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STP 400 Review: Same Story, Different Race

[1]Fuel mileage was the talk of Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend, and it was no different at the STP 400 at Kansas Spreedway this weekend.  But for this race, Kurt Busch was the sob story.

Busch started on the pole and led more than half of the race.  He had a nice 20-second lead over teammate Brad Keselowski.  Everyone knew that without a late-race caution, Busch would have to pit for gas.  Finally, with seven laps to go, he was forced to pit for a splash of fuel.  To make matters worse, leaving pit road, the carburetor ran dry and sputtered for the next lap while the fuel line refilled with pressure.  Busch ended his day with a 10th place finish.

Following an almost-win last week, Junior Nation is still waiting patiently for a Dale Earnhardt Jr victory.  I don’t think anyone expected Junior to finish as well as he did at Kansas.  Dale Jr started the race in 28th position and ran around 20th for most of the day.  He got loose and spun out in Turn 4, bringing out the caution on lap 154.

Just like last week, crew chief Steve Letarte made a fuel mileage gamble that allowed the team to finish second.  Junior’s fans were hoping that winner Brad Keselowski would run out of gas and finally give them the victory they’ve been waiting for. 

Unfortunately, they’ll have to keep waiting patiently for a victory, which is bound to happen soon.  Sunday’s race would make it 106 races since Dale Jr’s last victory.  Finishing second has now put Earnhardt one point out of second place in the Sprint Cup championship points.

Have At It Boys

When NASCAR said “Have at it boys”, I don’t think they were talking to the car owners.  But “have at it” is exactly what Richard Childress did after the truck race Saturday night [2].   We all know that Childress is very passionate about this sport and his teams.  So when Kyle Busch ruffed up RCR Camping World Truck Series driver Joey Coulter, Childress finally had enough.

This isn’t the only time Busch has had a problem with an RCR driver.  Let’s not forget Darlington [3], and Busch’s incident with Kevin Harvick.

NASCAR let Richard Childress off with a $150,000 fine and probation untill the end of the year.  To me, this is just a slap on the wrist.  Did I expect more? No.  In my opinion, NASCAR knows that tempers run high in the garage and things like this will happen.  They said at the beginning of the year that they were going to let it happen.  I love it.  I think it’s good for the sport.  It makes people who don’t even watch NASCAR get into the sport and talk about it.  The more tempers the better, I say.

Congratulations to Brad Keselowski for getting his first Cup win in a Penske Racing Dodge.  Also, congratulations to Justin Allgaier who won his second Nationwide Series victory at Chicagoland Speedway.