Posts tagged: kyle busch victory

Aug 23 2009

Shrub Holds Off Martin in Bristol Night Race

This is actually the first race I have been able to watch in weeks, I arrived home from the beach in time to catch the last hundred or so laps, and had been listening on the radio for a bunch of the early part of the race. Last I heard on the radio Jeff Gordon was coming like a rocket ship, and when I get in the door, he was a lap down as he and Denny Hamlin had some contact affecting his right rear quarter panel. It’s always something. They finally get the car running good, he jumps up 12 or 15 spots and bam, you’re sliding backwards.

But, that certainly didn’t take away from the end of the race with Kyle Busch and Mark Martin going for the win. They both raced cleanly, either one could’ve caused the other or both to wreck, I hope Kyle Busch remembers that when the positions are reversed.

From what I heard and saw, it was a pretty good race, it will be interesting to see if Kyle can make the Chase for the Cup in the next two weeks. I bet they can.

Here is how they finished:
1 15 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 190/5 500 Running
2 1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / Carquest 180/10 500 Running
3 25 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Bush’s Beans 165/0 500 Running
4 2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 165/5 500 Running
5 41 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 155/0 500 Running
6 9 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 150/0 500 Running
7 13 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 146/0 500 Running
8 21 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 147/5 500 Running
9 27 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy Sugar Free / National Guard 138/0 500 Running
10 5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 134/0 500 Running
11 17 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Irwin Vise-Grip 130/0 500 Running
12 14 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 127/0 500 Running
13 7 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s / USO “Toast to the Troops” 124/0 500 Running
14 23 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 121/0 500 Running
15 3 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 118/0 500 Running
16 32 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 115/0 500 Running
17 18 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 112/0 500 Running
18 37 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 109/0 500 Running
19 10 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Valvoline 106/0 500 Running
20 34 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 103/0 500 Running
21 6 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Hamburger Helper 100/0 500 Running
22 24 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 97/0 500 Running
23 33 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 94/0 499 Running
24 39 98 Paul Menard Ford Peak / Menards 91/0 498 Running
25 11 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 88/0 498 Running
26 42 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 85/0 498 Running
27 28 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 82/0 498 Running
28 29 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 79/0 497 Running
29 26 4 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Alpha Natural Resources 76/0 496 Running
30 40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 73/0 494 Running
31 36 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 75/5 490 Accident
32 31 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas / The Rogue Joint 67/0 490 Running
33 30 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 64/0 489 Running
34 8 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 61/0 484 Running
35 38 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 58/0 472 Running
36 20 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 55/0 461 Running
37 19 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Hunt Brothers Pizza 52/0 452 Running
38 16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 49/0 438 Accident
39 12 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 46/0 354 Accident
40 22 08 Terry Labonte Toyota Carter / Simo Racing 43/0 244 Rear End
41 43 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 40/0 48 Wheel Bearing
42 35 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver’s 37/0 27 Transmission
43 4 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 34/0 8 Accident

Here are the current 12 drivers in the Chase with the top three already clinching spots:
1 — Tony Stewart 3564 Leader
2 +1 Jimmie Johnson 3344 -220
3 -1 Jeff Gordon 3310 -254
4 +1 Denny Hamlin 3141 -423
5 -1 Carl Edwards 3110 -454
6 — Kurt Busch 3103 -461
7 +2 Ryan Newman 2995 -569
8 +2 Greg Biffle 2986 -578
9 -2 Juan Montoya 2975 -589
10 +2 Mark Martin 2971 -593
11 -3 Kasey Kahne 2963 -601
12 -1 Matt Kenseth 2945 -619

Mar 02 2009

Kyle Busch’s Spotter Says Gnight Gracie

Kyle Busch wins in Vegas

Love him or Hate him, Kyle Busch can drive a racecar and he knows it, just ask him. He His spotter said on the radio “Say G’night Gracie” as he passed Clint Bowyer in yesterday’s Shelby 427 in Las Vegas, and he reminded me of my 15 year old, who gladly dogs everyone he plays against on his Xbox360. I’m not a fan of Kyle, I’m a Jeff Gordon fan, but I know what his fans are probably going through from everyone else who likes a different driver. I still hear the wonder boy comments about Gordon and much worse, it doesn’t matter that he is married to one of the hottest women on the planet or that he could out drive about anyone, I still hear it. But that kid can drive that racecar, and his career is kind of following Gordon’s, he is being talked about in IRL or Formula 1 circles, much like Gordon and he is a dominant driver, like Gordon can be. (In case you hadn’t noticed, Gordon is #1 in the points).

In an interview with Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip asked Jeff about Kyle Busch and the comparison’s and he said as much. He said I wish I had the talent Kyle Busch has. I’m sure he was being modest, he won his first championship earlier, in his third full season, Kyle has yet to win one, and Gordon has 81 wins, 6th on the all time list, of which he should finish at least third, and Kyle only has 13 wins in Sprint Cup. But this isn’t about Gordon, Kyle Busch won this race and probably should’ve won at least one more this year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him crank out 8 more this year, but, right now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gordon do it either. I would be extremely happy though.

Oh, I almost forgot he was the first person to win at Las Vegas from the pole; he also had to start from the back and won the race from 43rd position. That should be some sort of record listed somewhere, if not, they should start a new category.

Here is how they finished:
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 190/5 285 Running 461,273
2 37 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 175/5 285 Running 244,575
3 14 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 170/5 285 Running 247,281
4 4 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 160/0 285 Running 194,923
5 17 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 155/0 285 Running 174,554
6 28 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 155/5 285 Running 167,626
7 24 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 151/5 285 Running 145,250
8 21 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 142/0 285 Running 143,923
9 38 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Irwin Industrial Tools 138/0 285 Running 121,450
10 31 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 134/0 285 Running 125,375
11 7 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 135/5 285 Running 145,923
12 9 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 132/5 285 Running 143,728
13 20 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 129/5 285 Running 151,076
14 30 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet Capital Window 121/0 285 Running 100,225
15 32 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 123/5 285 Running 123,235
16 12 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 115/0 285 Running 121,235
17 16 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 117/5 285 Running 146,331
18 11 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 109/0 284 Running 132,665
19 18 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 106/0 284 Running 95,125
20 5 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Kingsford / Clorox / Little Debbie 103/0 284 Running 116,048
21 42 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 100/0 284 Running 111,198
22 34 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 97/0 284 Running 110,125
23 2 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 99/5 284 Running 102,525
24 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 101/10 284 Running 145,201
25 6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 88/0 283 Running 120,529
26 10 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 85/0 283 Running 100,173
27 15 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 82/0 283 Running 98,300
28 29 34 John Andretti Chevrolet WindowWorld.com 79/0 283 Running 97,200
29 33 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley 76/0 283 Running 96,900
30 41 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 73/0 282 Running 104,125
31 23 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Energizer 70/0 281 Running 122,998
32 25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 67/0 281 Running 122,715
33 19 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Harrah’s 64/0 281 Running 85,975
34 39 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Valvoline 61/0 278 Running 122,176
35 36 98 Paul Menard Ford Johns Manville / Menards 58/0 269 Accident 115,006
36 26 113 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 55/0 258 Running 85,400
37 43 64 Todd Bodine Toyota Curtis Steel / Core Construction 52/0 227 Engine 84,175
38 13 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 49/0 221 Running 83,975
39 27 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet TomTom 46/0 143 Accident 91,775
40 8 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / Carquest 43/0 121 Engine 91,525
41 22 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 40/0 102 Transmission 83,300
42 35 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 37/0 72 Engine 91,155
43 40 17 Matt Kenseth Ford USG Sheetrock 34/0 6 Engine 129,669

Here are the top 12 points drivers as of now:
1. Jeff Gordon 459 Leader
2. Clint Bowyer 441 -18
3. Matt Kenseth 419 -40
4. Greg Biffle 419 -40
5. David Reutimann 408 -51
6. Kyle Busch 405 -54
7. Kurt Busch 393 -66
8. Tony Stewart 379 -80
9. Carl Edwards 377 -82
10. Bobby Labonte 360 -99
11. Kevin Harvick 351 -108
12. Michael Waltrip 346 -113

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