Not sure how many of you were keeping tabs on last night’s race, but again, I totally called Happy winning his third in a row. Ask Erin, she’ll tell you I texted it to her early in the afternoon. It’s not a rocket scientist pick by any means, but still. I can brag about it for the rest of my life.
Three in a row. That’s a turkey in bowling. Gobble, gobble said Kevin Harvick in Victory Lane late Wednesday night. Just kidding.
There were a few turkeys in the race last night but we’ll detail that matter much later and in depth so our readers can see how truly stupid drivers can act at times.
Bristol weekend has officially commenced and it all began with the O’Reilly 200 last night so let’s take a look and see who came out on top and who unfortunately proved to the world, yet again, why he’ll never be a champion of anything in this world but losing and acting like a moron. Join me, kids.
There were a couple of streaks to talk about last night at Bristol. Kyle Busch has incredible luck and skill at winning at the world’s fastest 1/2-mile oval (winning the last three consecutive truck races) and Kevin Harvick was en route to possibly win his third truck race in a row. Who was the bigger man last night? By all standards and meaning of the phrase “bigger man” Kevin Harvick was definitely your winner by the numbers and by the standards.
Let’s talk numbers first, however. Kevin led 103 of the 200-lap event so there’s no doubt in my mind he had the truck to beat all night long. Jason White led 44 laps and Elliott Sadler led 53 laps to round out the race.
How many laps did three-time winner Kyle Busch lead last night? Please put a huge goose egg on the board, boys and girls. He led ZERO laps. Why? On lap 99, Kyle and his spotter lost vision temporarily and apparently forgot Elliott Sadler didn’t have him cleared and sent Busch sailing into the wall. Night done, end of story right? Bzzzzzzzt. Wrong.
It wouldn’t be like Kyle’s classy style to not seek retaliation on a driver who apparently took him out intentionally so that’s exactly what happened. Kyle cruised around Bristol for a few moments with his battered up truck and chose the perfect moment to put a fender into Elliott’s side and he did. Both trucks were done for the night and Harvick easily took the victory even though Johnny Sauter attempted a late-race charge in the closing laps.
Was this all the news and action there was for the night? Unless you were there watching the race (ahem…paging Erin McCowan…), yes because this is what the race coverage on television focused on for the remainder of the race. However, the action surely didn’t stop after Kyle put a fender into Elliott’s midsection.
So Kyle, being the classy dude he is, shot his wide trap off after he finally figured out his night was done and let the entire world know why he’ll never be a Sprint Cup champion in the eyes of NASCAR fans:
Where does his paycheck come from?…We were racing earlier and I pulled a slide job on him and he ran into me three times after that. Then got clear of him for a while and on that restart there I was trying to slide him and get up to the top. The spotter said I was clear and I was clear at the time. Maybe I was too late. He wrecked us and I’m not going to put up with it. (Kyle Busch via NASCAR.com)
Way to go, man. Show the world one race at a time how stupid you are.
And for those of you who think I’m out of my gourd because I’m a Kyle Busch-hater and think he’s just the worst thing to ever come out of this sport, you’re totally wrong. He’s a brilliant, talented driver by all means of the sport. My problem with Kyle Busch is the dude has ZERO class and respect for other drivers. He thinks the sun rises and sets on his ass and every driver, crew member and fan should kiss it for him. I have zero tolerance for stupidity such as this.
What Kyle should do is take a lesson or two or fifty from Elliott Sadler in the subject of “how to be a class act” because Elliott is every sense of the word and didn’t even take an opportunity (although his radio transmissions would suggest otherwise) to take a cheap shot at Busch after the race:
I didn’t even have time to check up or anything…He just wrecked himself. I just wish he’d watch the tape and understand what happened before he came back and retaliated. (Elliott Sadler via NASCAR.com)
However, Kevin Harvick being the awesome and most sharp-tongued of pretty much the entire NASCAR realm, had something to say to Kyle Busch after the race and did people ever listen to him when he was told Kyle Busch had questioned the integrity of Elliott’s NCWTS paycheck:
That just shows how smart Kyle Busch is…Elliott wasn’t even driving for us tonight. We can get as dirty as Kyle Busch wants. If he doesn’t want to race like that, he can go somewhere else. He’s just a big crybaby and you can’t fix that…That’s just Kyle because Kyle didn’t win…You can’t fix a crybaby and he’s just a crybaby. (Kevin Harvick via NASCAR.com)
There was nothing funny about last night’s race. Two awesome trucks were taken out by one, single act of stupidity and it’s a shame because Kyle and Elliott’s trucks could have easily won the race but life goes on and we head to the next race. Where would that race possibly be?
Funny story actually. Kyle and Elliott are both in the entry list for Friday night’s Nationwide race. Hmmmm…coincidence perhaps? Not really but don’t expect Elliott to seek retaliation against Kyle because he’s got something Kyle will never have: class.
So what have we learned here in this morning’s NCWTS recap lesson? A few things: 1) Make sure you know who owns thy enemy’s truck. 2) Communication with your spotter is critically important at Bristol. 3) Don’t piss Kevin Harvick off.
If you think last night was crazy, I’d suggest taking some medication before tuning into Friday or Saturday night’s races for the remainder of the weekend. It’s going to be one, hell of a bumpy ride, kids and it’s just getting started.