Bristol Update: Kyle Busch trying to make strategy route work

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Kyle Busch is playing the strategy card as he tries to get up front from the 43rd starting position in tonight’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

As of Lap 300 of 500, Busch was running third behind leader Paul Menard and Carl Edwards after both Busch and Menard stayed out during the most recent caution period (Lap 256 – debris).

Busch has already had quite the eventful night. He had made noticeable progress in the first 100 laps before his car snapped loose momentarily on Lap 108 and caused Joey Logano to make contact with him from behind.

The run-in damaged Busch’s left rear fender, but while he fell to 31st as a result, he was able to stay on the lead lap despite multiple stops for repairs.

By Lap 245, Busch had made his way up to 23rd before the No. 18 crew opted to keep him on the track when the yellow emerged about 10 laps later.

With 200 laps to go at Bristol, it’s Menard, Edwards, Busch, Juan Pablo Montoya in fourth and Jeff Gordon in fifth.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”