Sunday, February 27, 2005


All eyes were on California today. Not just because the stars were gathering for the Academy Awards but because the boys of NASCAR rolled into Fontana, CA for the Auto Club 500. Kurt Busch's baby brother Kyle started on the pole for this race. At 19 years old, Kyle Busch is the youngest driver to win a pole. Kyle ended the day a lap down in 23rd place. Greg Biffle started the race from the 5th positition and predicted that he would have the lead within 5 laps. Biffle made good on that promise. Biffle then fell a lap down during the middle part of the race. But, Biffle overcame his mid-race difficulties and won the race.

At this point, I have to make a confession. Since Dale, Jr. went down two laps in the first half hour or so, I switched over to watch Kansas play Oklahoma State on CBS. I still got to see the last forty laps, though. This race started a little after 3 p.m. and dragged on till nearly 7 p.m.

It's a little early to focus too much on the championship standings, but following the Auto Club 500 the defending champ, Kurt Busch, leads the way. Jimmie Johnson is in second. Mark Martin, in his final season, is in third. Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle round out the top five.