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And Another Thing


They love them some Kyle Busch

INDIANAPOLIS -- Aaaand we're off... no, wait!

Looks like Kyle Busch is sideways and sliding through the grass coming off turn two on the first lap of the Brickyard 400, and we've gone yellow as Busch collects a few others, including Sam Hornish Jr.

Here's the funny part, though: As soon as Busch got sideways on the big videoboards, a huge roar went up along the main straightaway. Clearly, Busch, who's never been about winning friends, hasn't won many here.

Then again ...

Then again, there's not many friends to win. The usual sea of humanity is more like an inlet of humanity; the grandstands are shockingly, and I mean shockingly, unpopulated in some places. Even along the front stretch they're no more than 3/4 filled; the north and south chute stands are virtually deserted, and the fourth-turn stands -- usually full to the brim -- are showing big swatches of bare aluminum.

And unlike the Indianapolis 500, it's not because people are under the stands getting out of the heat. There's nobody there, either.

More on this later.

Ben Smith's blog.