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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
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