Shelby 427: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Amanda BradeenCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2009

A record 13 cautions, makes the Shelby 427 a truly eventful race.

Leading into the Las Vegas race, there were many hopefuls.

First on the list was Matt Kenseth. After heading to Victory Lane the first two races, Kenseth was shooting for a third straight win.

In Fox's prerace show, Kenseth didn't sound too hopeful, and his instincts were right. On lap seven, Kenseth's motor blew, sending him to the garage, and to Atlanta rather early.

Brad Keselowski and Todd Bodine both also had unlucky days, crashing early. 

There were so many bumps into walls that I won't go into detail of them all, and will just mention the names.

Paul Menard hit hard while in 12th place, Aric Almirola, Reed Sorenson, Michael Waltrip, and David Stremme also wrecked during the Shelby 427.

Another Roush Fenway car blew a motor, as David Ragan joined Matt Kenseth in the garage.

In the last two races, two cars from the same team have blown their motors. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin did so in Fontana, and Kenseth and Ragan saw their engines go sour this weekend.

Then their were the penalties.

Though a fair amount of drivers got penalties, I have to talk about Earnhardt's.

The speed limit on pit road is 45 mph, though NASCAR allows a five mile leeway. Unfortunately, Earnhardt was clocked at 51.7, causing him to go a lap down.

Then Earnhardt's team decided to make one of the many green flag pit stops. Just as he went in, a caution came out, and he was down a lap—again.

Talk about no luck, though he did manage to finish 10th.

Jimmie Johnson, who was a shoo-in for the win, managed to go a lap down, and was bringing himself back up, only to crash with five laps to go. Talk about a disappointing moment for the No. 48 team.

Before blowing a tire and tearing off half of his front fender, Jeff Gordon managed to make it to the front of the pack, and has surpassed 20,000 laps led in his career. He also managed to finish a very good sixth place.

Some other very good mentions are: Bobby Labonte, who finished a great fifth, Clint Bowyer (second), Jeff Burton, who led many laps and finished third, and David Reutimann (fourth).

Jamie McMurray had a good day, finishing ninth.

And then there is Kyle Busch.

He hung low for awhile, managed to get out front, and got the drive in him to win. A congratulations to that team as they had a great day.

Let's see what comes are way Atlanta!