2010-05-27 / Sports

Kurt Busch All-Star Race

By Gerald Hodges THE RACING REPORTER

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kurt Busch survived two late cautions and held off Martin Truex Jr. to win the Sprint All- Star Race for the first time.

Most of the action in the Saturday night extravaganza was packed into the final 10- lap segment, in which only green flag laps counted toward the total.

Joey Logano ran third, followed by Hamlin and Tony Stewart. Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Bobby Labonte completed the top 10 in the nonpoints race that paid $1,028,309 to the winner.

Kurt Busch was well on his way to victory after completing Lap 98 of 100, but Kyle Busch bounced off the wall at the end of the tri-oval and clipped Kasey Kahne’s Ford to cause the fifth caution of the night.

On the restart with two laps to go, Kurt Busch picked the outside lane and took the green flag with Jimmie Johnson beside him, followed by Logano and Hamlin. Busch pulled away again, but before the cars got back to the finish line, Johnson spun across the infield grass to put the race under yellow for the sixth time. Busch then put the race away in the final two-lap dash.

Hamlin and Kyle Busch were battling on Lap 93, with Busch getting a strong run to the outside of the No. 11 Toyota. Hamlin moved up the track in front of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, and Busch hit the outside wall after running out of room.

After a blown tire sent Kyle Busch into the wall and then into Kahne, he drove to the garage, telling his crew on the radio that they needed to keep him away from Hamlin. After the race, Hamlin, Busch and team owner Joe Gibbs were closeted in the No. 11 transporter, according to a Twitter post from SceneDaily.com’s Bob Pockrass.

After a 10-minute break between the third and final segments – during which crews could work on the cars but were not allowed to change tires – Johnson led the field back on the track and then to the pits for mandatory four-tire pit stops.

Hamlin was first off pit road, followed by Kyle Busch and Johnson. Mark Martin, Logano and Jamie McMurray followed in the next three positions when the field took the green flag for the final 10- lap shootout.

A wreck in the first corner, however, damaged eight cars and eliminated Martin, McMurray, David Reutimann, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards.

Polesitter Kyle Busch survived a scrape with the wall and held off Todd Bodine in a two-lap dash to the finish to win Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch, who owns the No. 18 Toyota he drove to victory, crossed the finish line .228 seconds ahead of Bodine to give Toyota its first truck series victory at the 1.5-mile racetrack. Ron Hornaday Jr. was third, followed by James Buescher and Elliott Sadler.

The victory was Busch’s second in five starts this season, his third at Charlotte and the 18th of his career. Busch has won three straight races in NASCAR’s top three touring series, having triumphed in last weekend’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup events at Dover.

Brian Vickers will miss the remainder of the NASCAR season because of blood clots in his lungs and left leg. Vickers was hospitalized two nights last week after feeling chest pains during a visit to Washington, D.C.

Testing revealed the clots, and Vickers missed last weekend’s race at Dover. Vickers returned to North Carolina following his release from the hospital Friday night, but said a recurrence of chest pains sent him back to the hospital the next day. He spent another two nights hospitalized, and the decision to sit out the remainder of the season to receive treatment was made shortly after.

The 26-year-old Vickers is being treated with blood thinners, and his physician could not clear him to race because of the dangers of the driver being injured in a crash.

Dr. Victor Tapson of Duke University, along with two other doctors, said Vickers’ symptoms are a sign of deep vein thrombosis with a pulmonary embolism.

Tapson, who is not treating Vickers, described the driver’s condition as lifethreatening and said the length of treatment ranges from three to six months to possibly a lifetime. He added that Vickers was lucky somebody sent him to the hospital so quickly. “Most people die before they’re diagnosed,” Tapson said

Tapson said he was surprised more drivers don’t develop clots because immobility is one of the contributing factors in clotting, and drivers are confined to a tight space and have little motion for long periods of time. He said the concern for Vickers is that if taken off blood thinners a clot could develop, move to the brain and be fatal. He said if left on blood thinners, any sort of accident on the track that causes trauma could result in the driver bleeding to death. “Usually when we treat this we treat it with blood thinners,” Tapson continued. “Usually people on blood thinners, if it’s what we call a reversible risk factor, you treat them for three months, sometimes six months. If you decide the patient has a continual list of blood clots then sometimes they take medicine for a lifetime. A lot may depend on what is his apparent risk. If they can’t come up with any reason why he has a blood clot other than being a race car driver, then the option may be don’t race cars anymore.

There has also been a study by Australian doctors that suggested drinking the energy drink Red Bull, which sponsors the No. 83 Toyota, could also contribute to blood clots.”

He was replaced by Casey Mears.

Weekend racing: The Nationwide and Cup teams are at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Cup teams will run 600 miles, their longest race of the season. This week’s Cup race will be the last of the season for Fox Sports. Beginning with the June 6 weekend, races will be broadcast either on TNT, ESPN or ABC.

Saturday, May 29, Nationwide Series race, 12 of 35; Starting time: 2 p.m. ET; TV: ABC.

Sunday, May 30, Coca- Cola 600, race 13 of 36; Starting time: 6 p.m. ET; TV: Fox.

Racing trivia question: What year did Mark Martin win his first Cup race?

Last week’s question: What is Bobby Labonte’s car number in Cup series? He drives the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet. The team is having sponsorship problems, and may have to run some “start and park” races.

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