Normally Nashville Superspeedway is a race I really look forward to and enjoy watching. It is track that isn?t on the Sprint Cup schedule, has more opportunities for young drivers, a limited focus on Cup drivers and Joe Gibbs Racing puts different names in their cars. But there was one problem: JGR didn?t have anybody different in any of their cars. Brad Coleman should have gotten the nod for either the 18 or 20, but Kyle Busch and Joey Logano?s names took those two spots. It leaves me wondering what J.D. and Joe were thinking. I can understand if the sponsor that stepped up for the 20 wanted Joey in the car, but if he is just the person the team chose than they should have chosen differently. After all, might Joey want a whole weekend off too? That is something I have no inside info on, but from the way things have been in the past, there is no way Kyle should have been in the 18. If he wants to run the Truck race in his own vehicle, that?s fine. But the fact that he was already at the track shouldn?t be an excuse to put him in the car.
Brad Coleman has been a part of JGR?s development program for over 3 years now, but lately they haven?t used him for anything more than a test driver. Sponsorship is tough to come by right now, but when it is already on the car then go ahead and put somebody different in the car. It would have been a really nice difference, and I hope to see him in at least one race later this year. It?d be fun to see Matt DiBenedetto back in a Nationwide race, too, but they are providing a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ride, so he is racing anyway.
Looking at a little bigger picture, Brad should have even been first in line for a full-time ride when they opened up a third car. Don?t get me wrong, I am very happy for the opportunity Brian Scott has gotten with the team, but it really doesn?t make sense. Even Kelly Bires bringing his own sponsors to the team makes it look like the Gibbs family isn?t interested in helping Brad build his career. At the start of their relationship with Brad it looked like everything was going great, but now I can?t help but wonder why they aren?t helping him search for sponsors and promoting him more as they shop around for support. If they were, you would think they would have had at least a little success. Still, having his name connected to an organization like Joe Gibbs Racing is huge; it just seems like he is being constantly forgotten and overlooked.
If Brad had been in the Nationwide race in place of Kyle, we wouldn?t have been subjected to the seemingly constant mentions of the younger Busch brother. The term ?Busch series? became less of a slip up when applied to that event than it normally is. It almost seemed like Danica Patrick was in the race, except that she changed her name. Kyle is here, Kyle is moving up, will Kyle Busch pull off the weekend sweep again? So what if he wins both races, it is Nationwide/Trucks, not Cup! The ESPN reporters almost ignored the fact that Carl dominated. It was a relief when they mentioned someone whose initials are not KB. As the race wound down I found myself sincerely wishing Carl was able to wrap up the race in the same way he took the rest of it, even if it was just to keep Kyle from winning.
I was told after the race by someone that she thought Kyle had won, just by listening to what was happening, only to look up and see Carl Edwards standing in victory lane holding the guitar. Even I got confused during the race and figured Kyle must be leading since they wouldn?t stop talking about him, but I discovered Carl?s name posted beside ?race leader? under the ticker. Enough is enough, guys! I hope you never do that again because it made for a very boring race, and with as many favorites as I have, it is hard to make Nationwide boring. I always try focusing just on them, but my ears got worn out hearing ?Kyle Busch? so many times. Maybe next time we could be continually updated about Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. or Justin Allgaier instead, especially on a weekend when the Cup series is nowhere in sight.
Is there such a thing as too much Kyle Busch? If there is, I think ESPN just discovered it.
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