Nashville superspeedway notes

By Marvin Birchfield

 STAR Staff

   * The Pepsi 300 was the first Busch Series stand-alone race of the season, as the previous six had been held in conjunction with Winston Cup races.
   David Green became the first series regular to win a Busch event this season. With his win at the new Nashville Superspeedway, Green also became the first driver to win Busch races at both the old Fairgrounds speedway and the new track.
   * Green's victory continued a trend of no repeat winners at Nashville Superspeedway. Other winners at the 1.33-mile concrete oval have been Greg Biffle, Scott Riggs and Jack Sprague.
   * Winner Green acknowledged the close ties he has with sponsor Timber Wolf tobacco in the post-race press conference. The company is based close to the Owensboro, Ky. home where Green grew up.
   His younger brother, Mark, was the sponsor's first driver in 1997 and later Jeff Purvis, who raced with the Greens in the Nashville area, was the team's drivers. Purvis had scored the team's last victory at Texas last season, before being injured in a race at Nazareth, Pa.
   * On Friday, Randy LaJoie scored his first pole of the season in the Kleenex/Kroger Chevrolet with a speed of 163.324 mph, which was nearly four miles per hour faster than Kevin Harvick's record set back in 2001.
   This was Lajoie's first number one start since July of last year, where he posted the top spot at Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis, Mo.
   David Reutimann was fastest in the final practice in the Cellular One Chevrolet with a speed of 160.909, followed by Nashville native Bobby Hamilton Jr.
   * Hamilton was one of six different Tennessee drivers for the event with three of them coming from the Tri-Cities, the Johnson City duo of Brad Teague and Mike Potter and Bristol's Brad Baker.
   Two area teams were also racing at the Nashville Superspeedway, the Abingdon-based Charlie Henderson-owned Food Country Chevrolet driven by Jay Sauter, and the Team Bristol sponsored Toys"R"Us Chevrolet with Hermie Sadler behind the wheel.
   * The state of Tennessee has been good for the racing Busch family. Not only did Kurt score a second straight win in the Food City 500 at Bristol three weeks ago, but his younger brother Kyle won in his ARCA debut Friday night at the speedway. Busch was in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with former Winston Cup champion crew chief Gary Dehart calling the shots in the pits.
   Defending ARCA champ Frank Kimmel placed second, former NFL coach Jerry Glanville was sixth, Abingdon driver Caleb Holman was 18th, while third-generation drivers Jason Jarrett and Tandy Marlin finished 11th and 14th respectively.