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The House that Rowdy Built: The Food City 250 Review

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It took Kyle Busch 28 starts in 2008 to tie a single season record for wins in the Nationwide Series with 10.  Sam Ard is the other driver to do that feat.  In 2010 it only took 20 races for Kyle to tie his and Sam Ard's record.  That leaves another 12 starts for Kyle to try and break the record. 

Busch fought hard to secure his second win of the week at Bristol and ended up sweeping the weekend. There is no doubt that Busch is making a case for himself as best Short Track Racer alive today today. Love him or hate him, Busch commands respect.  He may lack the stoic poise that we come to expect from a champion, but there is no doubt that he is one of the top 5 racers of this generation.

Kyle could very well be the first in a new line of NASCAR Champions. The type that ooze personality and refuse to fit into the cookie cutter mold of Champ.  But lets not forget, Dale Earnhardt wasn't your average champ. Nor was Jeff Gordon or Darrell Waltrip. They were all outspoken and often disliked. That's not even mentioning their shared 'Move of get Moved' mentality of racing.

But this article isn't about what Kyle may be able to do. It's about what Kyle did on Friday at Bristol. It was a wild race, fitting of the Bristol name.  Although it didn't always seem that way.

It appeared that everyone was going to behave up until lap 84. That's when Kasey Kahne, Justin Allgaier and Trevor Bayne decided to take it three-wide into turn three. Robert Richardson was slow in the high lane, when Allgaier checked up into the side of Kasey Kahne.  Both hit the wall and Kahne rode the wall.  Kasey's day was done, but Allgaier's was far from over.  With 93 laps to go, Lap traffic almost ended Clint Bowyer's day as Sean Caisse and Joe Nemechek spun together. 

I agree with everything ESPN had to say on Friday evening up until a certain point. They claim that Mike Wallace "Checked up" and clipped Bowyer's front end, sending Wallace into Caisse and Nemechek. I say that Clint checked and spun Wallace.

If Wallace checked, he would have bounced off the wall and Bowyer would have drove right by him. That didn't happen. What did happen was that Wallace was running his line and Bowyer tried to tuck under him and misjudged the amount of room. Bowyer turned Wallace, but not intentionally.  It's possible that Wallace slowed and that's why Bowyer clipped him, but ESPN seemed to either miss this point or discarded it entirely.

 

With 60 laps to go Justin Allgaier got wide and T-Boned Josh Wise. Allgaier would eventually have to take his Verizon entry to the garage.

With 32 to go, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch were battling for the lead. Busch completed the pass low, then tried to cut in front of Keselowski. Kyle got wide and let out of the throttle. Brad never was able to 'whoa' the car down completely.  Kesolowski could have let of the gas and they both could have continued.

But instead, Busch got hit and he brushed the outside wall. He came back down and spun Kesolowski to the inside.  Now, Brad didn't deserve that for what he did to Kyle, but Kesolowski has made several enemies and made a lot of mental errors since beginning his NASCAR career. Perhaps this was mere karma.

With 25 to go, Joey Logano got a bad restart and the field gobbled him up. He almost took Dale Jr with him, but instead got turned by Jason Leffler. Not Jason's fault, since Logano was three-wide by himself.  Joey spun and the field bunched up behind him. Reed Sorenson, Paul Menard, Steve Wallace, Michael Annett, Bowyer, and Keselowski were all tangled up. The latter had considerable damage to his rear but was able to finish the race in 14th.

With 15 to go, Brian Scott and Brendon Gaughan were victims of a bad check up from Reed Sorenson.  This set up a great 10 lap shootout for the win, in which the damaged no. 18 Toyota was able to dominate


Race Results and more after the JUMP!

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Pts Bns Driver Rating Winnings Status Tms Laps
1 3 18 Kyle Busch Z-Line Designs Toyota 250 195 10 145.6 $53,895 Running 3 116
2 6 10 Jason Leffler Fraternal Order of Eagles Toyota 250 170   115.5 $47,593 Running
3 1 33 Elliott Sadler Rheem Heating and Air Conditioning Chevy 250 170 5 119.4 $34,575 Running 1 26
4 34 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Realtree Outfitters Chevy 250 160   90.7 $26,750 Running
5 10 60 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 250 160 5 103.1 $25,775 Running 1 9
6 17 99 Trevor Bayne Out! Pet Care Toyota 250 150   97.5 $30,943 Running
7 8 21 Clint Bowyer Zaxby's Chevy 250 151 5 106.6 $23,385 Running 1 7
8 11 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Toyota 250 142   93.2 $28,963 Running
9 43 42 Parker Kligerman Pelletier Brothers American Loggers Dodge 250 138   77.5 $29,243 Running
10 2 20 Joey Logano GameStop Toyota 250 139 5 110.1 $22,700 Running 1 30
11 7 05 Willie Allen 31W Insulation Chevy 250 130   80.3 $28,868 Running
12 18 35 Jason Keller TriStar Motorsports Chevy 250 127   74.9 $28,168 Running
13 14 98 Paul Menard Richmond / Menards Ford 250 124   94.6 $22,000 Running
14 13 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge 250 126 5 117.7 $21,535 Running 3 62
15 32 7 Josh Wise Hot Wheels Chevy 250 118   69.9 $28,808 Running
16 21 27 Danny O'Quinn Jr. HEILtrailer.com Ford 250 115   68.2 $27,923 Running
17 41 40 Mike Bliss Westerman Companies Chevy 250 112   63.5 $27,878 Running
18 23 15 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers Toyota 250 109   69.4 $27,833 Running
19 36 16 Brian Ickler Roush Fenway Racing Ford 250 106   57.9 $27,998 Running
20 15 81 Michael McDowell Camrett Logistics Dodge 250 103   61.7 $28,558 Running
21 25 62 Brendan Gaughan Snap-on Toyota 250 100   79.9 $27,693 Running
22 31 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # CitiFinancial Ford 250 97   74.1 $28,998 Running
23 20 04 Jeremy Clements Boudreaux's Butt Paste Chevy 250 94   56.1 $27,988 Running
24 33 70 Shelby Howard ForeTravel Motorcoach Chevy 250 91   53.4 $27,553 Running
25 30 11 Brian Scott # AccuDoc Solutions Toyota 249 88   75.9 $27,943 Running
26 38 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Chevy 248 85   38.5 $27,428 Running
27 39 09 John Wes Townley Zaxby's Milkshakes Ford 247 82   38.7 $27,368 Running
28 40 23 Robert Richardson Jr. R3 Motorsports Chevy 247 79   35.4 $27,723 Running
29 16 28 Kenny Wallace Chloe Duyck Foundation Chevy 245 76   52.7 $27,288 Running
30 5 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 244 73   54.8 $27,543 Running
31 42 01 Mike Wallace Smokey Mountain Cheese Chevy 226 70   42.5 $27,203 Running
32 29 87 Joe Nemechek amfmenergy.com / HeatRedefined.com Chevy 204 67   46.5 $27,158 Running
33 4 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless Dodge 186 64   74.5 $27,138 Accident
34 12 39 Sean Caisse Rimz One Wheels & Tires Ford 155 61   69.9 $20,650 Accident
35 9 1 Ryan Newman Phoenix Construction Chevy 117 58   93.5 $20,635 Accident
36 28 49 Mark Green FX Networks Chevy 84 55   39.6 $20,615 Suspension
37 37 38 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Toyota 81 52   67.1 $20,595 Accident
38 35 0 Brad Teague Roadrunner Markets / Green Acres Lawn Care 42 49   30.2 $20,555 Brakes
39 22 73 Derrike Cope Charter Dodge 30 46   33.7 $20,530 Brakes
40 24 90 Chase Miller D'Hondt-Humphrey Motorsports Chevy 25 43   38.9 $20,505 Electrical
41 26 91 David Gilliland D'Hondt-Humphrey Motorsports Chevy 22 40   38.2 $20,480 Brakes
42 19 26 Dennis Setzer K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge 6 37   27.9 $20,450 Brakes
43 27 36 Jeff Green Long John Silver's Chevy 4 34   27.8 $20,408 Brakes

Failed to qualify: Kevin Lepage (#56), Eric McClure (#24), Drew Herring (#43), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Ryan Hackett (#76), J.J. Yeley (#61), Chris Lawson (#52)

I know that there is no way that so many guys had brake problems.  The 36, 26, 91, 90, 73, and 0 all start and parked.  It's sad when you think about the fact that McClure, Morgan Shepherd, and Ryan Hackett would have tried to finish the race.

We found out that as long as Nascar doesn't try to limit the amount of Cup guys in the Nationwide Series that Carl Edwards will attempt to run the full season in 2011.

Robby Gordon has announced that he will attempt the Montreal Race and K&N pro series driver Paul Harraka will drive Joe Nemechek's 87 Chevy at Montreal.  Why am I talking about Montreal? Because next week the Nationwide Drivers will head to our Northern Neighbors for the NAPA Auto Parts 250 from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.  This is another great chance to see some awesome Road Course racing.  Expect to see some of our Road Ringers out there again.  I really hope that eventually we get to see a Cup race up in Canada.  Check back later in the week for a Preview of the Napa Auto Parts 250.