Craig Murto

Craig Murto

Kyle Busch took a lot of heat on social media for something he said at Dover, Delaware, but he was absolutely correct – the cars are going too fast.

What he basically said is that the cars are going too fast to put on a good show. If you slow them down, the racing will be better. But social media haters decided that Busch must be afraid. No, Kyle Busch is not afraid to go fast. He is simply observing the obvious.

This high-downforce rule package allows the cars to stick so well that even with less horsepower, drivers don’t have to lift as much in the corners. That allowed Dover’s pole speed of about 168 to equal the pole speed at Michigan in 1985. Dover is a one-mile track, Michigan two miles in length.

The faster cars go – even when glued to the track – the narrower the racing groove gets. That’s why you sometimes go to a local track and find that the best race of the night is the Hobby Stock or some other entry-level division. Racing at slower speeds allows for more side-by-side racing.

The racing at Dover wasn’t bad. It was actually pretty good. But Kyle Busch was correct. The cars are going too fast, and if they slowed them down they would put on a better show.

Whereas Kyle Busch gets credit for the truest statement of the week, his older brother Kurt gets the gaffe of the week award.

Monster Energy sponsors the NASCAR Cup Series. Monster Energy sponsors Kurt Busch. Monster Energy also manufactures a drink called Hydro that is meant to compete against Gatorade.

It was very surprising to hear Kurt Busch – in his Monster Energy driving suit – tell Fox Sports during Sunday pre-race interviews that he prepares for each race by drinking a lot of Gatorade. That would be like Kevin Harvick, who is sponsored by Busch, drinking a Miller Lite on TV after a race. Perhaps Monster Energy needs to ship Kurt Busch a few cases of Hydro to remind him who pays his bills.

Last year’s National Hot Rod Association Pro Stock champion Tanner Gray is paying the bills by racing stock cars now, and he’s getting the knack for racing on ovals. He won the first of two 100-lap NASCAR K&N Pro Series races at South Boston (Virginia) Speedway on Saturday night. Up-and-coming Wisconsin racer Derek Kraus won the second feature, which was postponed by rain until Sunday afternoon.

It was obvious that teen sensation Hailie Deegan has star power. It is not true to say she will be a star; she already is. Winner of two K&N races in her short career already, half of the fans who took to South Boston’s front stretch during the pre-race autograph session were in line to meet Deegan. If she can remain funded, expect to see the articulate, talented racer rise through the ranks in short order.

The K&N Series will visit close to Virginia again on Aug. 15 when they compete at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway, and again Oct. 4 when they compete at Dover.

J.D. Beach has got to be the most versatile motorcycle racer in the country right now. Recently he won his first American Flat Track feature on dirt, giving Yamaha its first flat track win since 1981. Then, this past weekend, he won his first MotoAmerica Superbike event by taking the Sunday feature victory at Virginia International Raceway near Danville.

Juan Pablo Montoya still has it. He won the WeatherTech Sports Car event at Mid-Ohio Road Course behind the wheel of a Penske prototype Acura.

Eli Tomac won the Supercross battle in Las Vegas, but it was Cooper Webb who won the war, securing the 2019 450 title with a podium finish. Winner of seven races over the course of the season, the 23-year-old is from Newport, North Carolina.

In the combined 250 event at Las Vegas, Dylan Ferrandis won the race and the 250 West title, whereas Chase Sexton won the 250 East championship.

Josh Berry won the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Tour race at North Carolina’s Ace Speedway on Friday night and dedicated the race to Brenda Jackson, who recently died of cancer. Jackson was the mother of Berry’s car owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Veteran motorsports columnist Craig Murto is a Linden resident.