Kyle Busch likes wild card chances, says Ryan Newman will contend for win this weekend at New Hampshire
Kyle Busch, currently a holder of one of the two Wild Card positions, says he’s confident he’ll make the Chase; as long as he car ends up with finishes that are consistent with how strong he is each week. But he didn’t discount his competitors.
"Coming to New Hampshire, you have to look at Ryan Newman. The guy ran really well here last year, he's got a win and if he wins then he locks himself into the first wild card spot. Then you're on the outside looking in, well you're still the second wild card -- for me anyways. But Carl (Edwards) we go to Michigan, he's always really good there and some other places he's been really fast at -- Atlanta is one of the ones before the Chase. If he wins there, he could lock himself in. We need to get a win for sure. We also just need our finishing position to match how we're running. We can run pretty decent -- we'd be in the top-10 in points if it wasn't for all the issues we've had. Sometimes things come in threes, well I've had two sets of threes -- I've had six bad races in a row. We definitely have to change that around somehow, someway -- whatever needs to happen hopefully can happen here this weekend and we can make this lucky number seven for us somehow."
Newman -- who as Kyle said is a big favorite this weekend at New Hampshire -- said his team has to “work our tails off” to get into the Chase.
“We are here to win each and every one of them there is no doubt about that. That second win would be huge from a wild card stand point. I think there is eight or so races left or something like that I guess they have said I don’t even keep count I just know that winning is important for our sponsors, winning is important for our team and it’s important from a points stand point. We are here to do that. We would like to be in the top 10 and not have to worry about that, but you look at somebody like Carl Edwards who is not even in the Chase for the championship right now weather it’s a wild card or not and he tied for the championship last year. We are in a real good/bad company there is a lot of guys that are very deserving to be in that top 10 or 12 right around so we have to work our tails off.”
‘NASCAR Classics’ line, featuring old-school apparel and diecasts, is launched
Fans of NASCAR’s legendary rides of the past will be happy to hear that NASCAR has announced a new line of products called NASCAR Classics, which will feature T-shirts, hats and original die casts such as Dale Earnhardt’s 1989 No. 3 Goodwrench Chevrolet, Junior Johnson’s 1965 No. 26 Holly Farms Ford, Richard Petty’s 1986 No. 6 STP Monte Carlo, Tim Flock’s 1940 No. 91 Taft Sloan Garage Ford and Ned Jarrett’s 1965 No. 11 Ford.
This throwback brand is a nice offering for fans of NASCAR’s older days. The product line includes t-shirts and hats featuring iconic imagery and fonts from the 1940’s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The collection’s apparel line includes logos and program covers from historic venues such as Daytona International Speedway, Darlington Raceway, North Carolina Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
“NASCAR Classics is a callback to an era of unbreakable men, fast cars, and the guts, glory and go-for-broke attitude many of NASCAR’s classic drivers embodied,” said Blake Davidson, vice president licensing and consumer products at NASCAR. “We believe both NASCAR fans and non-fans will enjoy this great new line of vintage products that captures the spirit and flavor of NASCAR through the decades.”
NASCAR Classics apparel is available at the NASCAR.com Superstore and at the track at souvenir haulers each weekend. The die casts are only available online though.