Weekend Wrap (cont.)
FEUD OF THE WEEK
This one is easy: Ron Hornaday Jr. and Kyle Busch in Saturday's Craftsman Truck Series race. The two nearly squared off in the garage area afterwards.
Hornaday charged Busch after Busch had run into Hornaday's truck on the last lap of the race, sending it spinning out of control in the second turn.
"Kyle put tires on and I knew he was coming," Hornaday said. "He just drove into me. He just drove into me because he got back because I took us four wide and passed him cleanly. Halfway through the race, he showed me he was upset because he lifted the back of [my] truck up.
"I don't knock any other driver, but I will tell you what, that kid has just about done wore me out. I don't know if I have to give up this championship to teach him a lesson. I hope I don't hurt him, because if Joe Gibbs lets him do this, I am ashamed for them. I tried to talk to him as a friend. He is just out there; I don't know what it is. I guess it is an ego trip and if he is going to wreck me every week, I guess we are going to have to do it back to him.
"I was just going to let him know he drives like a ... that is about all I can say. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is tough drivers, tough trucks, but not 180 mph, you turn somebody sideways. He knew he had tires, he knew he was faster, one more spot. We were leading the points ... that will probably put them back in the points lead. If NASCAR doesn't penalize him and put him behind me, I don't know what to say."
WRECK OF THE WEEK
Kyle Busch was cruising behind Joey Logano in Saturday night's Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway, just biding his time as he tried to size up the 18-year-old for the lead. But Busch lost control of his Toyota coming out of the second turn and crashed all by himself, ruining his car.
Ironically, Busch's car was sponsored by "Farm Bureau Insurance."
There goes his safe driver discount.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH?
This year's Daytona 500 winner is falling fast. On Sunday, a blown engine after 114 laps dropped him to 42nd place in the 43-car field.
After leaving Daytona atop the points, Newman is now 17th in points, 572 out of the lead and 123 points out of 12th place -- the final cutoff position in the Chase.
It only underlines the drastic difference between team owner Roger Penske's successful IndyCar operation with Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe compared to the NASCAR Sprint Cup team, which continues to try to match the same effort.
SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
This has to go to Logano's first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in only his third start. The 18-year-old driver won the pole on Saturday and trailed Kyle Busch for 85 laps of Saturday night's race before taking control and running away from the field.
Team owner Gibbs knew he had a talented driver when he signed Logano, but even "The Coach" was surprised at how quickly he found his way to victory lane.
"Yeah, I don't think anyone would have thought he would win in his third race," Gibbs said. "It's extremely hard up here. I tell everybody even though we've obviously been on a roll this year, the Nationwide Series -- we've probably spent six years and won three races. It's extremely hard to compete over there and get it done. We've had good drivers, but it's been a struggle for us, and this year we just seem to have hit it. I'm really proud of our crew chiefs and everybody over there. We're obviously happy for Joey."
Gibbs said the next step for Logano will be a few Sprint Cup races later this season.
"We would like to get him in some Cup stuff toward the end of the year," Gibbs said. "Whether we do it or not, we want to make sure he's in good stuff and doing it the right way. Our biggest thing with Joey is we knew the talent and were committed for the long haul, and we were just going to take our time, but also, he tested 32 times in different cars getting ready for this year.
"He has been in a Cup car a bunch. So every time he gets in there, he's extremely smooth and seems to handle everything real well. If we can get him in something, we'd like to by the end of this year."