Tag Archives: Kyle Busch

10 Points to Ponder After the 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland

1. They call it "cookie cutter" for a reason - Sorry guys, but that just wasn't a very exciting race. Tony Stewart got out front with a fuel-only pit stop and was never challenged in the closing laps after holding off a single pass attempt by Matt Kenseth. There were several long green-flag runs and not a lot of lead changes, unless you count the ones achieved through pit cycles, and most of the attrition was due to single-car incidents. The only good news to report: the race didn't last that long.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 USG Durock 300 at Chicagoland

Buschwhacking Cup regulars dominated the USG Durock 300, leading all but four laps of the race and taking nine of the top 10 finishing positions. Denny Hamlin was strong early in the event, but a problem getting onto pit road and a dead battery knocked him from contention. Kyle Busch dominated the second half of the race until the caution flag flew for a spin by Aric Almirola with 34 laps to go. Busch's team made a decision to come to pit road for tires while the cars of Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, and Clint Bowyer stayed out. Busch restarted the race eighth but was only able to make up three positions by race's end. Harvick took the lead with 27 laps to go and held off the charge of Kenseth over the last 10 laps to become the first repeat Busch Series winner at Chicagoland.

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Voices from the Heartland: With 10 to Go, Teammates Know How You Make Your Bed!

I may be a simplified country boy who enjoys, among other things, carp fishing with a shotgun, I was always brought up under the notion that "you reap what you sow." If Kyle Busch's teammates were unwilling to help him, well, they must have had their reasons for hanging him out to dry. One could speculate on why they did it, but the real reasons are those that only people who are around Kyle all the time, his teammates, know for sure. In other words, "You make your bed, you lie in it."

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona Edition

Saturday was supposed to be the luckiest day of the year - July 7th, 2007 (7/7/07). On that fateful night, some of NASCAR's greatest drivers were lucky, indeed, finding no problem pulling the lever and hitting that jackpot on the slot machine of restrictor-plate racing known as Daytona International Speedway. While Jamie McMurray snagged the biggest payout, Kyle Busch discovered you make your own luck, and for all the talk about numerology, Clint Bowyer ended up just where he was destined to... in seventh place. In the midst of it all, Saturday night's race provided the usual restrictor-plate fireworks that we've all come to expect. There were teammate squabbles, finger pointing, bashed-in race cars and fiery tempers, all of which led to a gambler's delight on wheels - one of the closest finishes ever recorded in NASCAR history.

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Full Throttle: NASCAR Teammates – For Good, Or For Evil?

Saturday night was an encapsulation of so many things that are good and bad about teammates. Some drivers helped their teammates succeed, some ended their teammate's night, and some just couldn't get out of each other's way. With the driver movement that is already set to take place at the end of the year, the dynamics of how soon-to-be-former teammates will interact in the future are beginning to take shape now. Saturday night, we learned the end result of those departures could be not just hurt feelings... but even some irreparably damaged relationships down the line.

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona

Editor's Note: Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to capture the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find; the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what some select few were thinking after the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Numbers Game: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona

0 - Number of Hendrick teammates that helped push Kyle Busch's car in the draft during the closing laps of the Pepsi 400. Kyle was still able to finish second with brother Kurt Busch's help and by driving a strong racecar - one that was capable of running up front without another car tucked directly behind (or under) him.

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona

1. Cup Confusion - So, it's official. The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series becomes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting in 2008 - the third different series sponsor in five years, which makes things pretty confusing! Case in point - when Tony Stewart won the title in 2002, we said he won the Winston Cup. In 2005, we called it the Nextel Cup. If Stewart wins the title next year, it will be the Sprint Cup. Would it make too much sense to simply give the trophy a permanent name, like the NASCAR Cup, instead of renaming it every time the sponsor changes? Or maybe in honor of Bill France Jr., it could be named the France Cup by _____ (insert sponsor here).

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