KYLE BUSCH SPANKS THE COMPETITION AT THE AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY There's no question about it, Kyle Busch had an excellent night, last August 30th, at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana-California. The Las Vegas driver completely dominated the Camping...
KYLE BUSCH SPANKS THE COMPETITION AT THE AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
There's no question about it, Kyle Busch had an excellent night, last August 30th, at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana-California. The Las Vegas driver completely dominated the Camping World 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race to the point that it makes one wonder if he's going to be entered into the Guinness Book Of World Records for spanking 42 race drivers on the same evening. Busch spanked the competition on the track, his pit crew spanked the competition on pit road and the engine department from Joe Gibbs Racing spanked the competition with the horsepower they created.
Kyle Busch's excellent evening in southern California actually began earlier that day during Nationwide Series qualifying when he turned in a pole winning lap of 177.401 MPH around the Auto Club Speedway's two mile, D shaped, oval in his Z Line Design/Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry.
Once the initial green flag fell on the race Busch was gone. At times it seemed like his car was in an entirely different zip code from the rest of the 43 car field. It only took him all of 12 laps before he began lapping cars at the tail end of the field. He made his first scheduled pit stop at lap 40 and it became apparent that his pit crew was going to match their driver's on track domination.
Everyone in the grandstands, as well as the fans watching on live television, were waiting for Busch and rival Carl Edwards to find each other on the race track. The NASCAR media had been busy all week long filing stories on the alleged feud that exists between these two drivers following an after the race altercation the two had at Bristol the week before.
Edwards worked his way to second on lap 65 but there was a lot of Fontana real estate between his Sav-A-Lot Ford and Busch'sToyota. However that lead was eradicated on lap 76 when the second caution flag of the race, due to debris, came out and bunched up the field. When the green flag returned to resume the race the fans at the Auto Club Speedway were on their feet with high anticipation that these two drivers were going to put on another display of hard racing. That's when everyone found out that Kyle Busch had something else going for him on this night: excellent restarts. He spanked the competition in that category as well. Edwards had one more run at the race leader following another yellow flag on lap 137 only to watch Busch run away with another great restart.
The Camping World 300 actually ended under the yellow flag which came out midway through the final lap. Busch came around the track to take the yellow and checkers and won his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season.It was noticed by many that Edwards gave his so called rival a light congratulations tap on his rear bumper after they crossed under the checkered flag.
Those seven Nationwide wins combined with eight NASCAR Sprint Cup victories and three wins in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series gives Busch a total of 18 wins this season which is now an official all time NASCAR record.
This dominant performance by Joe Gibbs Racing comes on the heels of a NASCAR imposed indefinite suspension of two of their Nationwide Series crew chiefs. Recently NASCAR officials made a random selection of two cars from each manufacturer in the series for horsepower checks at their Research and Development Center. During the course of that test it was discovered that the Gibbs Toyotas had magnets underneath the gas pedals which was alleged to have created a false horsepower reading. .
In victory lane Busch referenced the two crew chiefs and said "this is a total Toyota team effort begins with the guys back at the shop like Jason Radcliffe and Dave Rogers. They're back at the shop now for awhile and I've got to dedicate this win to Jason Radcliffe because they prepared a dynamite of a car tonight. These guys got a bad rap a few weeks ago but they don't deserve it. These guys work so hard every darn week to put these things together. I don't care about the bad rep that I personally have, I can stand that but everybody else on this team deserves the credit that they should get. "