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June 29, 2009 10:00 PM

Hall of Fame news and more...

NASCAR is going to sending off the Jeremy Mayfield sample to an independent lap for testing.

NASCAR on Thursday is going to release the 25 names that are going on the first ever ballot for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  SpeedTV on 8PM est is going to carry the announcemt special.

Michael Waltrip Racing is going have a press conference on July 7th.  That conference could announce that Martin Truex Jr. might be driving in place of Michael Waltrip.

This Boston Globe link says that a decision on what driver Roush is going to cut at the end of the 2009 season might be made in August.

Kyle Busch NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Interview - New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Nationwide On-Hold Post New Hampshire.mp3




In the annual Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch took a different approach and it paid off with the Z-Line Toyota driver grabbing his fifth win of 2009. Now in the previous eight events this season, Busch had won the most laps but won only twice. This time however it took him 147 laps just to get to the front. Where he led only one circuit before teammate Joey Logano took the lead back. But Busch returned the favor on lap 165 and then led the rest of the way to capture the Camping World RV Sales 200. The 24-year-old may have been patient about getting to the number one spot but it wasn't like, he was about to change his take-no-prisoners style.

Kyle Busch:

No, I just couldn't get there. I wanted to. I wanted to get there, I wanted to be there, I just couldn't get there. These flat tracks you just can't do stuff like that. You know, you don't have the room to do stuff like that. You know, Texas, Charlotte, Atlanta, all of those big tracks, Kansas, Chicago, you know you've got room, you can go way up to the wall and run around the outside and pass guys and you've got the whole racetrack to use. Here, Milwaukee, Phoenix, you know, you've got one, one and a half lanes to use in order to get through e guys and make it up towards the front. So you've got to be methodical about it and think about it and try not to get into anybody.

Logano wound up the runner-up and turn around was fair play. And both of the teenager's wins this year, it was Busch finishing second to him.

Busch:
When we did win, you know it's like well, now those guys know how I feel all the time. So you know it feels good to beat a guy that works out front and leads most of the race and you've out bettered your car than him.

Joey Logano:

It's not like he beat us by a lot. You know it was just a little bit. So I mean, of course it's frustrating but you've got to dig in as hard as you can, trying a whole bunch of different lines, you know just too tired at the end. So we'll just figure out what we need to do to fix that problem.

Brad Keselowski finished third for the third race in a row and the sixth time in 2009.

Brad Keselowski:

We're just right there, I mean I just need a little bit of speed and it seems like the 18 and 20 sure do have a lot of speed. We just don't know why, we're doing all that we can to keep up but just happy with what the course of events has been for the last month with the finishes and the strength that my team has shown.

Fourth at the finish was Mike Bliss with Kevin Harvick fifth.

Kevin Harvick:

Yeah it wasn't bad; we just fought loose at the beginning of the runs and as our car would come in we would have about five or six laps where it was really good and then the front one started shattering the tires so we just got to thank all these guys on this Copart car, they've done a great job all weekend and it took me a little while to get back up to speed, I haven't been in these things for a while. But still a good day for us, just have to be a touch better.

Sixth to 10th at the end were Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Scott Speed, Erik Darnell and Jason Leffler. As for the Nationwide Series Championship battle, Kyle Busch opened up his lead over Edwards to 162 points and it's up 243 on Brad Keselowski. Busch also kept an amazing streak alive. New Hampshire has hosted 23 Nationwide Series races and 23 different faces have shown up in victory lane.

Busch:

That's pretty cool man, not a lot of race tracks can say that but we're not the threat to win every time we come here so we're working on it, I'm trying to get better at this place, I'm trying to understand what it takes to get better at this place and fortunately we were able to make it the best there at the end and win this thing.  

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