Kyle Busch scores his first win of the season and its a very popular one for both the fans and the media. NASCAR’s one-time bad boy has mellowed, married and moved on to respectability.
The Sprint Cup Series sorely missed its most exciting driver while he recovered from a horrific wreck that — had it happened pre-2001— might have ended his life. His close call with death at Daytona hasn’t slowed him down nor dampened his enthusiasm for racing. At 30 years old, Busch is still young enough to win a few championships before hanging up his driving gloves. The past six months has surely injected some urgency into doing just that. Welcome back, Kyle.
Hard to believe it took all this time for the Busch brothers had finished 1-2 in a Cup race.
Older brother Kurt’s brilliant performance should have convinced even the toughest of naysayers that he’s a real threat to win the championship.
And while his third place helped put two Toyotas in the top five at the finish, next week Clint Bowyer will return to mediocrity and continue to wonder when (and why) things went south.
Place a truly talented driver in the seat of the No. 55 (Larson, Harvick, Kenseth, McMurray…the list goes on) in place of David Ragan, who is driving the MWR Toyota, and then imagine that driver taking out two better cars at the same exact spot like Ragan did. I just wouldn’t happen. Carl Edwards was gracious enough to say he may have caused his wreck with Ragan, but Martin Truex Jr. made it clear who was at fault when Ragan put him into the tires.
Maybe it was the week off that did it, but there wasn’t any controversy or inspection issues this week. Remember when Chad Knaus brought a tricked out 48 car to Sonoma a few years ago?
I wish Boris Said had been given a better car this weekend. He’s always fun to watch on the road courses and perhaps the only “road course ringer” left. I guess there might have been a few other “ringers” in the field had there not been an IMSA endurance race at Watkins Glen this weekend.
Current Red Bull Global Rally driver and former NASCAR and F1 driver Nelson Piquet Jr. was crowned the first Formula E champion in London this weekend, winning the title by a single point over Sebastien Buemi. I’m not so sure that Formula E will overtake Formula One in popularity by 2020 like Richard Branson so boldly predicted during the race weekend in London, but the racing is fun to watch and every race takes place in the middle of a major city around the world, including Miami and Long Beach here in the USA.
Was it just me or did the Fox Sports broadcast of Sunday’s race give you the impression that there were about 12-15 cars on the track? Did you remember seeing the cars of Austin Dillon or Trevor Bayne or Aric Almirola? And did their sponsors wonder where they were, too?
I applaud Jeff Gluck with USA Today for taking on the Confederate flag issue and then publishing some of the angry (and thoughtless) responses he received from NASCAR fans. There’s no escaping stock car racing’s southern roots and no matter how metropolitan the marketers in Daytona Beach try to make the sport and its fans, most are ultra conservative and the reaction Gluck faced when he criticized the things those fans hold as sacred was to be expected. To live in this country you have to be able to defend the rights of those whose opinion you despise and whose rhetoric might turn your stomach. Sometimes it gets pretty difficult.
The season should turn around for Jeff Gordon soon, I hope.
POPULAR SPEED is a Social Media driven website featuring exclusive content, photographs, news and pointed editorials. It’s makeup consists of veteran motorsports journalists as well as the unique voice of developing young talent. POPULAR SPEED was launched in 2013 under the direction of former Sprint Cup Series spotter, Mike Calinoff.
Over the past twenty years, Mike has become a notable figure in the NASCAR community. As a Spotter, he spent 11 seasons with Matt Kenseth in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series for a total of 36 combined series wins including two Daytona 500’s. The duo garnered Rookie of the Year honors and a Championship in 2003. With Kenseth leaving Roush Fenway at the end of 2012, Mike chose to stay and work with Sprint Cup rookie, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Their history dates back to 2010 with the ROTY award and then back-to-back Championships in the Nationwide Series in 2011 and 2012. As the 2013 Chase began, Calinoff announced that he would not return to Roush Fenway.
POPULAR SPEED is a social media driven website featuring exclusive content, photographs, news and pointed editorials. It’s makeup consists of veteran motorsports journalists as well as the unique voice of developing young talent.
POPULAR SPEED was launched in 2013 under the direction of NASCAR personality, Mike Calinoff.