Nothing was normal about the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, including that a driver who had a 12th-place car most of the race wound up with a lead so big he was almost sure to win. But that was just the beginning, and led to some of the best racing you’ll ever see.
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was disappointed in his second place finish at this weekend’s Coke 600, and wasn’t in the mood to answer questions. So, he gave a brief answer to the one he was asked in the media pit, and to signify he done once and for all, he threw the microphone down.
One thing is constant in life: if there is a way to translate something into a merchandising or sponsorship opportunity, NASCAR will do it. Behold the t-shirt born of the greatest motorsport interview in years, in which Kyle Busch answered every question with some variation of “Everything is great.”
You never really know who’s holding on to a NASCAR grudge until the next race. Given how Kyle Busch isn’t really commenting on his make-nice chats with NASCAR officials and Joey Logano following last weekend’s fight, I’m not sure those talks accomplished much. Clearly, we need the “I Love You” car again.
It isn’t often that racing spats over wrecks get super technical. It’s usually just a finger-pointing match over who hit whom and why. But after a wreck with Joey Logano in Las Vegas, Kyle Busch apparently asked to see his throttle data to determine if Logano hit him on purpose—after trying to punch him, of course.
Are you okay with Joey Logano moving forward? How did the meeting between Kyle Busch and Logano go? No matter what the question was today after that meeting, Kyle Busch answered, “Everything is great. I’m looking forward to getting back to the race track, and getting into my race car.”
NASCAR gave out zero penalties for the last-lap on-track contact between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano and the subsequent fight that followed, per NASCAR’s post-race penalty report. Of course they didn’t! All’s fair in love, war and getting everybody to talk about NASCAR thanks to a ridiculous post-race fight.
Candymaker Mars, Inc., a #brand that serves as the primary sponsor for Kyle Busch’s NASCAR Cup car, voiced their displeasure with Busch for starting a fight at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That’s rich, because they’ve never remarked on any first grader who’s ever been elbowed in the stomach over a pack of Skittles.
Today’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway saved all the action for its last lap and of course, after the race. After Joey Logano got loose on the last lap and collided with Kyle Busch, Busch was sent sliding into pit lane. So, Busch went to go “chat” (and by chat, I mean fight) with Logano after the race.
Pit crews often spray down sticky substances like coke (not pop or soda, you Philistines—coke) to increase traction during high-pressure pit stops, like this one during today’s NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup finale at Homestead-Miami. Maybe someone swapped the coke bottle for bacon grease?
An hour before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the cars of three of the four championship drivers had yet to pass technical inspection. The No. 18 team of Kyle Busch was the only one on the grid, and NBC Sports Network said the other cars failed three different times.
The poor little bunny—er, large jackrabbit—“came out of nowhere” and left a huge blood splatter all over the front end of Kyle Busch’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car in practice on Friday. While it wasn’t caught on the broadcast, Busch’s description of the events is pretty funny.
NASCAR is making an example of the No. 18 car driven by Kyle Busch in its new crackdown on securing all five lug nuts per wheel. The No. 18 crew chief was fined $20,000, and both he and the front tire changer were suspended through May 18, forcing them to miss the next race at Dover International Speedway.
The good ol’ bump and run is alive and well in NASCAR. This time, it gave us the first last-lap pass ever at Richmond International Raceway, with Carl Edwards nudging Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch out of the way for the win.
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch did not have a good day at today’s Food City 500. He had not one, but three crashes on track at Bristol Motor Speedway, two of which were because of a right front tire going down. After the last one, he came into the pits for repairs and accidentally tapped a fan with his car. Oops.
Kyle Busch wins so often in NASCAR that it’s almost a non-story that he won tonight’s late-running, rain-delayed Duck Commander 500. Like many professional drivers, there’s a clear pattern in Busch’s post-race commentary. So, we’ve done him a solid and come up with this handy template for future use.
Contact can be a rare occasion on your standard 1.5-mile NASCAR track because fields often become single file, meaning pit road can turn into the main source for traffic jams. One of those jams occurred early on in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, roughing up two favorites to win in the process.
When NASCAR driver Kyle Busch can leave his tires in giant clouds of smoke, you know he has ample celebratory burnout experience. Tonight marked a record eighth Xfinity Series win at Texas Motor Speedway, giving Busch a total of 160 wins in all NASCAR’s top three series. We’re just as used to seeing him do burnouts as…
I’m pretty sure this is the NASCAR version of Excited Astronomer or Double Rainbow Guy, but it’s proof that despite all the fame, most NASCAR drivers are pretty good people. Watch reigning Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch totally make a random fan’s day, and bask in all the joy emanating from your screen.
It seemed as if more wrecks than actual racing occurred in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway, culminating in two red flags during the final 15 laps. But the red-flag wait time must have brought everyone to their senses, and the field survived “overtime” without a scratch.