March 23, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Roseanne Barr, shown here at the Golden Globe Awards, had her name on a NASCAR race Saturday. [AP/JORDAN STRAUSS]

1. What’s in a name

The NASCAR Xfinity Series race with no name at Auto Club Speedway got an 11th-hour sponsor, the revived “Roseanne” sitcom featuring comedian Roseanne Barr. The Roseanne 300 victory went to Joey Logano, who must be asking “Where do I put this trophy?”

2. He’s back

You don’t win eight races and the championship and then disappear. Martin Truex Jr. made certain we all know the No. 78 Toyota is back in form. Truex became the first driver to win the pole and sweep all the race stages since the format started last year.

3. Streak breaker

Truex was the streak-breaker at Fontana. Kevin Harvick’s three-race win streak? Over. Kyle Larson’s four consecutive wins on 2-mile tracks? Toast. The track’s four consecutive overtime finishes? Not on Sunday. Truex won in regulation.

— Godwin Kelly, godwin.kelly@


Compelling questions … and maybe a few actual answers

Now can we talk spending caps?

Assuming that the pending Lowe’s departure got Rick Hendrick’s attention, let’s also assume you could get some interest in bringing financial sanity to NASCAR team expenditures. It’s one thing to let economic Darwinism do its thing in a relatively wide-open marketplace, but quite another to let it disfigure an industry whose credo demands a level playing field without much disparity between haves and have-nots.

In other words …?

If a seven-time champ has to start cobbling together four-race and eight-race sponsorship packages next year, and we reach a point where only a small handful of teams are fueled by Fortune 500 budgets, “close competition” is just a theory instead of reality. Some have advocated spending caps, similar to team salary caps in other sports. Maybe it’s time for “the talk.” Assuming, of course, they’re not already doing that behind the scenes.

— Ken Willis, ken.willis


WINNER: Kyle Busch REST OF TOP 5: Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch FIRST ONE OUT: William Byron DARK HORSE: Chase Elliott DON’T BE SURPRISED IF: Kyle Busch has three straight top-three finishes and will climb to the top of the heap this weekend.

June 11, 2020
October 31, 2019
October 29, 2019
October 19, 2018