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Is it over between Junior and Busch?

By admin | September 7, 2008

By Richard Allen


The last time the Sprint Cup Series raced at Richmond, Kyle Busch cemented his place as NASCAR’s most hated driver when he and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. crashed while racing for the lead late in the going.

Whether intentional or not, and it did not appear to be intentional, Junior got into the back of the #18 car on lap 211 during the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Busch was sent spinning into the wall and the “Junior Nation” was sent into a frenzy.

Busch lost a lap but made it up and went on to finish 15th. Earnhardt had a solid 4th place run.

Now, the question going into the Chase that remains, is the issue between these two settled?

Almost certainly, as long as the two drivers are in the hunt, it would seem unlikely that either would risk ruining his own chance at a championship for revenge against the other.

However, if one of the two should fall out of contention, might there be some retribution? That retribution would not have to come in the form of a crash. One driver can interfere with another by blocking, making an entry into or out of the pits more difficult or any number of other ways to make life difficult for a competitor.

Whatever happens from this point on, these two drivers have made the races in Richmond worth the price of admission for many fans.

A little rivalry never hurts.

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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4 Responses to “Is it over between Junior and Busch?”

  1. David Says:
    September 7th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    As a Dale Jr fan, I would like for it to be over. As I’m sure Carl Edwards fans probably would like that to be over as well.

    The question in both cases is. Is it over for Kyle??

    I would say that neither Dale Jr or Carl want this to continue into the chase. However I’m not sure Kyle thinks in terms of how it would impact his championship run.

    But I think with so much on the line. Drivers aren’t just going to get out of Kyle’s way anymore. He will be raced the way he races. That could be a very bad thing for Kyle going into the chase.

  2. Bill McMorrow Says:
    September 8th, 2008 at 7:56 am

    I hope it is not over. the races are so boring the only thing i have to look forward to is rooting for on track scirmishes involving Kyle.

  3. yankeegranny Says:
    September 8th, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Went to the Richmond marathon and agree the stands went absolutely wild. They went wilder when Kyle spun the second time. Have to give him credit even if you don’t love him; a 15th place finish says he is a heck of a driver. Best racetrack I have ever been too first time there and it sure won’t be the last.

  4. Alice Says:
    September 8th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    I totally agree with Bill…most of the races this season have been a bit boring, and looking forward to anyone wrecking Kyle is the best part.