Category: Kyle Busch

Sep 26 2008

Very Interesting Nascar Videos

Here are a couple of the good videos between Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards at Bristol Motor Speedway:


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Sep 17 2008

This is Why the Chase Sucks

I was reading an article on Nascar.com about how Kyle Busch is now facing a big deficit instead of the big lead he had after the Chase was set, to quote:

Kyle Busch took off his helmet, climbed out of his crumpled and bandaged racecar, and walked down the long corridor between team transporters without saying a word. Then he vanished, just like his lead in the Sprint Cup standings. One race, and suddenly Busch is facing big deficit

That is exactly why the Chase sucks, one bad race at the beginning and Kyle is in eight place in the standings, so, ALL the work, all the races he won end up just keeping him from being deeper in a hole. He was over 200 points ahead of Carl Edwards after Richmond, all that was wiped out for the Chase, the 30 point lead he had because of winning those races, gone. All that work by Kyle and the no. 18 team flushed down the drain by a part that everyone says never breaks, a part that Joe Gibbs said he has never heard of breaking in his 17 years in the sport.

One small part, a broken heim joint, wiped out the lead they had built. In the past, the Cup champions were always those guys who had the best year overall. That’s how it should be. Johnson didn’t deserve to be champion last year, he was over 400 points behind Gordon when the Chase started, and Jimmie only beat Gordon by 77 points at the end, for the year, Gordon would’ve won the Chase by over 350 points. Without the Chase, that would’ve been his sixth cup title and he would be looking to tie Earnhardt and Petty this year, not that he will, as he seems to have my luck this year.

Yes, I am biased because I am a Gordon fan, but it looks like Kyle Busch could end up with the same fate. Sure, Kyle can come back and win this thing just like Johnson did last year, he finished 39th in New Hampshire last year and then went on to win the Chase, but Johnson and Gnaus have the formula down and can win the Chase again easily. It’s just too bad that a broken joint, bolt, or flat tire could be the deciding factor after a long 36 race season.

With that said:
Go, go, Gordon, Gordon, go, go, go!

Mar 12 2008

Kyle Busch Gets First Toyota Win in Atlanta

I’ll admit, I thought Tony Stewart would have the first cup win in a Toyota, but I’m not surprised it was Kyle Busch who actually got it. If Kurt Busch can LUCK into a cup championship, then Kyle should be able to dominate a couple championships and luck into a couple more before he retires. Talk about having a pretty good weekend, Kyle started out by winning the Craftsman Truck Series race, dominated the Nationwide series race until he blew a tire and then won the cup race by a couple seconds at least over his teammate, Tony Stewart. Besides being the first win for Toyota, this was also the first time someone has won a truck race and a cup race in the same weekend.

In what was tantalizingly close to a three-race weekend sweep, Kyle Busch won Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, after the winner of the previous two Sprint Cup races, Carl Edwards, fell out with transmission trouble after 274 of the 325 laps.

In posting the fifth victory of his career, by 2.066 seconds over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Tony Stewart, Busch took Toyota to Victory Lane for the first time in a Cup points race (read more). It was the first triumph in NASCAR’s top series for a foreign manufacturer since Al Keller won at the airport road course in Linden, N.J., in a Jaguar in 1954.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, followed by Greg Biffle and pole-sitter Jeff Gordon. Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers and Jeff Burton completed the top 10.

“The 18! The 18! The 18 is back at Atlanta!” Busch exulted on his radio after crossing the finish line, referring to the six wins at Atlanta of one of his predecessors in Joe Gibbs’ No. 18 car, Bobby Labonte. Source: Busch returns 18 to Victory Lane, gives Toyota first win

Tony Stewart being Tony Stewart, when they interviewed him , he immediately dogged Goodyear and their tires, as did Earnhardt and Gordon, they were just a little more diplomatic about it.

Tony Stewart: “That was the most pathetic racing tire that I’ve ever been on in my professional career,” Stewart said. “… Goodyear can’t build a tire that is worth a crap. If I were Goodyear, I would be really embarrassed about this weekend and what they brought here. It didn’t keep us from winning the race and how we got to second, I don’t know.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: “I’ll say that Goodyear Tire Company makes good racing tires, makes a safe tire,” Junior said. “There’s a lot of technology that goes into making the tires and I give them a lot of credit. It’s a reputation-risk, just to be in this sport for a company like that, especially … as far as criticism goes. They do a good job. This is just a bad combination. This tire at this track, it was just a poor combination

Jeff Gordon: “I felt like I was going to crash every single lap,” Gordon said. “I’m exhausted right now. I feel like I’ve run a thousand miles here. That was the hardest day I have ever had at Atlanta, especially for a top-five finish. This car, this tire, at this track was just terrible.” Source: Stewart, Earnhardt think bad of Goodyear’s tires

Here is how they finished:

1 6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 195/10 325 Running 185,375
2 32 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Home Depot “10 Years Strong” 170/0 325 Running 162,886
3 2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard 170/5 325 Running 121,000
4 13 16 Greg Biffle Ford Jackson Hewitt 165/5 325 Running 107,375
5 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 160/5 325 Running 138,186
6 7 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet DIRECTV 155/5 325 Running 94,850
7 8 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 146/0 325 Running 124,086
8 38 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 142/0 325 Running 124,341
9 35 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 143/5 325 Running 79,300
10 15 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 134/0 325 Running 123,958
11 29 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 130/0 325 Running 79,325
12 5 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 132/5 325 Running 114,536
13 11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 124/0 325 Running 127,786
14 12 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 121/0 324 Running 115,075
15 22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 118/0 324 Running 112,791
16 19 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Wrigley’s Big Red 115/0 324 Running 104,158
17 39 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 112/0 324 Running 89,850
18 28 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 109/0 324 Running 93,908
19 20 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Energizer / Menards 106/0 324 Running 83,425
20 30 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 103/0 323 Running 92,908
21 3 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 100/0 323 Running 106,233
22 10 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 97/0 323 Running 108,558
23 14 6 David Ragan Ford AAA 94/0 323 Running 83,950
24 26 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Valvoline / Jim Beam 91/0 323 Running 95,958
25 33 77 Sam Hornish Jr. * Dodge Penske Truck Rental 88/0 323 Running 117,550
26 43 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 85/0 322 Running 73,825
27 34 84 Mike Skinner Toyota Red Bull 82/0 322 Running 69,800
28 9 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 84/5 322 Running 107,141
29 42 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Zaxby’s 76/0 322 Running 99,789
30 27 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 73/0 321 Running 81,508
31 25 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 70/0 321 Running 99,489
32 31 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditRep
ort.com 67/0 321 Running 81,722
33 23 40 Dario Franchitti * Dodge Fastenal 64/0 321 Running 80,550
34 16 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 61/0 321 Running 69,025
35 21 10 Patrick Carpentier * Dodge Cintas 58/0 320 Running 68,990
36 17 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 55/0 320 Running 68,955
37 37 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 52/0 320 Running 76,920
38 41 01 Regan Smith * Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 49/0 320 Running 76,885
39 36 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Haas Automation 46/0 318 Running 68,850
40 24 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 43/0 317 Running 76,810
41 40 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 40/0 313 Running 68,765
42 4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 42/5 274 Engine 116,395
43 18 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy / Garmin 34/0 257 Accident 94,518

Kyle leads the cup points by 73, he leads the truck series by 72 and, had he not had the flat tire, he would be leading the Nationwide series as well. Quite a good start to the year and I bet Rick Hendrick is thinking right now, “What was I thinking?” Definitely should’ve kept Busch and let Mears go.

Here are the top 12 in the Chase for the Cup:

1 — Kyle Busch 665 Leader 4 1 1 3 3 1,123,940
2 +3 Greg Biffle 592 -73 4 0 0 2 3 764,188
3 +1 Kevin Harvick 574 -91 4 0 0 1 3 795,707
4 -2 Ryan Newman 571 -94 4 0 1 1 2 1,946,140
5 +1 Jeff Burton 555 -110 4 0 0 1 2 767,795
6 +4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 531 -134 4 0 0 2 3 1,029,250
7 -4 Kasey Kahne 528 -137 4 0 0 0 3 832,577
8 +3 Tony Stewart 525 -140 4 0 0 2 3 1,435,830
9 +4 Brian Vickers 491 -174 4 0 0 0 1 553,095
10 +2 Kurt Busch 478 -187 4 0 0 1 1 1,352,620
11 -3 Martin Truex Jr. 471 -194 4 0 0 0 1 717,545
12 +4 Matt Kenseth 470 -195 4 0 0 1 2 743,477

Feb 17 2008

Stewart Wins First Nationwide Series Race at Daytona

Tony Stewart won the Busch Nationwide race today in Daytona, beating Kyle Busch and, you guessed it, Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the end of the race, with Busch blocking Jr. to finish second. Kyle also came in second the night before in the truck series race, losing to Todd Bodine and driving past Johnny Benson for second. Appears tomorrow’s race is going to be a good one, with Kyle and Dale running so well every time they get in a car, they are going to be hard to beat.

Polesitter Tony Stewart repelled a strong challenge from teammate Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the Camping World 300 Nationwide Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

Stewart surged to the lead on Lap 117 of 120 and stayed there as the rest of the field diced for position behind him. On the final lap, Busch blocked Earnhardt’s last-ditch attempt to improve his position and all but assured the victory for Stewart, who crossed the finish line .259 seconds ahead of Busch, with Earnhardt .412 seconds back.

Brian Vickers ran fourth, followed by Matt Kenseth, rookie Bryan Clauson, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, David Ragan and defending series champion Carl Edwards. Source: Stewart starts, finishes first in N’wide season-opener

Mar 28 2007

Kyle Busch Gets Lucky Wins at Bristol

You have to admit, if you were Kyle Busch, can you think of two better drivers to have behind you on a green white and checker finish? Gordon wasn’t going to spin him and Jeff Burton hardly ever gets that aggressive to spin someone out to win, so, he was pretty lucky. Tony Stewart wasn’t very lucky at all, and I bet everyone who has him on their race league teams were happy and then sad, hehe, I know he hurt one of my teams. Anyway, sorry for the late post, been busy with the Race League stuff. Jeff Gordon is in the points lead again, or should I say already? While it makes you feel good, it’s way to early to get excited about it.

Here are the race results from Bristol:
1 20 5 Kyle Busch
2 29 31 Jeff Burton
3 1 24 Jeff Gordon
4 40 29 Kevin Harvick
5 11 16 Greg Biffle
6 9 66 Jeff Green
7 31 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8 18 07 Clint Bowyer
9 5 26 Jamie McMurray
10 16 25 Casey Mears
11 38 17 Matt Kenseth
12 32 99 Carl Edwards
13 33 40 David Stremme
14 10 11 Denny Hamlin
15 25 83 Brian Vickers
16 6 48 Jimmie Johnson
17 19 49 Mike Bliss
18 14 4 Ward Burton
19 2 9 Kasey Kahne
20 26 45 Kyle Petty
21 27 78 Kenny Wallace
22 28 43 Bobby Labonte
23 7 22 Dave Blaney
24 17 96 Tony Raines
25 12 01 Regan Smith
26 41 6 David Ragan
27 3 19 Elliott Sadler
28 15 21 Ken Schrader
29 42 2 Kurt Busch
30 21 14 Sterling Marlin
31 8 10 Scott Riggs
32 36 42 Juan Montoya
33 34 7 Robby Gordon
34 23 36 Jeremy Mayfield
35 4 20 Tony Stewart
36 37 18 J.J. Yeley
37 13 1 Martin Truex Jr.
38 24 88 Ricky Rudd
39 22 12 Ryan Newman
40 43 – A J Allmendinger
41 35 38 David Gilliland
42 30 44 Dale Jarrett
43 39 41 Reed Sorenson

Nov 14 2006

Harvick Completes the Sweep in Phoenix


Kevin Harvick completed the sweep this weekend, winning the Checker Auto Parts 500, Jimmie Johnson settles for second and a bigger lead in the Chase for the Cup. Kyle Busch cost me some serious points on my race team this week, cutting my lead by over half what it was. He also fell two spots in the points to last place, 359 points behind Johnson. Here’s the top ten:

1 29 Kevin Harvick
2 48 Jimmie Johnson
3 11 Denny Hamlin
4 24 Jeff Gordon
5 99 Carl Edwards
6 6 Mark Martin
7 9 Kasey Kahne
8 2 Kurt Busch
9 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
10 31 Jeff Burton

Here how they stand in the Chase for the Cup:

1. — Jimmie Johnson Leader
2. — Matt Kenseth -63
3. +2 Kevin Harvick -90
4. — Denny Hamlin -90
5. -2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -115
6. — Jeff Gordon -167
7. — Jeff Burton -225
8. +1 Mark Martin -273
9. +1 Kasey Kahne -319
10. -2 Kyle Busch -359

Jimmie Johnson just needs to finish 12th or better to win the whole thing, with no one being able to do anything to stop him. I would say the cup is his, but he could wreck early, etc, and loose the whole thing, he could get a lap or two down and Kenseth could win the race and the cup. It will be interesting, anyone in the top five could win it, but it would have to be some extraordinary circumstances for Earnhardt to win it, as they can only gain 156 points in any one race, I believe.

Sep 18 2006

First Chase for the Cup Race: Loudon

Kevin Harvick stayed on fire this weekend and Jeff Gordon made a big statement about their chances at winning a fifth championship, finishing third behind Harvick and Stewart. Here are the top five Sunday:

1 #29 Kevin Harvick
2 #20 Tony Stewart
3 #24 Jeff Gordon
4 #11 Denny Hamlin
5 #25 Brian Vickers

“Where are we? Fourth? Cool, I’ll take that,” Gordon said through a smile, before getting serious. “I think as bad as our run was at Richmond, it was pretty important for us to make some kind of statement [Sunday].

“I think we succeeded in making the statement that we needed to,” Letarte said. “I mean, we weren’t good up here last fall and we were average, at best, in [July] — and I was really not happy with our performance at either Richmond or Phoenix. Source: Nascar.com

Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch both finished at the back of the pack, with both involved in race incidents that REALLY hurt their chances at winning the cup. As Johnson said before the race, you can’t win the cup here but you can sure lose it.

After separate crashes at Loudon, Busch is 146 points behind and Johnson trails by 139 as the Cup Series moves to Dover. Certainly Busch and Johnson believe they still can mount a charge and win the Cup at Homestead. Hey, no one said they were quitters.

The fact is no one has been able to bounce back from a triple-digit deficit after Race 1 of the Chase to finish better than third in the final point standings (chart at right). It’s a fact of the point system: Bad finishes do more to harm drivers’ title aspirations than victories do to boost those hopes. Source: Nascar.com

Only one way to find out, lets keep racing. Here are the standings as of now:

1 Kevin Harvick 5230 Leader
2 Denny Hamlin* 5195 -35
3 Matt Kenseth 5189 -41
4 Jeff Gordon 5180 -50
5 Jeff Burton 5166 -64
6 Mark Martin 5155 -75
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5149 -81
8 Kasey Kahne 5120 -110
9 Jimmie Johnson 5091 -139
10 Kyle Busch 5084 -146

Sep 13 2006

Funny Quotes from Power Rankings

1. Kevin Harvick: Report: Major university study finds that Stewart got more media attention for not killing anyone Saturday night than Harvick did for winning race

2. Kyle Busch: I was going to put Kyle No. 1, but I declined. I was scared the editors at NASCAR.COM would use a picture of Kyle and no one would click on it.

19. Ryan Newman: His losing streak is only slightly longer than Paul Menard’s sideburns.

20. Dave Blaney: This almost happened last Saturday. Imagine Bill Weber’s prose: “Blaney holds off Kyle Busch at the line! Blaney wins it! Now let’s go down to pit road, where Dave Burns is standing by with 17th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr.!”

23. Robby Gordon: Robby, if you want to throw your helmet at Michael Waltrip this year, you better do it during his qualifying lap.

Sep 13 2006

Newcomer or Old Timer?

Found this article called Field of Dreams in which the writer asks,

With five newcomers – Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne – the 10-member Chase is evenly cleaved between those with experience in the postseason and those without under the new format. But does it really matter?

Gun to your head, would you take one of the aforementioned five to hold the trophy over one in the formidable quintet of Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

I’ll take Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon over all of them any day of the week. Sure, Harvick is hot and he’s got a great chance to win it, Kahne has the most wins this year, Gordon has done that before and not won the chase, so that’s not really a factor, Kyle Busch is also doing great as is Denny Hamlim, but over the course of ten races, the old timers will end up beating the young guns, and I bet we see at least 3 of them in the top five at the end.

Jul 16 2006

Kyle Busch Wins at Loudon

Kyle Busch won todays race with Gordon finishing 15th.

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