NASCAR Recap: STP 500


Kyle Busch crushed the field to complete the first ever Martinsville sweep. Busch wasn’t the only winner at the STP 500 at Martinsville. Here’s a look at other winners and losers from Sunday in this NASCAR recap.

Win: Joe Gibbs Racing

So Kyle Busch secures his Chase spot and has won at all but three track on the Sprint Cup circuit. Denny Hamlin finishes next to last, and it doesn’t matter because he’s already in the Chase. Carl Edwards has the fourth most points this Sprint Cup season. Matt Kenseth hasn’t done much of anything and still has a Chase spot.

This is nearly nine months now when you’re surprised if a Gibbs driver doesn’t win. If two Gibbs drivers aren’t racing for a title at Homestead, it would surprise me at this point.


What is NASCAR supposed to do when one driver is so dominant during a race?

  • Phantom cautions to close things up a bit?
  • Just let the driver own the track and talk about someone in 15th?
  • Hope for a wreck?

Here’s what I struggle to understand. Basketball fans love Golden State, even though fans know the team will win 90 percent of the time. Football fans love or hate New England because the team is dominant. The Yankees are the same way in baseball. So why can’t NASCAR fans and the general public get excited about a dominant performance, be it over a race or a season? I can’t wait to see how the ratings look for Sunday’s race.

Draw: New Blood

It’s cool to see AJ Allmendinger finish second. It’s refreshing to see names like Blaney, Dillon, Larson, Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott sniffing a Chase spot. NASAR needs new blood; drivers are starting to seize that opportunity.

But let’s be honest. If you gave me the Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Team Penkse vs everyone else, where would your money go? Dale Earnhardt Jr. might crash the party; maybe Kurt Busch or Matt Kenseth rekindle past glory; Martin Truex Jr. or Ryan Newman both found a relevant way to Homestead?

Seven vs. the field. Right now, I’ll take my chances. Let’s see if the pack tightens as the Sprint Cup season gets into full swing. Enjoy the week, and insert a random catchphrase here.