Busch Stands For Number One, Teammates Couldn't Stand For Number Two

Ashley ColleyContributor IJune 4, 2008

Kyle Busch was the driver being talked about during NASCAR's first visit in 2008 to Dover International Speedway. Busch got into some close encounters that would leave their marks once the NASCAR weekend was over, both on the track and with the media.

First stop on the Dover Track for Kyle was not in a car, for his dominant Toyota couldn’t keep up. Transmission trouble sidelined Busch while Scott Speed went on to win the AAA Insurance 200 on Friday, knocking a triple win weekend out from under Busch.

The saying "first is the worst, second is the best" did not relate to Busch in either the Nationwide Series or Sprint Cup Series this weekend. Busch held the points lead for the Sprint Cup Series but trailed Denny Hamlin in the Nationwide Series.

Denny Hamlin dominated the Heluva Good! 200 Nationwide Series race on Saturday in the number twenty Old Spice car for Joe Gibbs Racing while Carl Edwards in the number sixty car for Roush Fenway Racing was giving it his all against Hamlin. Thirty-two laps to go, Hamlin continued to dominate but soon his Sprint Cup teammate Kyle Busch's chances for late race domination were ended. As Hamlin and Edwards led the field to a restart, Jason Leffler, in the number thirty-eight Great Clips Toyota, got too loose and went flying up the track into fellow Braun Racing teammate Kyle Busch, in the number thirty-two Dollar General Toyota.

"I just have a teammate who can't stand being number two," Busch told FOX reporter Dave Burns after the crash with Leffler. "I don't know what Leffler was thinking there. I went to the top, got a huge run on the top side, I was gonna clear about three of them. He drove up two lanes to hit me, I don't know what else I could have done to this Dollar General Toyota to miss it but it's just frustrating, hope Todd and I can talk and take care of that," added Busch; although he wasn't done.

When Burns asked Busch if he thought Leffler shouldn't have been racing him that hard and close through the turn, Busch had a nice choice of words for him, "Duh!" Hamlin went on to win the Heluva Good! 200 while Carl Edwards came in second, Busch finished in twenty-eighth but Leffler finished one position in front of Busch in twenty-seventh. Busch might not have proved to be number one to Leffler while looking at the results but his choice of words had earned him the number one spot in the media.

Sunday, Kyle was looking not to have any combo accidents with his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin. Hamlin was coming off a Nationwide Series win, Busch was coming off a Nationwide Series media frenzy and Stewart was about to get himself into a stunt of his own.

Greg Biffle led the lineup for the Best Buy 400 through sixteen laps before chaos broke out. On lap seventeen David Gilliland made contact with Elliott Sadler before sending him up into the wall and to collect Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Scott Riggs, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard and Bill Elliott.

After the accident Stewart was more than happy to tell the media what he thought of the multi-car crash so early in the race. “I take 100 percent responsibility. It’s my fault for being even anywhere close to Elliott (Sadler). If I’m within a half a lap of him, I expect that to happen,” Stewart told reporters as if taking full responsibility for the wreck. Stewart however was just in the wrong place at the wrong time but took the “blame” for something he just was not responsible for; contrast this with his reputation for being incapable of taking the blame when it's his fault. If Stewart couldn’t be number one to his teammate Busch in the race he might as well be number one in the media.

The saying “first is the worst, second is the best” was once again proven wrong by Kyle Busch as he drove the number eighteen Combos Toyota to victory lane.