Busch Contines To Roll
Kyle Busch may not be the sport's most popular driver right now among the majority of the fans, but there is no doubt that he's the hottest on the track right now. It's incredible to think that a driver who just turned 23 years old could be having this type of season in NASCAR right now. He contined his awesome year Sunday at the Dover International Speedway in Delaware. He won his fourth race of the season, taking the checkered flag at the Best Buy 400. He led 158 of the event's 400 laps. It's his fourth win in his initial season with Joe Gibbs. He's also built a good lead in the point standings. He now leads second place Jeff Burton by 142 points. To put Busch's season in some perspective, Burton is the only driver within 270 points of Kyle in the standings.
For Dover standards, there were few cautions. The race was slowed for yellow flags only five times. But, the day's first caution was the headline of the race. On lap 19, David Gilliland got into Elliott Sader, turning him around. The result was a twelve car pile up on the back stretch. Tony Stewart T-Boned Elliott Sadler's Dodge. Then to cause further trouble, Denny Hamlin did not slow down through the area of the wreckage, causing the wreck to be bigger. The wreck also claimed Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Bill Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Scott Riggs, and Bobby Labonte. Six of the twelve involved were in the top twelve in the point standings going into the race. Needless to say, that wreck ruined the day for several top drivers. Kahne finished in 31st, Earnhardt in 35th, Bowyer in 36th, Harvick in 38th, with Stewart, Sadler, and Hamlin finishing i n the final three spots in the 43 car field in that order.
It was a good day for the Roush-Fenway team at Dover on Sunday. That organization placed three drivers in the top five. Carl Edwards continued his solid season with a second place run. Pole sitter Greg Biffle led the most laps (164) on his way to a third place finsh with Matt Kenseth coming in fourth. Biffle was also the big gainer on the day in the point standings, moving up six spots to fifth.
For Jeff Gordon, it was kind of a quiet day for him, but he did get a good finish. The DuPont Chevy finished fifth and also moved up four spots in the point standings to sixth. Last year's winner of this race, Martin Truex Jr. followed in sixth with Jimmie Johnson seventh. Jeff Burton rallied from a 38th place start to finish up in eighth. The top ten was rounded out by Dave Blaney and Jamie McMurray. Other notable finishes were Juan Pablo Montoya in 12th, Ryan Newman in 14th, and Kurt Busch in 20th.
Sunday also marked the 13th race of the Sprint Cup schedule. We are now halfway through the "regular season" part of the season, leading up to The Chase for the Championship, which starts in September at.
Of note, this was the final race on the television schedule for Fox this season. They will next broadcast next year's ESPN and ABC take over the rest of the season.. TNT will broadcast the next six Sprint Cup races before
As for next weekend, the Truck Series will race Saturday night. The Sprint Cup Series will be at Pocono Raceway Sunday for the .at the Texas Motor Speedway for the Sam's Town 400. The Nationwide Series make their second visit of the season to the Nashville Superspeedway