Rookie Schedule Keeping Young Busch Always On The Run
March 9, 2001 | 12:00 A.M. EST
As soon as the rain-delayed Rockingham race ended on Monday, Busch and crew chief Matt Chambers jumped in their passenger cars and drove to Darlington, S.C., for a two-day test there. Once the test ended Wednesday evening, they drove back to Concord, N.C., to catch a flight to Las Vegas on Thursday morning. The trip to Vegas was worth it since Busch claimed his best Winston Cup career finish.
"I was thrilled with our 11th place finish in Las Vegas," Busch said. "It was important to get that done for Jack Roush and all of my hometown fans that were at the race. I wish it could have been a top-10, but hopefully that won't be far behind. The guys have given me great cars all year and our pit stops were outstanding. If we can keep it going, our finishes will continue to improve."
When the Las Vegas race ended, Busch and Chambers boarded a plane bound for Texas where Busch tested Monday and Tuesday. It was Busch's first time at Texas Motor Speedway in a Winston Cup car, but he certainly has plenty of experience there. Busch finished sixth and third in his two Craftsman Truck races there last year.
"The test did not go as well as I had hoped it would," Busch said. "We were able to pick up the feel for the track pretty quickly with the truck, so I'm hoping we can do that again when we get there later this month for the race. I've had two really good runs there in the trucks. The track seems to be similar to Atlanta, so maybe we can learn something this weekend that will help us at both places."