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Busch drama threatens to overshadow NASCAR’s much desired points battle

By admin | November 10, 2011

By Richard Allen


During the past off season NASCAR changed the points system that had been used in the Sprint Cup Series for almost 40 years. With smaller numbers of points being awarded for each position the natural result of the move would be to create what gave the appearance of a closer battle for the title than in previous years as the season drew to a close.

Well, that is happening. Carl Edwards leads Tony Stewart by just three points with two races remaining on the schedule. Of course, those who have followed NASCAR for more than just a brief moment will understand that there have been close title battles before. But since most of the sanctioning body’s rule changes are geared for fans the sport doesn’t yet even have, it appears to be a tight Chase for the Championship to those who might just catch the highlights on SportsCenter.

That said, it appears as though the fabricated battle will have to take a back seat in this weekend’s race in Phoenix. Being that the new fans NASCAR has worked so hard to cultivate over the past few years are more consumed with individual personalities than the sport itself, the real interest surrounding this race will be on Kyle Busch and his plight.

NASCAR benched the often controversial younger Busch for last weekend’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup races after he intentionally wrecked Ron Hornaday in a Camping World Truck Series event.

This week, rumors have swirled all around the driver, his Joe Gibbs Racing team and primary sponsor M&Ms. On Thursday, persistent stories indicated that Busch may be parked by his team/sponsor for the rest of the season. Or, other reports had it that Busch would indeed drive in the season’s remaining races but with long time JGR supporter Interstate Batteries on the car rather than the candy maker.

It appears as though the latter of those two possibilities is coming to fruition.

As the next to last event approaches, NASCAR has gotten its wish. “The closest points battle in history” is taking shape over these final races. However, it seems as though Kyle Busch and his drama are going to upstage the intended proceedings.

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4 Responses to “Busch drama threatens to overshadow NASCAR’s much desired points battle”

  1. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    November 11th, 2011 at 12:46 am

    I feel all this Kyle Busch Mayhem is not making ANYONE a Happy Camper because Rich, folks need Islands to Swim to and a lot of folks have difficulty digesting the Sports Page,much less the front page and I hope M and M’s does us an awesome flavor or favor and frees itself of Kyle and tells him to head for the Mountains of Busch, which is another ad campaign entirely.

  2. Russ Edwards Says:
    November 11th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Rich, I think that as far as the demo that Nascar is lusting after, both the Nascar points battle and the Busch drama have been far overshadowed by the Penn State issue. (Dont know what is the most descriptive word for that).

    As far as Mars Corp (M&M’s) they get to be righteously indignant, save a few bucks, and by Daytona it will be forgotten.

    As far as the points battle, its Roush vs Hendricks Lite. Ho Hum.

  3. Sue Rarick Says:
    November 11th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    The Kyle Busch incident has been nothing more than a feeding frenzy mostly created by the media. And like many media created events readers do their lemming imitation and join in. The love, hate relationship fans have with Kyle only made the frenzy larger and it took on a life of its own.

    My personal driver favorites are Kyle and Reutimann, both of whom will most likely just ride around for the next two races and stay out of trouble. And I have better things to do the next two weeks than to watch my favorites do points racing. I’ll read about the races on Monday mornings.

  4. Jim Says:
    November 11th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I don’t think enough is being written about the fact that Stewart has 4 wins in the Chase Vs. Edwards 0 wins, and Edwards is still on top.

    More emphasis needs to be put on winning, and NASCAR knew this when they restructured the points. What did they come up with? A 3 point bonus. Look what that 3 point bonus has done for getting Four wins in the Chase. A 3 point deficit to a guy with no wins and only two races to go.

    I’m not a Stewart fan, nor an Edwards fan. Just calling it like I see it.