Brad Keselowski?s win in the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday was mostly overshadowed by the dust up between Richard Childress and Kyle Busch that occurred the day before after the finish of the Camping World Truck race. It seems Childress took exception to the treatment that Busch gave to Childress? rookie driver Joey Coulter after the checkered flag.
I?m not going to say that Busch deserved the whuppin? he took, but the incident at the end of the truck race on Saturday was just the latest in a series of ?issues? that have occurred between Busch and several of Childress? drivers. Richard Childress had seen enough and went ?old school? on Busch the way they used to when Childress himself was a driver. That?s how they settled things back then. They would fuss and fight, but then go have a beer together and get over it. Maybe NASCAR needs to sit RC and KB down on the front porch together and crack open a cold one for each of them and get this over with.
Speaking of Keselowski?s win; it was his first of the year, second of his Sprint Cup career and Penske Racing?s first since the other K. Busch won the Coca Cola 600 in 2010. It was also crew chief Paul Wolfe?s first win in the Sprint Cup Series. Ironically, it was the second week in a row that a Sprint Cup race was decided by fuel mileage. During the final caution Keselowski disengaged the clutch several times and let the car coast, engine idling, to ensure that he had enough fuel to run to the end.
The other big story flying around along with the race cars at Kansas was Danica Patrick?s possible full time NASCAR Nationwide Series effort beginning next year, with the Sprint Cup to follow in 2013. There has been no official announcement yet but team owners are apparently lining up to make a bid for her services. Sponsor Go Daddy.com has committed to going with her and that makes the whole package very appealing.
When asked about adding a third team to include Patrick, Tony Stewart responded to Dave Despain on his popular Wind Tunnel TV show; ?Who wouldn?t want to do that?? Stewart believes she is dedicated and serious about doing it right and there are no negatives for any team owner that would take her on. It would definitely be NASCAR?s gain and Indy Car?s loss if nothing else but on the PR front.
Finally, and on a more personal note, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ran its 400th race on Saturday at Kansas. Yours truly was there to witness the very beginning of the series starting with an exhibition race at the now defunct Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield California. That ?race? was between the first four trucks ever built. I was also there for the first official race of what was then called the NASCAR Supertruck Series in February of 1995 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Mike Skinner, driving for Richard Childress, won the race over Terry Labonte in a Rick Hendrick truck. Ken Schrader was third. Other notables in the race were Ron Hornaday, Jr. (9th), Mike Bliss (14th), P.J. Jones, son of Parnelli Jones (16th), sprint car star Sammy Swindell (17th), Bob Keselowski (22nd), and Butch Gilliland, father of Sprint Cup driver David Gilliland.
Skinner would go on to become the first ever champion of the truck series while Hornaday would win the title four times. There are also several now well known drivers who were named Rookie of the Year in the truck series. Greg Biffle won in 1998, Kurt Busch in 2000, Travis Kvapil on 2001, Brendan Gaughan in 2002, Carl Edwards in 2003, David Reutimann in 2004, Johnny Sauter in 2009, and finally, Austin Dillon last year, which only proves that the truck series has always been a good way to break in to the big time.
Congratulations to everybody involved with the Camping World Truck Series and here?s to 400 more exciting races!
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