Saturday, June 4, 2011

2011 NASCAR Truck: Joey Coulter schools Kyle Busch on final turn pass to finish 5th at Kansas; Childress-Busch Altercation?

(Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Earlier today at Kansas Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (formerly the Craftsmen Truck Series and SuperTruck Series), celebrated their 400th race.

In the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas would be all about the hometown driver Clint Bowyer driving the #2 KHI as he would dominate and win the race over second place Johnny Sauter and third place Todd Bodine.

However to me, I’m not much on talking about the Cup Series drivers that invade both the Nationwide Series and the Truck Series, so instead I like to spotlight (if you will) the in this case, Truck Series regular drivers.

For this race, I want to spotlight Joey Coulter: In the closing laps, Joey Coulter driving the #22 RCR Chevrolet was racing Kyle Busch hard for position. It was clean, heard racing and on the final lap. Coulter made a move down the back straightaway on Busch heading into turn 3 for position. Coulter would squeeze Busch off turn 4 and beat Busch back to the finish line for a 5th place finish.

In watching the incident, Coulter could have given the driver on the outside a little more room, however since I’ve seen Kyle Busch not only do this move, but race even worse, I really didn’t see anything wrong with it.

As a matter of fact, I found it funny to watch and despite the fact that I picked Kyle Busch in my WindTunnel fantasy picks, I cheered for Joey Coulter. Coulter earned that 5th place spot and should be happy with his performance.

But and with Kyle Busch, there’s always seems to be a but, on the cool down lap, Busch would give Coulter a few hits as he wasn’t happy with that last lap pass.


Even more, Ray Dunlap is reporting on twitter where he said: "Hot news from the track. Grandpa Childress put a whipping on Kyle Busch in the Truck garage. Look for big sun glasses on kubu sun." (Note, Dunlap meant KyBu, not KuBu -- KuBu is Kurt Busch, KyBu is Kyle Busch).

Multi-sources are reporting the same thing and now NASCAR is confirming that they are looking into rumors of the altercation. However since details are sketchy, I’m going to stop here as I’ve learned not to read much into reports.

Full Disclosure: This article was originally published on Brian Vermette's former blog called BVinsight, however once RaceDriven.com was re-launched and rebrand, BVinsight was renamed BVDaily with 33 of 44 articles being published here on RaceDriven due to subject.