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  • I can never lament penalties against Busch

    • by Orrymain

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      The Camping World Truck Series continued after a few off weeks with the 2009 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Qualifying had been rained out, so they lined up by owner’s points which gave Kyle Busch the pole.

      Early on, Busch lost his lead and then was penalized during a stop for gas when his pit crew had too many men over the wall. I can never lament penalties against Busch. I don’t like the man or his attitude.

      The big excitement in the first part of the race came on Lap 34 when there was a huge wreck. Several trucks were caught up in the action, including Busch. When the

      red flag came out, Busch actually got out of his truck and surveyed the damage on his vehicle and then relayed it to the crew chief. He didn’t touch the truck, so NASCAR didn’t penalize him, but I’m not sure that’s fair. If he gets to do it, then what’s to stop other drivers from doing it? Anytime there’s a red flag, drivers will start to get out, look over the wreckage, and then communicate their observations, which allows their teams to be prepared to fix the damage when the race goes to yellow. It just seems like NASCAR opened a potentially nasty door by not penalizing Busch for the unauthorized exit.

      • At least later on, they penalized him for aggressive driving when he got out of line.

        As for the wreck, it was a whopper. I actually jumped in my seat when I saw one part of it. Mike Skinner’s 5-truck was spun and went head-first with a big bang into the wall, damaging it and causing the red flag to be issued. The truck rebounded off the wall, went sliding on its side, and finally righted itself. Other trucks went sailing through the infield crash as well as banging into each other, but it was the Skinner portion that took a person’s breath away. T.J. Bell and Johnny Benson were two others affected

        negatively by the wreck.

        Later, Todd Bodine had been leading the race when he spun, hindering his bit to gain a win. He got loose battling for position with Matt Crafton and just slammed the wall hard. It was his second DNF in a row.

        There was some fun with Ron Hornaday and Busch battling for first with about 20 to go, and there was some excitement in watching Ryan Newman and Terry Cook fight for the fourth spot, but pretty much the last part of the race was fairly calm. Hornaday got the win, followed by Busch, Crafton, Newman, and Cook.

        There were fireworks during this race, but the ending was a bit tame for the truck series.

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