Talladega Superspeedway takes a dig at Kyle Busch after post-race comments

Sounds drastic, right? You could argue NASCAR is getting lost in technicalities, but the sanctioning body has been adamant it wants the races in the drivers' hands. "I expected to ... well, I wanted to start the season off good".

The professional side is a bit bumpy.

Race victor Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wasn't the only driver who made a strong move on the final lap of Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

That all changed last weekend at Talladega.

With just nine laps to go, the fifth caution waived as No. 34 Landon Cassil stalled on the backstretch while attempting to enter the garage area. Patrick slammed hard into an inside wall, though the incident was no fault of her own.

Kyle Busch has to wonder what he has to do to win a race in the NASCAR Cup Series this year. She hasn't been anywhere near the front in 10 races, a resume that includes the dreaded "DNF" (did not finish) four times. Almirola's fourth place finish positions him one point behind Bayne in 17th.

All Stenhouse Jr. knew going into the post-race press conference was that his dad "got escorted to Victory Lane" by track security, and he didn't seem terribly surprised that his dad was so overwhelmed with excitement he nearly got arrested. "There's teams that don't look at us throughout practice yet, but they will".

Meanwhile, Stenhouse is 12th in the standings, playoff ready, and looking solid.

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He was suddenly "Danica's boyfriend".

"It doesn't matter to me", he said Sunday. Track officials who had hoped for a major carryover of enthusiasm after last year's 100 running of the race (which drew 350,000 people), say ticket sales indicate a crowd approaching those numbers this year. I got a lot of cheers riding around here today and the fans were awesome. She doesn't mind being known as my girlfriend. "It goes either way, and we couldn't be in a better place right now". They have equal custody of two dogs. "But, knowing what I know now when we come down pit road and they saw the tire, I'm glad I did, because it wouldn't have made it another lap or two". Y'all lack even half the dedication of Sports Dad of the Century Ricky Stenhouse Sr.

On Sunday, Talladega didn't smile on young Elliott.

Eyeballs elsewhere, not so much. "We were shaping up to have a pretty good opportunity to get a good finish". He also won the fall race in 2009. He dominated in both the Trucks and Xfinity Series, using that ladder to bring along young talent who paired with veterans to win so many races - more than 300 across the top three series - that others started complaining about bullying. But this is Talladega, where he's had as much success as anybody but his iconic father.

The caution allowed the leaders to hit pit road, putting them inside the fuel window to make it to the end of the first stage.

We're so used to seeing the same names in the headlines every Monday that it's easy to forget that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field is bigger than we think. There is so much technology there, electronics, the hybrid system that needs to be linked with the combustion engine, the brake by wire, and many things that slow down every run or every feel that you may have on the auto.

Edwards jokingly said that he really didn't ask Stanton enough pertinent questions before going full throttle.

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