Chase Race #4 at Kansas could break or make the season for some
Jimmie had problems early on at practice, spinning, but not hitting anything. He then had a problem with one of his hoses. Matt Kenseth had problems getting on to pit road in practice. And Kyle? Well, he spun right out and destroyed his car, forcing a move to the backup. In fact, Kyle opined that the car he'd wrecked could never be driven again.
Yesterday Matt and Kyle competed in the Nationwide race. Matt won the race while Kyle had to fight tooth and nail, just to get a top five finish. Matt joked on air with Dale Jarrett whether to take the high side or low side on the restart, but it didn't seem to matter which he picked, as he cruised to the win. Kyle, on the other hand, intensified the feud between himself and Brad Keselowski late in the race, when he got into Kes's car and turned him sideways. Bad Brad sprinted all over pit road, pointed at Rowdy's pit, ran to the infield care centre to get checked out, and motored back to his own pit to try to get back in the race. He wound up finishing 28th in the race, but more importantly, lost a ton of points in the Owner's Championship race.
As for today's race? Well Bad Brad was bad fast in practice, while Kyle has struggled. Kyle just can't seem to get a handle on this track in the Sprint Cup cars. That undoubtedly frustrates Kyle, who prides himself in his abilty to get around any track. While he is struggling to get the best possible finish, he will also have to watch his back, as Brad's post race interview indicated "Kyle has much more to lose. I guess that's one of the benefits of not being in the Chase".
Kevin Harvick will start from the pole, his first in 5 years, and he has been top ten in practice sessions so far.
Finally, Kyle Petty commented earlier today that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not even contend for the 2013 Championship, and in fact, in Kyle's opinion, will never contend for a championship. Twitter is alive with insults towards Kyle, but I am actually thinking Kyle could be right. I'm thinking with my brain, and not with my heart here.
The race gets underway shortly, so chat it up here!!