The agony of having something so close, but not being able to have it, is a feeling everyone has experienced in some aspect. Whether missing out on a promotion, getting a B instead of an A on that exam, or even the simplest idea of not being able to beat that yellow light before it turns red, having something that close only to slip away is never fun.
In racing, just finishing second is never fun, especially when it happens time and time again.
Kyle Larson felt that way for a year, but didn’t complain about it. When he finally got that first win at Michigan, that weight of not being able to close the deal despite being so close, it was gone.
Kyle Busch has been experiencing that through five races, especially when many of them are behind a driver that won many races already through 2017. Well, finally, the shoe went on the other foot. It was time for Rowdy to wrangle up a victory, and have a nemesis feel the agony of being in second place.
The man in the No. 18 Toyota has experienced stage wins already this season, but to finally say he was the one holding up the checkered flag, and taking the bow, seemed to erase all those second place finishes this season. He’s clinched his spot for the playoff run, and ready to move onto the next week with a bit more swagger.
His win also added more swagger to three participants this week. In fact, this was a feast-or-fry week for everyone, as it was either great runs, or early afternoons. Here’s how everyone now stands after the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500:
Sal Sigala Jr. – 310 – Kyle Busch WON (2) 12
Rob Tiongson – 285 – Ryan Blaney finished 5th (1) 5
Ashley Hobbs – 262 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 37th (2) 11
Misan Akuya – 247 – Kyle Busch WON (3) 17
Billy Fellin – 225 – Kyle Busch WON (2) 12
Rob Blount – 211 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 37th (1) 5
Penny Whitecotton – 205 – Jimmie Johnson finished 35th (3) 11
Trisha Rodisch – 205 – Kevin Harvick finished 2nd (2) 7
Ashley Hull – 194 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 37th (1) 7
Dustin Parks – 188 – Jimmie Johnson finished 35th (0) 0
Klarissa Mitchell – 100 – NO PICK SENT (0) 0
Next Race: Everything is bigger in Texas, but if finding speed in a smaller setting is more of one’s taste, the next stop on the schedule satisfies everyone’s desires. There’s high speeds, just like one would expect at a big track. For those that love high banks, they have that, similar to what one may see at Charlotte or Homestead. But, if a smaller scale facility is what one likes, less than a mile in length will keep them happy.
Combine this in a blender, throw in grandstands everywhere surrounding the concrete, and one gets the “World’s Fastest Half Mile” as the main course.
It’s onto Tennessee and the Bristol Motor Speedway next Sunday. So get those Food City 500 picks submitted by Thursday, April 12, at 10 p.m. ET.