Sunday, June 5, 2011

NASCAR: Brad Keselowski stretches fuel to win, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes 2nd as NASCAR talks Childress-Busch Altercation – STP 400 at Kansas.

When NASCAR invades any given town for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend, you know the excitement and the action are going to be high. But nobody especially this fan/blogger could have expected this one.

Yesterday, I blogged 2011 NASCAR Truck: Joey Coulter schools Kyle Busch on final turn pass to finish 5th at Kansas; Childress-Busch Altercation?, basically the title says it all.

Unfortunately, today NASCAR spoke to the media and issued this press release afterwards:

"NASCAR has reviewed the incident involving Richard Childress and Kyle Busch after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday at Kansas Speedway. We have met with all parties involved and have determined what happened yesterday is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by NASCAR.

Richard Childress’s actions were not appropriate and fell far short of the standard we expect of owners in this sport. We have met with Childress this morning and made our position very clear to him. Further, we expect he will make it clear to all in his organization to ensure this situation does not escalate any further. We will announce our actions regarding this incident Monday.

Kyle Busch remains on probation with NASCAR and we continue to watch his actions carefully. However, we have determined that Kyle’s involvement in this incident does not violate his probation and no further action is required." – Statement from NASCAR Media
I’m going to wait until NASCAR hands down the penalty to Richard Childress before I have something to say (Monday or Tuesday normally). And believe me it, its time for NASCAR to make changes.

Anyway, today in the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, this was one of those races that you normally wouldn’t write home about, at least not until you get to the last 40 laps or so of the race as fuel mileage would once again on these cookie cutter 1.5 mile race tracks would come into play.

I was impressed with Brad Keselowski in those final laps, he was saving fuel by pushing in the clutch, coasting and other methods like a veteran driver would. It reminded me of watching Carl Edwards or Jimmie Johnson would save fuel. And in the end, even with Dale Earnhardt Jr. coming on for the lead, Brad Keselowski stretched the fuel to win the STP 400 at Kansas.

This was Brad Keselowski 2nd career victory and he earned it. of course the FOX broadcast crew had to say that his first victory was a controversial one at Talladega in 2009.

Just for the record, there was no controversy about this win or his first win at Talladega, Brad Keselowski did exactly what Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon said to do, hold your line and don’t cross the yellow line period. NASCAR said the same thing too. Edwards made the mistake and that’s it.

Hats off to Brad Keselowski, hell of a win and good job to Dale Jr. with the #88 team, that was a good 2nd place finish, you did all you could do to win that one.

On SPEED’s Facebook page, the question was asked, “What’s your opinion of “Fuel Mileage” races?

Here’s my response: I hate fuel mileage races and today's wasn't that entertaining for most of it. However when it comes to the end of the race and a driver I route for is either leading or in position and coming, it is a heart pounding situation. In another words, fuel mileages races are a lot like restrictor plate races, boring most of the day, followed by heart pounding last 5 minutes. Prefer fuel mileage races...