by Steve Wronkowicz
I am co-host of the syndicated radio show: ON PIT ROW. Over ten years on the air and three on the net; see what can happen when I don't let the facts get in the way of my opinions.June 7, 2009 3:21 am UTC 4 Comments
Kyle Busch added to his bad boy image after winning in Nashville.
Busch felt like he had a monkey on his back at Nashville SuperSpeedway. Saturday night that monkey was removed when he beat Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards to the checkered flag. Shrub did a burn out (or burn up as Edwards called it) that caught his tires on fire. The fans were actually cheering him on.
Those cheers will have turned to jeers when Nashvillians see his victory lane antics on the local and national news. Bush saw fit to “share” his Sam Bass Gibson Guitar trophy with his entire team. That act may have been altruistic and warranted, but the way he chose to divvy up the prize left much to be desired. Listen to Shrub’s explanation and back-peddling here.
The Shrub, being squeezed by a huge brain cramp, took the prize and proceeded to divide it up by smashing it against the floor of victory lane. Not only did he suck at the smashing attempt, but someone forget to tell him that the smashing guitar thing is associated with ROCK music performers. Nashville is the home of COUNTRY music and their artists don’t smash the instruments that define their careers.
Smashing the race trophy was paramount to spitting in the face of the city of Nashville generally and the country music industry in particular. I’m sure Sam Bass was quite thrilled to see a piece of his art work bounced off the victory lane floor. What would the reaction be if Busch would take a race boot to a Martinsville grandfather clock after a win or a similar action to any other winning prize?
If Busch really was interested in sharing the race prize with his entire crew, he should have accepted to race prize, done his thank yous and given it to a crew member or PR person to show respect. Once removed from the track it could have been cut into as many pieces as needed to spread around to his crew.
It will be interesting to see if and what NASCAR does to Busch for this post-race indisgression. This was truly an “action detrimental to stock car racing”.
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by Steve Wronkowicz
I am co-host of the syndicated radio show: ON PIT ROW. Over ten years on the air and three on the net; see what can happen when I don't let the facts get in the way of my opinions.May 12, 2009 4:09 am UTC 1 Comment
Mark Martin said after his first win of the season that he was back to win races; a championship wasn’t why he came to Hendrick Motorsports.
He went on to question if he could win another. If he could, then his thoughts might turn elsewhere. Saturday night at Darlington the oldest man on the circuit tamed the oldest lady. The Lady in Black couldn’t get the best of Martin despite the hard time it gave to a myriad of other drivers.
I’m just very, very happy right now, and I don’t need to say, you know, we’re gonna win a whole bunch more races this year. We’re going to race just like we raced this race and all the other ones, and the ones we cross the line first, we’ll take the trophy. It could happen. But if not, at least we got two instead of one. That’s the way I look at it (smiling). Don’t take those kind of answers from me as pessimistic or a lack of confidence. All I want to do is be happy and have fun doing this. If you don’t set yourself up for disappointment, then it’s much easier.
A record 17 cautions for 73 laps slowed the race but not the action. The resurrected Southern 500 delivered some of the greatest racing of the year. Martin held off teammate Jimmie Johnson for the win. Hendrick affiliated cars filled six of the top seven finishing spots.
Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman finished third and fourth respectively, share technical information and more with the Hendrick teams. Even Talladega winner Brad Kezelowski, driving a fifth Hendrick car finished in seventh. The only HMS driver to struggle–again was Dale Earnhardt, Jr., finishing 27th.
This week’s BUZZ ON PIT ROW is all about Martin:
What does Mark Martin’s second win of the season say about his championship hopes?
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by Charlie Turner
Thanks for stopping by OnPitRow.com and the Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie blog. The best NASCAR and IndyCar news and opinion, exclusive pictures and video. I'm Charlie Turner. Follow me on Twitter @onpitrowSeptember 25, 2008 3:20 pm UTC No Comments
Mindy passes out advice to Rowdy Busch, the M & M’s team and A J Allmendinger.
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by Charlie Turner
Thanks for stopping by OnPitRow.com and the Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie blog. The best NASCAR and IndyCar news and opinion, exclusive pictures and video. I'm Charlie Turner. Follow me on Twitter @onpitrowMarch 1, 2008 11:18 pm UTC 18 Comments
Martin captured the Nationwide Series win driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr’s, JR Motorsports team. He did manage to take out his teammate-for-a-day, Brad Kesolowski, in the #88 Navy entry from JRM along the way. I’m thinking the caption should be….
If a Jedi…. uh I mean winner, you will become, careful on the track you must be, Luke…. uh Brad.
We have a very cool hoodie sweatshirt from Boris Said and No Fear Racing for the winner. The contest runs through Tuesday, March 4 at 3 pm ET. To enter, give us your idea for the caption in the comment section of this post. We’ll announce the winner during Tuesday’s ON PIT ROW .
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