My two cents
The phenomenon has its own hashtag on Twitter – #KBShow.
It’s meant to signify the hard-charging, waste-no-time-getting-to-the-front style that has defined Kyle Busch for most of his NASCAR career.
The #KBShow is at its best when, for either fate or fortune, Busch has to start a race from rear of the field and wastes no time blowing by other drivers to get to the front.
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Well, NASCAR fans, you’d better buckle up.
The #KBShow is set to return – on steroids.
NASCAR on Wednesday announced it has granted a waiver so the 11 missed races by Busch this season because of injury won’t prevent him from competing in the Chase. He still would need to win a race and be in the Top 30 of driver points by the end of the season’s 26th race.
Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing team didn’t get everything they wanted – they wanted the Top 30 requirement waived as well.
Honestly, there is no way to waive the Top 30 rule without cheapening the effort made by the teams who did run every race this season.
With both rules waived, a Busch victory would put him in the Chase and bump someone else out who didn’t win but competed in every race.
NASCAR did the next best thing, which was to help with the unintended consequence of injury but not diminish the work by all the teams that played by the rules.
What is left, however, may still be the best-case scenario for fans.
If you think Kyle Busch charging to the front is entertaining, watching him attempt to rack up good finishes – plus win at least once – over the next 15 races should be more than worth the price of admission.
In his comments Tuesday about his return for this weekend’s Sprint NASCAR All-Star Race, Busch spoke of his doctors’ repeated references to his remarkable and quick recovery.
Good doctors and an intense competitive desire likely contributed to Busch’s sooner-than-expected return from a broken leg and foot.
Something tells me that’s not the last remarkable recovery we’re going to see from him this season.
Moffitt gains full-time ride: Brett Moffitt, who began the 2015 Cup season with one scheduled race, has been named as full-time driver of Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34 Ford for the remainder of the year. He will remain under contract with Michael Waltrip Racing.
The team’s former driver, David Ragan, has since moved to MWR to fill in for Brian Vickers for the remainder of the season.
“We’re glad to be able to move forward knowing who is going to be in the car on a consistent basis,” said FRM team owner Bob Jenkins. “Brett’s already got some great experience under his belt.”
Another Wallace is racing: Matt Wallace, the son of NASCAR veteran Mike Wallace and nephew of Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace, will make his debut in the Automobile Racing Club of America series Sunday at Toledo, Ohio.
While Wallace is a rookie in ARCA, the 19-year-old has extensive racing experience driving Bandolero, Legend and late models. He is a sophomore at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, where he is studying business administration.
Meet NASCAR legends: The Memory Lane Auto Museum in Mooresville will host a meet and greet with many NASCAR legends from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Among those scheduled to attend are Bobby Allison, Harry Gant, Ned Jarrett, Rex White, Tom Higgins, Waddell Wilson, Ted Musgrave and Kevin Ragan.
Admission is $10, $6 for kids ages 6-12. For more information, call 704-662-3673 or go to www.MemoryLaneAutoMuseum.com.
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
TV: Fox Sports 1
Radio: Motor Racing Network
Last year’s winner: Jamie McMurray