The Marshfield, Vermont, native is set to reach a milestone start in his return to a full-time crew chief role for Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Xfinity Series team and at the World Center of Racing in 2020.
The Daytona 500 is coming up this Sunday, a time for new beginnings and a time for bringing things to an end. After 15 years and over a thousand columns of various incarnations, this edition represents my final regular contribution to this site.
1. Kyle Busch: Busch started sixth at Phoenix and took the checkered flag in the Can-Am 500 to advance to Homestead with a chance to win his second Cup championship. - "Kevin Harvick got in when Denny Hamlin knocked out Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott," Busch said. "Either Kurt or Chase could have played the spoiler, and the last thing Harvick needed is another troublesome spoiler." - Note: The quotes in this article are fictional.
Despite admitting wrongdoing to Jimmie Johnson by penalizing him for failing tech inspection three times when he only failed twice, the fact remains that the call to overhaul NASCAR inspection penalties is getting louder. Although the issue was more of a communication error, there's no glossing over the fact that the system of failing three times before being penalized is pointless and without solid reasoning.
Jimmie Johnson. Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch. Kevin Harvick. Martin Truex, Jr. Denny Hamlin. Brad Keselowski. Kyle Larson. Chase Elliott. These men are NASCAR. These men, a few women, and so many others made the sport. Were the sport. Are the sport. Brian France is not NASCAR. There is a reason 97 percent of all family businesses do not survive as such into the fourth generation.