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Daytona Rear View Mirror

Posted on: July 5, 2009 12:21 am
Edited on: July 5, 2009 12:21 am
Okay here is my take on Saturday night's last lap fireworks in the Coke Zero 400.

Kyle Busch has no one to blame but himself.

You can get away with one blocking move when a restrictor plate race comes down to the money lap and Busch did what he had to do to stop Tony Stewart from passing as the field raced off of turn four toward the checkered flag.

But when he slide up high to block Stewart a second time he paid the price.

The move was exactly the same thing Carl Edwards tried on Brad Keselowski at Talladega back in April and we all remember how that one turned out.

Fortunately like Edwards, Busch's car didn't fly up into the grandstands in Saturday night's final lap drama. And thankfully Busch was not injured after the hard hit he took into the outside retaining wall, as well as the follow-up impact from Kasey Kahne's charging Charger.

Busch fled the scene after being checked out of the infield care center and was obviously upset with what transpired. He tried to make a move toward victory lane to confront Stewart when emergency workers helped him from his battered car, but was forced to the care center before he could make it.

That was probably a good thing. Although it would have made for some nice copy.

However Busch has no beef with Stewart who held his line. Again it's the nature of plate racing that drivers have no other choice than to try and protect the precious real estate they have on the track. 

That won't change the next time the plates are bolted on at Talladega this fall.

And we can probably expect a finish just like the last two.

o  Through all that last lap excitement who skirted through for a second place finish? None other than Jimmie Johnson, who keeps knocking down those top five finishes and shows no reason to believe a fourth championship is not a distinct possibility.

o  After a dismal turnout for Friday night's Nationwide Series race, a healthy crowd showed for Saturday's Coke Zero 400. And thankfully Mother Nature cooperated so a full race could be run - finally.

o  Denny Hamlin had to feel frustrated again after leading a lot of laps only to have things shuffle him out of contention for a win at the end. That seems to be the story of the No. 11 driver this year who must be gritting his teeth pretty hard these days.

o  So must Dale Earnhardt Jr., who didn't have a good car Saturday night but never had the chance to improve when he was caught up in the night's 13-car melee. The former restrictor plate track king has now suffered two straight Daytona exits via crashes this year in a season that is becoming one of Junior's most forgettable at any level.

o  Marcos Ambrose and Juan Pablo Montoya pulled rabbits out of there hats with top ten finishes Saturday night. Both were near the end of the field a number of times but drafted to the front in the closing laps and when the final circuit crash wiped out several other drivers in addition to Busch, the duo found themselves with solid finishes.

o  Michael Waltrip was involved in the 13-car pileup on lap 77 and it appears his days as a full-time driver will end at the conclusion of this season. An announcement on Tuesday is expected from Waltrip who will bring Martin Truex Jr. into the MWR fold. Waltrip will most likely run a limited schedule in 2010.

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Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2009 2:01 pm

Daytona Rear View Mirror

Well put, Pete!  I have to agree that if Kyle Busch feels the need to blame someone for the wreck, the bathroom mirror would be a good place to start.  One thing I would add is to question the "debris" caution that came out shortly after lap 140.  None of the commentators mentioned debris, and if anything was actually out on the track, I missed the "aha, there's the debris that brought out the yellow" coverage.

Warped minds can't help but suspect that this was more of a "four cars checked out on the field, so NASCAR decided to bunch 'em back up to create an artificially entertaining finish" caution, or else it was a "NASCAR decided to give everyone a chance to change tires in order to spare Goodyear further embarrassment" caution.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2009 12:42 pm

Daytona Rear View Mirror

Kyle doesnt have the coconuts big enough to mess with Smoke. Smoke getting a little rough on the bumper of shrub is no different than if it would have been Smoke out front. It was the last lap. Hell even Mark Martin would have run you a little rough on that lap.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2009 12:40 pm

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Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2009 12:38 pm

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Yeah Pete, go back and put your Smoke T-shirt back on and have a drink. The leader was spun plain and simple. Should we not throw stones at Smokes apologetic victory lane speech that was begging for criticism on his part of the wreck. Rowdy passed Smoke clean, then Smoke tries to rough Rowdy up in turn 4 that didn't work because Rowdy can drive, so Tony made the decision not to lift with the last block or try to turn right and give Rowdy a little room with the block. Choices were made not to lift, Congrats Smoke. But I hope Pete your are as understanding when the #14 is sideways soon at a race near you. Spikes. 

Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2009 11:41 am

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Well said! Only thing I have to add is that I am tired of some anouncers (like DW) that put this guy on a pedastal! That he is the next big thing! A natural thats better than a Gordon or Earnhardt! Where as these guys had 2 different styles, they knew when to get a win or a second place. Kyle is good, but he reminds me of that guy are your local go-cart track that pushes everyone out of the way but ends up backwards in a the tire fence before the race is over! Damn that guy pissed me off!

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2009 10:28 am

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Pete, I am also in agreement 100% with you. For all of those on other threads bashing the 14 I sure hope they have the race still taped. They shoud go back and listen to the replay of the wreck from Kyle's in-car. When Tony moved low, Kyle moved to block. Tony moves high and Kyle's spotter TELLS HIM TO STAY ON THE YELLOW LINE!!! Had he done that they would have raced side by side to the finsh line and with the side draft, if he ducks towards the bottom at the line, he wins by half a car. If you are not going to listen to the spotter then why have one. The spotter could see Tony had the run and the spot. That's what they are there for. Ky B is a great driver but that doesn't mean he is a great racer yet. A racer will know when you're that close to the finsh line it's time to hold your line and take whatever happens. It was not a smart move. A few years ago it might even have been a fatal move. Thank God for the improvments in safety in the past few years. It hurts but he and the other involved walked away from the wreck. I just hope he learns from it.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2009 10:20 am

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I'm in complete agreement with your assessment, Pete.  Kyle came up to block and clipped Tony's nose.  If Kyle is mad then he needs to make sure who he is mad at.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2009 2:41 am

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What a finish Pete.  Snuck in from the D2Moo annual 4th bash to see the race now and then.  Caught the last 13 laps and they didn't disapoint one bit.  Yes, I agree Kyle has to blame himself for the wreck.  He either ignored his spotter or the spotter messed up and I have the not so strange feeling Kyle just tried to cut off Tony, and like Edwards at Talledega, simply didn't realize where the other car was.  In the end its all just one of those racing deals that is great for the fans to see, but rough on drivers and equipment.

Yes. it was a very good race for JPM and Marcos Ambrose.  Would be interested how the test went in McMurray's car with the new Ford engine.  He has a good finish as well.  Edwards needed the 4th place to help him in the chase standing as well.

Finally, Jimmie Johnson is the defending champ and still the one to beat.  That team usually hits it's stride here in a month, so even with Smoke's great season, don't count JJ out just yet everyone.  I'm a Carl, Mark, and Denny fan, but Jimmie is so smooth it is hard not to respect him.  Should be a great last half of the year.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2009 1:43 am

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haha! i bet he would love to have that fan support now. What a punk! He is nothing but a low life

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2009 12:35 am

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This is 100 percent correct. Kyle Busch has no one to blame but himself. At the same time, he had no other options. If he doesn't try that, he loses the race anyway.

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