August 21, 2013

Auto Racing Notebook: Martin brings cool with Stewart on ice

By GEORGE DIAZ Orlando Sentinel

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Mark Martin will be filling in for injured Tony Stewart, making the best of a tough situation for Stewart-Haas Racing.

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Although they may not be the best team out there, it would be hard to rival the star power and media buzz generated by that crew.

Busch is ninth in points -- with three races remaining in Chase qualifying -- for a Furniture Row Racing team that has never qualified for the postseason and whose best finish in the standings has been 24th.

Credit Busch with 99 percent of that turnaround.

"Now here we are," Busch said last week after a third-place finish at Michigan. "We're 23 races in and got three to go to get in the Chase. It's an amazing feeling to be in position right now and have a group of guys from Denver in the Chase right now. That's what we have to do: Make sure when the door closes and the music stops that we got a place.

"We're looking for wins right now. We don't have to be conservative. We can just really go for it and see if we can get a win. I know this team is capable, and Bristol is a great track. It would be a lot of fun to put the Stanley Ford in the winner's circle this Saturday night."


RYAN TRUEX will make his Sprint Cup debut at the Bristol Motor Speedway during Saturday night's 500-lap race.

Truex, driving for Richard Petty Motorsports, will drive the No. 51 entry for Phoenix Racing. Truex, the younger brother of rising NASCAR star Martin Truex, signed a multi-year development deal with RPM earlier this year. All involved are currently working to secure sponsorship funding.

Truex was supposed to make his Cup debut earlier, but he broke his collarbone on Easter while riding a motorcycle at home in Mayetta, N.J.

"It has been tough waiting on the sidelines while I healed from my collarbone injury, but now I am ready to go and make my Sprint Cup Series debut," Truex said. "It's pretty awesome that it's coming at Bristol at the night race. This is a premier race on the Sprint Cup circuit."


TWEET OF THE WEEK: Jimmie Johnson, after blowing an engine at Michigan: "I thought this would be fitting... #BlameJJ" (JimmieJohnson)


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