The thrill of joy is great for one and all, but the taste is much sweeter when the victory comes after waiting so long since the last one. Ask someone like Jeff Gordon, who at one point waited over 40 races to experience the thrill of victory, or Dale Earnhardt Jr. since he had to endure waiting almost three years between his.
Was anyone looking to see a winless streak come to a close when the checkered flag went in the air at Bristol? Maybe not, because all the talk was on a couple drivers.
However, neither were talked about unless it was about being in an accident, or caught in traffic. The door was open for someone new to make their way to victory, and it was someone with a familiar last name, but had not seen such a celebration since last February.
It wasn’t the younger brother taking victory this time, instead it is the older one that is likely looking for a new team in 2019.
Welcome back to the winner’s stage, Outlaw…as in Kurt Busch.
Win one on the season, and one that surprisingly was popular among the crowd. Playoff bound, with a title sponsor on board.
His win did not mean a League victory. In fact, the participants only picked two different drivers this week, with both of them being the dominant ones of the 2018 season. Here’s the updated standings after the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race:
Penny Whitecotton – 898 – Kevin Harvick finished 10th (7) 39
Sal Sigala Jr. – 867 – Kyle Busch finished 20th (4) 23
Trisha Rodisch –866 – Kevin Harvick finished 10th (5) 29
Ashley Hobbs – 836 – Kyle Busch finished 20th (5) 26
Dustin Parks – 788 – Kyle Busch finished 20th (1) 9
Rob Tiongson – 774 – Kevin Harvick finished 10th (3) 17
Billy Fellin – 764 – Kyle Busch finished 20th (4) 29
Rob Blount – 744 – Kevin Harvick finished 10th (2) 16
Misan Akuya – 711 – Kyle Busch finished 20th (4) 23
Next Race: NASCAR doesn’t often get weeks off, especially when it only comes every several months. But this time a break between action is not just a reason to rest up, and prepare for the final playoff run. It also is a time for teams, media, fans and a track to decide on a “costume.”
The next race when NASCAR returns to the track, as Dale Jr. put it, has become NASCAR’s version of a Halloween party. As he puts it, “If you’re not dressed up, you’re not cool.”
Why is everyone wanting to get into costume…because for the one time all year, NASCAR gets to have some fun, and turn back time. This time, doing so by celebrating 70 years of action in one weekend. Almost every team has decided to go away from it’s regular look, and decided to honor a past driver, team, sponsor, look, or even something that may be a personal connection. NASCAR goes old school for the fourth consecutive year, and they do so at a track that cannot be compared to any other on the circuit.
A pinched in corner, but even straightaways, and a groove right along the wall. The Lady in Black makes her return, and she has always been “Too Tough To Tame.” It’s throwback weekend, and we are back in Darlington.
The League gets a couple weeks to think about things, because their special addition picks are due by 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 30, for the Bojangles’ Southern 500.