Kyle Busch kicked off All-Star weekend with a trip to victory lane in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch dominated early in the race, but a costly pit road penalty on lap 84 of 134 dropped him deep in the pack. However, Busch made quick work of the field and ultimately moved into the lead with 14 to go to capture his 113th win in NASCAR's top three series.
"We sure do like to make it interesting, don't we?" Busch said."We had to work our way back and I wasn't sure I was going to make it all the way back."
Surprisingly, it was Busch's first Camping World Truck Series victory in more than a year and a half, with his last trip to victory lane coming at New Hampshire in 2011.
Trailing Busch at the line was series regular Brendan Gaughan, who scored his third straight top five finish. Max Gresham scored his best career finish in third with Matt Crafton and Ty Dillon rounding out the top five.
Kasey Kahne is mad as hell and he's not going to take it any more.
For the second week in a row and the third time in just 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, Kahne had a potentially race-winning car, only to get wrecked by Kyle Busch.
A quick recap, for those of you keeping score at home:
On Lap 33 of the season-opening Daytona 500, Busch ran into the back of Kahne on Lap 33, triggering a nine-car accident.
Last Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, Busch ran into the back of Kahne on Lap 43, triggering a 16-car accident.
Finally, Saturday night at Darlington Raceway, Busch and Kahne were racing for the lead on Lap 334 of the 367-lap race, when Busch drifted up from the low lane and came within a whisker of hitting Kahne. The close proximity of Busch's car took the air of Kahne's car, and it went spinning around in Turn 2. Kahne finished 17th, while Busch lost air pressure in a tire and finished sixth after leading 265 laps.
Afterwards, Kahne was mighty steamed about it.
"Three times this year me and Kyle have had contact," Kahne said. "And I've had capable-of-winning cars. It's disappointing on the points side and not winning races. But that was close racing. He entered so early and he was just going straight to the corner. So whether he hit me or just blew the air off, whatever it was, he blew his entry and I'm not real sure what he was thinking on that... His car is going straight; it's not even turning left. It's just a mistake on his part. I imagine he will call me again tomorrow and say he's sorry."
Busch left the track without speaking to the media, but his crew chief, Dave Rogers, confirmed that the gaffe was Busch's.
"He's pretty tore up that they're racing hard and Kahne tore up another car," Rogers said of Busch. "This is the third time we've been involved in an incident with Kasey and all of us over here have a ton or respect for that program."
Rogers said Busch was upset afterwards, which doubtless will be cold comfort to Kahne, his crew and his fans.
"He (Busch) was just really somber and disappointed that it happened, but unfortunately it's part of the sport," said Rogers. "They were putting on a heck of race. Kasey made a great move to pass us and Kyle was just trying to pass him back and I don't know. I can't tell if we touched or not, but it was obviously really close racing."
The line of the night, though, belonged to Kahne's spotter, Kevin Hamlin.
"Let's stay calm here," Hamlin said after the contact. "But we owe that (expletive) three."
Kyle Busch proved he was the class of the field Friday night at Darlington Raceway, leading 107 of the 147 laps en route to his fifth NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the season.
Busch made quick work of Joey Logano with 18 to go and cruised to his 56th series win, which leads all drivers.
"It starts with having a really good race car," Busch said. "We unloaded really well and were fast off the truck."
The same could be said for all four cars out of the Joe Gibbs Racing stable as they locked up four of the top five positions in Friday's VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 race.
Elliott Sadler pushed hard for the win, but was forced to settle for second. Brian Vickers finished third with Joey Logano - former JGR driver, now with Penske Racing - and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top five.
"That Kyle Busch is pretty good," Sadler said. "I was trying to chase him down there. We just needed a little more for the 54."
Pretty good, indeed. Busch qualified third for Saturday night's Southern 500 and will be going for his third sweep of the season. Watch Live on FOX at 6p ET to see if he can get it done.
Had fun last night in @monsterenergy Camry and visiting VL!! Ready to do it again tonight! Thank u for all the congrats messages
Valentino Rossi and Kyle Busch met up at Charlotte Motor Speedway last week. Rowdy handed Rossi his keys and let the 6-time MotoGP champ burn some laps in his Nationwide ride. Today, Monster Energy released this exclusive video of the event. In addition to "The Doctor", we can now also refer to Rossi as the "Stock Car Whisperer". What was Busch's car saying to Rossi? Take a look and see for yourself. Here's what else is buzzing in your Last Lap for Tuesday, April 30th.
Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America wraps up this Friday [Facebook]
NASCAR was red hot last week and had to cool down for the Easter Weekend. The action should quickly heat up again this Sunday on the Virginia short track at Martinsville with lot's of rubbing and some good racing. We can't wait to see what Joey Logano does next (and with who)!
15-17 June, 2012, Brooklyn, Michigan USA Mark Martin Denny Hamlin, FedEx Office Toyota Camry (c)2012, LAT South LAT Photo USA
It was announced yesterday that Mark Martin would drive the No. 11 Toyota while Denny Hamlin recovers from a lower back fracture. However, Michael Waltrip Racing stated today that Martin would only fill in for Hamlin at Martinsville before returning to the No. 55 Toyota at Texas. The news left everyone confused, even this guy:
This just in.. I'll give away the drivers seat to the #11 car at Dega to one of my followers. #confused