If you like racing it doesn't get much better than the action and history that ensued on Saturday.
First up was the Nationwide Series paying a visit to Iowa Speedway for the first time. While Newton, Iowa, isn't exactly a hot spot destination, if Saturday's race was any indication, it could become a hot ticket for NASCAR fans. The race featured plenty of side-by-side racing including an excellent duel between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch for the win. Cup fans should be envious of the show Iowa was able to put on with the Nationwide cars.
But the Nationwide race in Iowa was merely the appetizer. Over at Kentucky Speedway, the IRL debuted the "Push to Pass" button in an effort to create more compelling racing. In large part the move came as a reaction to the June race at Richmond after which drivers were actually apologizing for the lack of passing and excitement.
There were no such problems at Kentucky. All night the drivers were battling for the lead and there was side-by-side action all over the track. Ultimately, Ryan Briscoe would edge Ed Carpenter in the seventh-closest finish in IndyCar Series history.
Whether the new turbo button is what upped the excitement level in Kentucky remains up for debate. Kentucky has always been a very racy track for the IndyCar Series, but the rule changes certainly didn't appear to hurt things.
And finally, in Nashville, shortly after Briscoe captured his victory in Kentucky, Ron Hornaday Jr. was blitzing the field for his fifth consecutive Truck Series victory.
And there's actually more to look forward to Sunday. No, no, not the Cup cars at sleep-inducing Pocono (though if that's what floats your boat, more power to you). I'm the talking about the X-Games, where the rally cars close the action sports festivities.