NASCAR Drama Could Steal The Show Again at Kentucky, Beyond

Jonathan Grant | July 14th, 2018

It has been a while since NASCAR hit the front pages with on-track news. The biggest news in recent years has had to do with either drivers (like Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Tony Stewart, or Jeff Gordon) retiring or over awful happenings like Stewart’s. Other than that, the sport is in a lull. There are number of factors surrounding that fact, and we could debate those all day. But drama came back to NASCAR in a big way last Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, in a race where anyone had a realistic chance of winning.

The focus of it centers around one man: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Yes, the guy that used to date Danica Patrick, who has seen moved on from both him and racing in general. The Roush Fenway Racing driver had undoubtedly the car to beat at a track in which anyone that has a running car can win, yet that still did little to stop him from making some questionable decisions in the race that ended up wrecking at least half of the 40-car field. One of the men he took out was Kyle Busch, who with Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex, Jr, have dominated the Monster Energy Cup Series this season.

latino.nascar.com

In so doing, Stenhouse has opened up a huge hornet’s nest. Busch told reporters that he didn’t get any apology from the Ford man, and that he should have been apologizing to everyone for what he did. He took things even further by saying going forward he won’t have to worry about him because he doesn’t run that far back in the pack. The implication is that Ricky only has a chance to win at restrictor plate tracks (Daytona and Talladega- just four of the 36 races on the schedule), and that he’s not a good driver.

Stenhouse now has hit back, saying that Busch needs to watch his mouth because the two will inevitably be close to one another one of these days. Whether he is a lap down, or fighting the M&Ms driver for the lead. This has all the makings to continue what has already been a summer full of talking points, with Busch wrecking Kyle Larson for a win just a couple of weeks ago. Is this good for NASCAR? It’s hard to say. But it’s getting people talking about it again, and heading into Kentucky and beyond, that can only be a good thing, right?

Next Article
  • Ten-Run Inning Secures Comeback Cards Win

    After four innings of their game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, it looked like the St. Louis Cardinals were done and dusted. They were down 7-0 and on the road, a spot many a team would have simply called it a day from. But that wasn’t the way things went down on this...

    Read More
  • McIlroy And Tiger Miss Open Cut

    Two of the golf’s biggest names will not be playing the weekend at the Open Championship after Tiger Woods and hometown hero Rory McIlroy missed the cut on Friday. Tiger did so without much of a whimper, while the Northern Irishman made a stirring comeback only to be denied by one stroke of making it...

    Read More
  • Zlatan Outduels Vela

    LAFC came into Friday night’s first LA derby of the season- dubbed ‘El Trafico’- having never beaten the LA Galaxy before. They got off to the ideal start, however, as Carlos Vela scored a penalty kick after just four minutes to give them a 1-0 lead. It was his 20th goal of the MLS season,...

    Read More
  • Strasburg’s Impressive Night Leads To Crushing Braves Win

    Whenever you see Stephen Strasburg’s name on the lineup sheet, you expect that you’re going to see him have a good showing out on the mound. On Thursday night against the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals got more than they bargained for, however, as he not only delivered with his arm but also with his...

    Read More
  • Holmes Tops Open Board

    After an eventful first round of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush, there is a surprising name atop the leaderboard in J.B. Holmes. The American leads in a major championship for the first in 11 years here at -5, and despite that has got to be considered an outsider to take home the Claret Jug...

    Read More
  • Boone Tossed In Yankees Afternoon Clash With Rays

    Just when the Tampa Bay Rays looked like they were making up some of the gap in the AL East, the New York Yankees have clipped their wings. That kept up on Thursday as the Yankees won both games of doubleheader to assert their dominance and push their division lead to eight games once again....

    Read More
  • A’s Batter Mariners After Early Deficit

    Don’t look now, but the Oakland A’s are slowly, quietly making up ground in the AL West title picture. Their game on Wednesday afternoon began with a slow start, falling behind 2-0 to the Seattle Mariners. But this team, 4.5 games behind division leaders Houston, didn’t throw in the towel or panic. They fought back...

    Read More
  • Paul To Heat Stalls

    If sources are to be believed, then Chris Paul’s potential move to the Miami Heat is in serious jeopardy. At least for this season. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who just acquired the point guard in a deal that saw them exchange Russell Westbrook for him, are said to now be resigned to keeping him and...

    Read More