The NASCAR Cup Series is underway as of now.
The last race was on March 14 at Phoenix Raceway. Martin Truex Jr. drove away as the winner in his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
While it’s still a couple of months away, fans were given the opportunity to name the upcoming Kansas Race.
Fans Vote for Name of Kansas Race
On Sunday, May 2, racers will line up at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas for 267 laps.
Anheuser-Busch, the sponsor of the race, allowed fans to name the official title of the upcoming race. In a not-so-unpredictable outcome, fans decided there was no better name than “Busch Light Buschy McBusch Race 400.”
Yes, you read that correctly. The Buschy McBush Race.
To be fair, fans were given a list of different options. They included “The Busch Latte 400,” “The Nectar of the Cobs 400,” and the “For the Farmers 400.”
“We saw the race entitlement as a truly unique opportunity to give NASCAR fans unparalleled access to the sport while supporting people and communities that can use a helping hand. Giving fans creative control over an official race name while supporting the farming community that’s so important to Busch is a perfect example of how we approach our role as the Official Beer of NASCAR,” VP of Value Brands at Anheuser-Busch, Daniel Blake said.
Unsurprisingly, the marketing strategy was either hilarious to some people or fell short for others. The NASCAR twitter responded, “It’s going to be an excellent Racey McRace Race.”
Meanwhile, another fan wrote, “You have race names such as the Diehard 500, the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400, and then you have Buschy McBusch Race 400…I kind of like it.”
Other users were writing comments like, “Never ask the internet for a serious thing.”
Regardless of the name, the race will be just as serious and a coveted win for those participating in May. The race will likely garner more social media attention for its outlandish name.
One fan compared it to the time when the British government agency let the internet name a $287 million polar research ship in 2016. The name at the forefront was quite similar to the NASCAR race name. That is, R.R.S. Boaty McBoatface.
Future NASCAR Races
Besides the “Busch Light Buschy McBusch Race 400,” there are several more stops for the NASCAR Cup Series.
The next race will be at Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race will start at 3 p.m. ET. The lineup includes racers like Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, William Byron, and Ryan Blaney.
In the next few races, competitors will then head to Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt, Martinsville Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway, Kansas Speedway, and Darlington Raceway.
NASCAR has placed certain restrictions and guidelines to help keep racers and spectators safe during COVID-19. In fact, they brought in some furry friends to help detect COVID-19 at the race in Atlanta.
“We think that these dogs and this capability is going to allow us to rapidly confirm that all of those people entering the essential footprint on Sunday — that’s race teams, that’s NASCAR officials, that’s the vendors that work inside the garage — all those folks are COVID-free or not,” Tom Bryant, NASCAR managing director of racing operations, said in the announcement, according to Deadspin.