Kyle Busch Lucks Out at Auto Club 400

By Jake Thompson
Busch Victory
Gary A. Vasquez- US Presswire

The Auto Club 400 ended in a rush of excitement. The NASCAR fan community is wild with excitement over the prospect that the racing at the super track in Fontana, California could be exciting and interesting in the future.

NASCAR’s former bad boy extraordinaire Kyle Busch drove his number 18 Toyota Camry into victory lane after a wild race and even wilder final lap. Heading into the final lap Kyle’s former teammate Joey Logano was battling new rival Denny Hamlin for the lead. Then Kyle Busch snuck in like a viper waiting to strike and took the racing three wide to sweep into the lead.

As Busch ran toward the awaiting checkered flag, Logano and Hamlin got together behind him wrecking Hamlin’s car seriously. Hamlin was even sent to a local hospital after the race after being check out at the race. Reigning champion Brad Keselowski‘s Penske teammate showed Hamlin how he could stick his comments that Logano was never factor in the race where the sun doesn’t shine, by being steadily in contention for the win.

While the Logano-Hamlin feud exploded in grand fashion at Fontana another began as Tony Stewart stormed Logano’s car in a rage after the young driver blocked him on the restart from taking the lead away from Busch. Stewart had some quite choice comments for the Penske driver calling him a spoiled child who never had to work for anything.

Ultimately this race and this weekend on a whole saw a resurrection. A resurrection of the old Kyle Busch that some loved to cheer for and others loved to hate. A driver that can come into a NASCAR race weekend and not merely be in contention for the win but in serious contention for the sweep of both series. Busch now has the momentum if he can keep going in this vein 2013 could be Busch’s best hopes for a Sprint Cup Championship in years. He may be getting older (getting to be an old 27 years old) as he admitted in the Bristol Nationwide victory lane last Saturday but he proved he is still the hotshot he was back in his NASCAR beginnings.


Jake Thompson is a NASCAR writer for Follow him on Twitter @JakeThompsonCU and like him on Facebook.

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