Two cars wrecked after attempted Grass Pass
During the running of the Sam’s Town 300 last Saturday afternoon at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, we were reminded just why there is a white line is painted on race track to indicate where the racing surface ends and the apron begins. Apparently, Kyle Busch did not receive that memo.
Busch, as he often does in the Nationwide Events, had a very fast car. He found himself back in traffic and was looking for a way to quickly return to the front of the pack. As the herd charged off turn four, Busch dove from the outside, across the track and onto the flat apron area between the track and the infield grass.
As Busch made the transition from lots of banking to zero banking, Brad Keselowski had his left side wheels on the line. Busch appeared to think Keselowski was going to pull onto the apron, so he steered onto the grass at nearly 190mph. The end result; Busch, after skidding and spinning from the start/finish line, smacked the inside wall in turn one while the cars of Carl Long and Jenifer Jo Cobb had heavy contact attempting to avoid his spinning car.
How could an accident like this be stopped you may be asking? Perhaps the double yellow line rule that is enforced at Daytona and Talladega should be put in place at all tracks where the straight-a-way speeds are in excess of 180mph.
Granted we don’t see as many crashes at the 1.5-mile and 2-mile speedways caused by cars going below the line, but with the speeds continuing to escalate, it appears to be the time for NASCAR to lay down the law. Busch is not competing for the Nationwide championship, but what about Long and Cobb? Their days were ruined due to this banzai move by a driver with nothing to lose if he crashed his car.
Sometimes these moments, that could be called “Hey y’all watch this,” take care of themselves. James Boucher tried a move at Darlington last year in the Nationwide race, and recently on Droppin’ the Hammer he commented that he now knows that you can’t do that. And how about the move that Ernie Irvan tried on Geoff Bodine during the running of “The Winston” back in 1994. He tried to make a pass by going in the grass but he wound up crushing the rear clip Havoline Rocket –ship of a car. No, Ernie never attempted another pass off the pavement at Charlotte.
If Busch had pulled off the move, that would have been the talk of the weekend regardless if he had won the race or not. But perhaps the fact there is no reason to keep him or another driver from attempting the grass-cutter pass again that should have folks talking.