Sunday, February 22, 2009

Some California Results

Racing off pit road was about all the major racing there was.  Congratulations to Matt Kenseth for his 3rd California win, and his second in a row for the 2009 season.

Bad luck for Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. who all lost engines in the race.  Especially bad for Kevin, who had the longest streak of no DNF's in the modern era going.  I suppose all streaks must end, eventually, but it's disappointing to see Kevin lose an engine when he obviously had a pretty strong car all day.  Dale Jr. also had a strong run until his engine let go, driving from 43rd to 13th at one point in the race before engine problems sent him to the garage.

Matt Kenseth is obviously now the driver to beat in the Cup series now, starting the season 2 and 0.  Showing a lot of promise also is the 24 of Jeff Gordon, who came in second tonight.

I suppose some of the biggest news of the night is that Kyle Busch didn't complete the sweep, winning not only the Camping World Truck race, but also the Nationwide race on Saturday.  That feat alone set a record, winning two major NASCAR series races in one day, but Kyle didn't complete the trifecta, winning all three major NASCAR races in a weekend.  Give him some time though, he's still a young man.  Finishing 3rd in the Cup race was a pretty good run for Kyle Busch.

What I wonder though, is how long can Kyle Busch keep burning both ends of the candle, as well as the middle?  3 races in a weekend, at least when they run all three races at the same track is a grueling schedule for any driver of any age.  Kyle does it regularly, and I applaud him for that, but I have to wonder if the schedule from yesterday didn't take a toll on his performance today.  I'm guessing not, because Kyle seems to have an inexhaustible supply of energy, which is normal for a man his age.  I just wonder how long he'll keep that kind of schedule up though.

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