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Kyle Busch kept his helmet on while getting the checkered flag

By admin | July 5, 2008

By Richard Allen


Kyle Busch proved to be a great talent behind the wheel of a race car in the Coke Zero 400 and he proved he is no dummy as well.

As he stopped his car at the start/finish line to get the checkered flag for his celebration lap he made sure to keep his helmet on as he walked up the track amid a few beer cans showering down from the grandstands.

The remarkable thing is that Busch was there to get the checkered flag. Busch drove a great race to get himself in that position. Earlier in the event Busch received what was meant to be a helpful push from teammate Denny Hamlin. Instead, however, the push helped Busch’s Toyota turn almost completely sideways. He saved the car but he had to drop to the back of the field.

With hard driving and good pit work Busch found himself back at the front of the pack as the customary late lap, restrictor plate caution feast began to take place. The last several laps saw caution flags fall as cars bounced off each other numerous times.

On the race’s final restart, a green/white/checkered, Busch brought the field down at a slow pace which forced cars to bunch up behind him. Jeff Gordon got turned by Carl Edwards but NASCAR kept the green flag out as no other cars were involved and Gordon was able to get his car going.

However, just after taking the white flag, the “Big One” occurred and the caution was thrown. Replays showed Busch as the leader at the time of caution and he was declared the winner.

When he stopped at the flagman’s stand to get the checkered flag, he was greeted with the previously mentioned shower of cans and some boos, but as the TNT Television crew pointed out, there are a few more cheers every week.

Perhaps there will come a time in the future when Busch can remove his helmet to accept the cheers of the crowd. Well, that may be a bit of a stretch. It is probably a good idea for him to keep that helmet on for the time being. But one thing seems for certain, he is going to be getting more checkered flags as long as he keeps driving like he is and his car continues to perform as it has been.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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5 Responses to “Kyle Busch kept his helmet on while getting the checkered flag”

  1. Charles Says:
    July 6th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Iam okay with Kyles win, but it seem to me that NASCAR would at least mark lines on the track where the fans could see where the different areas that Nascar uses when a caution comes out to determine the positions!
    Fans on TV and at the track need to know this!

    PS= TNT and sometimes the other networks need to get better camera angles! With all the changing of colors of cars at each race, it seems they mainly show the hood of the car instead of the side agle! Need a telescope to see it on TV! Take a look back at the 1979 Daytona 500, they had much better camera agle then, than now!

  2. Bud Says:
    July 7th, 2008 at 8:28 am

    A really good driver can lead a lot of laps and occasionaly back into a win. Mostly he find ways to lose.

    A really great driver will find a way to win whether, or not, he leads a lot of laps.

    Unfortunately, the fans of the “really good” driver like to throw beer cans onto the track.

  3. Mary Says:
    July 7th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    How do you know it’s all Dale Junior fans who are throwing the beer cans? Kyle isn’t well liked by a lot of other drivers’ fans.

  4. mike thomas Says:
    July 7th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    kyle started that saying the fans had to many dale jr’s.someday someone will put a jimmy spenser on his young butt

  5. keith Says:
    July 7th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Most of the idiots throwing stuff on the track were dale sr. fans.
    They are morons and should be put in a fenced and guarded area and not released until after everyone else has gone home.