Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kyle Busch dominates at Bristol

The last two time Kyle Busch dominated at Bristol Motor Speedway, he was denied a trip to Victory Lane. Today was a completely different story. Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Snickers Toyota, led 378 of the 502 laps for his second victory of the season. It was definitely a sweet victory for Busch, who lost his power steering while leading last spring and was bumped from the led in August by Carl Edwards after he led 415 laps. And you can’t forget yesterday. Busch was on his way to victory yesterday in the Nationwide race when his crew let a tire slip away on the final pit stop.

In Victory Lane on Sunday, Kyle Busch said "We should have won here last fall, we should have won here [Saturday]. This place probably owes me a few. But you can never ask a race track to pay you back. You just have to just keep working on it."

No one could touch Busch during the Food City 500. Denny Hamlin, his own teammate, finished 2nd. This definitely showed some dominance by Joe Gibbs Racing.

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 FED-EX Racing Toyota, has had his own heartbreak at Bristol. He led 98 laps in the spring when a fuel pickup problem cost him the victory. He finished third in that race, behind Busch[who finished 2nd] back in August.

2009 NASCAR Spring Cup Champion, Jimmie Johnson finished third in a Chevy to tie his career-best Bristol finish. His teammate, Jeff Gordon finished 4th. Kasey Kahne was fifth in a Dodge followed by Ryan Newman. Mark Martin finally had a good day finished 7th. Defending race winner Jeff Burton was 8th, followed by Juan Pablo in 9th. Marcos Ambrose, who has been in the spotlight since his gas man chased a tire across pit road at Atlanta two weeks ago, finished 10th.

Busch’s family has been getting use to Victory Lane. A Busch brother has won the past three races. Kyle Busch at Las Vegas earlier this month and Kurt followed it with a win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kurt, a five-time Bristol winner, finished 11th on Sunday.

Other notables:
13. Clint Bowyer
14. Dale Earnhardt, Jr
15. Carl Edwards
16. AJ Allmendinger
17. Tony Stewart
19. Elliott Sadler
23. Reed Sorenson
24. Casey Mears
26. Martin Truex, Jr
29. Brian Vickers
30.Kevin Harvick
37.Jamie McMurray
38. Joey Logano--Engine
39. Greg Biffle--Engine

Next week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series takes on the paper-clip track, Martinsville Speedway. Last year, Denny Hamlin won at his home track. Race coverage starts at 1:30pm/eastern time on Fox. See ya there!