Found April 30, 2012 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
Welcome to the April 30, 2012 edition of Start ‘N’ Park Blog’s Stock Watch. Each week we’ll take a look at who’s rising, falling, and treading water in the world of NASCAR. This stretches all division and all aspects of NASCAR, including drivers, owners, crew members, media and fans. Finding their way onto this week’s watch includes Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Trevor Bayne. Is your favorite NASCAR personality rising, falling, or treading water? Find out below what Greg and Mike have to say below. Rising Kyle Busch– Two wins in two races over the weekend, well, technically he didn’t win Friday’s Nationwide race but he was the winning car owner. After what most people (me) would call a terrible start to Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Nationwide Series, they finally broke through with a victory. I say a terrible start because for the last four to five years it seemed you could put Kyle Busch in a four door Datsun and he would still win. So my thinking was put him in his own team and he would win? Well that hasn’t been the case, but finally his brother Kurt Busch pulled off the victory. Then on the Cup side his quiet beginning of the year was offset with the victory Saturday night. Right now it’s good to be a Busch. – Mike Kasey Kahne – Yet another solid run, making it two in a row for the much maligned Hendrick Motorsports wunderkind. Is he finally turning the corner on his (so far) lack luster season? Time will tell. But the foundation is there. It should continue. – Greg Dale Earnhardt Jr – In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the fan response at the tracks you have, Dale Jr. has managed to get a top 5 here and there, and is threatening to climb out of the cellar. A season worst 15th place finish is the only blemish he has, and after bringing home another 2nd place at Richmond, its beginning to look like Junebug might be able to pull one off before too long! – Greg Falling Trevor Bayne – Bayne missed his second consecutive start because of sponsorship woes with the #60 Ford in the Nationwide Series. Two races ago Bayne sat in fourth place in points, now he’s dropped to 9th place. Roush-Fenway Racing was able to secure sponsorship recently…for his teammate Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. so it appears that Bayne’s season will continue to be in jeopardy. I know we say this every week, but I still can’t wrap my head around why no one wants to sponsor him.  – Mike Martin Truex – Really, I just wanted to find a way to bash MWR again. It’s been far too long. They’ve been so good all year long, I feel like I almost have to try and throw them under the bus at least one time just to make sure the world is right still. Truex fought an ill handling car all night and saw himself end up in the 25th position, his worst finish of the year. It won’t continue. He’ll be back up in the top 10 next week. But for one week, the world is back to normal! – Greg Treading Water Kurt Busch – As seen above he was able to pull off the victory in the Nationwide Series race Friday night by a door over Denny Hamlin. Saturday night in the Sprint Cup Series was not as memorable, as an early spin contributed to a forgettable night. Also, his car is showing the dire straits that team is in by running no logos on it. Time is ticking for Busch and Phoenix Racing to turn things around or maybe it’s time to move apart. – Mike Debris Cautions – You would be hard pressed to find a single person watching or attending the race at Richmond who could actually see the water bottle in question that drew the final caution Saturday night. Tony Stewart himself said he saw it, but it’d been there for 10 plus laps and was well out of the groove and racing area so it didn’t present a hazard. I think we all know why that yellow was thrown. But I’ll just have to cover that in our podcast this week on Wednesday. – Greg

Kyle Busch on the lottery of Talladega: It's a crapshoot

Kyle Busch has put his shaky spring behind him, witness the #18's win at Richmond last Saturday night. Now Rowdy and his Joe Gibbs Racing team head to the track where luck plays the biggest part of any race on the circuit: Talladega. Busch knows he's got some momentum heading into this weekend, because, in his words "I’ve never had the luck at Talladega. I just want...

NASCAR: Kyle Busch skates by Stewart, Wins at Richmond

Okay, so let’s fast forward to 15 laps to go. Tony Stewart, defending Series Champ, driver of the 14 Mobile 1 car, is leading the race. He’s just cruising along, making his way through lap-traffic, basically just having some fun and waiting for the checkers to drop. When we get down to 12 laps to go, the unbelievable happen’s to the 3-time champ Stewart. The caution flag iss...

Kyle Busch claims first win of 2012

Kyle Busch claimed his first win of 2012 when he took the checkered flag, driving the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the Capital City 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Friday night. It was Busch’s fourth-consecutive victory in the spring race at RIR. “Being aggressive when it matters and saving your tires when you can,” Busch said...

CUP: Spring 4-Peat For Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch came from nowhere to win at Richmond...

RotoWire NASCAR Barometer: Talladega

Late cautions and controversial calls by officials made Saturday night's Complete Capital City 400 a race to remember. The short confines of the Richmond oval produced plenty of story lines. From Tony Stewart losing the lead due to a late caution for debris, to Carl Edwards being penalized for jumping a late restart. There was no shortage of talking points, and the only driver...

Costly mistakes will haunt top drivers

For many of NASCAR's top competitors, Richmond will be remembered for the race that got away. While race winner Kyle Busch exclaimed, "What up boys, we back," as he came to the checkered flag at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, Jimmie Johsnon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards were trying to ascertain what went wrong. Johnson's...

There are three sides to every story

All last week you heard the pundits predict that the Richmond race was going to be wild and the only thing to expect was the unexpected. Boy was that ever true. We had controversy, confusion and even another new winner in 2012. But, I am getting ahead of myself. Let's go back to Friday night's Nationwide Series race first. Congratulations to Kyle Busch and Kyle Busch Motorsports...

RotoWire NASCAR Barometer

Late cautions and controversial calls by officials made Saturday night's Complete Capital City 400 a race to remember. The short confines of the Richmond oval produced plenty of story lines. From Tony Stewart losing the lead due to a late caution for debris, to Carl Edwards being penalized for jumping a late restart. There was no shortage of talking points, and the only driver...

NASCAR: Kyle Busch sweeps Richmond

BY: NASCAR Wire Service RICHMOND, Va. — Pulling away from Dale Earnhardt Jr. after a restart with eight laps left in Saturday night’s Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Kyle Busch streaked to his fourth straight victory in the spring race at the .75-mile track. The win was Busch’s first of the season and [...]

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kurt Busch holds off Denny Hamlin to win at Richmond

BY: NASCAR MEDIA WIRE RICHMOND, Va. — By the thinnest of margins, in a breathtaking finish that featured two cars sideways and side-by-side at the finish line, Kurt Busch beat Denny Hamlin to the checkered flag by .062 seconds to win Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Busch delivered the [...]
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.