The smoke is just now clearing from Saturday night's highbanked throwdown at Bristol Motor Speedway. War was waged, castles were stormed, and dragons were slayed. At the end of the night Kyle Busch was the last man standing as he swept both races at BMS this year. How long has it been since anyone has done that? Damn if I know, where's Bill Weber when you need him?
CHECKERED FLAG.....Kyle Busch now looks determined instead of desperate to make the playoff Chase. He kept the leaders in sight most of the night before finally taking the lead late, with an up-the-middle, three-wide pass that had his competitors shaking their heads. Busch also won the truck race at BMS on Wednesday. And had just taken the lead in route to a sure Nationwide Series win on Friday night when he was taken out by a teenaged rookie who was having trouble finding a Nickleback CD on his floorboard.
GREEN FLAGS.....Mark Martin, making his 1000th start, led the most laps, and finished second. Martin showed amazing restraint (or was he points racing) by never laying a fender on Busch for the last 40 laps or so. Marcos Ambrose has arrived! The Wonder from Down Under finished third. At Bristol. Not a road course. You gotta love this guy, always smiling, upbeat, and tells great stories. If NASCAR had one ounce of marketing ability they would have Ambrose saturating the airwaves.....The Jim Rome Show, Regis and Kelly, General Hospital, The Simpsons. This guy would be great on any show.
YELLOW FLAG....Clint Bowyer completed all 500 laps. Yet after some late race mishaps he wound up 21st and took a mortal hit to his Chase hopes. He also would not stop and give a cheerful, sponsor dripping, interview immediately after the race. But no one complained about it because his name's not Kyle Busch.
RED FLAGS.....HMS team orders. Jimmie Johnson passed Mark Martin for the lead (Martin did not just let him by). JJ was then told via radio to pull over because Mark needed to lead the most laps to help his Chase hopes. F-1 comes to Bristol?!
Can you believe it rained again? For the 18th (he's lying) race in a row! Did you know that 25% of America's meteorologists graduate from Penn State? Joe Pa and all those weathermen, no wonder they never make the top 10 party schools list.
BLACK FLAG.....ESPN's Dr Jerry Punch on play by play almost makes me want to see Dr Jack Kevorkian make a house call. ESPN spends millions on football and baseball announcers to get the best. Does the number two ratings getter deserve any less?