NIGHT — CLEAN. ALL THOSE FENDERS, NO MARKS, NO DENTS, NO WRINKLES. KEVIN SAYS THE CAR THAT WINS THIS RACE USUALLY IS CLEAN AT THE END OF THE NIGHT. SO FAR SO GOOD THERE. BILL: A GOOD RUN FROM HARVICK. HE AVERAGES 14TH OR BETTER. THE NEXT THREE RACES HE’S IN THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP CHAMPIONSHIP. JEFF GORDON IS THE RACE LEADER BUT JEFF GORDON RIGHT ON HIS BUMPER. 194 LAPS COMPLETE IN THE SHARPIE 500. BILL: KEN HARVICK RUNNING THIRD HAS JUST HIT THE WALL IN TURN TWO. BENNY: WE’VE SAID THAT TWO OR THREE TIMES TONIGHT, A TIRE GOES FLAT. STERLING MARLIN. BILL: HARVICK THIRD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. HERE IS OUR FIRST LOOK. WALLY: YEAH, THAT’S JUST A RIGHT-FRONT TIRE GOING DOWN. IT JUST SHOOTS UP THE RACETRACK. THAT MEANS YOU’VE LOST AIR IN THE RIGHT FRONT. BENNY: I’LL TELL YOU THAT WALL IS A SAFER BARRIER AND IT IS A LOT SOFTER BUT IT DOES A LOT OF DAMAGE. LET’S LISTEN — WATCH AND LISTEN. WE WERE LISTENING TO THE TIRE GO FLAT AND WE HEARD THE IMPACT. WALLY: YEP. TWO POPS. BILL: NEITHER OF WHICH HARVICK WANTED TO HEAR. BEING TOLD MICHAEL WALTRIP IS THE LUCKY DOG. PIT ROAD IS OPEN. THE LEADERS WILL COME. GOOD STRATEGY PAID OFF FOR CARL EDWARDS AND DALE EARNHARDT. THEY’VE GOTTEN THEMSELVES IN GOOD POSITION HERE. MATT? MATT: MATT KENSETH IN. THEY’RE CALLING FOR A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT ON THE LEFT SIDE. ALSO AIR PRESSURE CHANGE ON THE LEFT-SIDE TIRES. THE CAR TIGHT. LET’S GO UP PIT ROAD TO DAVE. DAVE: BURTON SAID THIS CAR IS MUCH HARDER TO DRIVE. THEY’LL GO BACK ON THE TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT BUT A NEW AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT TO ADJUST THE BALANCE ON THIS CAR. JUST A TICK TIGHT FOR BURTON RIGHT NOW. MARTY? MARTY: JEFF GORDON TOOK THE LEAD. HE HITS HIS PIT STALLS ON THE FRONT END. WANTS TO PUSH BUT THAT BACK END REALLY WANTS TO KICK OUT ESPECIALLY LATE IN THE RUNS. STOPS SHORT IN HIS PIT STALL. THAT BACK END LANGING OUT A LITTLE BIT. THAT IS OK. A HALF POUND IN THE LEFT REAR TIRE. ALLEN? ALLEN: AND JIMMIE JOHNSON, THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER, COMES TO THE ATTENTION OF HIS CREW. THEY WILL MAKE A FOUR-TIRE CHANGE ON THIS CAR FOR A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT. THERE’S THE WRENCH IN THE RIGHT REAR WINDOW AS WELL. SEE IF THEY CAN PICK UP A COUPLE OF SPOTS HERE ON PIT ROAD. ATING ON HARVICK TO COME BACK. THEY CAME IN, JUST CHANGED RIGHT-SIDE TIRES. SEND HIM BACK OUT TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP IF THEY COULD. WALLY: THE 24 AND THE 40 CAR MADE CONTACT. 40 WAS TRYING TO GET IN HIS PIT, DAVID STREMME. THEY JUST DROPPED THE JACK ON JEFF GORDON. GORDON PEELS OUT. I DON’T THINK THAT WILL HURT GORDON ANY. I THINK IT HIT HIM BEHIND THE RIGHT FRONT. BILL: FORE LOOK. WALLY: THESE PITS ARE TIGHT. BILL: NOT THE FIRST TIME YOU’LL SEE IT. NOT THE LAST TIME YOU’LL SEE IT. UNDER CAUTION HERE AT BRIS BILL: THERE’S THE GREEN FLAG. GORDON’S THE RACE LEADER. THE CAR ON THE INSIDE NOT UP TO SPEED. WALLY: HE JUST GOT HIT. WIMMER GOT RUN INTO AND HE HAS ALL KINDS OF DAMAGE GOING ON BACK THERE NOW. NOT SURE IF THAT WASN’T — I THINK IT WAS SCOTT RIGGS THAT GOT INTO HIM. BILL: BURTON RUNS SECOND, MATT KENSETH IS THIRD. BENNY: KURT BUSCH HAS MOVED UP TO THE FOURTH POSITION. WALLY: RIGHT AFTER HAVING FRESH TIRES ON THE CAR, THAT THING IS REALLY FAST. BILL: AND ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT THE CONTACT BETWEEN THE 24 CAR AND THE OTHER CAR INVOLVED WAS KEVIN LEPAGE. CAUTION IS OUT. DEBRIS — A CAR SLOW ON THE BACKSTRETCH, SCOTT WIMMER. BENNY: I IMAGINE THAT DEBRIS IS OFF — WELL, IT LOOKS LIKE HE’S HIT THE WALL. WALLY: HE GOT RUN INTO ON THE RESTART. BILL: SO WE’LL SORT OUT THE RUNNING ORDER AND HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE 24 CAR AFTER THE CONTACT ON PIT ROAD WITH KEVIN LEPAGE. CAUTION IS OUT AT BRISTOL. BILL: A LOT OF EXCITEMENT UNDER GREEN AND A LOT OF EXCEMENT WHEN YOU GO BACK TO GREEN. WATCH THE FIRST TWO CARS IN THE RIGHT-HAND LANE. WALLY: LOOKS LIKE SCOTT WIMMER MISSES A SHIFT. MARK MARTIN CLOBBERS HIM AND THAT’S WHAT STARTED THAT LITTLE BIT OF A MESS AND MARK HAS BEEN IN TO FIX THAT FENDER. HE HAD A LOT OF DAMAGE BUT HE WAS THE LUCKY DOG. BILL: IN A MANNER OF SPEAKING SO HE DOES GET BACK ON THE LAST LAP BUT DAMAGE TO THE SIX CAR. MATT KENSETH WON THE BUSCH RACE LAST NIGHT. BILL: STILL WORKING THE CLEANUP UNDER CAUTION WITH JEFF GORDON BILL: THE PACE CAR TO PIT ROAD. JEFF GORDON THE RACE LEADER HAD TROUBLE ON THE LAST RESTART AND THAT INSIDE LANE. LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS THIS TIME. WALLY: LOOK OUT, MARK. BILL: AN UPDATE ON MARK MARTIN FROM MATT YOCUM. MATT: PITTED THREE TIMES. YOU CAN SEE THE DAMAGE TO THAT LEFT-FRONT CORNER. WORKED ON THAT. ALSO THEY MADE TWO STOPS FOR TIRES SO THEY WOULDN’T LOSE A LAP. THEY MADE A SIGNIFICANT TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT. WENT UP THREE ROUNDS AS YOU SEE GORDON GOING TO THE HIGH SIDE, THE 31 UNDERNEATH HIM. WALLY: GORDON SLID UP TO THE HIGH SIDE. HE’S NOT BEEN ABLE TO KEEP THAT 24 CAR ON THE BOTTOM LINE. BENNY: HE THOUGHT HE WOULD BE ABLE TO. BILL: IT LOOKED LIKE HE WAS RUN INTO THE BACK OF MARK. WALLY: HE CLOSED IN ON MARK BIG TIME. HE WENT UP THE RACETRACK. UNFORTUNATELY JEFF BURTON FILLED THE HOLE. BILL: AND NOW HE’S FOURTH. MARTY? MARTY: ACTUALLY UNDER THE CAUTION, GUYS, HE ASKED HIS SPOTTER WHERE IS THE 31 FASTER THAN WE ARE AND THEY SAID FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER OFF. HE’S A LOT FASTER THAN ME. I MAY JUST LET HIM GO. THAT MAY BE A COMBINATION OF HIM CATCHING MARK VERY QUICKLY AND ALSO WANTING TO LET JEFF BURTON GO. BILL: YOU KNOW SOMETHING? IT’S GETTING RAISEY. WALLY: IT’S GETTING REALLY RACY. KURT BUSCH TAKES THE SPOT OVER FROM KENSETH. THESE GUYS ARE REALLY BOTTLED UP RIGHT NOW. BILL: THOSE TWO, 24-17 HAVE A LITTLE DEAL FROM THE SPRING. BENNY: WAS THERE A LITTLE CONTACT THAT TIME MAYBE? BILL: PRETTY CLOSE. WALLY: THEY’RE AWARE OF EACH OTHER, LET’S PUT IT THAT WAY. BENNY: THERE WAS BECAUSE NOW JEFF IS GOING TO LET THE 17 GO BACK BY. WALLY: YOU HAVE THE GUYS HERE RACING FOR THE LEAD AND THEN YOU HAVE A LOT OF CARS DOWN THAT ARE A LAP DOWN. BILL: THAT 10 CAR OF SCOTT RIGGS, GOOD RUN FOR HIM, HE’S FIFTH. BENNY: AND FAST. WALLY: MEANTIME, OFF IN THE DISTANCE JEFF BURTON — BILL: RIGGS ISN’T GOING TO WAIT. WALLY: HE CAN’T. AT THIS POINT IN TIME YOU’VE GOT TO GO. BILL: MORE ON RIGGS FROM DAVE. DAVE: HOW FUN IS THIS PLACE TO DRIVE? BILL: HANG ON A MINUTE, DAVE. DAVE: LET’S ANSWER THAT LATER. BENNY: REED SORENSON — WALLY: NO CAUTION.>>THE LEADER COMING TO YOU. WALLY: HE’S GOT SOMETHING WRONG. A LEFT REAR FLAT. ALLEN: A FLAT TIRE FOR REED SORENSON. HE’S BEEN WRESTLING THAT THING AROUND FOR ALMOST TWO LAPS TRYING TO GET AN OPENING TO GET DOWN TO THE BOTTOM TO PIT ROAD. WALLY: MAN, I KNEW THAT WAS COMING. >>BE CAREFUL, BE CAREFUL. WALLY: I KNEW THAT WAS COMING. HE WAS STAYING ON THE GAS, AND KURT BUSCH DID GET A PIECE OF THAT, DIDN’T HE? BILL: YES, HE DID. WALLY: AND THE 40 AND THE 10 ARE BANGING INTO EACH OTHER. BILL: THAT’S GOING ON DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH. SORENSON HAS HAD TWO ROUGH NIGHTS. LAST NIGHT HE WAS RUNNING SECOND AWAY FROM EVERYBODY AND ENDED UP IN A HARD CRASH. NOW HERE IS WHAT WE SAW THE FIRST TIME. WALLY: AND THAT TIRE IS ALREADY FLAT SO THAT’S PROBABLY WHAT CAUSED THE SPIN TO BEGIN WITH AND THEN HE SEES THE LEADERS COMING. HE DOESN’T WANT TO GO A LAP DOWN SO HE’S GRABBING GEARS AND HE’S GOING. BILL: JUST SPUN OUT THERE AND KURT RAN INTO HIM. NO LUCKY DOG HERE. BENNY: WOW. KVAPIL WAS THE LUCKY DOG. LET’S SEE WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE KURT MIGHT HAVE. WALLY: HE HAS SOME DAMAGE ON THAT LEFT FRONT ON THE HOOD AND A LITTLE BIT ON THE FENDER. YOU SEE THE DAMAGE RIGHT THERE BUT I DON’T THINK THAT’S GOING TO HURT HIM UNLESS IT RUBS THE LEFT FRONT. BILL: WE’LL GET AN UPDATE ON THAT FROM KURT BUSCH AND COMPANY DOWN ON PIT ROAD AND WE’LL SEE IF BILL: STILL UNDER CAUTION HERE AT BRISTOL, SO WE CAN GIVE YOU THE CINGULAR RACE TALK QUESTION. TO WIN A RACE WHERE IS THE BUMP AND RUN ACCEPTABLE? IT’S NOT ACCEPTABLE AT ALL SHORT TRACKS, ANY TRACK? BILL: I THINK I KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT. MATT KENSETH’S RADIO JUST A MOMENT AGO. >>WE STILL GOT QUITE A FEW LAPS TO GO. >>I KNEW YOU COULDN’T HAVE THAT MUCH. NOT TODAY. THE NUMBERS GOT TOO BIG FOR THOSE VIRGINIA BOYS.>>COME ON. I SEE HOW IT IS. ONLY YOUR JOKES ARE FUNNY.>>THAT’S RIGHT. BILL: MATT KENSETH KEEPING HIS GUYS LOOSE AS WE GO BACK TO GREEN. BENNY: THE LONGTIME SPOTTER FOR DALE JARRETT HAS STARTED SPOTTING — WHO IS SMOKING THERE? WALLY: THAT’S THE TWO CAR, THE FENDER RUBBING FROM THE CONTACT AND REED SORENSON. BENNY: WOW. BILL: A HARD CRASH! WALLY: CLINT BOWYER OR — YES, IT’S CLINT BOWYER. BENNY: THE LEFT REAR TIRE LEFT THE CAR. AND THERE IT GOES. THE TIRE AND THE WHEEL. THAT SLOWED IT DOWN SOME. >>SHOULD I MOVE IT OR WHAT? WALLY: NO, DON’T MOVE IT. BILL: SEVENTH CAUTION. AND WHAT WERE YOU SAYING WHEN WE WERE DOING THE STARTING GRID ABOUT CLINT BOWYER NEEDING GOOD LUCK? BENNY: HE NEEDS A BREAK. WALLY: HE NEEDS A BREAK BUT NOT THIS KIND. THE WHOLE WHEEL JUST CAME OFF. LOOKED LIKE IT CAME OFF THE CENTER, B.P. BENNY: OVER THE CAR. I WONDER IF THE LUG NUTS — BILL: YOU WOULD THINK. BENNY: IT LOOKED LIKE THE LUG NUTS CAME OFF. WALLY: YOU CAN SEE HE FELT SOMETHING. BILL: WE SAW THE CRACKED WHEEL LAST NIGHT IN THE BUSCH RACE. PIT ROAD IS CLOSED FOR NOW. WE’LL TAKE A QUICK COMMERCIAL BREAK, COME BACK TO BRISTOL. JEFF BURTON, KURT BUSCH, MATT KENSETH, JEFF GORDON, DALE EARNHARDT JR. YOUR TOP FIVE. BILL: STILL UNDER CAUTION HERE AT THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. A COUPLE OF THINGS GOING ON. DAVID STREMME GETS THE FREE PASS. SCOTT WIMMER HAS RETIRED FROM THE RACE, SO SCOTT WIMMER AND DERRIKE COPE ARE OUT OF THE RACE. THAT MEANS JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS CLINCHED A SPOT IN THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. HE JUST HAD TO FINISH 41ST OR BETTER. THAT IS GUARANTEED WITH THE TWO CARS OUT OF THE RACE, SO JIMMIE JOHNSON IS OUR FIRST CHASER IN 2006. WALLY: NOW IF THEY TELL HIM THAT, HE’LL BE RACING A DIFFERENT RACE THAN WHAT HE TALKED ABOUT RIGHT BEFORE THE RACE I THINK. BILL: I WOULD. WALLY: NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE. BENNY: HE SAID LAP 250. WALLY: UNLESS HE GETS THIS NEWS. YOU’RE LOCKED IN. BENNY: THAT COULD HELP. BILL: PIT ROAD IS OPEN. A HANDFUL OF CARS PITTED INCLUDING SCOTT RIGGS WHO WANTED SOME LEFT FRONT DAMAGE CHECKED AFTER RUNNING INTO STREMME EITHER INTENTIONALLY OR ACCIDENTALLY. AND AGAIN UNDER THE CAUTION. WALLY: I WOULD SAY UNDER THE CAUTION WAS INTENTIONAL. NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENED UNDER THE GREEN. BENNY: I THINK THAT STREMME WAS A LAP DOWN AND RIGGS RUNNING FIFTH WANTED TO GET BY — HE WANTED TO GET UP THERE AND RACE THOSE OTHER GUYS AND STREMME WAS TRYING TO KEEP THAT POSITION TO GET THE LUCKY DOG. BILL: RIGGS REALLY WANTED BY AND WASN’T GOING TO BE PATIENT AND LET STREMME SIT THERE. BENNY: AND I THINK THAT RIGGS DID NOT LIKE THAT AND HE LET STREMME KNOW THAT. BILL: DRIVERS CAN BE THAT WAY. WALLY: THAT’S GOING TO BE CLOSE. KURT BUSCH IS GOING TO GET STOPPED AT THE END OF PIT ROAD OR HE BEAT THAT PACE CAR. BILL: HE’S HEADED FOR HIS STALL. HE’S COMING IN. ALLEN IS WAITING FOR HIM. ALLEN: A LONG DISCUSSION ON THE RADIO CALLING THE CREW CHIEF, ROGER PENSKE, THE OWNER ON THE ROOF AND THE SPOTTER, SHOULD WE COME IN? WE’RE GOING TO GIVE UP A LOT OF TRACK POSITION. HE WAS SECOND BEFORE THE PIT STOP. THEY DECIDED THE FENDER WAS RUBBING FROM THE CONTACT OF REED SORENSON. TOLD KURT YOU NEED TO COME IN AND GET IT FIXED. YOU SEE THEM WORKING THERE WITH THE HAMMER AND TRY TO ASSESS ANY OTHER DAMAGE THAT MIGHT BE ON THERE AND RETIRE THE CAR AND SEND HIM BACK OUT. THEY WILL GO FROM SECOND BACK TO, WHAT, ABOUT 30TH OR SO, BILL? BILL: YES, SIR. CURRENTLY 27 CARS SCORED ON THE LEAD LAP. ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT BRISTOL IS THERE’S RACING ALL OVER THE TRACK AND GUYS DO, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, HAVE A TEMPER. LET’S GO BAC AND LOOK AT THAT 40 AND 10 BATTLE. IT STARTED ON THE FRONT STRETCH. WALLY: THIS IS UNDER A YELLOW NOW. THE 40 DRIVES UP AND HITS THE 10. THE 10 COMES BACK. POINTS HIS FINGER OUT THE WINDOW. SO THERE ARE TWO GUYS MAD AT EACH OTHER ALREADY. BILL: THE ONBOARD WITH STREMME. SO THE HIT FROM THE 10 CAME FIRST AND THEN STREMME DROVE HIM BACK UP. DAVE, WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS? DAVE: SCOTT RIGGS DIDN’T REALLY KNOW WHAT THE 40’S PROBLEM WAS SO HE’S CONFUSED WHY DAVID STREMME SHOULD BE RACING HIM SO HARD. RIGGS RUNNING IN THE TOP FIVE DROVE THROUGH TRAVIS KVAPIL TRYING TO CHASE DOWN THE REST OF THE LEADERS. HE HAS A VERY GOOD RACE CAR AND THEY’RE DISAPPOINTED THEY HAD TO COME IN AND PIT. THEY’VE WARNED SCOTT BE PATIENT. WE STILL HAVE A GOOD RACE CAR. YOU CAN’T WIN THIS IN 10 LAPS BUT YOU CAN GET THE SPOTS BACK. MARTY: CLINT BOWYER HAS COME FROM THE INFIELD CAR CENTER. THAT’S A BIZARRE ONE. >>YEAH. NEVER SEEN THAT ONE BEFORE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. GREG BIFFLE TOLD ME SOMETHING LOOKED WRONG, THOUGHT IT WAS FLAT, BUT DIDN’T FEEL FLAT BUT IT DID FEEL WRONG OFF IN THE CORNER. IT’S UNFORTUNATE, YOU KNOW. I HAD THE BIRTHDAY SCHEME ON FOR JACK DANIELS. WE KEPT GETTING THE CAR BETTER AND BETTER AND I THOUGHT WE WOULD MARCH OUR WAY TO THE FRONT TO GET TRACK POSITION. UNFORTUNATELY, OUR DAY IS PRETTY MUCH DONE. DAVE: THINGS CAN HAPPEN QUICK HERE, BILL. BILL: YOU’RE RIGHT, MARTY. BAD THINGS HAPPEN QUICKER. JEFF BURTON YOUR RACE LEADER COMING TO GET THE GREEN THIS TIME. THAT IS KENSETH, GORDON, EARNHARDT JR., EDWARDS, RYAN NEWMAN SIXTH, ELLIOTT SADLER, JIMMIE JOHNSON, KYLE BUSCH, KASEY KAHNE THE TOP 10. THERE ARE 28 CARS NOW SCORED ON THE LEAD LAP. WE’RE 10 AWAY FROM HALFWAY. BENNY: THAT EIGHT AND 99 ARE RUNNING IN TANDEM TONIGHT, AREN’T THEY? BILL: IT MAKES IT INTERESTING WHEN THEY’RE NEAR EACH OTHER. WALLY: THE TOP FIVE CARS CLEAR THE 32 CAR OF TRAVIS KVAPIL, WHO IS A LAP DOWN. BENNY: KEVIN HARVICK IS STILL ON THE LEAD LAP. BILL: VERY FORTUNATE. THIS IS FOR EIGHTH. KYLE BUSCH TAKING THAT FROM JIMMIE JOHNSON. BENNY: THAT’S QUITE A COMEBACK FOR KYLE BUSCH HAVING TO MAKE THAT LATE PIT STOP, THE LOOSE WHEEL, HAS WORKED HIS WAY BACK. BILL: THAT’S WHAT SCOTT RIGGS IS TRYING TO DO NOW. RIGGS CURRENTLY SCORED IN THE 20TH POSITION. HERE IS RYAN NEWMAN IN THE 12. BENNY: LOST THE SPOT TO SADLER. BILL: ELLIOTT SADLER A FORMER WINNER AT THIS RACE, AT THIS TRACK, RATHER. WON THE SPRING RACE A FEW YEARS BACK. ONBOARD WITH DENNY HAMLIN. HE’S IN 12TH. ABOUT THAT 19, DAVE? DAVE: DID YOU EVER TALK TO YOUR CREW UNDER GREEN WHILE YOU DROVE AROUND BRISTOL IS THIS WALLY: NOT TOO MUCH, DAVE. DAVE: THAT’S ONE THING ELLIOTT TOLD HIS NEW CREW ON THE 19 CAR. I’LL ONLY TALK TO YOU UNDER CAUTION. DON’T THINK IT’S NOT BECAUSE I DON’T LIKE YOU. I’M TOO BUSY. BILL: WALLY DIDN’T TALK TO THEM BECAUSE HE DIDN’T LIKE THEM. WALLY: YEAH, YOU’RE VERY BUSY. YOU ARE TURNING THE CAR ALL THE TIME. THERE’S JUST NO REST HERE. YOU’RE A BUSY, BUSY GUY. BILL: 16 SECONDS. GORDON RUNS THIRD. EARNHARDT FOURTH. EDWARDS IS BEHIND HIM. ONBOARD WITH EARNHARDT JR. WALLY: TALKING ABOUT HOW BUSY YOU ARE. WATCH THE STEERING WHEEL. IT’S NOT STRAIGHT, NOT EVEN FOR A SECOND. YOU’RE ALWAYS KIND OF TURNING THE CAR, PICK UP THE THROTTLE, HARD ON THE GAS. BENNY: YOU RELAX, NOW HE’S TURNING AGAIN. THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE JUST HOW PHYSICAL THIS RACETRACK IS ON THESE DRIVERS. WALLY: AND YOU’RE GETTING THROWN AROUND THE 36-DEGREE BANKING. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WANT TO GET THROWN OUT THE PASSENGER SIDE WINDOW. YOU CAN HEAR HIM WORKING THE THROTTLE, HARD ON THE GAS HERE, OFF THE GAS. YOU JUST USE A LITTLE BIT OF BRAKE HERE AND YOU’RE OFF THE BRAKE. YOU’RE PICKING UP THE GAS AND THEN YOU’RE HARD ON THE GAS. AND YOU DO THIS A LOT. BILL: EARNHARDT IS 2.3 SECONDS BEHIND RACE LEADER JEFF BURTON IN THAT 20 CAR. TONY STEWART RUNNING IN THE 23RD POSITION, MARTY. MARTY: AND, BILL, THAT’S FROM THE TOP FIVE STARTING SPOT TO 23RD. IT HAS BEEN AN ABSOLUTE STRUGGLE FOR THE 20. BUT TONIGHT TONY HAS BEEN EXTREMELY UNHAPPY WITH THE RACE CAR. IN FACT, THEY JUST PIT ADD FEW LAPS AGO, TOOK ON FOUR FRESH TIRES. HE CANNOT GET THIS CAR TO TURN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER AND THEN IT SNAPS LOOSE OFF THE CORNER AS WELL. HARD TO BELIEVE IT’S THE SAME CAR THAT LED THE MOST LAPS HERE JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO. ALLEN? ALLEN: KURT BUSCH STARTED IN 27TH SPOT JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO. HE’S PICKED UP A FEW SINCE THEN AS HE GOES BY TONY STEWART. BEFORE THE RESTART KURT SAID WE’RE BACK IN TRAFFIC. LET 80’S TAKE CARE OF IT NOW, WORK OUR WAY BACK TO THE FRONT. YOU’LL SEE HOW THE CAR HANDLES AS THEY GO THROUGH THIS RUN. BILL: BOBBY LABONTE HAS PITTED OUT OF SEQUENCE. HE PITTED WITH STEWART. THIS IS BACK AROUND 22ND. BENNY: AND HE LOSES A COUPLE OF SPOTS, TO THOSE TWO CARS. STREMME IN THE 40. BILL: HE MIGHT BE DRIVING THAT. STREMME IS 26TH. NEMECHEK 25TH. WALLY: THE THING ABOUT THIS PLACE YOU HAVE 40 CARS OR 38 CARS THAT RUN EXACTLY THE SAME SPEED. AND YOU ALWAYS HAVE A COUPLE OF GUYS THAT ARE REALLY HOOKED UP, THAT HAVE REALLY GOOD CARS LIKE BURTON AND KENSETH, GORDON, EVEN KURT BUSCH. BUT IT’S SO HARD TO PASS HERE IF YOU’RE RUNNING THE SAME SPEED AS A LOT OF OTHER GUYS. USE THE BUMPER LIKE RIGHT THERE. BENNY: SO REPUTATION HAS A LOT TO DO WITH IT. WALLY: YEAH. BENNY: AND IF YOU QUALIFIED WELL, THEY SEE YOU COMING UP BEHIND THEM, OK, HE’S THE FASTER CAR. THEY DON’T REALIZE STREMME IS A FAST CAR. BILL: JEFF BURTON IS A FAST CAR AND EVERYBODY HERE KNOWS IT. JUST PAST HALFWAY IN THE SHARPIE 500. JEFF BURTON THE RACE LEADER. BILL: 270 LAPS ARE COMPLETE. 271. JEFF BURTON IS THE RACE LEADER IN FRONT OF MATT KENSETH, DALE EARNHARDT JR., JEFF GORDON, AND CARL EDWARDS. THOSE ARE THE TOP FIVE IN THE SHARPIE 500. LET’S TAKE YOU THROUGH THE FIELD STARTING WITH DAVE. DAVE: AND IT’S NO SURPRISE THIS CAR IS RUNNING WELL FOR JEFF BURTON. IT’S HAD FIVE TOP 10’S ALREADY THIS YEAR. BUT THE SURPRISE IS WHERE THOSE HAPPENED. CALIFORNIA, VEGAS, TEXAS, DARLINGTON, AND DOVER. THIS IS A TRULY PERSONAL RACE CAR, MATT. MATT: LAST YEAR THE NIGHT RACE FOR MATT KENSETH WITH THE FUSION, HIS AVERAGE FINISH WAS 2.5. HE WON LAST NIGHT’S BUSCH RACE TRYING TO SWEEP THE WEEKEND. NOW HE HAS A LACK OF GRIP. ALL HE HAS TO DO IS FINISH 22ND. MEANWHILE, DALE EARNHARDT JR. MAKING A HUGE GAIN IN POINTS IF HE CAN CONTINUE ON RUNNING WHERE HE IS NOW. THE CAR, THOUGH, STILL WAY TOO TIGHT. IT’S JUST PUSHING IN THE RIGHT FRONT THROUGH THE CORNER. MARTY? MARTY: OF ALL THE RACES LEFT BEFORE THE CHASE THIS IS NOT THE ONE JEFF GORDON IS WORRIED ABOUT. THE ONE HE’S WORRIED ABOUT RICHMOND. TOLD ME EARLY THIS WEEK WE HAVEN’T BEEN GOOD IN RICHMOND. RIGHT NOW JEFF GORDON IS PRETTY GOOD ESPECIALLY WHEN HE HAS CLEAN AIR. WHEN HE’S IN TRAFFIC LIKE NOW, CARS ARE TOO TIGHT. DAVE? DAVE: THIS IS A MUST-WIN RACE FOR CARL EDWARDS. REMEMBER HE CAME IN OUT OF THE CHASE 244 POINTS. HE’S ONLY MADE UP A LITTLE GROUND BUT HE’S MOVING HIMSELF TOWARDS THE FRONT WHICH HE HAS TO DO. BEHIND HIM ELLIOTT SADLER, HIS JOB WAS TO GET THIS TEAM BACK IN THE TOP 35 IN OWNERS POINTS. HE DID THAT LAST WEEK. NOW IT’S JUST BUILDING MOMENTUM FOR 2007. LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE DOING IT. MARTY? MARTY: AS THE RUN GOES ON, DAVE, RYAN NEWMAN GETS BETTER. HEARD SOME ENCOURAGING WORDS FROM ROGER PENSKE A LITTLE WHILE AGO. SAID IT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE A HORSE OUT THERE. RYAN REPLIED, YES, SIR, I DO. A LITTLE BIT LOOSE RIGHT NOW AND LACKING SOME REAR GRIP. ALLEN? ALLEN: KYLE BUSCH RECOVERING FROM THE PIT STOP ERROR QUITE NICELY. YOU MIGHT SAY HE’S ALL PUMPED UP. HE’S BEEN WORKING OUT WITH THE STEERING WHEEL-SHAPED WEIGHT DURING THE WEEK TO BUILD UP HIS FOREARMS TO BE PUMPED UP FOR THIS RACE. DAVE: KASEY KAHNE TRYING TO RACE HIS WAY INTO THE CHASE. CAME INTO TONIGHT 11TH TRYING TO GET DALE JR. A 10TH. HIS CAR HAS BEEN PRETTY GOOD. IN FACT ON THE LAST RUN BEFORE THEY CAME IN FOR STOPS IT WAS THE BEST IT’S BEEN. THEY DON’T EXPECT TO CHANGE IT MUCH. KASEY LIKES THE WAY IT IS NOW. ALLEN? ALLEN: JIMMIE JOHNSON TALKING ABOUT GETTING TO LAP 250 IN GOOD SHAPE AND ON THE LEAD LAP AND THEN BEING ABLE TO TAKE A SHOT AT A GOOD NIGHT TONIGHT. THEY’VE DONE THAT. A CLEAN CAR ON THE LEAD LAP IN 10TH PLACE AT HALFWAY. DENNY HAMLIN, HIS CREW KEEPS TELLING HIM HE’S ONE OF THE BEST ON THE TRACK, ONE OF THE FASTEST ON THE TRACK. HE’S BACK IN 11TH PLACE RIGHT NOW. THEY CONTINUE TO ADJUST ON THIS CAR. NEEDING A TOP 10 FINISH TO SECURE HIS PLACE IN THE CHASE. DAVE? DAVE: DID I TELL YOU SCOTT RIGGS STILL HAD A GOOD RACE CAR? HE RESTARTED 20TH. HE’S ALL THE WAY UP TO 12 THE. HE IS ON A ROLL AND THEY ARE DOING WELL WITH THAT EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS CAR. NOT THE ONE YOU ALWAYS TALK ABOUT. SCOTT RIGGS QUIETLY MAKING A NOISE HERE IN BRISTOL. RIGHT BEHIND HIM NEXT TO THE OWNER ROBBY GORDON ON THE LAST STOP THEY MADE NO CHANGES TO THAT TCHASSY. NO AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENTS OR ANYTHING. HE REALLY LIKES THE WAY THIS CAR IS RACING. AS FOR DAVE BLANEY, HOW DID HE GET UP THERE? HE PITTED LAP 88, STAYED OUT ON LAP 115 AND THEN THEY HIT ON SOMETHING. THEY MADE A FENDER CHANGE WHEN THEY CAME IN ON LAP 204. A TUG HERE OR THERE AND THAT CAR LIT UP FOR DAVE BLANEY. ALLEN: ALL OF THE TEAMS HAVE A COMPUTER ON THEIR PIT ROAD FOR NASCAR TIMING AND SCORING CONNECTED TO THEIR SYSTEM TO SHOW THEM THE LAP TIMES ON EVERY CAR IN THE FIELD. BUSCH IS ONE OF THE FASTEST. TOOK 15TH POSITION AWAY, DIGGING HIS WAY BACK UP FROM THE PIT STOP. DAVE: CASEY MEARS IS RUNNING 16TH, STRUGGLING JUST A LITTLE BIT WITH THE HANDLING. HIS COMPLAINT IS THE CAR HAS BEEN TIGHT AND HIS NEXT COMPLAINT WAS THE CAR IS TIGHT. JUST CAN’T SEEM TO TURN IT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE KEARN. MARTY: DALE JARRETT CURRENTLY RUNNING 17TH. HE HAD A VIBRATION. THE LONGER HE WENT, THAT VIBRATION WENT AWAY. THAT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN, IS IT, ALLEN? ALLEN: KEVIN HARVICK IS DOING SOMETHING THAT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN AS WELL. REMEMBER HIS CAR HAD THE RIGHT FRONT GO DOWN AND HIT THE WALL LAP 202. NO MAJOR DAMAGE TO THE CAR, WHICH IS PRETTY DARNED LUCKY HERE AT BRISTOL. MARTY? MARTY: TALKING ABOUT DALE JARRETT, KEN SCHRADER WENT AROUND HIM WITH A FAST RACE CAR, ESPECIALLY ON THESE OLD TIRES. THE CAR HAS GOTTEN BETTER ALL NIGHT LONG PT JUST NOT IN THE TRACK WITH THAT SECURE FEELING HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE. THE CAR PRETTY FAST LATE ON THIS RUN. MATT? MATT: AFTER A DISAPPOINTING RUN AT WATKINS GLEN, BIFFLE BOUNCED BACK LAST WEEK AT MICHIGAN FOR A SECOND PLACE FINISH. STARTED THE NIGHT 12TH. 189 POINTS OUT OF 10TH. HE HAD ISSUES AGAIN TONIGHT. HE BOUNCED OFF A TEAMMATE, MARTY. JUST TOO TIGHT IN THE CENTER AND TOO LOOSE ON EXIT. HE WAS TRYING TO HANG ON TO IT. MARTY: AS FOR TONY STEWART 24TH ON THE RACETRACK RIGHT NOW, JUST CANNOT GET THAT RACE CAR TO TURN AND STICK ON THE BOTTOM OF THE RACETRACK. BILL: THANKS, MARTY. STEWART RIGHT NOW SCORED THE FIRST CAR OFF THE LEAD LAP. THERE ARE 23 CARS■ ON THE LEAD LAP. THE LAST CAR IN LINE MARTIN TRUEX JR. RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF JEFF BURTON. A NUMBER OF CARS ARE ONE LAP DOWN. TWO CARS ARE OUT OF THE RACE. SCOTT WIMMER AND DERRIKE COPE. WALLY: BIFFLE LOOKS LIKE HE IS STRUGGLING IN THE 16 CAR. HE HAS LABONTE AND TRUEX RIGHT NOW BOBBINGED UP BEHIND HIM. NOW BIFFLE MOVES TO THE HIGH SIDE AND SAYS GO. I’M CRASHING EVERY LAP. BILL: AS WE GO THROUGH THESE POINTS LOOK HOW CLOSE THIS IS. AND THEN LOOK TO THE 11 THROUGH 15. EDWARDS HAS GOTTEN PAST BIFFLE. AND THESE GUYS HERE, KAHNE, EDWARDS, AND BIFFLE, HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TONIGHT TO GET THEMSELVES BACK INTO IT DEPENDING ON HOW THE GUYS IN FRONT OF THEM, MARTIN, HAMLIN, STEWART, CONTINUE TO RACE. SO THE NEXT 200 LAPS COULD BE CRITICAL FOR THESE GUYS TRYING TO MAKE THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH TWO RACES TO GO. NOT THAT IT’S GOING TO LOCK THEM IN BUT IT COULD GIVE THEM NEW LIFE GOING TO CALIFORNIA NEXT WEEKEND AND THEN TO RICHMOND. JEFF BURTON WENT BY THERE? WALLY: YEAH, AND BIFFLE DIDN’T WANT TO LET HIM BY BUT BIFFLE WILL FINALLY LET HIM GO. GREG HAS HIS HANDS FULL IN THE 16 CAR RIGHT NOW. BENNY: THAT’S HOW YOU CRASH AT THIS RACETRACK TRYING TO RACE WITH A CAR HANDLING THAT BADLY. BILL: YOU SEE TONY STEWART OFF THE LEAD LAP. JEFF BURTON IS THE RACE LEADER. DRIVES FOR RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING. IT’S BEEN A REMARKABLE SEASON FOR R.C.R. BUT ONE OF THEIR GOALS IS TO GET JEFF BURTON BILL: FORD RACING HAS BEEN ABLE TO DELIVER TWO ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCES IN THE SAME YEAR. CRARM’S THRILL RIDE AND THE UPCOMING RACE TO A DREAM. GO TO RACETOTHEDREAM.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION. THERE’S A LOT OF STUFF GOING ON HERE. WE TALK ABOUT KEVIN HARVICK JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO. HE’S MOVED HIS WAY UP. BENNY: THE 31 GETTING LOOSE OFF THE CORNER. BILL: KURT BUSCH HAS MOVED HIS WAY UP. WE TALK ABOUT THOSE GUYS THROUGH THE FIELD. THE LAST TIME THE LEADERS WERE ON PIT ROAD, LAP 203. WALLY: JEFF BURTON HAS BEEN PUT AGO LOT OF GUYS DOWN. THERE’S MARTIN TRUEX IN THE ONE, JUST A LAP DOWN. TRUEX IS TRYING TO HANG ON IN CASE THE YELLOW COMES OUT. BUT, DAVE, THAT 31 IS HAULING. DAVE: ONE OF THE REASONS IS BECAUSE SOMEONE HERE ON THAT TEAM HAS WON BEFORE. THE CREW CHIEF SCOTT MILLER, YOU MIGHT NOT RECOGNIZE HIM. YOU DON’T SEE HIM OUT FRONT A LOT. SCOTT MILLER WON BACK HERE WHEN KEVIN HARVICK WON HIS ONE NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACE HERE. BERRIER WAS ON SUSPENSION AND MILLER STEPPED IN. THAT WAS THE DAY THAT KEVIN HARVICK WON HERE AT THE HIGH-BANKED HALF MILE. WALLY: I ACTUALLY KNOW SCOTT FROM — I KNOW SCOTT FOR A LONG TIME WHEN HE WAS RACING WINSTON WEST CARS OUT IN CALIFORNIA. BILL: HE’S NOT GREGARIOUS, HUH? WALLY: I KNOW HIM. HE DOESN’T REALLY KNOW ME. NO, HE’S A GOOD GUY. HE’S VERY SMART AND HE’S DONE A REALLY GREAT JOB AT R.C.R., OBVIOUSLY. THESE GUYS REALLY HAVE HIT THE CHEMISTRY. BENNY: HE AND BURTON SEEM THEY’VE REALLY HIT THE CHEMISTRY. BILL: JUST WHAT THEY’VE DONE AT R.C.R. TO BE IN THIS POSITION AFTER STRUGGLING NOT THAT LONG AGO. BENNY: IN FEBRUARY IN DAYTONA JEFF BURTON’S 31 CAR WON THE POLE. I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE HIM. HE SAID YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING YET. THESE ARE NOT BY FAR THE BEST CARS. THE BEST CARS ARE YET TO COME. I DIDN’T BELIEVE HIM AT THE TIME BUT I DO NOW. HE MADE A BELIEVER OUT OF ME. BILL: HE SAID AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON MY GOAL IS TO GET BACK UP FRONT WHERE I’M SUPPOSED TO BE AND HE DOESN’T SAY THAT WITH COCKINESS. HE SAYS IT WITH CONFIDENCE BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE HE BELIEVES HE CAN BE AS A DRIVER AND WHERE THE EQUIPMENT FROM R.C.R. CAN BE. WALLY: HE’S BEEN THERE BEFORE. HE KNOWS HOW TO WIN RACES. YOU JUST HAVE TO GET IN THE RIGHT SITUATION. BURTON FINALLY HAS. KENSETH IS GAINING ON THE 31 CAR A LITTLE BIT. BENNY: MATT? MATT: B.P., NOT ONLY WITH THE HELP OF SOME LAP TRAFFIC BUT MATT KENSETH SAYS THE RACE CAR IS PRETTY GOOD. JUST A LITTLE TIGHT NOW IN THE CENTER OF THE CORNER. SAID THAT ABOUT NINE LAPS AGO OR ABOUT 35 TO 40 LAPS FROM WHERE THAT WINDOW OPENS WHEN THEY CAN GO THE DISTANCE. MAYBE SOME CREW CHIEFS PULLING STRATEGY, GAMBLING UNTIL THAT WINDOW OPENS. IF WE GET THAT CAUTION AND HIT PIT ROAD, KENSETH WON LAST NIGHT WENT A LONG DISTANCE ON HIS TIRES. MAYBE HE’LL DO IT AGAIN TONIGHT. BILL: ONBOARD WITH BURTON. BENNY: THAT 17 CAR IS GETTING CLOSER. BURTON NOW IS HAVING TROUBLE GETTING IT BY THE 43 CAR. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT’S SO MUCH THE TROUBLE OR HIS CHASSIS IS STARTING TO SLOW DOWN. HERE WE GO. EDWARDS UNDERNEATH GORDON FOR FOURTH SPOT. BILL: EVERY POSITION SO CRITICAL TO CARL EDWARDS. MORE ON THE 24 FROM MARTY. MARTY: AMAZING HOW LITTLE A CHANGE CAN CHANGE THESE RACE CARS. ON THE LAST STOP FOR JEFF GORDON ALL THEY DID WAS PUT A HALF POUND IN THE LEFT REAR TIRE AND THE CAR HAS GONE AWAY. IT’S TIGHT HE IS PELLINGSLY — ESPECIALLY IN TRAFFIC. HE IS FIGHTING WITH THAT. THEY WILL PUT A HALF POUND BACK IN THAT TIRE NEXT STOP. BILL: NEW LEADER MATT KENSETH. GOT AROUND JEFF BURTON AND NOW YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE BURTON’S CAR IS NOT — TIGHT ON THE LONG RUN. AND THAT’S WHAT WE’VE BEEN ON, OVER 100 LAPS.>>IT COMES AROUND ON IT, TOO, BUT THE MIDDLE IS GOOD. BENNY: THAT’S WHAT I SAW A MOMENT AGO AS HE CAME OFF TWO. HE HAD SOME WHEEL INTO IT AND THAT THREW THE BACK END OUT. THE CAR BEING TOO TIGHT IS WHAT CAUSED THAT. WALLY: THE CAR IS PUSHING FIRST, THEN IT GOES TO A LOOSE ON THE EXIT OF THE CORNER. BILL: SOMETHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT WHEN MATT KENSETH GETS OUT IN FRONT IN BRISTOL, HE’S USUALLY OUT THERE FOR A LONG TIME. WON THIS RACE ONE YEAR AGO. WON LAST WEEK AT MICHIGAN. WON THE BUSCH RACE HERE YESTERDAY. MATT KENSETH LEADS JEFF BURTON, DALE EARNHARDT JR.. THEY’RE THE TOP THREE BILL: DAVID STREMME CUT A TIRE, HIT THE WALL. HE’S MADE IT BACK TO PIT ROAD. PIT ROAD IS OPEN THIS TIME. 175 LAPS TO GO FROM HERE. SOME OF THESE GUYS RIGHT ON THE EDGE PERHAPS OF THEIR FUEL WINDOW. MATT YOCUM? MATT: MATT KENSETH SAID THE CAR JUST NEEDS TO BE FREED UP, IS WAY TOO TIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THE CORNER EVEN THOUGH IT WAS REALLY GOOD AT THE END OF THAT RUN. BESIDES A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT ROBBIE REISER CALLING FOR A HUGE AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT IN THE RIGHT FRONT. DAVE? DAVE: JEFF BURTON IS ON PIT ROAD FOR THE FOURTH TIME TONIGHT. HE SAID THE CAR LOSES THE TURN, BUT THE BACK POPS AROUND IN THE CENTER SO YOU CAN’T MESS WITH THE CENTER. WHAT THEY’LL DO IS LOWER THE TRACK BAR JUST A LITTLE BIT, MAKE AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT, ALSO CLEARED THE WINDSHIELD FOR BURTON AND SENDS HIM ON HIS WAY. MARTY: JEFF GORDON FELL FROM THE LEAD TO FIFTH DURING THAT RUN THE CAR NO FRONT GRIP, TIGHT ESPECIALLY OFF THE CORNER. THEY’RE GOING TO FIX THE RIGHT FRONT FENDER WHERE HE MADE CONTACT EARLIER. TAKE A POUND OUT OF THE LEFT REAR TIRE. ALLEN: JUST BEFORE THE CAUTION FLAG KYLE BUSCH HAD CONTACT ON THE TRACK WITH ANOTHER CAR. THOUGHT HE HAD A FLAT TIRE. SAID IT HURT THE DRIVE OFF ON HIS CAR. THE ACCELERATION OFF THE CORNER. THE CREW HAS HAD A LOOK AT IT. THEY’LL SEND HIM BACK OUT. SEVENTH WHEN HE CAME IN. WALLY: THAT’S A GOOD BURNOUT RIGHT THERE. THE SAFETY CREW’S ALL OVER IT. BILL: HERE IS WHY WE’RE UNDER CAUTION. WALLY: WATCH THE 40 CAR. RIGHT FRONT RIGHT HERE, BOOM. INTO THE WALL. HIT THE WALL HARD ENOUGH TO BREAK ROTORS AND ALL THAT OTHER GOOD STUFF. THEY HAD TO TAKE THAT CAR BEHIND THE WALL AND THEY HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO. BILL: MARTIN TRUEX JR. IS THE LUCKY DOG. WE’LL CHECK OUT THE RUNNING ORDER WHEN WE COME BACK TO BRISTOL. BILL: STILL UNDER CAUTION HERE AT BRISTOL. HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF OUR CINGULAR RACE TALK QUESTION. THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT. ANY PLACE ANY TIME. WALLY: IF IT’S FOR THE WIN, YEAH. IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T FIGHT AFTERWARDS. BILL: JEFF BURTON IS OUT IN FRONT. THE GUYS AT THE SHOP HAVE WORKED HARD ALL WEEK, ALL SEASON. THE GUYS HERE AT THE TRACK ALSO WORKING HARD ALL WEEKEND AND HERE ARE THE SEVEN GUYS OVER THE WALL THAT REPRESENT THAT 31 TEAM. >>SCOTT MILLER, KENTUCKY.>>KEVIN, NEW YORK. >>JOE, ANDOVER, MINNESOTA. >>JOSH, NORTH CAROLINA.>>JASON FOWLER, WINSTON SAY LEP, NORTH CAROLINA.>>LARRY, NORTH CAROLINA. >>RICH BURGESS, NEW YORK.>>KAREN, PENNSYLVANIA. WALLY: I LOVE THE PIT CREW COACH. BENNY: DOES A GREAT JOB WITH THEM. NO DOUBT. BILL: THEY HAVE JEFF BURTON OUT FRONT. KURT BUSCH A COMMITMENT LINE VIOLATION. WALLY: YIKES. BILL: I’M SORRY. THERE’S MORE. ELLIOTT SADLER TOO FAST ON PIT ROAD. BENNY: THERE’S MORE? BILL: THAT’S IT FOR RIGHT NOW. THERE WILL BE MORE. THEY GET ONE TO GO. SO THAT WILL REALLY HURT KURT AND SADLER. RIGHT NOW ELLIOTT BACK IN THE 20TH SPOT. WALLY: KURT BUSCH WAS IN 12 OR 13. BILL: HE DROPS TO THE BACK OF THE LONGEST LINE AS WELL. WALLY: WE HAVE A LOT OF CARS A LAP DOWN SO BASICALLY LIKE THE START OF THE RACE. IT’S DOUBLE FILE AND DEEP. BILL: AND SOMETHING ELSE TO KEEP IN MIND HERE IS THAT DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF CAUTION FLAG LAPS WE HAVE BETWEEN HERE AND THE FINISH, SOMEBODY MIGHT TRY IT. BEN BEP I AGREE WITH YOU. 170 LAPS. WE’RE TO THE POINT NOW THAT, OK, IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. BILL: TONY STEWART A LAP DOWN IN THAT INSIDE LANE. AND WHILE THEY GET UP TO SPEED HERE MATT YOCUM GAVE US A REPORT FROM PIT ROAD. KENSETH TRYING FOR THE LEAD. GIVE US A REPORT MARK MARTIN IS UNHAPPY WITH HIS KARSAYING THERE IS SOMETHING DEFINITELY WRONG WITH IT. MARK BACK IN 31ST POSITION AFTER THINKING IN THE PRERACE SHOW HE WAS GOING TO HAVE A BIG NIGHT. LOOKS LIKE JEFF BURTON’S CAR MAY BE BETTER THAN IT WAS THE LAST TIME WE SAW IT. WALLY: HE’S ALWAYS GOOD RIGHT AFTER THE RESTARTS. THEY’VE BEEN ADJUSTING THAT CAR. IT’S BEEN BETTER THE LONGER IT RUNS. BENNY: I THINK MATT KENSETH MADE THE ONE SHOT. HE GAVE IT A SHOT. OK, I DIDN’T GET THE LEAD, I’M GOING TO SIT BACK AND RIDE AND WAIT FOR THE 31 TO COME BACK TO ME OR 100 LAPS FROM NOW I’LL TRY TO TAKE THE LEAD AGAIN. BILL: MIGHT HAVE BEEN SENDING A MESSAGE — I’M STILL BACK HERE. DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME. GORDON IS BACK IN FOURTH. KYLE BUSCH IN THE FIVE CAR IS FIFTH. JIMMIE JOHNSON, KASEY KAHNE. WALLY: THESE GUYS ARE STACKED UP TRYING TO FIND A PLACE. THEY HAVE SOME SLOW CARS ON THE HIGH SIDE. SOME FAST CARS ON THE HIGH SIDE. EVERYBODY IS MIXED UP IN DIFFERENT LANES RIGHT NOW SO THESE GUYS HAVE THEIR HAND FULL TRYING TO GET THROUGH TRAFFIC. YOU SEE KASEY KAHNE THERE. BILL: HE NEEDS THOSE POSITIONS. HE’S 70 POINTS OUT OF 10TH RIGHT NOW BUT HE WILL LOSE A SPOT TO NEWMAN MAYBE. THE CARS IN FRONT OF THEM, JIMMIE JOHNSON, AN UPDATE ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER FROM ALLEN. ALLEN: CONTINUING TO ADJUST ON HIS CAR, BILL, TRYING TO HELP JIMMIE CUT BETTER THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE CORNER. ALSO FROM TIME TO TIME CHAD REMINDS JIMMIE TO TAKE CARE OF THE BRAKES. STILL A LONG WAYS TO GO IN THIS RACE. WALLY: CLOSE RACING BETWEEN NEWMAN AND KASEY KAHNE. BENNY: I’M IMPRESSED WITH KASEY KAHNE IN THAT NINE CAR STAYING UP THERE AS WELL AS HE HAS. DAVE: CREW CHIEF KENNY — I’M LOOKING AT IT NOW, KENNY FRANCES, TELLS ME THIS IS VERY NERVE-RACKING TRYING TO RACE KASEY INTO THE CHASE, BUT THEY’VE BEEN WORKING HARD ON IT AS AN ORGANIZATION AND FEEL THAT ALL THREE TEAMS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO KEEPING THE NINE UP FRONT TODAY. JUST A LITTLE BIT LOOSE ON THE LAST RUN FOR KAHNE. MARTY? MARTY: RYAN NEWMAN HAD TWO ISSUES ON THAT LAST RUN, DAVE. HE HAD NO REAR GRIP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER AND NO FRONT GRIP OFF THE CORNER. SAID DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER. JUST FIX THAT TIGHT OFF CONDITION. POUND OUT OF THE LEFT REAR TIRE HELPING THE CAR TO TURN BETTER OFF THE CORNER. ALLEN: KEVIN HARVICK THE THIRD PLACE DRIVER IN POINTS STARTING TONIGHT WITH THE TIRE PROBLEM AND HIT THE WALL LAP 204. UNDER THE LAST CAUTION HIS CREW CHIEF BERRIER TOLD KEVIN LET’S JUST KEEP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING. YOUR LAP TIMES ARE GOOD. WE’LL GET OUR TRACK POSITION BACK AND THEN WE’LL RACE THEM TO THE FINISH. WALLY: SEE HOW THAT WORKS OUT. BENNY: IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THIS CAR OF HARVICK’S HAS SOMETHING TO RACE THESE LEADERS WITH. WALLY: HE HIT THE WALL PRETTY HARD. HE’S SITTING IN THAT 12TH SPOT RIGHT NOW. THEY ARE PACKED UP. I MEAN BIFFLE’S CAR IS UGLY TONIGHT. IT’S UGLY AND IT’S PASSING THE 20, I THINK. WHAT’S THAT TELL ABOUT STEWART’S CAR? BILL: YOU TALKED ABOUT RIGGS EARLY IN THE RACE. HE HAS REALLY FOUGHT BACK. HAD TO MAKE AN UNSCHEDULED STOP EVEN THOUGH IT WAS UNDER CAUTION. HE’S WORKED HIS WAY BACK TO SEVENTH IN THE 10 CAR. STEWART CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE, MARTY. MARTY: IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER FOR TONY STEWART. WORRYING ABOUT THAT LOOSE OFF CONDITION, NO GRIP, THEY ACTUALLY HAVE THAT FIXED. THEIR BIGGEST ISSUE NOW TIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER. TONY HAS A FAST CAR. PROBLEM IS HE HAS A LONG WAY TO GO TO GET THAT LAP BACK TO GET TO THE FRONT. IF HE DOES GET THERE HE CAN RUN WITH THEM. MATT? MATT: AND RIGHT AHEAD YOU CAN SEE THE 166 GREG BIFFLE, HIS CAR ALL OVER FROM TIGHT TO LOOSE JUST CANNOT GET A HANDLE ON IT. THAT’S BEEN PRETTY MUCH THE WAY HIS WEEKEND HAS GONE WHEN HE SLIPPED IN SOMEONE ELSE’S OIL AND WRECKED HIS PRIMARY CAR. HE KNOWS AFTER FINISHING SECOND LAST YEAR, THE HOLE THEY DUG THEMSELVES THIS YEAR, EVERY RACE WAS IMPORTANT. HE CAN’T AFFORD TO HAVE THE FINISH HE IS GOING TO HAVE TONIGHT AND STILL HAVE A SHOT. BILL: YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT, MATT. EXACTLY RIGHT. WALLY: THERE’S RIGGS LOOKING AT CARL EDWARDS. HE WANTS TO TAKE THAT SPOT AWAY. BILL: EDWARDS IS SIXTH. RIGGS SEVENTH. EDWARDS DOESN’T WANT TO GIVE UP ANY SPOTS. CAN’T AFFORD TO. BENNY: CAN’T AFFORD TO, NO. BILL: SCOTT HAS A VERY GOOD RACE CAR. BENNY: ONE THING ABOUT IT, BOBBY HENSON WILL TELL CARL EDWARDS KARL THAT 10 CAR IS REALLY FAST. IF HE STARTS PUSHING YOU, LET HIM GO. DAVE: B.P., THIS IS THE SAME CAR THEY RACED HERE IN THE SPRING. HE WAS TAGGED BY THE CURRENT RACE LEADER JEFF BURTON AND THEY FINISHED 41ST AFTER REPAIRS. THEY PUT A NEW BACK END TO THE CAR ONTO THE 10 CAR AND BROUGHT IT BACK TO LIFE. IT’S OBVIOUSLY STILL VERY FAST. BILL: IT CERTAINLY IS. HE’S PASSED A LOT OF CARS TONIGHT. A LOT OF THEM HE’S PASSED TWICE. JEFF BURTON HAS LED 100 LAPS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2006. HE’S CLINCHED THE FIVE BONUS POINTS FOR LEADING THE MOST LAPS. BILL: 160,000 LOVING IT AT BRISTOL TONIGHT AND SO IS JEFF BURTON OUT FRONT BY A SECOND AND A HALF NOW OVER MATT KENSETH. BURTON TRYING FOR HIS FIRST WIN SINCE — BENNY: OH! WALLY: CONTACT. RIGHT-FRONT TIRE RUBBED UP AGAINST LEFT-REAR TIRE OF THE 42 CAR OF CASEY MEARS. GOT TO BE CAREFUL. THAT COULD KNOCK THE STEM OFF. CUT YOUR TIRE. BILL: MEARS IS TRYING TO STAY THE FIRST CAR A LAP DOWN. HE’S TRYING TO HOLD BURTON BEHIND HIM SO HE WOULD BE THE LUCKY DOG WHEN THE NEXT CAUTION COMES OUT. NOW HE’LL DRIFT UP AND JEFF WILL GO BY. STARTED TO SAY JEFF BURTON’S LAST WIN CAME AT PHOENIX IN OCTOBER OF 2001. HE’S TRYING FOR HIS FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR COMING OFF HIS WORST FINISH OF THE YEAR AND THESE WERE HIS THOUGHTS AFTER HE FELL OUT OF THE RACE AT MICHIGAN LAST SUNDAY. >>WELL, I JUST WANTED TO REMIND EVERYBODY THIS IS A GOOD RACE TEAM AND THIS HAPPENS TO EVERYBODY. TODAY WAS OUR TURN AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO GET DOWN ABOUT THIS. THIS IS NOBODY’S FOUGHT. WE ALL DO THIS TOGETHER. I WRECK RACE CARS. WE BREAK ENGINES. WE DO STUFF FROM TIME TO TIME. WE’LL JUST KEEP FIGHTING AND WE’LL COME BACK AND TRY TO WIN SOME RACES. BENNY: WHAT’S UP WITH THE TWO? WALLY: A LAP DOWN ON KURT BUSCH, THE TWO CAR, ONE OF THE FASTEST CARS ALL NIGHT. BILL: REMEMBER, HE HAD THE COMMITMENT LINE VIOLATION. HAD TO RESTART AT THE TAIL END. >>I SPOKE TO THE CHIEF ENGINE BUILDER FOR RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING. I ASKED HIM TO WRITE DOWN, BECAUSE IT’S SO LOUD TO TALK, WHAT THE ISSUE WAS LAST WEEK, BROKEN ROLLER, ROCKER ARM, DROPPED THE VALVE AND THEN WROTE THE WORD BAD AND UNDERLINED IT POINTING TO HIMSELF. THEY FIXED THEIR PROBLEM THOUGH. HE SAYS GOING FORWARD WE THINK WE’VE SOLVED THE ISSUE WITH THAT. SHOULDN’T HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM KNOCKING ON WOOD GOING FORWARD. BILL: AND JEFF BURTON IS A TRUE TEAM LEADER. HE CALLED ALL THE GUYS TOGETHER WHILE THE RACE WAS STILL GOING ON. GOT HIS GUYS ALL HUDDLED AROUND HIM AND THAT’S WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT IN THAT SOUND BITE. JUST WANTED TO REMIND EVERYBODY, WE WILL HAVE SOME BAD LUCK AND SOME BAD RACES BUT WE’RE A GOOD RACE TEAM AND WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD SHOT AT MAKING THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP CHAMPIONSHIP. AS THEY RUN NOW BURTON FOURTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. WALLY: THEY’RE GOING TO WIN RACES. BILL: BENNY, I TRIED TO FILL IN FOR YOU LAST WEEK AND I ALMOST FORGOT TO DO IT BUT THIS WEEK YOU’RE BACK AND I NEED YOU TO DO THAT ONE TASK. BENNY: IS IT TIME? BILL: IT IS NOW. BENNY: PLEASE CUE THE DUCK. BILL: TIME FOR OUR AFLAC TRIVIA QUESTION. BENNY: KURT BUSCH. I DON’T KNOW. BILL: I THINK YOU HAVE TO GO BACK A LITTLE FURTHER THAN THAT. I’M THINKING IT MIGHT BE SOMEBODY THAT DROVE A THREE CAR. LET’S SEE — BENNY: OH. THAT’S ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO. BILL: MAN, HE HAD SOME GREAT RACES HERE. HE HAD SOME GREAT RACES THAT HE WON AND SOME GREAT RACES THAT HE DIDN’T WIN, AS A MATTER OF FACT. JEFF BURTON TRYING TO WIN THIS ONE BUT MATT KENSETH IS TRYING TO WIN BACK-TO-BACK BILL: UNDER CAUTION, CAUTION NUMBER NINE, OCCURRED ABOUT 15 SECONDS AGO. J.J. YELEY REALLY LOVES THIS PLACE AND RIGHT NOW ELLIOTT SADLER IS NOT VERY HAPPY WITH IT EITHER. HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED. BENNY: I THINK ELLIOTT AND SOMEONE TRIED TO GET INTO TURN THREE SIDE-BY-SIDE. WALLY: ELLIOTT WAS TRYING TO GET UNDERNEATH NEMECHEK. BILL: ONBOARD WITH MICHAEL WALTRIP. WALLY: J.J. DIDN’T GET OUT OF THE WAY FAST ENOUGH. BILL: PIT ROAD WILL BE OPEN. GUYS ON PIT ROAD JUST ABOUT 50 LAPS AGO. SADLER WAS RUNNING 14TH WHEN THAT HAPPENED. HERE COME THE LEADERS. MATT YOCUM? MATT: THIS COULD BE THE LAST SCHEDULED STOP OF THE NIGHT, BILL. KENSETH SAID THE CAR IS BETTER FROM THE MIDDLE TO THE END OF THE RUN. THE 31 OF BURTON IS BETTER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE RUN. THE CAR IS STILL TOO TIGHT. THE LEFT-SIDE TIRES GOING ON. GOOD STOP. TO DAVE. DAVE: JEFF BURTON WAS ASKING COME IN OR NOT? SCOTT MILLER SAID 48 LAPS ON THE TIRES, THAT’S ENOUGH. LET’S COME IN NOW. AND I DON’T THINK THIS WILL BE THE LAST TIME WE STOP. TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT. MARTY? MARTY: DAVE, AT THE END OF THE RUN JEFF GORDON WAS THE FASTEST RACE CAR RUNNING IN FOURTH. HE SAID WE’RE GAINING ON THEM BUT WE NEED A LITTLE MORE GRIP COMING OFF THE CORNERS, A LITTLE MORE FRONT GRIP. SAID THE CAR WAS A LITTLE TOO TIGHT. UP ONE ROUND ON THE TRACK BAR. ALLEN: THEY’RE MAKING A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT TO TRY TO HELP. A FOUR-TIRE CHANGE, LOOKING TO MAKE AS SMOOTH A STOP AS THEY CAN AND GET THE TRACK POSITION BECAUSE THIS MAY BE THEIR LAST PIT STOP OF THE NIGHT. BILL: I THINK YOU’RE RIGHT ABOUT THAT, ALLEN. WE’LL SEE HOW IT UNFOLDS. LOOKS LIKE DALE EARNHARDT JR. MIGHT HAVE WON THE RACE OFF OF PIT ROAD. HE DID. SO WE’LL CHECK OUT THE RUNNING ORDER. BILL: WE HAVE LESS THAN HALF A LAP AWAY FROM GOING GREEN. OUTSTANDING PIT WORK BY ALL THREE TEAMS. EARNHARDT JR. ACCORDING TO MATT YOCUM 12.8 ON THE STOP. THEY HAVE THE EIGHT CAR IN FRONT. BENNY: BIFFLE, THE 16 CAR, IS A LAP DOWN TRYING HIS BEST TO GET IN FRONT OF JUNIOR. IT’S NOT GOING TO WORK. BILL: HE HAS HIS TEAMMATE ON THE OUTSIDE OF HIM SO HE HAS TO BE CAREFUL. KENSETH IN THE 17. THE 16 BIFFLE TEAMMATES FOR ROUSH RACING. WALLY: GETS INTO THE CORNER DEEP THERE BEHIND THE EIGHT CAR. AND OUT THE BACK OF EARNHARDT’S CAR. BILL: EARNHARDT JR. LED EARLY IN THE RACE BECAUSE HE STAYED OUT WHEN MOST OF THE LEADERS PITTED. NOW WE’LL SEE HOW GOOD HE IS OUT FRONT ON FOUR TIRES. FOUR NEW TIRES. WE WATCHED THE LEADERS AND CHECK WITH DAVE. DAVE: WE HEAR FROM ELLIOTT SADLER. WHAT HAPPENED?>>JOE NEMECHEK JUST RUN OVER US. I GUESS HE DIDN’T KNOW I WAS THERE. IT’S A SHAME. WE HAD A TOP FIVE CAR ALL NIGHT LONG. IT PUT US BACK BUT THE DODGE CHARGER WAS FAST TONIGHT. IT’S A SHAME. DAVE: IT IS A SHAME FOR HIM. THEY HAD A VERY FAST RACE CAR. BILL: WE CAN ALSO REPORT KURT BUSCH WHO STARTED ON THE POLE, WELL OFF THE PACE. AS YOU WATCH THIS BATTLE, THIS IS FOR FOURTH. HOW ABOUT THE TWO, A.B.? ALLEN: THE CAR IS POPPING OUT OF FOURTH GEAR. HE MAY COME DOWN PIT ROAD AND HAVE A BUNGEE CORD PUT INSIDE THE CAR. WALLY, YOU CAN RELATE. IT’S HARD TO DRIVE BRISTOL WITH ONE HAND WHILE HOLDING IT IN GEAR WITH THE OTHER. WALLY: IT IS, ALLEN. I’VE HAD TO DO THAT BEFORE. HERE COMES THE SPOTTER — GETS UNDERNEATH JEFF GORDON FOR FOURTH SPOT. WHAT THEY’LL DO IS TAKE THE BUNGEE CORD, HOOK IT TO SOMETHING BEHIND THE SEAT OR WHATEVER. WHEN YOU PUT IT INTO FOURTH GEAR YOU HOOK IT SO IT HOLDS THE SHIFTER BACK INTO FOURTH GEAR. BILL: BENNY, HERE COMES THAT ROOKIE AGAIN. BENNY: DENNY HAMLIN HAS BEEN PROBABLY THE MOST IMPRESSIVE DRIVER I’VE SEEN THIS YEAR. I KEPT SAYING, WELL, HE’S A ROOKIE, HE’S GOING TO HAVE TROUBLE HERE, AT WATKINS GLEN, INFINEON, BRISTOL — AND SO FAR I’VE BEEN WRONG EVERY TIME. WALLY: HE PROVED YOU WRONG. BENNY: EVERY TIME. BILL: HE’S WORKING ON THE 24, ALLEN. ALLEN: AND, B.P., DENNY HAMLIN WAS CONCERNED ABOUT MOST COMING INTO THIS RACE WAS HE FELT LIKE IT WAS HIS JOB TO MAKE SURE THEY DON’T DO ANYTHING CRAZY ON THE TRACK. DRIVE SMART WAS THE PHRASE HE USED. DRIVE SMART, MAKE SURE WE AREN’T LEAVING ANYTHING ON THE TRACK BUT THAT WE BRING THE CAR HOME IN ONE PIECE. SO FAR SO GOOD BUT THIS IS BRISTOL. STILL 100 LAPS TO GO. BILL: WHAT DID YOU SAY IN THE COUNTDOWN SHOW? 499 GOOD LAPS — WALLY: AND STILL GET TAKEN OUT. BILL: THIS WAS ONE OF YOUR ROW THREE PREDICTIONS. WALLY: YOU HAVE A GOOD MEMORY. I CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT I SAID AT THE OPENING. BILL: I KNOW YOU WORK SO HARD ON THOSE THINGS. REHEARSAL IS YOUR FAVORITE PART, ISN’T IT? HAMLIN STILL ON THE BACK BUMPER OF GORDON. NOT MISSING ANYTHING UP FRONT. KENSETH KEEPING AN EYE — HE DID GO BY HIM. THE LAST TIME BY WAS .3 FASTER. BENNY: WHAT DID HE SAY? WALLY: WHAT WAS IT? TAKE A LOOK AT IT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS BUT JUNIOR WAS RUNNING REALLY, REALLY GOOD. TAKE A LOOK DOWN IN THE CORNER. JUST GOT ON THE APRON AND JUST GOT A LITTLE BIT AWAY FROM HIM. IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH HERE. BILL: SO NOW KENSETH IN A VERY DANGEROUS POSITION FOR THE REST OF THE FIELD IN THE LEAD. OUTSIDE OF SORENSON. BENNY: I’LL TELL YOU ONE THING, THAT GUY IN FOURTH PLACE IS NO SLOUCH. WALLY: KYLE BUSCH, B.P.? BENNY: YEAH. BILL: KYLE BUSCH HAVING A STRONG RUN BUT NOT HIS BROTHER. BEHIND THE WALL. STARTED FROM THE POLE. HAD HIGH HOPES, ALLEN. ALLEN: AND, BILL, THIS MAY BE THE END OF HIS CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE HOPES HERE. THEY HAVE TO REPLACE THE TRANSMISSION ON THE TWO CAR. THE FOURTH GEAR HAS GONE COMPLETELY AWAY AND THIS IS GOING TO BE A BAD FINISH FOR KURT BUSCH THAT HE JUST DID NOT NEED. BENNY: MAKE THAT THIRD PLACE CAR IS THE FAST CAR. WALLY: JEFF BURTON LOOKED UP AND WENT UH-UH. HE PULLED OVER AND LET HIM GO. DAVE: BURTON RADIOED, DID YOU MAKE AN AIR PRESSURE CHANGE. RADIOED BACK, NO. IT’S A REAL BIG CHANGE. THIS CAR IS TIGHT, TIGHT, TIGHT. THEY SUSPECT MAYBE THIS SET OF TIRES DIDN’T ACT RIGHT FOR THEM. WALLY: AND THAT’S PROBABLY EXACTLY RIGHT, DAVE. A LOT OF TIMES YOU GET A SET OF TIRES THAT JUST ISN’T QUITE LIKE WHAT YOU’VE BEEN PUTTING ON ALL NIGHT BUT IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH. IF YOU PUT A SET OF TIRES ON AND IT HELPS YOU .1 OR HURTS YOU .1, IT’S HUGE HERE AT BRISTOL. BILL: MATT KENSETH LOOKING FOR BACK-TO-BACK WINS HERE AT BRISTOL GOT AROUND DALE EARNHARDT JR. THEN KEAS KYLE BUSCH, JEFF BILL: 415 LAPS COMPLETE HERE IN THE SHARPIE 500 AT THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR NAPA FIELD SUMMARY. SIX DIFFERENT LEADERS, THREE CARS ARE OUT OF THE RACE. WITH THOSE THREE CARS OUT OF THE RACE JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS CLINCHED THE SPOT IN THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2006. MATT KENSETH IS THE RACE LEADER . TAKE YOU THROUGH THE FIELD. MATT ON MATT. MATT: MATT KENSETH TOOK ADVANTAGE OF DALE EARNHARDT JR.’S BOBBLE AND IS BACK OUT FRONT. JUST LIKE IN A CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT JUST LIKE TONIGHT, IT’S ALL ABOUT PEAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME. MOMENTS AGO THIS IS WHAT MATT TOLD HIS TEAM?>>THIS IS THE BEST WE’VE RUN. HE’LL HAVE TO COME GET US. IT’S PRETTY GOOD FOR WHERE WE’VE BEEN ALL NIGHT. MATT: MATT SAID THE CAR WAS NEUTRAL, THE BEST IT’S BEEN ALL NIGHT. ALLEN: KYLE BUSCH UP TO SECOND PLACE IN THIS RACE. INCREDIBLE AFTER THE PROBLEM THEY HAD EARLIER ON A PIT STOP THAT KNOCKED THEM BACK TO 31ST. KYLE SAID COMING INTO THE RACE WE HAVE TO HAVE THREE PERFECT RACES IF WE’RE GOING TO MAKE THE RACE. IT’S NOT PERFECT BUT IS WORKING OUT PRETTY WELL. MATT: THE WALT SMITH-LED CREW, THE CAR WAS DECENT. IT’S A LITTLE LOOSE. MOMENTS AGO HE SAID THE CAR IS ABSOLUTELY LOOSE. NO FORWARD BITE WHATSOEVER. RIGHT NOW JUST RIDING IN THE THIRD POSITION. DAVE: WE STARTED THE NIGHT TALKING ABOUT HOW SCOTT MILLER, CREW CHIEF OF THE 31, NEEDS TO DO SMART THINGS FOR JEFF BURTON TONIGHT. NO RISKY THINGS TONIGHT BUT THEY NEED TO DECIDE WHETHER TO MAKE A CHANGE OR SWAP OUT THE TIRES. MARTY? MARTY: DAVE, AS THE LOUNT COUNT GOES UP, LAP TIMES GO DOWN FOR JEFF GORDON. THE LONGER THEY RUN, THE FASTER THEY GET. HOW MUCH TRACK POSITION DO THEY GAIN? FOR THE TEAM TAKING BIG PICTURES TONIGHT, TOP FIVE IS JUST FINE. DAVE? DAVE: LIKE A LOT OF GUYS IN THIS DEAL, SCOTT RIGGS GREW UP RACING ON ORANGE COUNTY SPEEDWAY A FEW MILES FROMT HIS HOME. IT WAS SMALLER. THEY RAN SHORTER RACES BUT IT WAS A SHORT TRACK RHYTHM SCOTT GREW UP WITH AND HE’S VERY GOOD AT IT. ALLEN: DENNY HAMLIN’S CREW CHIEF SAYS HE HAS NOT BEEN HANDLING THIS PRESSURE OF THE RACE FOR THE CHASE LIKE A ROOKIE. HE’S BEEN VERY CALM, COLLECTED, VERY COOL ON THE RADIO. DENNY HAMLIN LOOKING FOR ANOTHER TOP 10. THAT WILL BE SIX STRAIGHT. DAVE: THEY HAD A SLOW STOP IN THE 99 PIT. NOTHING REALLY WRONG. JUST SLOW. HE WAS LOOSE IN THE CORNER. LOOSE OFF THE CORNERS BUT THEY MADE A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT TO TRY TO TURN THE CAR AROUND. ALLEN? ALLEN: REMEMBER ON “BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN” JIMMIE JOHNSON TOLD US IT WAS A GET THROUGH IT NIGHT. HE’S NOT HAD A LOT OF GREAT LUCK HERE AT BRISTOL BUT IS RUNNING NINTH AND A VERY SOLID PERFORMANCE. DAVE: STILL WATCHING THOSE POINTS FOR KASEY KAHNE AND ON THE LAST STOP A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT FOR KASEY. HIS CAR WOULDN’T TURN FROM THE CENTER OF THE TURN OFF. THAT’S WHERE YOU NEED TO SET IT UP FOR THESE STRAIGHTAWAY. ALLEN: TODD BARRIER TOLD HARVICK TO SAVE BRAKES ON THE CAR. WHEN THEY GOT TO A WINDOW WHERE HE FELT COMFORTABLE LETTING KEVIN RUN ALL OUT, HE’D LET HIM KNOW. A NICE RECOVERY FOR THE RACE DRIVER WHO ONCE HAD AN EARLIER PROBLEM. MARTY: THIS IS ABOUT WHERE RYAN NEWMAN HAS RUN BETWEEN 10TH AND 12TH BUT AT TIMES THE FASTEST CAR ON THE RACETRACK. HE CAN’T GAIN THE TRACK POSITION THEY NEED. LAST STOP HE HAD NO REAR GRIP. RYAN HAS NOT SAID A WORD, HOWEVER, SINCE THAT STOP, BILL. BILL: SCHRADER, JARRETT, WALTRIP, BLANEY, LABONTE, AND MARTIN TRUEX JR. ROUND OUT THE 18 ON THE LEAD LAP WITH 429 COMPLETE. MATT KENSETH OUT FRONT AND STOUT. BILL: ABOUT 2000 RUSTY WALLACE WITH THE BRISTOL SWEEP. THAT WAS A BIG NIGHT IN VICTORY LANE FOR RUSTY THERE. THEN LAST TIME WE WERE HERE BUSCH AND THE CAR THEY CALLED RUSTY. KURT BUSCH BEHIND THE WALL RIGHT NOW SCORED IN 37TH POSITION AFTER STARTING FROM THE POLE. THE RACE LEADER MATT KENSETH. BY A SECOND AND A HALF OVER KYLE BUSCH. WALLY: THEY’RE IN HEAVY TRAFFIC RIGHT NOW. IT’S ALL ABOUT WHO IS GETTING THROUGH THE TRAFFIC THE BEST. BENNY: AND KENSETH IS DOING A GOOD JOB OF IT. WALLY: GETTING THROUGH BETTER THAN KYLE. KYLE MAY HAVE A FAST CAR. BILL: JEFF GORDON UNDER JEFF BURTON FOR FOURTH. AND RIGGS HAS BEEN DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB WITH THAT 10 CAR. HE’S GOING TO GET THE POSITION FROM BURTON AS WELL. WALLY: WERE YOU GOING TO SAY WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY. BILL: HE’S BEEN RUNNING FAST LAPS AND HAS BEEN UNBELIEVABLY PATIENT. HE’S DRIVING YOU NUTS. WALLY: I THINK HE HAS A BETTER CAR THAN GORDON BUT HE HASN’T LAID THE BUMPER TO HIM YET. HE’S BEEN TRYING TO WAIT FOR THE 24 TO MAKE — ELLIOTT SADLER AGAIN. >>THERE COULD BE OIL DOWN THERE IN TURN ONE. BILL: CAUTION NUMBER 10. AND JUST 56 LAPS TO GO. BENNY: THE LAST TIME THEY HAD AN INCIDENT THEY FIXED IT. I DON’T THINK WITH 56 LAPS TO GO THEY’LL BOTHER. WALLY: I WOULDN’T WANT TO. BILL: DAVE BLANEY WILL BE THE LUCKY DOG. THAT WILL PUT 16 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. WALLY: IT LOOKS LIKE HE MADE — I’M NOT GOING TO SAY ANYTHING. I’LL TANGE ANOTHER — TAKE ANOTHER LOOK. BENNY: LOOKS LIKE AN ENGINE OR OIL LINE CAME OFF. BILL: PIT ROAD IS STILL CLOSED. ONBOARD WITH EARNHARDT JR. WALLY: YEAH, SOMETHING BROKE OR SOMETHING LET GO ON THAT CAR. >>CAUTION IS OUT. WAY DOWN. GOOD JOB, DUDE. WALLY: HE CRASHED IN HIS OWN OIL OR WATER — WHATEVER LINE BROKE. BILL: ELLIOTT OUT OF THE CAR. KURT BUSCH RETURNS TO THE TRACK. AGAIN, HE IS 38TH, NOW SCORED 53 LAPS DOWN. AND IT’S GOING TO BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS HERE WHEN THEY OPEN THE PITS. BENNY: I AGREE WITH YOU. BILL: AND MATT KENSETH IS IN ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS, VERY SIMILAR TO DOVER WHERE HE WON THE RACE WHERE ROBBIE REISER TOLD HIM TO COME TO PIT ROAD AND MATT SAID, NO, OUR BEST CHANCE IS TO STAY OUT. WHATEVER HE DOES PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DO THE OPPOSITE. PIT ROAD STILL CLOSED. WE’LL TAKE A COMMERCIAL BREAK AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY OPEN IT. BILL: THIS IS WHY 160,000 PEOPLE COME TO WATCH THE SHARPIE 500 AT BRISTOL BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE LAST 100 LAPS. PIT ROAD HAS REMAINED CLOSED SO THEY COULD GET ELLIOTT SADLER’S CAR MOVED AND CLEAN UP WATER AND OIL. IT WILL BE OPEN THIS TIME. THEY STILL HAVE A SAFETY VEHICLE DOWN THERE. PIT ROAD WE’RE TOLD WILL BE OPEN THIS TIME. WE’LL SEE WHAT THE LEADERS DO AND WHAT THE GUYS BEHIND THEM DO. PIT ROAD IS OPEN. HERE COMES MATT.>>COME ON. BILL: MATT YOCUM? MATT: AND THE 17 PULLS TO A STOP. THEY ARE GOING TO FUEL THE CAR TO KEEP THE BALANCE CONSISTENT. NO CHANGES FOR KENSETH. HE SAID THIS IS THE BEST THIS RACE CAR HAS BEEN ALL NIGHT LONG, A STEADY STOP. THEY HAD ABOUT A SECOND AND A HALF CUSHION BECAUSE OF SOME LAP CARS BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND BUSCH. DAVE BURNS? DAVE: JEFF BURTON IS RUNNING SIXTH BUT WE SHOW HIM TO YOU BECAUSE HE’S LED 263 LAPS TONIGHT. HE SAID TO HIS CREW THIS IS WHEN I NEED YOU GUYS. THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE A FOUR-TIRE CHANGE, MAKE A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT, TRY TO GET THIS CAR BACK TO TURNING WELL AND GOING FAST. MARTY? MARTY: JEFF GORDON SAID THIS CAR IS JUST SO TIGHT IN TRAFFIC. HE NEEDS A LOT MORE HELP. THEY’RE GOING TO PUT A POUND IN THE RIGHT REAR TIRE AND A POUND OUT OF THE LEFT SIDE TRYING TO GET THE CAR TO RUN BETTER. ALLEN? ALLEN: THAT WAS THE POINT KYLE SAID HIS HANDLING WAS STARTING TO GO AWAY. 50 LAPS LEFT TO GO IN THE RACE. NO CHANGES ON THE CAR. LET’S SEE WHERE HE COMES OUT POSITIONWISE. BENNY: THIRD OR FOURTH. CLOSE. BILL: GOT BOTTLED UP DOWN THERE, TOO. HERE IS THE RACE OFF OF PIT ROAD. MATT KENSETH THEN DALE EARNHARDT JR. CARL EDWARDS AND KYLE BUSCH. BILL: SEVEN OF THE MOST FAMOUS LETTERS IN RACING SPELL OUT BRISTOL. 160,000 PEOPLE CAME HERE TONIGHT STARTED THE EVENING WITH A SALUTE TO AMERICA. AND THEN KURT BUSCH LED 43 CARS TO THE GREEN FLAG. DAVID GILLILAND HAD EARLY PROBLEMS. KEVIN HARVICK HAS COME BACK FROM THIS HIT. BENNY: REED SORENSON SPINS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE LEADERS. BILL: KURT BUSCH GOT A PIECE OF THAT. CLINT BOWYER LOOKING FOR A WHEEL. BENNY: DAVID STREMME THE RIGHT FRONT. IN THE WALL HE GOES. WALLY: STREMME HAS HIT EVERYTHING TONIGHT. BILL: KURT BUSCH HYPED THE WALL. TRANSMISSION. ELLIOTT SADLER BROUGHT OUT ONE CAUTION. AND HE ALSO BROUGHT OUT THE MOST RECENT CAUTION. EVERYBODY STOPPED. RYAN NEWMAN IN EIGHTH TOOK TWO TIRES. MATT KENSETH, EARNHARDT, HERE WE GO. WALLY: JUNIOR CLEARS THE 16 OF BIFFLE. CARL EDWARDS ON THE HIGH SIDE. HE’S GOT TO GO. BILL: RACING HIS TEAMMATE THERE. NOW KYLE BUSCH WITH JEFF GORDON BEHIND HIM AND RIGGS WHERE HE’S BEEN ABOUT THE LAST 75 LAPS ON GORDON’S BUMPER. WALLY: GOT TO GET PAST THIS CAR. NOW HE’S PASSING. NOW HE’S 1.7 SECONDS BEHIND THE LEADER. BILL: AND THEN BIFFLE SLIDES UP AND BLOCKS GORDON AND HE’S GOING TO MAKE HIM GO AROUND ON THE HIGH SIDE AND NOT GOING TO MAKE IT EASY. BENNY: THE FIVE GOES BY THE 99 CAR. BILL: THAT WAS FOR THIRD. GORDON UNDER BIFFLE NOW. RIGGS WILL TRY TO DO THE SAME. DENNY HAMLIN IN THE 11. ABOUT HAMLIN, ALLEN? ALLEN: THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN WORKING ALL NIGHT. THEY ARE HOT, TIRED, TRYING TO GET TO THE FINISH AND YET THEY STILL HEAR FROM THEIR CREW CHIEFS, BE PATIENT LIKE TELLING DENNY HAMLIN DON’T FORCE ANYTHING. TAKE CARE OF THE CAR. MARTY? MARTY: JEFF GORDON IN FRONT OF THE CREW. HE REALLY WANTED TO TAKE A BIG SWING AT THE CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT. SAID THE CAR JUST WILL NOT TURN IN TRAFFIC. SO WHAT THEY DID PUT A POUND IN THE RIGHT REAR TIRE, TOOK A POUND OUT OF THE LEFT SIDE TIRE. JEFF REALLY STRUGGLING WHEN HE’S FOLLOWING OTHER CARS. WHEN HE’S OUT FRONT HE’S MUCH BETTER. WOULD LOVE TO GET AROUND THAT 99, BILL. BILL: SURE WOULD BUT HE NEEDS THOSE POINTS. GORDON UP HIGH FOR POSITION. AND HE’S GOT IT. BENNY: HE JUST GAVE HIM THAT SPOT. BILL: THAT’S FOR FOURTH PLACE. WALLY: KYLE HAS TO BE NICE TO EVERYBODY THESE DAYS. BENNY: THAT’S TRUE. BILL: FINED $20,000. PLACED ON PROBATION UNTIL DECEMBER 21 FOR RUNNING INTO EARNHARDT. RIGGS HAS THE POSITION AND NOW DENNY HAMLIN. BENNY: MY BEST GUESS IS THE 99 CAR IS NOT HANDLING VERY WELL RIGHT NOW. BILL: CARL IS A NICE GUY BUT HE’S NOT THAT NICE? BENNY: EXACTLY. BILL: MATT KENSETH WITH EARNHARDT JR. IN HIS MIRROR BUT NOT VERY CLOSE, MATT. MATT: BILL, MATT KENSETH IS ABOUT TO LEAD EIGHT OF THE 11 SHORT TRACK RACES. HE WAS THIRD HERE IN THE SPRING. MOMENTS BEFORE THE RESTART, THIS IS HIS CONVERSATION ON THE 17 TEAM RADIO BETWEEN FRIENDS.>>OK. WHAT YOU GOT THERE? 49 TO GO. >>THANKS FOR PUTTING ME HERE. I’LL DO EVERYTHING I CAN DO. THAT WAS MY BEST RUN. GOOD JOB, GUYS. I’LL DO EVERYTHING I CAN DO HERE. MATT: MATT KENSETH TRYING TO PULL OUT THE WEEKEND SWEEP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS NASCAR CAREER. THE CAR BEHIND HIM, DALE EARNHARDT JR., HE SAID IN THE LAST CAUTION WHATEVER YOU DID TO MY RACE CAR, PUT IT BACK. I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE IT LIKE THAT AGAIN. TONY EURY JR. SAID WE DIDN’T CHANGE A THING. WE ARE JUST WAY TOO LOOSE ON EXIT. BILL: WE’LL SEE HOW THE FINAL 30 LAPS PLAY OUT. MATT KENSETH TRYING TO WIN BACK-TO-BACK NIGHT RACES HERE AT BRISTOL. 467 LAPS COMPLETE IN THE BILL: MATT KENSETH LEADS BY ABOUT .8 OF A SECOND OVER DALE EARNHARDT JR. 22 LAPS TO GO HERE IN THE SHARPIE 500. YOU SEE JUNIOR IN THE RED CAR. THE BUDWEISER CHEVROLET BEHIND THE DEWALT FORD. AND THIS HAS BEEN THE BEST BATTLE ON THE RACETRACK. WALLY: YOU TALKED ABOUT HOW PATIENT THE 10 WAS BUT HE DID GIVE THE 24 A POP THERE ABOUT A LAP AGO. JUST A LITTLE SHOT. THE 10 IS FAST. IF HE GETS PAST THE 24 CAR HE MAY HAVE SOMETHING. >>HE ASKED THE SPOTTER CAN YOU TALK TO THE 24 SPOTTER. HE CAME BACK ON THE RADIO, I TALKED TO HIM AND SCOTT CAME BACK AND SAID, WELL, THEY MUST HAVE LIED BACK TO YOU. THAT MEANS SCOTT WOULD LIKE A PASS BY BUT AS I CHECK MY RULE BOOK JEFF GORDON IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION RIGHT NOW TO ACTUALLY LET SCOTT BY. MARTY? MARTY: DAVE, JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THERE WAS NO MESSAGE RELAID TO JEFF GORDON ON HIS RADIO. IN FACT IT’S BEEN SILENCE ON HIS RADIO. NOTHING FROM THE SPOTTER OR STEVE LETARTE THE CREW CHIEF. LETARTE SAID I’M GOING TO TELL YOU WHEN IT’S 25 TO GO AND 10 TO GO. OTHERWISE YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN. THAT’S WHAT THE DRIVERS LOVE TO HEAR, ISN’T IT, WALLY? WALLY: IT DOESN’T MEAN THE SPOTTER TALKED TO THE OTHER DRIVER. OH, YEAH, MESSAGE DELIVERED. MESSAGE DELIVERED TO WHO? THE SPOTTER OR THE DRIVER? AND THEN HE HAS DENNY HAMLIN COMING UP BEHIND SCOTT RIGGS. SCOTT RIGGS IS IN DANGER OF LOSING THAT FIFTH SPOT. TO DENNY HAMLIN. BILL: SO HE CONTINUES TO WORK ON GORDON, RIGGS DOES. AND KENSETH CONTINUES TO PULL AWAY FROM EARNHARDT JR. NOW A SECOND AND A HALF WITH 16 TO GO. BENNY: KYLE BUSCH IN THE FIVE CAR IS CLOSING IN ON THE EIGHT OF JUNIOR. BILL: HE HAS HAD A GOOD RUN TONIGHT, HASN’T HE, B.P.? HE CAME BACK FROM PIT ROAD, CLOSED, THAT ALLEN ADDRESSED EARLIER. BENNY: JUNIOR STARTED IN THE BACK AS WELL AT THE START OF THE RACE BUT HE ONLY DID THAT ONCE. BILL: THEY USED PIT STRATEGY TO GET HIMSELF IN POSITION AND THEY’VE RACED HARD AND WELL SINCE THEN. KYLE ON HIS BUMPER NOW. AND LOOKING TO THE INSIDE AND EARNHARDT JR. IS GOING TO GO UP AND LET HIM GO BY. ALLEN? ALLEN: I DON’T KNOW IF KYLE BUSCH HAS ENOUGH TIME TO GET UP AND TRY TO GET MATT KENSETH UNLESS HE CATCHES THE CAUTION BUT WHAT A NIGHT THIS HAS BEEN FOR THIS FIVE TEAM. THEY HAD TO HAVE THREE RACES TO MAKE THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP. THEY CAME INTO THIS EVENING IN SEVENTH PLACE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP BUT ONLY WITH A 90-POINT GAMMON 11TH PLACE. THEY HAVE A SOLID RUN, THEY’VE OVERCOME A PROBLEM TONIGHT AND NEXT WEEK THEY GO TO A TRACK WHERE THEY WON ONE YEAR AGO. BILL: 24TH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. WALLY: DENNY HAMLIN IS ON THE BACK OF SCOTT RIGGS. BILL: IS DENNY GOING TO BE AS POLITE AS RIGGS HAS BEEN? WALLY: NO. BENNY: I THINK I’LL VOTE WITH WALLY. BILL: I FIGURED YOU TWO WOULD TEAM UP AGAINST ME. AND THE TICKER AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN. GREEN SHOWS THE GUYS CURRENTLY IN THE CHASE. THE YELLOW THE GUYS ON THE BUBBLE. THE RED THE GUYS ELIMINATED. RIGHT NOW KURT BUSCH IS MATHEMATICALLY ELIMINATED FROM MAKING THE CHASE AS THEY RUN RIGHT NOW. LESS THAN 10 TO GO AT BRISTOL. BILL: KYLE BUSCH HAS KNOCKED HALF A SECOND OFF THE LEAD OF MATT KENSETH. BENNY: YOU SEE KYLE BUSCH IS ONE POINT IN FRONT OF HIS TEAMMATE JEFF GORDON. GAINED THREE SPOTS TONIGHT. JEFF HAS GAINED ONE. BILL: AND THAT’S WHY JEFF GORDON IS NOT LETTING THE 10 GO BY. BENNY: AND MARK MARTIN HAS LOST SIX SPOTS TONIGHT. WALLY: THERE’S NOTHING THAT SAYS HE HAS TO LET HIM BY. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT JEFF GORDON IS FIGHTING FOR THAT POSITION AS WELL SO — IT’S NOT LIKE JEFF IS REALLY IN THE WAY. SCOTT MIGHT HAVE A FASTER CAR, HE HAS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET AROUND. BILL: RACE LEADER MATT KENSETH. >>FIVE TO GO. BILL: TONY IS NOW SCORED TWO LAPS DOWN. A TOUGH NIGHT FOR THE 20 BUNCH. THIS WILL BE BIG FOR KENSETH AND ROBBIE REISER AND THOSE GUYS. BENNY: HE HAS ABOUT A ONE-SECOND LEAD ON KYLE BUSCH, BUT IF MICHAEL WALTRIP WERE TO MAKE THINGS TOUGH IT WOULDN’T TAKE LONG FOR THAT ONE SECOND TO EVAPORATE. BILL: DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH. BENNY: LIKE I SAID IF MICHAEL AND THOSE GUYS MAKE IT TOUGH ON HIM — WALLY: I THINK YOU SAID IT AT MICHIGAN AND YOU’RE RIGHT, THESE GUYS — EVERYBODY IS GOING TO HAVE TO RACE THE 17 CAR FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THESE GUYS ARE REALLY ON A ROLL RIGHT NOW. BILL: IF YOU THINK THE DRIVER IN THAT 17 IS DETERMINED. THAT CREW CHIEF ROBBIE REISER IS JUST AS DETERMINED. THEY WERE RACING RIVALS. WE TALKED ABOUT IT BEFORE. RACING RIVALS IN WISCONSIN. WHEN ROBBY NEED ADD DRIVER TO REPLACE HIS DRIVER IN THE BUSCH SERIES HE WENT AND CALLED MATT KENSETH. KENSETH BROUGHT HIS HELMET AND HIS HEART AND CLIMBED INTO ROBBIE’S CARS. WALLY: FINALLY HE GETS UPUNDER JEFF GORDON. BENNY: JEFF IS GOING TO LOSE TWO SPOTS IF HE ISN’T CAREFUL TO THE 10 AND 11. BILL: MIGHT LOSE MORE IF THEY WRECK. WALLY: THAT WAS A GOOD MOVE ON SCOTT RIGGS’ PART. DID A REALLY GOOD JOB THERE. THERE HE GOES. BILL: MATT KENSETH WINS THE SHARPIE 500.>>YEAH! BENNY: MIGHT HAVE HELD OFF FOR THAT SPOT.>>YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. BENNY: THE COMPUTER SAYS HE DID ANYWAY. BILL: I BET WE CAN GO BACK AND WATCH. MATT KENSETH WINS THE RACE AND HAS CLINCHED THE SPOT IN THE 2006 CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP CHAMPIONSHIP. HIS FOURTH WIN OF THE SEASON. HIS SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN IN THE NIGHT RACE AT BRISTOL. THE LAST GUY TO DO THAT WAS DALE EARNHARDT. WE TALKED ABOUT IT EARLIER IN THE AFLAC TRIVIA QUESTION. HIS 14TH CAREER WIN. MATT IS WITH A VERY HAPPY CREW CHIEF. MATT: AND HE’S WATCHING HIS DRIVER BURN DOWN THOSE TIRES. WHAT’S IT MEAN TO WIN THIS RACE BACK-TO-BACK? >>I DON’T KNOW. FOR THIS RACE TEAM AND DEWALT AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE HELPED US IT MEANS EVERYTHING. THIS THING IS REALLY CLICKING RIGHT NOW AND ALL THE FAMILIES THAT SUPPORTED THIS RACE TEAM EVERY WEEK, I CAN’T THANK THEM ENOUGH. MATT: LAST YEAR YOU WERE PEAKING — PEEKING TRYING TO GET IN. THIS YEAR YOU’RE LOCKED INTO THE RACE. >>IF YOU LOOK AT THE WHOLE SEASON GOING BACK TO ALL THE GUYS IN THE SHOP THAT’S IMPORTANT TO THIS RACE TEAM AND BUILT US GREAT CARS AND THE ENGINE DEPARTMENT AND EVERYBODY DOWN THE LINE, I JUST CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ON THE GREAT JOB THEY’RE DOING. MATT: BACK-TO-BACK WINS IN THUNDER VALLEY, BILL. BILL: HIS FIFTH VICTORY IN THE NIGHT RACE. MATT KENSETH CELEBRATING ON THE FRONT STRETCH WITH HIS THRILLER AFTER THE BURNOUT. THERE’S THE VICTORY LEAP. HE’S GOT TO GET TO VICTORY LANE. WE’LL CATCH UP WIT BILL: FLASHBULBS ARE POPPING HERE AT THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. MATT KENSETH STILL TRYING TO FIGURE HIS WAY TO VICTORY LANE. SCOTT RIGGS AND JEFF GORDON TALKING IT OVER. WALLY: WHAT’S THE DEAL ON THE 99? BILL: THEY RACED HARD. MARTY? MARTY: AND THAT CONVERSATION STARTED WITH A SMILE BUT IT WASN’T SO GOOD IN THE MIDDLE THERE. WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, I WAS DEFINITELY HOLDING HIM UP BUT THERE ARE WAYS TO PASS. I’VE BEEN THERE BEFORE. I’VE MOVED GUYS AND I WAS REALLY MORE CONCERNED HE WAS GOING TO SPIN ME OUT SO I WAS JUST TELLING HIM I WOULD LIKE HIM TO PASS ME ON THE STRAIGHTAWAY. HE HAD SUCH A GOOD CAR AND WE HAD A GREAT CAR THERE AT TIMES AND WE JUST LOST THE HANDLING AT THE END, GOT WAY TOO TIGHT AND, YOU KNOW, I’M PROBABLY JUST MORE FRUSTRATED THAT WE WEREN’T ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THE FRONT GUYS MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE. MARTY: HE SEEMED TO NOT APPRECIATE YOU TELLING HIM THAT. >>THE THING IS IT’S A TOP FIVE FOR HIM AND THAT’S A GREAT JOB FOR HIM. HE HASN’T SEEN A TOP FIVE AND IT’S JUST WHEN YOU GET MORE EXPERIENCE RACING WITH THE GUYS UP FRONT YOU DO THINGS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. I SAW HIM IN MY MIRROR ALL OVER THE PLACE. IF HE COULD JUST CALM DOWN AND BEEN SMOOTH HE WOULD HAVE HAD ME NO PROBLEM. MARTY: THE 24 TEAM FINISHED FIFTH. DAVE: YOU SEEM HAPPY ABOUT FINISHING THIRD AND YOU PATTED YOUR CAR. >>I WAS TELLING MY GUYS THEY WORKED SO HARD. FRIDAY WAS HOT HERE AND OUR CAR WAS NOT VERY FAST. THAT’S HARDEST I’VE SEEN THEM WORK IN THE HEAT LIKE THAT AND I JUST TOLD THEM, MAN, YOU KNOW, THAT’S MOTIVATION FOR ME AND I TRIED TO DO WHAT I COULD ON THE RACETRACK. OUR PIT STOPS WERE THE BEST THEY’VE EVER BEEN, AND I MEAN THAT OUTRIGHT. THAT’S OBVIOUS. WE GAINED SPOTS EVERY STOP AND TONY MADE SOME GREAT CALLS WHEN TO PIT AND WHEN NOT TO PIT AND THAT GOT US UP TO THE FRONT. I’VE GOT TO THANK D.E.I. AND THE ENGINE SHOP, A GREAT MOTOR. EVERYBODY WENT BACK HOME, EVERYBODY BUILDING THE CARS, THAT WAS A GREAT RACE CAR. THE BOYS CAME TO BRISTOL AND WORKED REALLY HARD AND TURNED IT INTO A DECENT RACE CAR. IT WASN’T THAT GOOD FRIDAY BUT TODAY IT WAS GREAT AND I OWE IT ALL TO TONY JR. AND THE WHOLE TEAM. DAVE: BILL? BILL: THE FIRST NIGHT RACE WAS 28 YEARS AGO TONIGHT, AUGUST 26, 1978. CALE YARBOROUGH STARTED FOURTH AND WON. TONIGHT MATT KENSETH STARTED FOURTH AND WON. HERE IS ALLEN BESTWICK. ALLEN: A LITTLE FIREWORKS, A LITTLE CELEBRATION WINNING THE NIGHT RACE AT BRISTOL. WELL, MATT, CONGRATULATIONS. TWO IN A ROW. THREE IN A ROW REALLY IF YOU COUNT LAST NIGHT’S BUSCH SERIES RACE. YOU DID NOT LEAD A LOT OF LAPS UNTIL LATE IN THE RACE. WERE THERE ANY CONCERNS IN THE MIDDLE PART YOU COULD GET TO THE FRONT?>>I DIDN’T THINK WE HAD QUITE THE CAR TODAY. I THOUGHT JEFF BURTON HAD IT COVERED. ONCE WE DID GET THE LEAD, IT HELPED MY CAR. THESE GUYS DID IT FOR ME AGAIN. SO I HAVE TO THANK DEWALT AND FORD AND THE U.S. SHEET ROCK, ALL MY SPONSORS FOR THIS. THIS IS AWESOME. THIS IS PRETTY COOL. IT’S AWESOME TO WIN HERE TWO IN A ROW. ALLEN: I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU TO DESCRIBE THE FEELING GETTING OUT OF THE CAR HERE BEFORE THIS CROWD.>>THE LAST TWO WEEKS HAS BEEN UNBELIEVABLE. IT’S SO AWESOME TO WIN HERE AT BRISTOL. I WANT TO SAY HI TO ROSS AND MY DAD. THIS IS A COOL RACE. ALLEN: YOU HAVE CLINCHED YOUR PLACE IN THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP. YOU HAVE IT NOW WITH TWO WINS IN A ROW. >>WE HAVE IT BUT IT COULD BE LOST AT ANY TIME. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO OUR GUYS OPERATING AT A CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL. I WAS WORRIED ABOUT GOING TO THE CHASE AND NOT RUNNING WELL. IF WE CAN GO ON TO THE CHASE WE’LL HAVE A SHOT AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP. A LOT OF TEAMS ARE RUNNING AWFUL GOOD RIGHT NOW AND IT SURE FEELS GOOD TO WIN HERE. IT’S AN UNBELIEVABLE FEELING. ALLEN: CONGRATULATIONS. >>THANK YOU. ALLEN: MATT KENSETH WINS THE NIGHT RACE IN BRISTOL FOR A SECOND YEAR IN A ROW. ALLEN: JIMMIE JOHNSON, MATT KENSETH HAVE CLINCHED A SPOT IN THE 2006 CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. BACK DOWN TO MARTY. MARTY: I WANT TO TALK TO SCOTT RIGGS ABOUT THAT LITTLE TALK WITH JEFF GORDON THAT YOU HAD. WHAT’S GOING ON THERE?>>NOTHING. I WAS JUST TRYING TO TELL HIM GOOD JOB, GOOD RACE. JUST PROUD OF ALL THE GUYS. EVERYBODY ON THIS VALVOLINE/STANLEY TOOLS DODGE HAS DONE A GOOD JOB. WE’RE A NEW TEAM AND TRYING TO PROVE OURSELVES. HAD A GOOD CAR AND GOT SOME BREAKS AND GOOD PIT STOPS ALL NIGHT AND GREAT CALLS FROM THE PITS. GOT US UP THERE AND HAD A GOOD FINISH. JUST PROUD OF EVERYBODY THAT HELPED US OUT. JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS TO EVERYBODY. EVERYBODY IN THEIR ENGINE SHOP. EVERYBODY IN THE FAB SHOP AND EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS DOING A GOOD JOB. I TRIED TO TELL JEFF GOOD JOB AND HE JUST HAD THIS LOOK ABOUT HIM. HE’S A CHAMPION SO HE GOES BACK AND THINKS ABOUT IT. I DIDN’T DUMP HIM OR TURN HIM AROUND. HE’LL BE OK. DAVE: MARTY, SEATED ON THE PIT WALL WITH KYLE BUSCH, TOUGH PLACE OUT THERE HE IS PELLINGSLY WHEN YOU HAD THE EARLY PROBLEM THAT PUT YOU BACK TO 31ST.>>YEAH, IT WAS KIND OF AN ESH YOU FOR US BUT NONE TOO BAD WHERE WE COULDN’T COME OVER AND GET IT OVER WITH. IT WAS A GREAT RUN BY THE KELLOGG’S CHEVROLET TEAM. THEY DID AN AWESOME JOB FOR ME. TO COME BACK AND FINISH SECOND, THAT JUST SHOWS THAT IT’S NOT ONLY THE TEAM BUT THE CARS THEY PREPARE FOR ME. THAT WAS COOL. I WISH WE COULD HAVE GOT TO KENSETH. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A HECK OF A SHOW. THERE HAVE BEEN PLENTY OF DOOR DINGS OUT THERE. I’M PROBABLY GLAD I DIDN’T GET THERE REALLY. CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM. CLASS OF THE FIELD TWO YEARS IN A ROW. WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR. MATT: CARL EDWARDS 13TH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS, WELL OVER 250 POINTS. THAT’S A HUGE HILL TO TRY TO CLIMB WITH JUST TWO RACES TO GO. >>YEAH, BUT THAT WON’T STOP THIS TEAM FROM DOING WHATEVER WE CAN, HAVING A GOOD TIME AND TRYING TO WIN RACES. I HAVE TO THANK ALL THE FANS FOR BEING BEHIND US AND OFFICE DEPOT AND WHAT THEY’RE DOING WITH THE KIDS. CONGRATULATIONS TO MATT. I HAD A GOOD TIME TONIGHT. MATT: ARE YOU AN OVERANALYZER WHERE YOU GO BACK TO SEE WHERE YOU COULD HAVE IMPROVED OR MADE A MISTAKE?>>I DEFINITELY HAVE LOOKED AT ALL THE THINGS WE DID TO LOSE POINTS THIS YEAR AND I’VE LEARNED FROM IT. I FEEL WE’RE BEING TESTED IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS AND IF WE CAN KEEP OUR HEADS ON STRAIGHT AND GO OUT AND DO THE BEST WE CAN, WE CAN HEARN FROM OUR LESSONS WE’LL BE A TOUGH TEAM TO COMPETE WITH. MATT: SEVENTH HERE IN THUNDER VALLEY. BILL: THANKS, MATT. THE CELEBRATION AT BRISTOL WINNING THE NIGHT RACE. AN EVENING THOSE GUYS WILL NEVER FORGET. NEITHER WILL THAT ONE, MATT KENSETH. THE ROAD TO THE NEXTEL CUP IN 2006 FOLLOWS THE 17 CAR FOR BILL: THE SHARPIE 500 LIVE FROM THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY ON TNT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY SHARPIE. WRITE OUT LOUD. BILL: MATT KENSETH IS THE RACE WINNER. HE’S IN THE CHASE IN 2006, AND SO IS JIMMIE JOHNSON AND ALLEN IS WITH HIM. ALLEN: AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF OUR BROADCAST JIMMIE TOLD US THIS WAS A GET THROUGH IT NIGHT. YOU GOT THROUGH IT AND CLINCHED YOUR PLACE IN THE RACE. YOUR THOUGHTS?>>I FELT LIKE WE DID BUT I WASN’T SURE. WE TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS. IT WASN’T ANYTHING PRETTY OR RACY. I STAYED OUT OF TROUBLE, TOOK CARE OF THE RACE CAR AND DID WHAT WE NEEDED TO DO TONIGHT. I’M PROUD OF THE LOWE’S TEAM. WE’LL GO ON TO FONTANA. ALLEN: 10TH PLACE TONIGHT. CONGRATULATIONS. BILL: HE GETS TO GO HOME TO CALIFORNIA. HIS WIFE SHANI. HERE ARE THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS, TWO RACES TO GO BEFORE THE CUTOFF. BILL: THE DRAMA OF NASCAR CONTINUES NEXT WEEKEND FROM THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY IN FONTANA. BUSCH SERIES RACING SATURDAY ON TNT AND THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES ON NBC NEXT SUNDAY. THAT’S A 7:00 EASTERN TIME ON SUNDAY BEGINNING WITH THE “BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN.” NEXT ON TNT DON’T MISS “ICE CUBE IN TORQUE.” MATT KENSETH WINS AT BRISTOL TWO BEFORE THE CHASE. WE’LL SEE FROM YOU CALIFORNIA NEXT WEEK. ALLEN: KENSETH WINS

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