It’s a move that has been seen from the small town short tracks to the speedways housing thousands of people. High banks or flat corners, it’s been used on all of them. Some love it, others hate it. Some respect it’s use, others loathe when it comes to that moment. When it’s made, it can bring glory, while receiving it means one ends up tasting defeat.
Call it the bump-and-run, the bump-and-dump, the chrome horn, or just simply a “racing move.” It brings about the same result.
It’s seen the most on tracks where there isn’t a lot of room, and especially made when it’s the final lap. Sunday’s action at Richmond brought about the intensity that any short track would provide, and with a nickname of “Racing Perfection,” it would not disappoint. The scenery may have been different with the action scheduled for daylight instead of under the lights, but a short track is always a short track.
When it came down to it, teammates were to battle.
Kyle Busch vs. Carl Edwards; it seems as if the roles for this battle would be clear when considering the concept of a bump-and-run procedure. Would it happen if the roles were reversed?
Turns out, when it came down to it, that became a reality.
Busch held the lead, but one lap to go and Edwards found the lane. One corner didn’t work, but the second was there, and when it mattered whether to finish second, or take home a victory, temptation was too great. Edwards laid into the bumper, and up the track went the No. 18. There was no spin, no wreck, not much in the way of anger. It was exactly what a bump-and-run would do for anyone, teammates or not. It was Edwards taking the win, his second straight, and giving Joe Gibbs Racing four straight victories on the season.
It took one bump to take away a streak that began at Daytona. For the first time in the 2016 season, not one writer achieved a victory. Six were one corner away from it, only to feel the pain with that fateful blow.
Let’s see where everyone’s at following Cousin Carl’s bump to victory in the Toyota Owners 400:
Ashley McCubbin (338) Kyle Busch finished 2nd – 2
Sal Sigala Jr. (301) Kyle Busch finished 2nd – 1
Dustin Parks (296) Tony Stewart finished 19th – 1
Ashley Hull (279) Joey Logano finished 8th – 5
Patti Rodisch (279) Kyle Busch finished 2nd – 2
Kara Martin (267) Kyle Busch finished 2nd – 1
Billy Fellin (256) Kyle Busch finished 2nd – 1
Rob Blount (253) Kevin Harvick finished 5th – 2
Misan Akuya (252) Tony Stewart finished 19th – 2
Mary Jo Buchanan (243) Martin Truex Jr. finished 9th – 1
Rob Tiongson (242) Kurt Busch finished 10th – 2
Ashley Hobbs (231) Kyle Busch finished 2nd – 1
Klarissa Mitchell (216) Joey Logano finished 8th – 1
Stephen Conley (151) Kurt Busch finished 10th – 0
Next Race: The last two Sunday’s have seen tracks with sizes that are on the lower end of the scale. Both finishes had different outcomes, but each had the same man hoisting a trophy. To start out the month of May, the track is on the opposing end on the scale. Not only is the track different, so is the racing. It also means a completely separate package for teams when they set foot on the grounds.
The biggest reason: one piece of steel, with four holes in the center. The restrictor plate makes it’s return to this year’s season, but at a track that is not like Daytona. It’s bigger, steeper, and the finish line is closer to the corner instead of at the center of the tri-oval.
It is a beast. It is a challenge. It…is…TALLADEGA.
Writers, this is one of the places where one can start 40th at the green flag, but be first by the time the lap is complete. It’s also the place where one slight move will take out the field in a matter of feet. Your task isn’t to decide a winner, so to say, but to pick who is the first survivor. Have those picks locked in by Thursday, Cinco de Mayo, at 10 p.m. ET for the GEICO 500.