A lot can change from one season to the next in terms of driver momentum, rules’ packages, and the wear patterns on the track. Since 2011, NASCAR has visited Auto Club Speedway only once per year. Auto Club was built from the same blueprint as Michigan International Speedway, only with four fewer degrees of banking.
Kurt Busch filed a multimillion-dollar countersuit Friday in the U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of Michigan against Sports Management Network, which sued the NASCAR driver for $1.4 million. Busch, who is demanding a jury trial in the counterclaim lawsuit, alleges that the sports management company and its law firm “improperly advantaged themselves” along with the interests of clients Team Penske and Andretti Autosport. The countersuit states that Busch wasn’t made aware of such conflicts and wasn’t advised to seek independent counsel. Busch and SMN entered into a representation contract in 2005 that was extended Aug. 11, 2010 while Busch was driving for Penske (he previously was with Roush Fenway Racing).
More than a month later, Kurt Busch still is basking in his Daytona 500 victory. Busch has been lugging around his Harley J. Earl trophy on his “Where’s Earl?” tour, taking the hardware to his Las Vegas high school, the Chicago Cubs’ spring training camp and other stops. The ultimate destination for the trophy was Haas Automation’s headquarters in Oxnard, California, which he visited this week (NASCAR is in Southern California for Sunday’s race in Fontana). Busch has continued to document his tour on Twitter as the Stewart-Haas Racing driver has made multiple TV appearances and taken the trophy for a long walk on the beach. Here’s a look at all the stops Busch and Earl have made this week ahead