The Frontstretch: Did You Notice? Kansas ... And Beyond by Thomas Bowles -- Tuesday October 2, 2007

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Did You Notice? Kansas ... And Beyond

Thomas Bowles · Tuesday October 2, 2007

 

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Did You Notice? How quickly Greg Biffle was ready with a story when he exited his car in Kansas’ Victory Lane. Whether you believe NASCAR made the right call or not, listening to the way in which the No. 16 driver handled the scenario certainly made it hard to believe that car would have lasted another three laps. I’d put $10,000 on the line to see that car started in the current condition it was on Sunday after hearing Biffle speak.

Did You Notice? How much of a one-sided “partnership” the new Roush Fenway – Yates Racing tandem has become? First off, driver Travis Kvapil gets picked for the new ride over Kenny Wallace and others, and then the team’s driver of the future, Stephen Leicht, is mysteriously released after whispers the team’s Busch operation is scheduled to close. All this after Leicht won a race this season and progressed well with the support of Citifinancial, a sponsor who just one year ago expressed interest in moving up to Nextel Cup. Now, crew chief Butch Hylton from the No. 88 team is leaving…making this whole thing seems more and more like a Roush Fenway sellout by the day.

Did You Notice? That with legends like Ed Rensi looking for a sponsor for both his cars, drivers like Stephen Leicht looking for a ride, and teams like McGill Motorsports forced into a situation where they need to rent out their race car to funded drivers in order to survive…the Busch Series could see its exclusive car and driver count drop significantly once again next year. Of course, there are still plenty of Nextel Cup guys willing to run the series; unfortunately, if they didn’t there would be serious questions raised as to the viability of the sport’s long-term survival chances.

Did You Notice? That with the frustration level on high after getting wrecked by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kyle Busch made a claim that was mostly false? He claimed Earnhardt let down a team that he’ll be driving for next year, referring to the current crew he’s running with in his remarks. There’s just one problem with Busch’s statement; all the guys he’s working with won’t be with the new No. 88 team in 2008. Instead, it’s members of the currently No. 25 squad that are meshing with former DEI holdovers to rebuild Junior’s operation from scratch. Whoops! So, it’s actually the National Guard Chevrolet that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. really needs to be careful around…and with Busch’s immaturity on high, he probably has the right to push him around all he wants.

Did You Notice? That the No. 78 team driven by Joe Nemechek was on track for the team’s first Top 10 finish…before handling and other assorted issues took over late in the race.

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