Last weekend's Coca-Cola 600 was surprisingly good, which is rare for a 1.5 mile track. It might have had something to do with just about every car that led the race ran into trouble so no one driver was completely dominant.
Kyle Busch was the pole winner and started the race leading many laps until he ran into a battery problem. Kurt Busch led a lot of laps and then found the wall when he tire blew. Brian Vickers, in the 83 car at left, also led a lot of laps, giving hope to the new Team Red Bull, until his entire left rear wheel came off. It bounced across the track, hit the hood of David Gilliland's car, and then bounced into the infield, landing on a grill being used by one of the campers. The mean NASCAR security took the tire away from the lucky campers, but Vickers promised they'd find the campers and give them a bunch of cool stuff. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (88) was given the five bonus points for leading the most laps but he, too, found the wall (and JJ Yeley  found him) when his tire also blew, right. It was Jimmie Johnson's turn, the driver who dominates at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Except his engine blew up. You want to know how rare that is for him? It was the first time Johnson had a DNF due to an engine in 96 races. That's almost three years. Tony Stewart then took off with the lead and looked to be on his way to winning his first ever Coca-Cola 600, the season's longest race. Those pesty tires sure don't like it when they're leading a race. Two laps from the end of the race, a tire also blew on Stewart's car, giving the lead to Kasey Kahne, left, who went on to back up his criticized All-Star Race win with his first points win in 52 races.
Now I have to say something about those two young punks at Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin.
I already don't like Hamlin, right, but he made it worse at the Nationwide Series race on Saturday. At the end of the race under caution, Brad Keselowski gave Hamlin a little tap on the bumper, the same kind of tap Stewart gives the pace car when he rides around under caution. Which means it's not that big of a tap. Hamlin gets all mad and sideswipes Keselowsky, damaging the fender. This, in turn, angers Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who owns Keselowski's car and he also gives Hamlin a tap on the rear bumper. As far as I'm concerned, Junior should have turned the little snot into the wall. So after the race, a fight breaks out on pit road. Hamlin obviously didn't think through his thick skull that now the crew of Keselowski's #88 car has to fix the damage now and also he managed to tick off the most popular driver in NASCAR.
And apparently Hamlin doesn't know what racing is about. He complained that Keselowski was racing him hard. I may not be a racer, but isn't that what racing is all about? You just don't give in at the end of the race, you fight hard. Hamlin goes on to say that Keselowski obviously doesn't have any Cup Series experience. So, Hamlin, are you an expert in Cup racing now? Tell that to Jeff Gordon or Jeff Burton or Mark Martin. Or, heck, even Jimmie Johnson. Hamlin also seems to forget it won't be too long until Keselowski is in the Cup Series. Check out the video and see what you think.
As for Kyle Busch, he actually had the nerve to complain about Jeff Gordon battling him for third place at the end of the race. Do these Joe Gibbs guys really think everybody should just lay down for them? I think this is the real reason why Tony Stewart wants to leave.
~ Chris, guest blogger