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Kyle Busch didn’t do California track any favors

By admin | February 21, 2009

By Richard Allen


Kyle Busch did not do the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California any favors on Saturday. The young driver had his way with the fields of two separate races.

In the afternoon, Busch totally dominated the Camping World Truck Series race on his way to victory. He led 95 of the 100 laps to win the San Bernardino County 200.

No one ever really challenged the #51 truck as he appeared to be on cruise control throughout the event.

Later in the evening, during the second half of a rare NASCAR doubleheader, Busch took control of the Nationwide Series race on the very first lap and hardly looked back, or perhaps it should be said hardly looked ahead, throughout the 150 lap race.

He was not passed on the track all day. The only time anyone else led a lap of either race was during pit stop exchanges.

While that was certainly good news for Kyle Busch, it was terrible news for the Auto Club Speedway.

The crowd for the doubleheader was sparse at best. Those fans saw one driver completely “stink up the show” as the old saying goes. If any of those fans had taken advantage of discounted or free tickets to come to these races, it is likely those same fans will decide not to make a return trip to Fontana for Sunday’s Auto Club 500.

There is simply too much to do in sunny Southern California for a person who may only be a casual fan or not a fan at all to go through the trouble of attending an event that may turn into a runaway. Why waste an afternoon watching one driver decimate the field when there may be something more interesting going on elsewhere?

Keep in mind, I am not saying Kyle Busch will dominate the Sprint Cup race like he did the Nationwide and Camping World races on Saturday. But to a person who does not follow the sport very closely there would be little reason to think otherwise.

If the officials of NASCAR and the Auto Club Speedway were hoping for a walk up crowd to magically appear on Sunday, Kyle Busch took care of that on Saturday.

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 “Kyle Busch didn’t do California track any favors”

  1. Jeff Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 2:42 am

    One thing that does not help NASCAR racing on a track like Cali’s is when NASCAR added the spacers to the engines of the Trucks and Nationwide cars. These semi-sorta plates sap some horsepower and make the speeds pretty much the same for most competitors. However, if you’re lucky enough to be Kyle Busch and have his talent, have his dominant car, then you have smackdowns like we saw today and tonight. I know NASCAR is trying to save teams money, but the addition of the spacers has not helped the racing in these 2 respective series’ on tracks such as my home track and the other 1 1/2 milers. Just my take. I’ll be at Cali Speedway for my 13th straight race there in a few short hours and I can’t wait!!!!!!! Jeff

  2. JohnB Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 9:05 am

    You act like it is Kyle’s fault that he dominated, sounds to me like the other teams need to step up the pace. I personally enjoy it when he “stinks up the field”.

  3. Keith Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I went to the fall race in Fontanta last year. Both the Nationwide and the Cup race were snooze fests. I am sad to say I am becoming a Kyle Busch fan because of the way he kicks tail to back up that smart mouth of his. Fontana needs to bank the track more, throw plates on and then you would get fans there. I never see myself going back to ACS to watch a race. This year on the agenda is Talladega and Texas.

  4. midasmicah Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I agree that Kyle Busch didn’t do the track any favors. This is an extremely boring track to begin with. It lends itself to having an elite few drivers dominate races. The cars tend to get real spread out and the haves quickly put the have nots laps down. It’s real obvious why the races don’t come close to selling out. Believe me I know from first hand knowledge. I went to a race there a few years ago and not only was the race real boring, but You only get to see the cars on about 25% of the time. They’re out of view the rest of the time. The joke is making the fans wait till very late in the day to watch what promises to be a boring race.