Kyle Busch backed up talk



Kyle Busch left little doubt his confidence is just fine during pre-race introductions at Bristol Motor Speedway, where the track allows drivers to say whatever they want to the crowd.

Most drivers play it safe by stating their name and hometowns, while others add a greeting to the crowd and maybe a little bit of personality.

Busch went all out beginning with the Nationwide Series race on Saturday when he grabbed the microphone and simply stated, “You know who I am.”

Arrogant? Sure. But he backed it up by grabbing his fifth Nationwide victory at Bristol, which tied him with Kevin Harvick for most in the series. Busch, by the way, has a series-record 53 wins, and two in the past four weeks after going winless last season.

He was even brasher the next day before the main event Sprint Cup race.

Grinning as he strutted down Bristol’s version of the red carpet, Busch name-dropped the track’s all-time winner: “I may not be no Darrell Waltrip, but I sure as heck don’t need no introduction,” before dropping the mic and walking off.

He came up short in his bid to sweep the weekend, but staged a wicked battle in the closing laps of the race to snag second-place from Brad Keselowski.

He left Bristol with a win, a runner-up finish and a track record in Sprint Cup qualifying.

10 CHARGES DROPPED: The man who was scheduled to testify against former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was killed in a police chase, prompting prosecutors to drop 10 felony charges against him.

Mayfield, who was suspended in 2009 for failing a NASCAR drug test, still faces nine other charges in Iredell and Catawba counties in North Carolina.

His next court appearance is April 1.

GOING DOWN: Car counts continue to dwindle in the Sprint Cup Series. There were only 45 cars at the season-opening Daytona 500, down from 49 a year ago. There are 43 cars entered for this week’s race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., meaning everyone will make the starting lineup.

Television ratings for last Sunday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway were up eight percent compared to last year. That means three of the four races this year have seen increases in viewership.