There were some big winners – and equally big losers – at Daytona Beach over the weekend. Coming up smiling was Joey Logano, the 24-year-old Team Penske driver who took the checkered flag.
Among those less than happy with the results of the Daytona 500 were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and the two Busch brothers. Kyle Busch suffered a compound leg fracture in a Saturday race. And his brother Kurt was sidelined on Sunday after league officials upheld an indefinite suspension for an alleged domestic violence incident last autumn.
It marked the first time neither of the Busch brothers were in the field for the “Great American Race” since 2000. But even if Kyle recuperates quickly enough to re-enter the series later this year, it is far from clear what will happen with Kurt Busch. He not only has been sidelined by NASCAR, but has had his relationship with long-time sponsor Chevrolet put on hold.