Whew…what a race, well at least in the closing moments. I didn’t get to watch much of the race last night, Little Smoke was being a little ornery. He’s 4 and a boy so no further explanation should be necessary.
But I guess I did tune in at the right moment, Kyle Busch took his car to victory lane last night breaking the Gibbs #20 domination over the last several races in Nationwide. It was kind of ironic that a Gibbs driving did break the #20 car’s domination however. But the real excitement wasn’t in Victory Lane, it was in the pits.
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #88 JR Motorsports Chevy, bumped Hamlin’s back bumper under the yellow right before the green/white checker. Apparently Denny wasn’t happy with the bump from behind so Denny proceeds to get into Brad’s left front corner panel. And well…that’s where everything went south. Pit crews were “discussing” the incident in the pits while Kyle Busch was celebrating his victory on the track. Nothing like a good “discussion” on a Saturday night. Reminds me of those Saturday nights I spent with my dad at the dirt track.
Denny-“Give a guy two inches to let him clear, and don’t just hang onto my rear quarter panel,” said Hamlin, who made it clear that his retaliation was for the bump under caution, not for the way Keselowski had raced him. “You throw a rock, I’m going to throw a concrete block back.”
Brad-“I race one day a week, not two,” he said. “I have 200 laps to prove myself, not 400. I have to make the most of every lap.”
Junior-“What the hell did he do that for?” asked Earnhardt, Keselowski’s car owner, after the race. “Brad bumped him just a little bit under caution, and Denny knocked the fender off his car. Now the car’s all tore up.
Sounds like Denny doesn’t like to be raced hard. Um…did Denny get the memo? Isn’t that what racing is about? This is NASCAR Denny. Like I said I didn’t get to see all of the race so I cannot say if Brad was driving him too hard or not. In my opinion, as long as the racing is clean what’s wrong with a little hard racing. C’mon on now! Hey Denny…it’s time to put your big boy undies on and deal with it.
One more thing…Congratulations to Donny Lia for winning the Ohio 250 yesterday in Mansfield, Ohio yesterday afternoon on a last lap pass. This was his first win in 8 starts in the Craftsman Truck Series and the first time a rookie has a won a race since Carl Edwards did it in 2003. Way to go Donny
Now on with the “Day O’ Racing”. I got my food, my adult beverage of choice and a nice comfortable chair to watch all the action. I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day!