by Ryan Isley One day. 1,100 miles of racing. Two different races at tracks 600 miles apart from each other. Kurt Busch’s weekend should be sponsored by Travelocity. Over Memorial Day weekend, Busch will become the fourth driver since 1994 and just the first since Robby Gordon in 2004 to try to run both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. Only one guy – Tony Stewart in 2001 – made it through the entire 1,100 miles. Gordon has tried the double five times and Stewart has done it twice, with John Andretti and Davy Jones … Continue reading The Time is Right for the Kurt Busch Double Attempt
by Ryan Isley It will be almost like déjà vu for Jeff Gordon this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Almost. After trailing Kyle Busch by 12 points heading into the final race before the Chase last season, Gordon will only have to be half as good at Richmond this season to catch the other Busch brother for a spot in the Chase, as Gordon trails Kurt Bush by six points. He also trails Greg Biffle by just 14 points. Gordon held off Kyle Busch last season to take the second wild card spot, and is chasing Kurt this season for … Continue reading Different Year, Same Situation for Jeff Gordon
by Ryan Isley Back before the 2012 NASCAR season began, I decided to put my prognosticating skills to the test and made six predictions for the upcoming season. The season started with a Monday night finish at the Daytona 500 and ended this past weekend when Brad Keselowski closed the season by winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. I thought this was the time to look back at those six predictions I made and see which ones I hit on and which ones I whiffed on. 1 – Kurt Busch Most Likely 2011 Chase Driver to Miss the Chase in … Continue reading Grading Ryan's 2012 NASCAR Predictions
by Ryan Isley
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will get underway this Sunday at Daytona International Speedway when the running of the 54th Daytona 500 goes green just after 1:00pm ET. With that in mind, I decided to make a few predictions for the upcoming season.
1 – Kurt Busch Most Likely 2011 Chase Driver to Miss the Chase in 2012:
After making his third straight Chase for the Sprint Cup and finishing 11th in points in 2011, Kurt Busch was released by Penske Racing following the season. The reason for Busch being shown the door wasn’t so much for his on-track performance, but his antics off the track.
In September, Busch had a confrontation with reporters, most notably Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press. When he was asked about a comment he had made, he denied ever making said comment. When Fryer said she had the transcript, Busch went over and ripped the transcript up and dropped it back on Fryer’s lap.
Then in November at the final race of the season, Dr. Jerry Punch of ESPN attempted to interview Busch once Busch was forced out of the race with car problems. Punch was attempting to talk to Busch beforehand and the driver went crazy on the reporter, dropping expletives and f-bombs like they were sitting at a bar having a conversation like old friends. You can see the video here, but be warned – the language is harsh.