Friday, March 6, 2015

Las Vegas “News” and Notes: Special Jumbo Edition


—Expect Kurt Busch back in Cup any week now, so expect cloying, irritating post-race interviews any week now.

—Speaking of Kurt, here’s the conversation I imagine going on in Daytona last weekend:
Flunky: “Sir, a race team had its car stolen”
Brian France:  “Good!  Anything to get people distracted from Kurt Busch.  Whose car was it?”
Flunky: “Travis Kvapil”
Brian France:  “D’oh!”

—Brett Moffitt is subbing in for David Ragan in the #34 car for the next three races.  He was considered to run the #18 at Daytona, but with such little turnaround time, he was unable to fit his toffitt in the car.

—Congrats to Brian Vickers on making it back to racing this weekend!  Thankfully, now the only pain he has to go through on a daily basis is listening to Michael Waltrip’s lisp.

—Meanwhile, kudos to Joe Gibbs Racing for hiring Boris Said to drive a handful of races (not just the road courses, mind you) in the #54 Xfinity Series car.  Boris is going to be pretty disappointed, though, when he realizes that Greg Biffle doesn’t run there anymore.

—Here’s what we’ve learned so far from Fox Sports 1’s innovative decision to use Sprint Cup regulars in the booth for Xfinity Series races—Kevin Harvick can put aside past feuds to commentate impartially, and Brad Keselowski seems to have a love affair with Nationwide Insurance.


—The Camping World Truck Series is on hiatus until March 28th, giving teams plenty of time to figure out how Jeb Burton doesn’t have a Truck Series ride, but Norm Benning does.