It can be said that it’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish! It can also be said that, at Bristol, either someone is in your way, or you are in someone’s way. Essentially, there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide at Bristol, baby!
That was the case for Kyle Busch in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, battling back from a crash on Lap 1 to earn his third victory of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Busch received rear damage to the No. 18 Toyota on the opening lap after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. slammed into the back of him, sending Busch for a spin down the straightaway. But repairs were made and Busch was able to methodically work his way back up to the front, taking his first lead of the day on Lap 418 after starting 17th.
The key point of the race for Busch occurred when the Joe Gibbs Racing team elected to stay out following a caution with 22 laps remaining, taking off on the final restart with 15 laps to go and never looking back.
THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF THE GO FAST
This week the award will be shared by a trio of players who picked Kyle Busch to win the race. Lonna The Quilt Angel, Kilimanjaro Bobby, and Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty all were packed into Rowdy’s hot rod today making 500 laps in the Skittles machine. Each one of these players scored a very nice 51 points.
THE MOVERS AND THE SHAKERS
Bernie The Bay Area Bandit fared very well this week. The Bandit was betting the farm on YRB, Young Ryan Blaney, at The World’s Fastest Half Mile. In return for her support, YRB’s 4th place finish gave The Bandit 46 points.
Additionally, Wild Bill The Pretzel Man had a fantastic weekend at Bristol, The Pretzel Dude racked up 40 points this week by put all his marbles into the marble sack of the driver formally known as “The Outlaw”, now better known in his older age by his given name, Kurt Busch.
Meanwhile, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star was all in this week for Mr. Seven-Time. The Vegas Super Star was truly hoping that Jimmie Johnson would be able to drive his hot rod into Victory Lane at Bristol. That was not the case this week, but she was still able to pocket 33 valuable 2nd segment points.
Rounding out the top five weekly scorers is quintet consisting of Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Carole, aka Rudy, Carlton The Doorman, Amber The Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head, as well as Linda B. The Cookie Mom. All five players secured 32 points this week, but by two different drivers. The Cookie Mom was backing Ty Dillon, while the remaining four players were all rooting for “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin.
Once again this week there was a lot of movement up and down the leaderboard. There was not big number movement, but movement nonetheless. The biggest movers this week consists of a group of four players includeing Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, Bobby Blue Crush, Lonna The Quilt Angel, and Wild Bill The Pretzel Man all moved up three (3) places to now sit in 3rd, a tie for 5th, 9th, and 15th, respectively.
A trio of women was the second highest movers. Carole, aka Rudy, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, and Snoopy Dawn all crashed this week! These three ladies tripped, stumbled, and fell two (2) places to rest in 7th, 10th, and 13th, respectively.
The last group of movers to talk about this week includes Dan The Numbers Cruncher, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Carlton The Doorman, Amber The Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head, and Kathy The Church Forecloser. Each player lost one (1) position at the end of the race to sit in 4th, a tie for 5th, 8th, 11th, and 18th, respectively.
STRAIGHT FROM THE CRAPPER
After analyzing the scores this is another week where even the lowest scorer had a reasonably decent race. The player who will receive The Crappiest Pick of The Week scored 14 points, which on most Sundays will keep you out of “The Outhouse”! However, that is not the case this week. Kathy The Church Forecloser will garner two awards this week.
Not only will she receive “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award, she also evicted Wild Bill The Pretzel Man from The Outhouse. She returns to her familiar digs, The Outhouse, and gets to rearrange the interior to her liking!
Next week NASCAR heads to another short track that kind of races like a intermediate track, Richmond Raceway.
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR BELTS TIGHT AND LET’S GO RACIN’!