Kyle Busch Hopes to Win the Race—and the Numbers Game—at Indianapolis

Kyle Busch, the driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on July 22, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo – Tim Bradbury/Getty Images

Kyle Busch’s appearance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend involves more numbers than anyone could be expected to remember.

First and foremost, Busch has a chance to win a third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the 2.5-mile track. No other driver has ever accomplished that feat on the oval—either in Cup or IndyCar Series racing. Continue reading

There’s Irony in Gordon Driving the No. 88 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Photo - Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Photo – Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Long time NASCAR fans will recall the intense rivalry between those supporting Dale Earnhardt Jr and those supporting Jeff Gordon during the early first decade of this century. And the word ‘intense’ is exactly what it was, as fans literally hated each other on race day, often chiding one another at the track.

Actually, the rivalry dates back to the mid 90’s in the last century, when Jeff Gordon began his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. Gordon was the polished, young, up-and-coming star, up-staging NASCAR’s seven-time Cup series champion, Dale Earnhardt. The rivalry continued past the super star’s death in 2001 at Daytona with his son’s up-and-coming career just beginning.  Continue reading