By admin | November 6, 2010
By Richard Allen
Brad Keselowski locked down the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship with his 3rd place finish in the Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s Auto Parts Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. However, that was not what most people were talking about at the end of the day.
With less than ten laps remaining in the event the #09 car of Brian Scott made significant contact with the wall at the exit of turn two. The resulting damage to the car caused visibly evident debris to be scattered all along the backstretch of the 1.5 mile facility.
Much unlike their reputation, NASCAR held onto the caution flag and allowed the cars to race through the site of the incident. On the next lap, Clint Bowyerâ€™s Chevrolet went up in smoke. It was speculated that a piece of that debris left on the track from the Scott mishap may have caused Bowyerâ€™s engine to suffer damage and thus drop oil on the speedway.
NASCAR is often accused of throwing late race yellow flags to make the end of their contests more exciting. In this case, they went against their norm and allowed the debris on the track to play a role in the final results.
Ultimately, the caution finally brought out for Bowyerâ€™s troubles set up the real matter for discussion. Green/white/checkered restarts are almost as much a topic of controversy as debris cautions and this case would be no different.
As the field rolled to the green flag, Carl Edwards got a big jump on the pack. Kyle Busch tried valiantly to keep up but with only two laps remaining his time ran out and he settled for a 2nd place finish.
However, Busch was far from finished. When interviewed by the Performance racing Network and later inside the trackâ€™s media center he discarded all self-censorship and let loose with some serious profanity for all within earshot.
For his part, Edwards was sympathetic to Buschâ€™s situation but was not even a little apologetic for what may or may not have been an early start by him at the end.
All in all, everything that could go wrong did go wrong for NASCAR in the final laps of the Texas Nationwide Series race. A lack of consistency, at least in the mind of Kyle Busch, in their rulings has again opened the sanctioning body for criticism.
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