On Saturday night, after he posted a rousing score of 90.75 aboard a snorting hunk of beast called Breakdown to take control of these PBR World Finals at the Thomas &Mack Center, the bull rider J.B. Mauney from North Carolina had some huggin’ to do.
This is how John Bisci, the longtime Las Vegas Motor Speedway media expert and drag racing enthusiast, describes the NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing tour: “Everybody wants to go home with Wally.”
On Friday, 18-year-old Dylan Kwasniewski did something never done in NASCAR’s developmental touring divisions; on Sunday, 35-year-old Kurt Busch drove a car painted up in Wonder Bread colors. This being NASCAR, it’s probably not hard to guess which of these generated the most publicity.
Having witnessed the recent UNLV-Hawaii football game at Sam Boyd Stadium as well as Saturday night’s third annual Monster Energy Cup at the little stadium on the outskirts of town, I have come to the conclusion that UNLV would be better off if Tim Cornett were allowed to ride a 450cc dirt bike on game days.
Think about it: A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears are the greatest Indy 500 drivers of all time. Each won four times. George Bignotti won seven Indy 500s as crew chief. He was the original Mr. Goodwrench.