Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sights set on New Hampshire Motor Speedway for RCR Driver Kevin Harvick as the Race to the Chase begins.

Photo taken by me (Brian Vermette) at New Hampshire last September on pit road before the start of the Sylvania 300.

With the road course in the Sonoma Valley in the record books, now it’s the Magic Mile’s turn, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will play host to two important races this season and this weekend’s race marks the start of the Race to the Chase, a 10-race strength covering all four types of racetracks from the superspeedway in Daytona next weekend, the famous yard of bricks at Indianapolis, the 2-mile high banks of Michigan, the historical road course in Watkins Glen, the 90+ degree heat night race at California Speedway and the good old short track action under the lights at Bristol and finally ending up at the final cut-off race for the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship at Richmond.

For Richard Childress Racing, all three of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have visited victory lane at least once their Cup Series careers from Jeff Burton leading all 300 laps back in the fall of 2000, NASCAR fans may remember that race for three simple words, can you say “restrictor plate racing” on the “Magic Mile”, nevertheless, he passed polesitter Bobby Labonte and never looked back all day long, to the most recent RCR winner Clint Bowyer, who was the dark horse driver going into last year’s Chase races gave everyone something to talk about when he started from the pole and dominated the race to pickup his first Cup Series career victory, what a performance.

However, when it comes to RCR drivers not only running well, but visiting victory lane in New Hampshire not only in the Cup Series, but in the now Nationwide Series, one driver stands out, Kevin Harvick, he seems to be right at home on the flat-track with first a runner up finish to Carl Edwards in 2006, a race that I was watched in the grandstands at the start/finish line where Carl Edwards got out to a good lead after a pitstop, while Kevin Harvick who was faster at times over Edwards was running him down, but couldn’t caught him in the closing laps, that was a good battle for the victory and then last year, Harvick did one better by not only starting on pole (3rd pole at NHMS, 4th if you count the rain out in 2003), but this time nothing would stop him as Harvick won the race over none other than Carl Edwards.

While Kevin Harvick has had good success in now the Nationwide Series on Saturday, he has had his fair share of success on Sunday in the Cup Series races with winning from the pole in the Sylvania 300 back in 2006 driving the #29 Reese car to victory. Last year at now NHMS, he finished 8th in the July race and 17th in the September race.

For the September race where his teammate Clint Bowyer won, I was sitting on top of his pitbox (courtesy of his sponsor Shell) and he was running up in the top 10 (around 7th place or so) most of the day with somewhat an interesting handling racecar and if it wasn’t for that blown right front tire, he would have finished somewhere in the top 10 easily.

On that very day, I had the privilege courtesy of Shell and Edelman PR of doing a raceday feature on Kevin Harvick from the final prep work in the garage, thru the three inspection bays (at least from what I saw) to how he did throughout the race, which was called “From the garage to the pits: The Best Seat in the House in New Hampshire.” I never know just how much goes on race morning, from making sure the motor is tuned just right, to the little changes to the setup and just what the pit crews have to do before, during and after the race in such a tight area.

I can’t begin to describe just how tight it is down on pitroad during a Cup Series race and for those crew member to only check tire pressure, but to go get fuel each time and return a used set of tires to the garage area, the traffic on that little road behind the pits is even worse than what’s on pitroad, hat’s off to the crews too.

Now going into Sunday’s Lenox Tools 301 at NHMS (yes that’s an extra mile – would have made a difference last year), these next 10-races for RCR Racing are huge, not just to keep Jeff Burton who is 2nd in NSCS points -103 back from the leader “Shrub” and his teammate Clint Bowyer who is 10th in NSCS points -484 behind the leader in the top 12, but these races are huge for the Shell driver himself Kevin Harvick, who now finds himself 13th in NSCS points and in a fight to get back in the top 12 before Richmond, but never count Harvick out and with his stats at New Hampshire, what a perfect place to start.

For this blogger/writer, this Sunday in New Hampshire, I will have the privilege courtesy of his sponsor Shell and Edelman PR of not only doing a second feature on Kevin Harvick and the entire #29 Shell RCR Racing team, but following all three RCR Sprint Cup Series drivers in their quest to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, but make no mistake, Kevin Harvick is the man on Sunday I will be watching and I am looking forward to sitting up on Kevin Harvick’s pitbox as he goes for another victory at the “Magic Mile”.

And if you are going up to New Hampshire as a fan this weekend, we all know how high gasoline and diesel prices are right now, so be sure to check out this article called “How to stretch a gallon of gasoline” before you go, it just might help. Good luck to Kevin Harvick and his teammates Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer on Sunday, see yeah at the race.

- Racedriven

Monday, June 23, 2008

Road Course racing isn’t what it use to be in the NASCAR Cup Series, but it still has its moments.

(Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)

For the first time this season, it was the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series turn to embark on a different type of adventure leaving the oval tracks behind for the art of turning left and right on the road course at Infineon Raceway located in the beautiful Sonoma Valley in Northern California (wine country) and what a sight it is.

For some reason or another I always seem to look forward to all of the road course races, whether it’s in the Sonoma Valley or up at Watkins Glen in New York, it’s a different type of racing that is a welcome treat to watch, racing at Infineon is always a challenge for NASCAR drivers which does introduce a new breed of drivers known as road course specialists.

Road course specialists are called upon twice a year for a couple of reasons, however now it’s not really simply for victories, but its more for car owners trying to either keep their car from falling outside of the top 35 or get them in the top 35 and this past weekend, that was mostly the case.

The thing about road course ringers is in NASCAR, we already have drivers that do well on these tracks including Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, last year’s winner Juan Montoya, Robby Gordon that seems to have the key, but nonetheless, bring them on starting with Boris Said, then you have Ganassi Racing pulling Reed Sorenson in favor of Scott Pruett, Haas Racing running Max Papis to the #66, DEI putting in Ron Fellows for Regan Smith which is a good move, Fellows is the exception as he has won a couple of times in both the Truck Series and now Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen years ago.

Personally, pulling a driver from his full-time ride in favor of a road course ringers twice a year does nothing for the team, nor for the drivers and the fans, first the regular driver doesn’t learn anything not being in the car and can you imagine the fans must think when they don’t see their favorite driver in the race, but another driver in their car instead, that doesn’t work. Now putting road course ringers or specialists in additional cars is a good thing, it gives Cup drivers a challenge and the fans see someone new to watch.

With that said, the title says it all, road course racing isn’t what it use to be in the NASCAR Cup Series, even from a year ago, but it does have its moments and on Sunday, 110 laps on this road course which is a short race mind you, had its moments, I would say road course racing in the Cup Series seems to come down to pit strategy, when do you pit for fuel and that’s what seemed to change the leader board around quite a bit with Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart coming out on top while Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson got the other end. But even with happening twice, this one like most of the season was all about survival and surviving a couple of big ones including in the late stages when Kevin Harvick wheel hooped going into turn 7 wrecking the two drivers in front of him which is very unusual to see happen – hitting McMurray and Stewart, oh I hated it for Tony Stewart, this is the time of year that Smoke really comes on winning race after race in route to the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

And it also lead to David Gilliland and Jeff Gordon behind the leader Kyle Busch which equaled no challenger for the win as Busch wins again… wow that’s 5 wins, my father asked me a question, how did the #18 team get so good so fast, last year they couldn’t buy a good finish and this year 5 wins, no way, Kyle Busch is good, but not that good like I said in a previous post.

Road course racing is what it is and so far this season with both the Nationwide race in Mexico and the Cup Series race in Sonoma, its entertaining to watch especially the last 20 laps or so, that’s go time in a race, get what you can get.

The only road course specialist that really impressed me was Marcos Ambrose who went out with gear problems after an impressive top 5 - top 10 run, of course he gave some drivers a shot or two... otherwise, no suck luck.

What about Infineon Raceway itself – meaning the length of the track and race distance? 110 laps isn’t all that much to begin with, however while I would like to see that stay the same, the course that they use should be upgraded, two-three passing zones on this entire road course, not good, that’s mainly turn 7a and really turn 11 with turn 4a coming into play somewhat, other than that, no luck there.

What should NASCAR use for a course layout, well how looking at the map below, use turn 4 (passing area), down to turns 5-6 and down to 7a, yes 7a, 7a is passing, and keep the original turn 11, that would be longer and better for racing 110 laps. Comments.

- Racedriven

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Emotions – Father’s Day Weekend ends with Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in victory lane.

On this father’s day weekend as I wish my father a happy father’s day, the keyword here is enough, yes enough with all of the off-track talk whether it’s the lawsuit, the drivers, media and fans complaining about the COT car, NASCAR’s meeting on Friday with Cup Series drivers, Petty Enterprises gaining a partner, the 35+ race Cup Series schedule with no time off, everything, enough and guess what, by the end of the weekend, the two biggest headlines where in my opinion not the off-track stuff, but rather the on-track actions and accomplishments of two drivers/teams and that’s the way it should be every single week.

While Michigan and Kentucky don’t come close to ranking high on my list of favorite tracks for producing exciting racing, for some reason or another, both racetracks do produce some very interesting finishes in NASCAR racing and this past weekend was no exception.

When it comes to Saturday’s Truck series race at Michigan, I only caught the highlight reel as I was celebrating Father’s Day Weekend with my sister and my future brother-in law as they took my father and I to a local racetrack for some good old fashion short track racing under the lights, but from the highlight reel, what a photo finish to a good Truck Series race at Michigan where Eric Darnell narrowly edged out Johnny Benson by 0.005 for an impressive victory, now that’s a start to a weekend.

First, the name Joey Logano is already known in both the NASCAR East Series when Logano won 5 races on his way to winning the 2007 Championship and the winning the 2007 Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway as well as the ARCA Series when this past May, Logano dominated the first ARCA race at the newly reopened Rockingham Speedway winning the Carolina 500 over Ken Schrader. In coming up, he sparked off the debate that NASCAR could change the age limit from 18 to 21 to be able to run in all three of NASCAR’s top series (which would be a mistake, it should be experience at the age of 18) by having to wait until his 18th birthday in late May to make his Nationwide Series debut at Dover earlier this month finishing 6th and to me, it was worth the wait.

I was wondering just what Joey “sliced bread” Logano would do in the Nationwide Series in premium equipment racing under the Joe Gibbs racing banner in a Toyota, well it don’t take long as going into Saturday night’s race, he already had two poles on the season, what an impressive debut as opportunity once again knocked at Kentucky for a Nationwide Series only driver to win and wow, in only his third Nationwide start, Logano held off Scott Wimmer to win his first race. I was surprised with this one even though I shouldn’t have been, this says a lot for Joey Logano’s talent, surprisely enough, after an stunning victory, he said he celebrated by eating a cheese burger and taking a hot shower, now that’s a celebration for anyone.

Second, but you know the keyword on Sunday for this Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan would be emotions as it has been a roller coaster ride for Junior fans over the past year with starting with a series of announcements including last May that he would be leaving DEI, in June with Junior joining Hendrick Motorsports which included him being teammates with Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Casey Mears, the third, that Budweiser and #8 will not be making the move to Hendrick Motorsports with him and finally, announcing that he will be driving the #88 AMP Energy-Mountain Dew-National Guard Chevrolet Impala SS, ironically that would be the tip of the iceberg.

The 2008 season for Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been huge, it’s been Juniors best start to a season in his Cup Series career so far which includes Dale Jr. winning the first two events right out of the gate – The Budweiser Shootout and the first Gatorade Duel race, along with a 9th place finish at Daytona, a second at Las Vegas, a total of 7 Top 5’s and 11 top 10’s leading into Sunday’s Michigan 400, but you know, Sunday was just that race that ended with the headline saying “Dale Jr. wins in dramatic-fashion at Michigan” and those words are priceless for JR Nation including my father (on father’s day) and I who watched the race together… perfect. Neither one of us needed a seat in the closing laps for this one, what a victory. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

And to answer those two questions asked following the race… what about passing the pacecar under caution? That was nothing, he don’t advance a position, nor anything else, he was simply coasting on the back straightaway to save fuel, that’s it, no big deal. As for the second question, does this victory get Tony Eury Jr. on that list? What list, Tony Eury Jr. is Dale Jr’s crew chief period, like I said above, it’s been Juniors best start to a season in his Cup Series career so far and that’s due to Dale Jr and his team include Tony Eury Jr. and even without a victory at Michigan, Tony would still be the crew chief, that’s it. All I got to say now is, hay there making a left turn, but wait now their making a right turn on the road course in Sonoma. Comments.

- Racedriven

Sunday, June 8, 2008

It’s all about Brad Keselowski on this night grabbing his first career Nationwide Series victory at Nashville.

Last night at Nashville Superspeedway in front of a huge crowd on a hot night, opportunity once again knocked for a Nationwide Series only driver to win and even more so for another first time winner, the 200 miler would prove to be surprisingly a good one to watch.

While Joey Logano captured his first pole in only his second start, the man everyone including Kyle Busch at one point was watching was Brad Keselowski moving up through the field and in the process making some interesting moves on track and on pitroad including one moment during the race that got my attention, during his march forward, he made a close pass on Kyle Busch and while driving off gave Busch a nice hand out the window wave, nice touch, while later in the race, a gamble for four tires would prove to be the move of the race as a very predicted late race caution by the announcers in the ESPN Booth would give Brad Keselowski one shot at the leader and after passing first David Reutimann and then passing Clint Bowyer with 5 laps to go, would cruise to his first career Nationwide Series victory. A couple of notables, David Stremme would finish second with David Reutimann third, followed by Clint Bowyer who was leading with 5 to go finished 4th, but is still the points leader.

Brad Keselowski’s victory is the first for the Navy sponsorship and second victory for JR Motorsports following Mark Martina at Las Vegas earlier this season. Great Job, he had a fast car all race long.

Read the Nationwide Series Interview with Brad Keselowski and Dale Jr.

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- Racedriven

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Kyle Busch to Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Sr., plus Toyota having a mechanical edge over its competition, what?

There always seems to be that one driver each year that gets everyone’s attention, whether it’s a winning streak, a champion or a driver that just thinks they own the series and for the 2008 season, there is that one driver again that makes headlines, yes I’m talking about the young kid Kyle Busch and considering yet again he is making huge news right now by doing the triple header this weekend, Kyle Busch (pictured on the right - Photo Credit: Chris Graythen / Getty Images via NASCAR PR) has gotten everyone’s attention, of course he had everyone’s attention back at Richmond with him and Dale Jr. getting into it in the final laps.

You know, everyone from the media to the fans has their own opinion on this young man and chances are if you say Kyle Busch to a fan, you will most likely get a very interesting and sometimes very colorful response. With that said, with both the media and the fans speaking out about this kid, there have been two questions that have not only caught my eye, but in some cases the way they are said are offensive.

So with Toyota and Kyle Busch’s reason success so far this season in the Cup Series which includes four victories (three of them are Kyle Busch’s) and this doesn’t even include the domination in the Nationwide Series, so does Toyota have a mechanical edge over its competition…or is their advantage simply Kyle Busch?

First this question should be reworded with Gibbs Racing and not Toyota in most cases, in the Cup series (and in the Nationwide Series), its Gibbs Racing that is making the headlines and not the other Toyota teams, Gibbs is the only team that is not just winning, but dominating and pulling away from the field on any given week and while I will give Kyle Busch credit that is a talented driver that can get behind the wheel of a racecar, losse or tight and drive it, let along win, this is more than just one skilled or daring driver, in my opinion Toyota/Gibbs Racing does have a mechanical edge over its competition plain and simple. NASCAR does have the horsepower numbers to prove it, not to mention what Busch and Hamlin did in the All-Star with those modified engines that blow up in segment two, there is an advantage there period.

At this point, you might be asking, what about Chevrolet last year winning half of the races, well, in most cases, Chevrolet didn’t dominate most of the races, they were there when it counted at the end, need an example, the Spring race at Texas, Burton makes late race pass by Kenseth after a long battle to win, how about the Spring Martinsville, the battle between Johnson and Gordon with Johnson winning at the line, no pull away there, third wasn’t that far back or how about the Daytona in July, that wasn’t even a Chevy victory, it was a the Ford of McMurray edging Busch to win (good close racing).

Now on the flip side, last September in New Hampshire was a dominate victory by Clint Bowyer, in most of these examples, it was most of the Chevrolet teams winning (a lot with Hendick Motorsports) and dominating and while I can go on and on in both directions, its the same as this season with Gibbs Racing. Personally, I would like to see NASCAR tear down the #18 after a dominating victory and to make it far, take the rest of the top 5 too. The question now is, will NASCAR do anything about it or just let it play out?

Has the media and fans gone too far in comparing Kyle Busch to Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Sr.? Well, it depends upon the driver and the time period, if your comparing let’s say a young Darrell Waltrip when he was challenging for rookie of the year to Kyle Busch now who is aggressive, bowing to the fans, very pushy and etc, you have a great comparison, DW was a jerk back then, aggressive, thought he owned the place and just wanted to show what he could do, however if you compare DW later in his career, then no, what about Kevin Harvick, he was the somewhat the same way coming up in his first years, he had to wake up too and not only by NASCAR parking him, but by drivers and others around him, now a days, he is a lot more levelheaded, Tony Stewart is in this league, personally I like Smoke, he's outspoken, talented, somewhat knows when to speck and when not to and not only can drive, but is a champion, what about Jeff Gordon, there's a good example, he was aggressive and hated too, you get the point.

However I left out one person, Dale Earnhardt Sr., as a Earnhardt fan, when he was coming up, he was a lot like DW, aggressive, intimidating, pushy, he wanted to win and so on and all this when he was challenging for Rookie of the year and even before, but when you compare Dale Sr. later in his career to 2001 to Kyle Busch, get a life, there's no comparison, give Dale more credit than that, Dale is respected, he raced hard for every position from the lead to 30th plain and simple.

Like I said, it all depends upon time periods when you make the comparison and just saying Dale Sr. to Kyle Busch doesn’t do it and will get you an interesting response, however in all of those cases, the drivers earned respect after awhile, they woke up and they are winners, championship and respected period.

Right now in NASCAR, Kyle Busch is the subject and will continue to be until he gets woken up by either NASCAR, the people around him or hopefully by another driver that just has had enough with him, watch for it, it will happen, give it a year or two.

- Racedriven

Friday, June 6, 2008

Should NASCAR consider one Cup date per track for the future NASCAR Cup Series Schedule?

Now let me state the obvious, I am a huge NASCAR fan that has been watching the sport since the early 1990’s, I’ve watched drivers like Jeff Gordon make his first Cup Series start at the 1992 Hooters 500 in Atlanta, while at the same time, same race, watched Richard Petty in his last race. Since those days in the NASCAR, there has been a lot of changes to the NASCAR landscaping which has included not only adding several racetracks, but also the removal of North Wilkesboro and Rockingham just to name a few.

In recent years or even recent weeks, the talk has been centered around not only NASCAR vs. the Kentucky Speedway with them wanting a Cup date while NASCAR saying that that market already has several dates, but shortening the schedule which brings up many new issues and now with souring gasoline and diesel prices, NASCAR and track owners are finding themselves with empty seats, but yet at the same time, higher television ratings which I’m not surprised with considering the racing at most tracks have better this year and people just can’t afford it.

I can say from personal experience that in this household, my father and I normally go to New Hampshire Motor Speedway twice a year (either Friday or Saturday, I like the Modified Tour), however when it comes to this year, 2008, we are limited to going just once a year which for this year will be at the end of this month (June 29th) for the Lenox 301, I have also read more and more from fans saying the same thing while others are saying they will be there everytime, so what should the future schedule look like?

The idea floating around in NASCAR not only among fans, but the media and other personalities is to shorten the Cup Series schedule by only having one Cup date per racetrack… That isn’t a bad idea, NASCAR fans really want to see a mix of types of tracks and not just cookie cuts tracks which are 1.5 milers, so here’s what could be the future NASCAR Cup Series schedule though the eyes of this NASCAR fan.

The one Cup date per track would be great and I am all for it, however the rule needs a couple of exceptions, like what? What about Daytona, Charlotte, Richmond, Bristol, Martinsville, Texas (because there are no Cup dates within a reasonable distance away), New Hampshire (because New Hampshire is the only racetrack in New England and it has good attendence) and Las Vegas all have two dates. Wait what about Talladega? There would be two races in Alabama, one at Talladega Superspeedway and the other at Dale Earnhardt Jr “signature” track at the Alabama Motorsports Park in Mobile, AL which is a 7/10-mile lighted asphalt D-shaped oval with progressive banking on turns (Good addition to the schedule).

Now this would mean the rest of the schedule would be one date per track including Watkins Glen, Pocono, Dover, Atlanta, Phoenix and etc. and in turn, this would make room for tracks like Iowa Speedway, an existing track up in Seattle or even Portland Raceway as well as maybe Kentucky (even though the market would still be pretty full). Like I said, a mix of types of tracks and not just cookie cuts tracks which should include three superspeedways, three road course and one Canada race (maybe Circuit Gilles Villeneuve or in Alberta).

What about the Chase to the Cup series Championship races? I’m thinking something like: New Hampshire, Atlanta, Talladega, Kansas, Charlotte, Infineon Raceway (or another road course), Martinsville, Texas, Iowa, Homestead-Miami and with the exception of New Hampshire because they have a good date there, it would be in no particular order, but don’t put Atlanta in November, I don’t know what the weather is there.

So the idea is out there and from where I sit, this would work pending that each venue is updated regularly and does well in ticket sale. As far as tickets goes right now, just put them at a reasonable price so a family of four will be able to afford it.

- Racedriven

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A two minute thrill ride: Impressions from Topeka, Milwaukee and Dover as Hilary Will and Joey Logano make history.

What a long week of dealing with site maintenance, research and everyday surprises, but you know it was a welcome treat to have such as variety of racing going on in one weekend and this past weekend had everything from the NHRA in Topeka, the unified IRL IndyCar Series racing at the Milwaukee Mile and a triple header at “the Monster Mile” Dover International Speedway that ironically has been in the news about possibly being sold to SMI.

UPS: Impressions, four drivers including three first time winners and one winning since his crash last season, we start on the east coast at the speedway in Dover with NASCAR action, mainly the truck series race where after a good pitstop and some pit strategy, a first time winner was born as the former Formula 1 driver, ARCA winner and now Truck Series driver Scott Speed pickup his first career Truck Series victory in interesting fashion. The Toyota victory was the first off three in dominating performances at the Monster Mile.

When it came to first time winners, one surprisingly came in the IRL IndyCar Series race at the Milwaukee Mile when after a dominating performance by Scott Dixon, the Penske racing rookie Ryan Briscoe stepped up and challenged the Indy 500 winner by taking the lead late on and never looking back as he won his first career IndyCar Series victory. The only thing was there was no late race duel because the late caution came out with less than 4 to go, a crash with Marco Andretti on the backstraight lead to Vitor Meira going airborn over Andretti and the race ending under caution. IRL, you need a green-white-checkered rule or something, the 3 lap duel for the victory would have been huge.

From the Milwaukee Mile to the O’Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka as they took center stage this weekend and ironically with all racing going on, I didn’t even get a chance to see the ESPN coverage as first in the Funny Car finals, John Force beat Tim Wilkerson to win, which was his first victory since the crash last season, however the most memorable moment of the race and the weekend came in the Top Finals when Hilary Will beat Larry Dixon to become the 11th woman in NHRA history to win a national event (Photo Credit:, that’s cool, not for one reason, but because she has been racing for a while in the NHRA and she earned it, great job Hilary Will, what a victory.

DOWNS: This is a sad one to be put into the down column of the weekend as this was the race I so looking forward to the most this weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 miler at Dover, why, say it isn’t so… yeah, one stupid move left Jr Nation (including me), smoke fans, Harvick fans and others with looks of disgust as on lap 17 of 400, Elliott Sadler came down in front of David Gilliland while trying to pass Sam Hornish Jr. sending the No. 19 of Elliott Sadler into the wall collecting Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, a speeding straight in Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne, Bill Elliott and Scott Riggs, what a nightmare and a mess which ended the hopes of so many. The rest of the race was long and drawn out with three drivers leading mostly, Greg Biffle, then Carl Edwards and finally Kyle Busch running away to claim his 4th victory of the season and 5th overall for Toyota. I’ll have more on Toyota later in the week.

FINSH LINE: Before I get to the biggest moment of the weekend, I have to say good-bye to NASCAR on FOX including the Digger cam, they do a good job televising each and every NASCAR Cup Series race from the Daytona 500 to this past weekend’s Dover 400 and with the exception of their Kyle Busch fan club, hats off to you, good job and in the word of Darrell Waltrip, Boogity, Boogity, Boogity, See Yeah in Daytona boys.

With that said, I take you back to Dover, while Toyota was dominating the Nationwide Series race to a long degree, all eye’s weren’t on the leader, but on the much hyped debut of the 2007 NASCAR Busch East Series Championship and the NASCAR Toyota Showdown at Irwindale winner last season Joey “Sized Bread” Logano as he took to the track and what an impressive run he had as his only issue was a little contact on pit road after his first pit stop, however other than that, he run up front most of the day and finished in 6th position, like I said, very impressive, I will be very interested in seeing what he does the rest of the season as Logano will race next weekend in Nashville while the Cup Series is in Pocono with NASCAR on TNT Summer Series. Comments.

Joey Logano poses with his No. 20 GameStop Toyota before NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying. He was ninth-fastest. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR via NASCAR PR)

- Racedriven