Edwards wins rain soaked California, Kyle in the spotlight

From the Crossville Chronicle – Crossville, Tn. Wednesday February 27, 2008

by Joe Dunn / joe@onpitroad.com
The word for Nascar at California last weekend was RAIN. The qualifying in all three series was canceled due rain on Friday. The Craftsman Truck Series managed to dodge the rain to get their event in early Saturday, but the rest of the day was a washout. Kyle Busch won the truck race with last weeks winner Todd Bodine close behind in second, giving each a 1st and 2nd so far. However, the fact that Busch lead the most laps both weeks, puts him as number one in the points.
Sunday was a day that many teams wish now was just skipped. Attempting to beat the rain all day, they managed to get 83 of 250 laps completed Sunday. The wet condition cause some serious wrecks that cost a half dozen drivers any chance at a decent finish. The Sprint Cup and the Nationwide Series races both finished late Monday afternoon. Carl Edwards won the Cup easily over Jimmy Johnson and Tony Stewart pulled off win number two in the Nationwide series. That kept teammate Kyle Busch from leaving the west coast leading all three top series.
The Big story of 2007 was Dale Earnhardt Jr leaving DEI and heading to HMS, in the process Kyle Busch got an un-ceremonial dumping by Rick Hendrick. Later signing with Joe Gibbs Racing seems to have been the right move for Kyle. So far the Big story of 2008, expected to be Junior, is now Kyle. After two weeks, he leads the Sprint Cup Series, the Craftsman Truck Series and is second in the Nationwide series. At the Same time Earnhardt sits 23rd in Cup and 7th in Nationwide.
The Truck Series gets a week off while the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series heads to Las Vegas, this weekend.
Local news – Crossville Raceway would like to remind all 2007 track employees that there will be a mandatory meeting for employees at the Track this Sunday march 2 at 4:00pm.