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The NASCAR Car of Tomorrow was unveiled this past weekend in Bristol, Tenn., and Kyle Busch was the first to drive it into victory lane. Busch held off Jeff Burton to win the Food City 500.
After coming out of turn four at the historic half-mile oval, Busch and Burton raced side by side. When they reached the finish line, it was Busch who claimed the checkered flag.
Pole sitter Jeff Gordon finished in third. Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.
Early on in the race, it looked as though Tony Stewart had the car to beat. He built up a large lead during the first half of the 500-lap event. With 211 laps to go, one of the races 15 caution flags flew. It was during this yellow that the Home Depot Chevrolet lost engine power, and Stewarts car would never make it back to the front of the pack. He finished 35th.
Coming in to the Bristol race, Mark Martin was the season points leader. He skipped this weekend and let Regan Smith pilot the Ginn Racing U.S. Army Chevrolet. Smith finished the race in the 25th position.
Gordon is the new points leader. He has a 3-point edge over Burton, and is 75 points ahead of last seasons champion, Jimmie Johnson, who ironically is driving the Lowes No. 48 car owned by Gordon. Martin dropped to eighth in the standings, 162 points behind Gordon.
The Nextel Cup series moves on to another historic half-mile oval this week at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. The Goodys Cool Orange 500 will be run Sunday, April 1. FOX will televise the race beginning at 12:30 p.m. local time.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
from the March 28-April 3, 2007, issue