Over the last few weeks, it seems NASCAR has a new sheriff in town to show who the authority is on the track. He withstood not one, but two, races at Martinsville to bring home a pair of clocks. On Friday night, one restart made the difference to bring an Xfinity trophy to the shop.
Come Saturday night, it was a chance to get out the broom for a second straight week, and end the weekend by firing off some six-shooters.
He may not have led the most laps, because that honor went to Martin Truex Jr, who is now in a Toyota instead of a Chevrolet. But, another restart made all the difference.
It became a late night, as the fans on the east were up past midnight to see the finish, but what they saw was a familiar name get back to victory lane, for the fourth straight NASCAR event. The defending champion is on a roll, as Kyle Busch took home his second victory of the season, his second straight sweep, and did so in the home state of his sponsor, Interstate Batteries.
There were no duck calls alongside the Duck Dynasty folks that sponsored the race, but the guns were fired to celebrate yet another victory. Only thing to determine now is if another fan will see if he’s driving alongside them on the way home from the track.
The victory gave another win this week, keeping the streak alive for another race, and it came from the season’s win leader. But, it wasn’t quite enough to change the one at the top of the standings. Here’s where the 14 writers stand after the Duck Commander 500:
Ashley McCubbin (263) Jimmie Johnson finished 4th – 2
Dustin Parks (242) Carl Edwards finished 7th – 1
Ashley Hull (240) Kyle Busch WON – 5
Sal Sigala Jr (238) Kevin Harvick finished 10th – 1
Patti Rodisch (236) Jimmie Johnson finished 4th – 2
Misan Akuya (215) Carl Edwards finished 7th – 2
Rob Blount (213) Jimmie Johnson finished 4th – 2
Kara Martin (209) Denny Hamlin finished 12th – 1
Mary Jo Buchanan (208) Jimmie Johnson finished 4th – 1
Rob Tiongson (207) Jimmie Johnson finished 4th – 2
Billy Fellin (191) Brad Keselowski finished 18th – 1
Ashley Hobbs (188) Jimmie Johnson finished 4th – 1
Klarissa Mitchell (138) Jamie McMurray finished 13th– 0
Stephen Conley (98) Brad Keselowski finished 18th – 0
Next Race: There’s definitely a top gun right now in the sport with the streak Busch is on right now. But up next, it’s going from a shootout to the bull ring, and it isn’t referring to the rodeo.
NASCAR’s version of a bull ring has high banks, with a concrete surface. It has fans surrounding every corner, every straightaway, and holds the noise rather well. It’s a venue that will be hosting later this year the largest crowd to witness a college football game when Tennessee and Virginia Tech take to the field.
The “Last Great Coliseum” awaits the sport as next on the list of tracks is the second short track event, and it is going to be fast since it is happening at Bristol.
All you writers get set for a dog fight, but lock in those picks by Thursday, April 14, at 10 p.m. ET for the Food City 500.