If you watched the Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night like I did, more than likely you were at the edge of your seat for the entire race. NASCAR has done a great job with all of the changes that they made in the off-season to their super speedway package.
They worked hard to get the cars back to pack racing that the fans have longed for over the past couple of seasons, and by golly it’s BACK! The two car tandem seems to be gone and we’re back to pack racing!
The Budweiser Shootout Saturday night was one of the best that I’ve seen in years. A guy could push the guy in front of him, make a charge for the lead and then pull out of line with enough horsepower to control his own destiny. That was what we were missing and what seemed to be back during the Budweiser Shootout. That race was so good I’d watch it again.
How about that Kyle Busch save. Halfway through the race he all but lost the car in the middle of the pack. He turned to the left and then to the right, sparkes were flying everywhere off the front air dam and somehow he gathered her up and kept on cruising along at 200 mph.
If that wasn’t enough for you, on the green-white-checkered restart Kyle Busch pushed Tony Stewart towards the front as they created a 200 MPH freight train that took off from the pack; coming out of turn 4 Busch broke formation, made the slingshot move around the right of Stewart and took Stewart right at the finish line winning the Bud Shootout by half a fender!
If this is a preview as to what’s going to take place during the Daytona 500 next Sunday, I think the race fans are in for a treat. This should be one of the best Daytona 500’s in years.
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Kyle Busch Save During The Race…THIS IS CRAZY!
Race car driver or not the law is the law and must be abided by. Kyle Busch went to court on Tuesday from the violation that he had received on May 24th while taking a Lexas sports car out for a test drive with his wife.During his test ride Kyle was clocked at 128-mph in a 45-mph zone which was in a residential area in Mooresville N.C.
Kyle reported to N.C. district court for Iredell County, where he pleaded no contest to careless and reckless driving. Judge H. Thomas Church, gave Busch a 30 day suspended jail sentence in which if Kyle doesn’t receive any other driving infractions within a year he will not have to go to jail.
He also lost his license for 45 days, had to pay a $1000.00 fine and was ordered to do 30 hours of community service with the B.R.A.K.E.S teen safe driving program.
Kyle apologized for his actions and said that “Obviously I had a lack of judgement and just made a mistake”.
When you’re good you’re good. Kyle Busch won the Camping World Truck series in Kentucky on Thursday night and also won the inaugural Sprint Cup Race at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday.
For it’s first Sprint Cup race, the Quaker State 400 was a SOLD OUT show! It was so packed with race fans reports estimated that possibly around 10,000-20,000 fans may not have been able to make it to the event due to traffic jams anywhere from 3-5 hours long on the interstate. Taking a look at the grandstand on TV I’m not sure where they would even have fit that many more race fans.
It’s seems as though some of the teams that typically run well week after week had trouble setting the car up for this track. Dale Earnhardt Jr. seemed to be having a tough time throughout much of the day. Also teammate Mark Martin wasn’t much of a threat either throughout the day.
However David Reutimann ran very well, so well in fact, that if he had a few laps left he may have well won the darn thing.
Man-O-Man Mr. Kyle Busch seems to be in the news quite a bit lately. From speeding at 125 down a public road which he was served with a town penalty.
Then two weeks ago he was rubbing fenders with Richard Childress’s grandson during a cool down lap,which earned him a head lock and a complimentary 2-3 shots to the face courtesy of Mr. Childress (he was fined 150,000 for this by the way). Now his number 18 Toyota was found to be 1/16″ to low in the front during a post race tech inspection after the Pocono 5-Hour Energy 500.
I’m not sure if Jimmy Spencer “Mr. Excitement” even caused this much of a stir back in the day. Kyle was served with a loss of 6 championship points as a driver; Joe Gibbs was served with a loss of 6 owner points; crew chief Dave Rogers was also handed a 25,000 fine according to Nascar.com
Kyle’s car did pass the pre-race inspection.Back at the shop team owner Joe Gibbs stated that they did find the issue as to why the car failed the post race inspection and also informed Nascar of their findings.
If you’re in a fantasy league you would be wise to pick either Kyle Busch or Carl Edwards as this weeks winner of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Both had very strong cars last Saturday night during the All-Star Race.With Carl Edwards winning the event and Kyle rolling across the finish line to bring home a second place finish, the two of these guys ran strong all night.
If I had to make a decision as to who was going to bring home the checkers for the Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600, I’d have to put my finger on Kyle Busch. For starters to Kyle, coming home second means your the first looser, and to get another shot at a victory at the same track; I can’t see Mr. Busch letting that one slip by him twice in a row. He sure to make his presence known on Sunday.
If that isn’t enough, it seems as though Mr. Busch has been practicing all week in preparation , does a certain Lexas mishap seem to ring a bell?
In all seriousness Carl Edwards is backed by Roush Fenway racing and boy have they gotten that new FR9 Ford Motor figured out. He hooked up and checked out all night long during the Nascar All-Star event.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. never was a factor during the race. He was voted in on the fan vote, and for some reason the team just couldn’t seem to get that car dialed in on Saturday night. Was the Hendrick camp able to compare notes this week between the 48,88,5 and 24 we’ll never know.
The Coca-Cola 600 is Nascar’s longest race of the year, so if you plan on watching it you’re in for the long haul.