The Frontstretch: Random Summer Busch and Truck Thoughts by Amy Henderson -- Thursday June 8, 2006

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Random Summer Busch and Truck Thoughts

Second Fiddle: Around the Busch and Craftsman Truck Series · Amy Henderson · Thursday June 8, 2006


It’s summer, (well, unofficially), and while the talk has been largely of Buschwhackers and the like in 2006, there is plenty else to ponder with the Busch and Craftsman Truck Series. I got to thinking, and discovered that I have a lot of thoughts floating around that are interesting, if not exactly worthy of an entire column. In any case, I’ll share them here. Get ready for a few Random Thoughts, Second Fiddle style!

  • Truck TV Times On Too Late? I admit I haven’t caught as many truck races this year as I should. When I got to thinking of why, it all boiled down to one thing – so many of the races are on TV too late. Yes, it’s Friday, and no, I don’t have to work in the morning, but I often have early commitments (4-H, library, similar to the things many families have), and races starting at nine o’clock or later just aren’t going to get me to stay up. I’ve watched Saturday afternoon races and Saturday night races, but those late, late Fridays just aren’t very fan friendly.

    I also admit that Saturday night races DO keep me from the local tracks too much. It’s my job to watch the NASCAR races, and I try to do that – but I miss White Mountain Motorsports Park this time of year.

  • Why doesn’t the Busch Series race Pocono? Yes, it’s a difficult track, but if ARCA can run there, the Busch crowd ought to be able to as well. It can’t be more dangerous than six Nextel Cup rookies seeing the track for the first time this weekend. Sure, a few end up running ARCA for practice, and Martin Truex, Jr. has logged some laps here, but isn’t the Busch Series supposed to be about driver development? Why not let them develop on tracks where they’ll need to turn laps if their futures are in Cup?
  • Am I the only one who secretly hopes it rains – and rains long and hard – in Nashville Saturday night?
  • Am I also the only one slightly freaked out by the Busch Series 25th-Anniversary commercial in which the drivers morph from one to the next?

The effect is cool, but the whole sequence is creepy.

I think that I’ll leave you with that thought, before they get any stranger. Here’s to a summer filled with motor music in all of NASCAR’s series!

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