Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday Morning Nationwide Rundown

Mike Bliss is having one heckuva weekend. He starts 7th in tonight's Cup race, but last night he took the checkered flag in the washed out Carquest Auto Parts 300. Though it looked like Kyle Busch would run away with the win early on, Bliss was in the right place at the right caution and ended up stealing the show. It's the driver's first Nationwide win since 2004 and a long way from his wreck-studded Vegas performance earlier in the season. Just a side note: Perhaps it wasn't entirely politically appropriate for the ESPN reporter to say that Bliss' crew was "doing a rain dance"--after all, his team is sponsored by the Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort.

In a car that had only run two laps prior to the green flag, Brad Keselowski managed to pull of an impressive eighth place finish. In what could be described as "not one of his better days," Keselowski wrecked two cars in practice, due to tire malfunctions. But in the end, he managed to save his Dover car last night (after starting in 40th spot) and take home a top 10 finish to boot. Not a bad points night for The Kez.

Kevin Harvick gets my vote for best use of a patriotic paint scheme. Not only did his red, white and blue KHI Chevy look darn good, Harvick also did a fine job of talking up the VFW's Buddy Poppy program and the importance of remembering the sacrifices of our troops on Memorial Day Weekend.

The ever-chatty Brendan Gaughan scored a second-place finish last night--and was even competing for the lead--just before NASCAR called it a night. His good run earned Gaughan the Raybestos Rookie of the Race. Team owner Rusty Wallace, who was spotted roaming pit road, sure looked pleased.

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