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Kurt Busch climbs into his car during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Friday at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
DOVER, Del. - With the Chase heating up, Kurt Busch had a revamped pit crew at Dover.
He's going to need way more help from here on out to sniff a championship.
Furniture Row Racing had four new crew members working on Busch's No. 78 Chevrolet on Sunday. Busch entered the third Chase for the Sprint Cup championship seventh in the standings, well behind leader Matt Kenseth. He finished 21st at Dover and dropped to ninth in the standings, a whopping 55 points behind Kenseth.
Busch had a few strong shots at winning derailed because of miscues in the pits.
The crew members are from teams in Richard Childress Racing's Nationwide Series program. Furniture Row and RCR share a technical alliance.
"The performance of the car has advanced quicker than the performance of the pit crew," general manager Joe Garone said.
Busch, the 2004 champion, was one of the surprises of the season when he led one-car Furniture Row into the Chase.
Busch opened the Chase with a fourth-place finish at Chicagoland. But a broken jack and a lengthy pit stop at New Hampshire spoiled his day and he was 13th .
Busch, who has 24 career Cup wins, is winless this season with nine top-fives.
"Without changing it, you can't expect to have a better result," Garone said. "We expect to have a better result."
Not at Dover. The Chevrolet had a loose right wheel early in the race, forcing an unplanned pit stop that put him three laps down.
ESPN replaces Reid
BRISTOL, Conn. - ESPN says motorsports announcer Marty Reid is no longer with the network.
Reid had been with ESPN since 1982 and is the only television play-by-play announcer to cover five different North American motorsports series. He's called NASCAR's Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series, as well as IndyCar and NHRA.
An ESPN spokesman said the network is going in a different direction and Allen Bestwick will call the remainder of the Nationwide Series races this season.
Reid also was the network's lead announcer for IndyCar.
Reid erred in the Sept. 21 Nationwide Series race at Kentucky when he called the win for Ryan Blaney one lap shy of the finish.
MWR's Kauffman not likely to sponsor Truex
DOVER, Del. - Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman says there's a "low probability" he'll fund sponsor-strapped driver Martin Truex Jr. in 2014 in the wake of the Richmond cheating scandal.
Kauffman said Ty Norris is a "valuable member" of the organization but refused to comment on the future of the suspended MWR crew chief.
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