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Kyle Busch may be an a** but he kicked yours

By admin | August 22, 2010

By Richard Allen

Brad Keselowski threw down the gauntlet in driver introductions and Kyle Busch immediately picked it up and spanked the field with it for the third time in one weekend. He won the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series races at the Bristol Motor Speedway over the course of four days.

Handing forty-three racecar drivers an open microphone may not have led to the most appropriate behavior in the world but it sure perked up the crowd awaiting the Irwin Tools Night Race on Saturday when Keselowski declared that, “Kyle Busch is an ass!” The statement was met with an enthusiastic roar from the assembled masses.

Busch and Keselowski had had a run-in the night before on the same track during a Nationwide Series race. The incident caused Keselowski, the standings’ leader in that series, to lose positions and points while Busch went on to a somewhat unpopular win. Busch added insult to injury during his celebration when he mocked the booing crowd with a fake crying motion. So, needless to say, Keselowski’s pre-race declaration on Saturday made him somewhat of a hero in the eyes of many.

However, races are not won on microphones, they are won on the track. And that is exactly where Busch did the talking for much of the next three hours.

If there are any out there who doubt that Busch is a great wheel man, perhaps even the best in the sport today, then go back and look at the move Busch made to take the lead away from Jimmie Johnson after a lap 199 restart.

Johnson had chosen the outside lane leaving Busch the less favored bottom groove. At the drop of the green, Busch fainted low but then immediately tucked in behind the #48 until the cars reached turn one. Then Busch made a daring move to the outside and stormed passed Johnson.

And perhaps the move of the night came just after Jamie McMurray had taken the lead of the race late in the going. As both cars made the way to pit road at lap 400 for a green flag stop, Busch got around McMurray just before the two reached the entrance to pit road and thus had to maintain pit road speed. The advantage allowed Busch’s crew to get him out ahead of McMurray and put him in position to eventually claim the lead away from David Reutimann.

Busch started 19th and finished 1st. Keselowski started 15th and finished 19th, almost two full laps down. Keselowski got a lot of cheers in the pre-race festivities for what he did on the microphone. Kyle Busch got a trophy and a big check for what he did on the track.

I don’t know Kyle Busch personally. He may or may not be an ass. However, I know he kicked 42 others on Saturday, and he no doubt particularly enjoyed one of those.

And for the record, I am neither a Kyle Busch or Brad Keselowski fan but I did get a bit of a chuckle out of Keselowski comment.

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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.

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14 Responses to “Kyle Busch may be an a** but he kicked yours”

  1. Joe W. Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 8:15 am

    You do not have to know Kyle Busch to see that he is an ass!!!! I am not a Keselowski fan either but not only were his remarks funny but totally acurate. One only has to watch Kyle Busch to see what a jerk this guy is. He is one reason I rarely watch Nascar anymore. I miss it but not enought o put up with guys like Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlen. They are all jerks!!

  2. The Old Guy Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 8:32 am

    It’s fun to have the first word, as Keslowski did. It’s even better to have the last word.

    Kyle Busch, without a doubt, had the last word.

    Is he the best in the business today? I think the jury is probably still out on that one. However, his talent and bravado cannot be denied.

  3. Prof p (Jeff Thompson) Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 9:32 am

    There’s an old saying in racing:
    “When the green flag drops, the bull sh*t stops.”
    What ever Kyle is, Brad should have a very red face.
    Apparently insulting Kyle just makes him drive faster, perhaps the other drivers should try reverse psychology, say very nice things about Kyle, maybe he’ll slow down.

  4. banzaibonnie Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 9:40 am

    K.B. is certainly the best at car control I’ve ever seen . I don’t give a darn whether he’s an ass or not, he’s just amazing to watch. He raced Reut cleanly ,lap after lap, because he respects Reut. B. K. ,on the other hand clearly is an ass and K. B. raced him accordingly. I’m not a fan of either one ,but appreciate exceptional talent when I see it,and Kyle is a rare breed.

  5. Larry Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I agree Kyle is a good driver. That being said, where is all the outrage for what he did to Brad on Friday who is running for a Busch Championship and was deliberately taken out by a non Busch Championship Driver? And, there is no question on whether it was done on purpose or not because Kyle admitted it in Victory Circle. Brad went from finishing first or second to what fourtenth because Kyle took him out. Remember, there is no chase in the Nationwide Series so what if this loss of points costs Brad the championship at the end of the year? Nascar is really going to look bad because even with guilt admitted by Kyle Nascar has not issued any penalties or fines against Kyle not that it would give Brad his points back but at least they could show that diliberately wrecking someone for a win wouldn’t be tolerated. And, for all you Kyle fans, what Brad did Friday Night wasn’t anything Kyle would not have done in the same circumstances. And, replays clearly show that Kyle bobbled and moved up in front of Brad causing the bump by Brad. A bump that if Kyle had been behind Brad would have occurred too under the same circumstances. And, and this talk about Busch winning all three races to me is tainted because in my opinion he never fairly won the Nationwide Race because of taking Brad out on purpose giving him the win. So is this going to be the norm from now on-deliberatly taking out the leader to get the win without any repercussions from Nascar? If it is then this is only going to alienate more fans from Nascar. And, any fine or probation for Kyle would having little affect since he is not running for the championship and I’m sure the fine would be no big deal for the ultra rich Gibbs Team and Kyle. To me Kyle should be banned from all Nationwide Competition for the rest of the year. Again folks, think about it. What if Brad loses the championship by the number of points he lost by getting deliberately spun out by Kyle Friday Night. Nascar will really have a problem on their hands. What most fans don’t like about Kyle is that he can do these things and celebrate in victory lane yet when something similar happens to him he goes beserk and acts like a spoiled rich kid brat which he is. No wonder fans are not showing up for races when one of your top drivers is acting like Kyle and Nascar is letting it happen. Again, Kyle didn’t win three races this past weekend. He won two and deliberately wrecked the leader to steal the other race and Nascar just looked the other way along with most of the media. Just can’t believe that there isn’t more outrage at this.

  6. Richard Allen Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 11:47 am


    Your point is a good one and actually Jeff Gluck had something addressing that very thing on SBNation.

    The reason I think there is so little talk of what happened on Friday is due to what happened on Saturday. BK may have actually hurt his own cause by saying what he did. Also, had the wrecked driver been a Nationwide regular like Steve Wallace or Trevor Bayne there would be considerable outrage but the thought process many have is that it was two guys wrecking each other in a minor league series.

  7. Larry Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    But Richard, the bigger point to me is Brad running for the Championship and another driver who is not diliberately took him out and could very well determine whether he wins the championship or not. And, I agree maybe Brad’s comment was a little cheesy and in bad taste but that still shouldn’t have taken away what Busch did Friday Night. And, Brad is on probation so that might have affected how he raced Sat. Night but under the circumstances I believe I would have taken Kyle out Sat. Night and took my chances with Nascar. And Penske and Brad could have argued to Nascar that they took no action Friday Night even though a driver who is not running for the championship openly admitted “dumping” Brad. Although, we all know how Nascar Operates and they would probably have come down hard on Brad. And again, I think the incedent was caused by Busch’s bobbling and trying to squeeze in front of Brad and was not Brad’s fault. Anyway, you can never count on Nascar doing anything fair and reasonable but they ought to realize you certainly don’t need a non championship contender taking out the points leader to win a race that could cost the leader a championship in the end. Hope it doesn’t come down to that but it could happen.

  8. Gail Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I think there is a tremendous amount of hypocrisy swirling among NASCAR fans lately. Dale Earnhardt, Sr. routinely dumped any driver who was in his way. He won 7 championships that way, is a charter member of the HOF and has been canonized by the NASCAR fans. The only difference is that Dale always said, “I hate that it happened,” which we all knew was an outright lie, because he would come back and do the same thing the next week!

    Y’all hate Jimmie Johnson because he is too boring, you hate Kyle because he is aggressive and admits it. Make up your minds already! Kyle is the best thing that has happened to NASCAR since Dale’s death. He’s kicking butts and taking names. Bravo!

  9. Steve Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    If BK is so focused on a championsip, then how can he be so stupid. If 100,000 plus fans knew that KB would dump him, why didn’t BK. KB passed him clean. If your going to bump and run on KB, you better be able to get away from him. As usual, BK brought it on himself and 14th is where he belonged.

    BK is obviously a slow learner!

  10. Charles Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I think Brad K is the one with a problem!

    I think Brad is asking for what he is getting!

    Lets see, Edwards, Hamlin, now Kyle Busch they all have something is common, and its Brad K! And I dont think all of them are wrong!

    Brad is the common denominator in it all, so seems he mabe the the A## in all of it!!!!!

  11. Marybeth Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Rich, If Kyle were still at HMS he would not have won the trifecta.

  12. Sue Rarick Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Larry, When Kyle did the slide Brad had three choices. He could back off, he could do the crossover or he could bump Kyle. He choose door number three and the prize was Kyle dumping him.

    As far as Kyle ruining Brad’s chances for a Nationwide championship. Kyle has over twice as many wins as Brad and is not running a full schedual. Basically Brad is leading because Kyle is only running a partial schedual.

    But then again it was a great Saturday for me because Reut. and Kyle are my two favorite drivers with Trevor Bayne being the third driver I root for.

  13. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I really, really feel mad at Kyle Busch for heading for the Mountains of Victory Lane. He made me so mad I had to go to Waltrips and 00 Reutimann!

  14. Larry Says:
    August 24th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    But Sue, Brad never did anything that Kyle would not have done if Brad had tried to slide in front of him like Kyle did. Kyle getting bumped by Brad was due to Kyle bobbling and trying to move in front of Brad when he wasn’t clear causing contact. But, that wasn’t an excused for “dumping” Brad. Kyle can win every race they have and I’ll never be a fan of that arogant, spoiled rich Kid Brat. And everyone is making a big deal of Kyle winning all three races but to me it isn’t a big deal. For one, he wrecked the leader of the Nationwide Race for the win. Number two, how many cup drivers raced in all three series like Kyle did with the best equipment money can buy. If you had a bunch of cup guys with similar equipment racing in all three series at Bristol and Kyle won all three then that would be a big deal. People’s Heros are so much different this day and time. Now it seems like we like the bad guys as our heros. It is very evident that Kyle’s Parents did a very poor job of trying to raise him. Maybe one day someone will put Kyle in his place and he will realize what a turd his it.