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  • Unfortunately, that was nothing compared to what would happen to Shepherd's car later on when Bristol's version of 'the big one' happened with about 35 laps to go

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      The Scotts Turf Builder 300 was everything that a race at the Bristol, Tennessee short track promises to be. There were wrecks, cautions, and disappointments galore.

      The race was basically a three-way scramble between points leader Carl Edwards, the still rowdy Kyle Busch, and the veteran Kevin Harvick. Those three were pretty much up front and fighting for the lead all race long. Edwards is my favorite of this bunch, so I was rooting for him. For a long time, though, it looked like Busch was going to bring it home.

      A few interesting notes:

      –Greg Biffle was supposed to be in this race but he fell on

      a boat dock and injured his ribs. Matt Kenseth took his place at the last minute and finished fourth.

      –Morgan Shepherd, who is probably the oldest driver attempting Nationwide and sometimes Cup races, was spun out by Paul Menard about two-thirds through the race. Shepherd was two laps down, but Menard just pushed hi through. Of course, he apologized, but for an independent like Shepherd who doesn’t have the Menard money behind him, any damage to his car is devastating. Unfortunately, that was nothing compared to what would happen to Shepherd’s car later on when Bristol’s version of ‘the big one’ happened with about 35 laps to go.

      –Kyle Busch’s pit crew had an unfortunate break when a tire got out of their pit stall on the last crucial pit stop, putting Kyle to the back of the field. Busch wasn’t thrilled and was urging NASCAR to call a red flag during that big wreck near the end. He didn’t get his wish.

      –Scott Speed did an honorable job in this race. He stayed out of trouble and brought his car home clean, finishing in the eight position. Justin Allgaier deserves a mention for fending off teh oncoming Busch in the last few laps, hanging on to the fifth spot.

      When the checkered flag ...

      • NASCAR: 2009 Nationwide Scotts Turf Builder 300
      flew, it was Kevin Harvick heading for Victory Lane. This was big for Harvick, who has owned his own Nationwide team for years but has never won while driving one of his own cars. He’s won driving cars for others, but this was the first time he drove himself to victory and gets the paycheck as both owner and driver.

      I had thought that Kyle Busch had done some growing up, but he stormed out of his car at race end, without acknowledging the fans, who booed his attitude. He climbed out of his car on turn three, threw his helmet and gear into the car, and

      ignored NASCAR officials as he fumed his way by them and headed for the exit. Busch did a phenomenal job, racing back from his pit road problems to finish a very respectable sixth, but it’s obvious that his maturity is still nowhere equal to his driving skills. The boy needs to grow up.

      Carl Edwards, on the other hand, gave Harvick his kudos and graciously stated that he was a good points day for him and that he was happy with the results, though he would have liked to have won since he was racing for Scotts today. He ultimately came home second, having been able to fend off Clint Bowyer.

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