NASCAR news and notes

   Here are some of the notes and quotes following Sunday's action at Bristol Motor Speedway.
   BUSCH'S FIRST WIN
   Kurt Busch's first career victory in the Food City 500 came in his 48th Winston Cup start. He became the second consecutive driver to score his first triumph in the race, following Elliott Sadler last year.
   Busch used the same strategy Sadler did the previous year, running the last 157 laps without changing tires, opting to keep good track position. "I saw Elliott do it here last spring," said Busch. "The tires last forever. Goodyear brought good stuff that keeps on lasting."
   By far, it was Busch's best finish at BMS, with his previous best a 25th place coming last August. It marked the second victory of the year for Ford. Dodge leads with the tour three wins on the year, while Pontiac has one win and Chevrolet is still looking for their first visit to victory lane.
   MAKING UP FOR 2001
   Winning car owner Jack Roush said that all four of his Winston Cup teams are stronger than one year ago. "I've never been prouder of a young program than I am Kurt today," said Roush. "Last year, we didn't have a situation to allow Kurt to do what he did today. We had the equipment to do the job, but we couldn't get it organized. Last year was a really tough year. Over the winter, we took all the elements and changed them so the chemistry could work better.
   "Last year, we just couldn't get it. I was so blue and broken-hearted. I couldn't believe how we missed the opportunity to do as well as we could. Everybody is still in place. Mark (Martin) is healthy, Matt Kenseth should have had a better second year and Jeff Burton was picked to be the man last year. I'm relieved that everything in our structure is working this year."
   Also of note, this was the first win for Roush's mother Georgianna, officially listed as the team owner.
   WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?
   Bobby Labonte stayed out of the fray associated with racing at Bristol to score his first career top five at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile." About his effort Labonte said, "Usually we go from 32nd to fifth and then we go back to 32nd. The guys did a great job getting the car handling good all day, turn when we needed to.
   "We were maybe just a little bit off of some of those guys. But, we had soem pretty good fast laps. It just seemed like we couldn't go on short runs, but we'll learn how to do that some day. That's why it's always fun to come here because you can never tell what is going to happen."
   SADLER RACING FOR SPECIAL CAUSE
   Racing for Autism awareness is what Hermie Sadler was doing Sunday when he started the Food City 500 in the No. 02 Little Trees Chevrolet. He partnered with FOX Sports to help in the cause close to his heart. Sadler's youngest driver is afflicted with the condition.
   For information on how you can help please call 1-800-3-Autism.
   CELEBRITY WATCH
   Rock star Kid Rock and actress Pamela Anderson were among those in attendance at the Food City 500 as guests of Winston Cup driver Tony Stewart. The two are also friends with Dale Earnhardt, Junior. Another celeb on hand was Epic recording artist Tammy Cochran, who sang the National Anthem.