Kyle Busch passes teammate Joey Logano to take the lead and win the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. In a post-race interview, Busch said: “We raced each other hard, we raced each other clean” via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com - Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images
My computer doesn't like me today, this is the third time I've tried to post this.
There is an awful lot of Nationwide News from this past weekend. Now, I know how most of you may look at the Nationwide Series Racing.
Nationwide is looked at as the dorky younger brother to the Smoking HOT Nascar sister. Sure, you make friends with the dorky kid, if only so you can get to spend some time with the hot older sister. You’re hoping to see her in all her glory. But mostly you just see her lounging on the couch watching Grey's Anatomy. But you’re close by her.
Now, I know what your thinking; maybe you'd appreciate the dorky brother more if his hot sister wasn't around anymore. But let me tell you, you're not gonna hang out with someone you don't like all the time just to see his hot sister every holiday when she visits from College.
You want her there every time you go over there, otherwise you’re just hanging out with some kid who you don't like. Let me tell you, I actually like that Dorky Nationwide Kid. Hot sister or not, he's got a lot of good qualities. He's entertaining, and he's good for you. Stick with him because he might just get his drivers license before you do.
Then you have a friend with a car.
Let's start off with JR Motorsports. The plan at JR motorsports is to have a driver in the #7 Chevy prove themself enough to drive the #88 full-time the rest of this year and into next year. Currently, Jr is looking at Landon Cassill (current driver for Texas and Dover), ARCA's Steve Arpin (Set to drive at Talladega and Richmond) and current Braun Racing development driver Mikey Kile.
Kile has 6 starts in the Truck Series driving Brad Keselowski's #29 Chevy. He finished 12th, 11th (Twice), 16th, 21st, and 27th. Not bad at all. Cassill has 8 career starts in the Truck Series, with 1 top 5 and 3 top 10s. Cassill also has 27 starts in the Nationwide Series, almost all for JR or Hendrick, and would appear to be the front runner for the job. He's got 6 top 10s and one pole with a best finish of 6th at Gateway and Phoenix. Arpin will be making his first appearance in a NASCAR event.
Over to Roush Fenway now. Mike Kelley takes over as Ricky Stenhouse Jr’s Crew Chief. Kelly was the crew chief on the #60 Ford of Carl Edwards to start 2010 before he was removed from that role so Drew Blickensderfer could take over. Kelley also served as Competition Director for Roush Fenway. Kelley takes over for Ben Leslie while Leslie will take over for Kelley as Competition Director.
Road America gets a sponsor. Being from Wisconsin, I’ve visited many of the short tracks around the area. WIR, Madison, Slinger. I’ve been to the Nationwide and Truck series races at The Milwaukee Mile, but I’ve never been to Road America. I am incredibly excited about the Nationwide guys hitting the track. We now know what the race will be called: The Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards. Bucyrus is a mining equipment manufacturer. Harley-Davidson will be the Trophy Sponsor.
Speaking of title sponsors, this is no joke, when the Nationwide guys (and plenty of cups guys posing as Nationwide drivers) hit the track at Richmond, they will all be trying to win the Bubba Burger 250. Bubba Burger is now the official burger of Richmond International Raceway.
The revolving door that is RAB Racing turns yet again as Patrick Sheltra will pilot RAB Racing's #09 Ford in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. Sheltra, currently third in the ARCA Racing Series championship point standings will make his fifth career NNS start and first at Talladega on Saturday afternoon. His previous best finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series occurred in 2008 when he piloted a joint entry between Jay Robinson Racing and Sheltra Motorsports to a 24th place effort at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Speaking of drivers in new cars, Scott Wimmer will return yet again to Nationwide Racing. He will drive the Baker Curb #27 Ford with Red Man Moist as the sponsor. The #27 car is normally driven by Greg Biffle. Reed Sorenson will pilot the Braun Racing number 10 Toyota and thanks to David Reutimann the #10 is now in the top 30 guaranteeing Sorenson a starting spot at Talladega.
Jeff Green has been tapped to drive the Key Motorsports #40 Chevy. Mike Bliss normally drives the 40 but fell outside the top 30 and since Green is a past champion the #40 is guaranteed to make the race.
Chrissy Wallace returns as she will drive the #0 Chevy for Johnny Davis Motorsports. The ride is outside the top 30, so Wallace will need to get in on speed.
And finally, within minutes of Kyle Busch's record breaking fifth consecutive Texas Motor Speedway Nationwide Series victory Monday evening team owner Joe Gibbs was entertaining pleas for Busch to attempt the defense of his 2009 series championship. Before this season, Busch and the Joe Gibbs organization had arranged to do a schedule of between 25 and 28 Nationwide races for Busch so he could concentrate more on his Sprint Cup program.
With the victory in the O'Reilly 300 that was rain-delayed twice, from Saturday to Sunday to Monday, Busch took a 20-point lead over Brad Keselowski in the championship and the questions for Busch and Joe Gibbs about reconsidering their title defense started. Busch, who earlier Monday had made a six-position advance in the Sprint Cup standings when he finished third in the Samsung Mobile 500, broke into a smile, gestured to Gibbs sitting to his left on the dais at the TMS media center and said, "That's his question." Busch then continued, "I'd like to, but we know how difficult it is to run both and what it takes away from the premium spot, which is the Sprint Cup Series title -- and I don't want to take anything from those guys."
Busch really should try to run full time otherwise who will compete with Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards?
Another thing, why isn't Joey Logano running full time? He didn't run full-time last season, and now again this season?
Shouldn't Gibbs be trying to get J-Slice tons of seat time?