By admin | June 18, 2012
By Richard Allen
There are many out there who like Dale Earnhardt, Jr. And, there are many out there who dislike brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch. For those fans who fit into both of those categories, and that is likely to be many, it was like Christmas came early this past Sunday at the Michigan International Speedway.
Earnhardt broke what to his so called ‘Junior Nation’ must have seemed like an unending winless streak that dated back four years to this same track. The #88 Chevrolet dominated the latter part of the Quicken Loans 400 as Junior led 95 laps on his way to the 19th victory Sprint Cup of his career.
And more, the win edged Junior closer to Sprint Cup points leader Matt Kenseth. The sport’s most popular driver currently sits in the 2nd position in the standings, just four markers out of the lead.
So, how could things possibly get any better for the ‘Junior Nation’? Well, to many of Earnhardt’s most devoted fans, enemy number one is Kyle Busch. And just for good measure, Kurt Busch is on the list of those most disliked as well.
After coming off a one week suspension following a number of unseemly incidents, Kurt Busch found trouble almost immediately in Michigan. On lap three the driver of the #51 Chevrolet lost control in turn two and collected the car of David Gilliland. Busch’s car suffered significant front end damage and was handicapped for the rest of the day.
Kurt limped to a 30th place finish, six laps behind Earnhardt.
For the third week in a row, Kyle Busch was forced to the garage area due to engine troubles. As it turned out, the team discovered a broken rocker arm. That part was replaced and the younger Busch was sent back to the track to eventually place 32nd in the final rundown, 43 laps off the pace.
For many fans, Sunday proved to be the best of both worlds. The much loved Junior won and the much disliked Busch brothers had disastrous results. For those who sit on the opposite side of this fence, you’ve had four years to relish in Earnhardt’s failings and the Busch brothers’ successes so one day shouldn’t hurt too much.
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