June 7, 2009
Kyle Busch easily won the Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Speedway. The victory is Busch’s fourth of the season, and his ninth victory in NASCAR’s top three series.
Top 5: Busch, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Mike Bliss, and Jason Leffler.
Stephen Leicht, Steve Wallace, Michael McDowell, Erik Darnell, and Brad Coleman rounded out the top 10.
Notables: Justin Allgaier (13th), Bobby Hamilton Jr (14th), Kenny Wallace (16th), Tony Raines (19th), Jason Keller (26th), and Scott Wimmer (33rd).
Ricky Stenhouse Jr spun on lap 126, setting off a five-car accident that involved Jason Keller and Trevor Bayne.
May 31, 2009
Brad Keselowski won the Nationwide Series’ Helluva Good 200 from Dover International Speedway after taking the lead with two laps to go when Joey Logano ran into the back of Kyle Busch on the final restart.
Top 5: Keselowski, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers, and Carl Edwards.
Paul Menard, Scott Speed, Jason Leffler, Jason Keller, and Justin Allgaier rounded out the top 10.
Notables: Kevin Harvick (13th), Kyle Busch (17th), Scott Wimmer (18th), Greg Biffle (25th), Steve Wallace (29th), David Ragan (30th), Ryan Newman (32nd), and Kenny Wallace (33rd).
May 11, 2009
Matt Kenseth capitalized when Kyle Busch, the leader at the time, ran over some debris under caution and had to come to pit road to change a tire. Kenseth inherited the lead, and held on to win the Nationwide Series’ Diamond Hill Plywood 200 from Darlington Raceway.
Jason Leffler, Carl Edwards, Erik Darnell, and Justin Allgaier rounded out the top 5.
Ryan Newman, Mike Bliss, Jeff Burton, Brian Vickers, and Scott Wimmer finished sixth through tenth.
Notables: Brad Kelelowski (11th), Joey Logano (12th), Steve Wallace (13th), Kyle Busch (16th), and Kenny Wallace (18th).
May 8, 2009
Jay Busbee at Yahoo Sports has a very good blog posting on former Nationwide Series driver Kevin Grubb’s passing, which is thought to have been a suicide.
It’s not right to speculate on how he went from racing in NASCAR to a lonesome death in a hotel room, but it’s clear that much went wrong in Grubb’s life, whether by accident or action. What role, if any, drugs may have played in his death remains unknown. But if not for the substance abuse, Grubb could have been racing even now.
Definitely worth reading, and puts substance abuse in perspective.
May 7, 2009
ESPN is reporting that suspended NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kevin Grubb was found dead in a Richmond, VA hotel on Wednesday.
Grubb was discovered at Alpine Hotel, just outside of Richmond, at 11:30 a.m. The cause of death has not been released, but foul play was not suspected.
Grubb, the younger brother of NASCAR driver Wayne Grubb,made one attempt to qualify for a Sprint Cup race. In 2002, he attempted to make the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway in a car fielded by Team Bristol Motorsports. He failed ot make the race after crashing during qualifying. Plans to run the entire 2003 season fell through.
In 1998, he posted a second place finish at Dover International Speedway driving for his father’s team Grubb Motorsports in the Nationwide Series.
From 1999 – 2001, he raced for Brewco Motorsports, posting 18 top tens. By 2004, he was slated to race for Team Rensi Motorsports, but he failed a substance abuse test in March.
He was reinstated in June of 2006, on the condition that he submit to random drug tests. He agreed and was reinstated.
In September of 2006, he refused to take a drug test following a crash at Richmond, and was suspended. Refusal to take a test results in an automatic failure. Grubb said that a concussion caused him to refuse the test, and said he had no memory of the refusal.
He was under suspension at the time of his death.