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Kyle Busch does celebratory burnouts for the fans at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa after his ninth NASCAR Nationwide Series victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2010 via nascarmedia.com. Credit: John Sommers II/Getty Images
Kyle Busch does celebratory burnouts for the fans at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa after his ninth NASCAR Nationwide Series victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2010 via nascarmedia.com. Credit: John Sommers II/Getty Images


Sorry this is late getting up.  It was my anniversary on Sunday.  I was not allowed near a computer. 

Maybe we should have kept it the Busch series as Kyle Busch continued his dominace in the Nationwide Series by winning his 9th race this season. 

Something really bothered me about this race. 

What was it?  Oh that's right, we didn't get to see the first 23 laps.  Instead we got to watch some tennis. 

Listen.  Tennis sucks.  Male tennis sucks more.  So why did we need to watch the end of it?  And, if they did want to show us the match between somedude and whosit, then at least show the drop of the green.  You can catch up to a live broadcast. 

Instead, we missed Morgan Shepherd crashing out.  It wasn't until 2 hours into the broadcast that we got to see the wreck.  Once.  What a joke. 

Tires also became an issue.  Reed Sorenson was taken out by one.  As was Brian Scott.  Paul Menard, Shepherd, and Tony Raines also lost tires.  All the right front.  More fun for Goodyear.  It's starting to get a little silly. 

Drew Herring had a successful debut finishing 15th.

Results, points and more after the JUMP!

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Pts Bns Winnings Status Tms Laps
1 2 18 Kyle Busch Z-Line Designs Toyota 250 195 10 $77,425 Running 4 209
2 7 33 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevy 250 175 5 $56,350 Running 1 20
3 6 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Toyota 250 165   $55,418 Running
4 4 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge 250 160   $32,825 Running
5 1 99 Trevor Bayne Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 250 160 5 $40,818 Running 2 21
6 5 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 250 150   $32,843 Running
7 12 15 Michael Annett Northland Oil Toyota 250 146   $32,028 Running
8 8 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless Dodge 250 142   $30,738 Running
9 9 20 Matt DiBenedetto Pizza Ranch Toyota 250 138   $29,143 Running
10 16 60 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 250 134   $23,050 Running
11 17 7 Josh Wise GoDaddy-HowDoYou?.com Chevy 250 130   $27,668 Running
12 20 70 Shelby Howard InternationalTrucks.com Chevy 250 127   $27,118 Running
13 26 81 Michael McDowell K-Love Dodge 250 124   $20,525 Running
14 13 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Citifinancial Ford 250 121   $27,068 Running
15 15 27 Drew Herring Baker Curb Racing Ford 250 118   $26,393 Running
16 30 98 Paul Menard Mastercraft/Menards Ford 250 115   $19,125 Running
17 22 40 Mike Bliss Westerman Companies/Courtyard Marriott Chevy 250 112   $25,168 Running
18 23 88 Steve Arpin RealTree Outfitters Chevy 250 109   $24,918 Running
19 28 87 Joe Nemechek HostGator Chevy 250 106   $24,693 Running
20 33 04 Jeremy Clements Boudreaux's Butt Paste Chevy 249 103   $19,150 Running
21 35 28 Kenny Wallace Cookie's Sauces & Seasonings Chevy 247 100   $24,343 Running
22 32 05 Blake Koch Daystar/31-W Insulation Chevy 246 97   $17,750 Running
23 41 23 Robert Richardson Jr. R3 Motorsports Chevy 245 94   $24,468 Running
24 38 09 John Wes Townley Zaxby's Ford 244 91   $23,943 Running
25 36 83 John Borneman Red Line Oil/Twisted X Boots Ford 244 88   $17,500 Running
26 11 35 Jason Keller TriStar Motorsports Chevy 244 85   $23,993 Running
27 31 10 Tayler Malsam Iron Horse Jeans Toyota 242 82   $23,568 Running
28 39 01 Mike Wallace Hy-Vee Chevy 201 79   $23,843 Accident
29 34 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Chevy 166 76   $23,318 Suspension
30 3 11 Brian Scott # AccuDoc Toyota 162 73   $23,493 Accident
31 25 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota 93 70   $23,038 Accident
32 42 16 Colin Braun # 3M Ford 90 67   $22,903 Accident
33 18 26 Brian Keselowski K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge 90 64   $16,325 Accident
34 14 49 Mark Green Blue Ox Chevy 90 61   $16,215 Accident
35 19 21 Morgan Shepherd Victory In Jesus Chevy 43 58   $22,578 Accident
36 27 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Stores Toyota 41 55   $22,468 Accident
37 10 56 Kevin Lepage RaceDaySponsor.com Toyota 33 52   $15,890 Brakes
38 24 90 Danny O'Quinn Jr. D'Hondt-Humphrey Motorsports Chevy 24 49   $15,810 Brakes
39 40 43 Brad Baker Pinnacle Truck & Trailer Sales Ford 20 46   $15,695 Brakes
40 37 52 Tim Schendel Cobblestone Inn & Suites/My 3 Sons Vending 18 43   $15,580 Transmission
41 21 91 Chase Miller D'Hondt-Humphrey Motorsports Chevy 16 40   $15,415 Brakes
42 43 92 Dennis Setzer K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge 9 37   $15,295 Handling
43 29 36 Jeff Green Long John Silver's Chevy 2 34   $15,177 Transmission

Another start and park effort from the #43 team has finally dropped it from the top 30.  Its gonna be a surprise who knocked the team out.  It's Shelby Howard's #70 team.  That's right.  Thanks to two straight 12th place finishes, Shelby Howard is now locked into Watkins Glen.  Here's how the battle is going:

28 09 John Wes Townley Zaxby's Ford RAB Racing 1,816
29 70 Shelby Howard Foretravel Chevy Mary Louise Miller 1,788
30 35 Jason Keller Upillar.com Chevy Mark Smith 1,764
31 05 David Starr 31-W Insulation Chevy Wayne Day 1,743
32 81 Michael McDowell D.H. Griffin Dodge Pat MacDonald 1,728
33 43 Baker Curb Racing Dr G Mall Ford Baker Curb 1,716

Pretty good huh?  The #'s 81, 05, 35, and 70 all would plan to run the entire race.  So I'm happy to see the #43 lose a guarenteed spot.  I'm a little sad that lack of sponsorship ended Scott Lagasse's year again.  Hopefully he can get with another team for next year that has full sponsorship. 

You're really gonna want to tune in next week.  We're going road course racing!  Watkins Glen, NY!  Join me later in the week for a preview of the Zippo 200 from Watkins Glen, NY.  You will see Marcos Ambrose in a Nationwide Car again!  The race is on ESPN at 2:00pm/et, Saturday, August 7, 2010.  Enjoy!