When Kyle Busch crossed the finish line to win Saturday’s Capital City 400 in Richmond, he tied his older brother Kurt with 24 Sprint Cup wins. While the brotherly competition will continue on that circuit, it’s all about teamwork in the Nationwide Series. Kyle owns the Monster Energy Drink car and hired Kurt to drive it. Kurt drove it right into victory lane Saturday night to get his brother his first win as a team owner. "This is the most emotional I've ever been for a win,'' Kyle said. “I’m not sure how we'll run past this, but I don't care. Tonight is the night.'' Kurt’s response was just as emotional. "I've driven for guys like (Roger) Penske and (Jack) Roush, but when you're driving for a guy named Busch, you've got to be on it, and I was glad to be able to deliver,'' Kurt said. "It's great to get to Victory Lane as a family.''
The last thing that X games star Travis Pastrana thought would bite him in his Nationwide Series debut was speeding, but that’s what prevented him from finishing in the top 20. Pastrana was slapped with speeding down pit road and as a result of the penalty, he finished 22nd. Pastrana will continue to race on the Nationwide Series while also competing in the Global Rallycross Championships which will stop at Texas Motor Speedway prior to the Firestone 550 IndyCar race on June 9th.
IndyCar’s new race director Beaux Barfield is getting high marks from one of the most popular drivers on the circuit, Helio Castroneves. "Beaux Barfield is doing a much better job in my opinion than Brian Barnhart did in the last few years," said Castroneves. "Brian started well, but all of a sudden things started changing, the rules started changing, there were too many rules, the drivers didn't know what they could or couldn't do." Castroneves complained that Barnhart was quick to bring out the yellow flag in races and so far, Barfield has taken his time before calling for the caution. The IndyCar series makes it’s only stop of the year at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 9th in the Firestone 550.
Just nine races into the 2012 season, RPM has fired Greg Erwin as crew chief for Aric Almirola’s No. 43 car. Mike Ford takes over the position after being released by Joe Gibbs Racing last season after serving as the crew chief for Denny Hamlin’s ride. Almirola is in 23rd place in the Sprint Cup Series standings and has only one top-10 finish this season. He finished 26th at Richmond on Saturday night.
The feud between Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch boiled over last November in Richmond swapping paint on the track and some words afterwards. Now Johnson has some issues with Ryan Newman stemming from an incident at Texas Motor Speedway. The five-time Sprint Cup champion is steamed that Newman, a lap down, raced him too hard toward the end of the Samsung Mobile 500 which allowed Greg Biffle to make the pass that he never relinquished on the way to the victory. The two left a meeting in Kansas unhappy with the results. “That's one thing I have to be very careful about, because I love to race hard. That's not what it's about,'' Johnson said. "There's a time and a place. Two laps down, going your second lap down, with 20 laps to go, is not the right time. At the end of a race, racing for any position, that's what we're here to do. I am not against that. There's a flow on the track that I think needs to take place, and it's been lost a little bit the last few years here. Again, I want to be careful. We're here to race. So I don't want to accuse someone of racing too hard. But in that situation at Texas, it just wasn't necessary." Newman has no comment to Johnson’s remarks.
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