A special event leading up to the NASCAR All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway is the Burnout Competition. The competition, pairing NASCAR greats with ride-along passengers, awards $10,000 to the top scorer, which is then donated to the driver's favorite charity.
First to go out on the track was four-time champion Jeff Gordon. Gordon's driving school cars are being used for the first time in the competition.
Gordon had a bit of a disadvantage going out first as the track was wet from the passing rain shower. But Gordon was still able to pull off two donuts and some great tire smoking in his freestyle competition.
Gordon's total point score was 50 for his attempt. One of Gordon's competitors, Greg Biffle, deemed Gordon's attempt "pathetic."
Darrell Waltrip was second on the track. He did a sliding spin but no smoke was emitted. Waltrip also got into the grass, which was supposed to be a disqualification. DW was scored a total 39 points and he did end up being disqualified for his pass in the grass.
Kevin Harvick went out next and slowly did a few donuts to warm up. Harvick then proceeded to absolutely smoke up his tires and the track, pumping his fist out the car window netting, with wife Delana videotaping it all.
Harvick was scored at 58, the closest to a perfect score of 60. He also received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Having to follow Harvick's tough act, Kasey Kahne then took the track for his burnout attempt. Kahne did a great job and was awarded a total of 53 points.
Amidst a roar of boos, Kyle Busch then pulled out onto the track. Busch proceeded to first hit the wall and then knock down a pylon or two.
After showing the crowd all of the right side damage he had done to the car, Kyle hit a few more things on the track and headed off, most likely to the NASCAR hauler.
Busch was disqualified and will no doubt have to pay Jeff Gordon a pretty penny for tearing up his school's race car.
Busch will also have to clean up the passenger side of the car for the poor fan who happened to be along for the ride. Busch's passenger said, "I think we are going to hit the wall" and indeed Busch did just that.
Busch said that he wanted to get "all of the wrecking" out of the way before the upcoming All-Star Race.
Greg Biffle then roared out onto the track. The Biff was all over the place and did not get much fan reaction. He scored all "8"s across the board for a total of 48 in points.
Clint Bowyer in the No. 33 car had some good smoke going off the tires but it was not good enough for first place. His total score was 51.
When all was said it done, it was Kevin Harvick who reigned supreme in the All-Star Burnout Competition. Harvick thanked his sponsor Pennzoil, as well as the fans for their support.
Harvick reported that his $10,000 winnings would go to the Victory Junction Camp. He said he was pleased to support Kyle and Patti Petty in their efforts to help sick children.
The final results were as follows (out of a perfect score of 60):
1. Kevin Harvick - 58 points
2. Kasey Kahne - 53 points
3. Clint Bowyer - 51 points
4. Jeff Gordon - 50 points
5. Greg Biffle - 48 points
6. Darrell Waltrip - Disqualified
7. Kyle Busch - Disqualified
So, congratulations to Happy Harvick and to Victory Junction Gang Camp!