NASCAR Recap: Vegas In The Rearview Mirror

Reno SouthContributor IMarch 2, 2009

I had it all wrong. I claimed that the Cup race from Vegas would be a single file snoozefest. That's two weeks in a row now where the Cup races didn't put me to sleep faster than an Ambien while watching a movie on Lifetime.

Amazing racing in the NNS on Saturday, and even more amazing in the SCS on Sunday. I haven't seen so many blown engines in the Cup series since, since.... well, I can't remember how long it's been since there were this many at one track. Could it be the lack of on-track testing?

Nice to see some of the little guys running in the Top 10, even if they didn't finish there. Paul Menard had a solid run going until he overdrove his talent. Bobby Labonte and David Reutimann had solid Top Five finishes.

Was I the only one who had a Hallmark Moment when Kurt Busch, with Mom in tow, came to victory lane to congratulate his little brother on the hometown win?

NASCAR should make sure that Kyle Busch doesn't get away to Formula One. He is the most compelling story they have. The most talented driver in NASCAR, and, like Dale Sr., the fans either love him or hate him. No in-between, it seems.

If NASCAR had a clue and knew how to market the "bad guy," they might not have all those assless seats on Sundays. Of course, instead of encouraging some trash talk, brashness, and truth, NASCAR will quell it. So attendance and TV ratings may continue to fall faster than the new president's approval ratings.

At least the match on Saturday was compelling.