By admin | May 1, 2011
By Richard Allen
It is not exactly breaking news to point out that Kurt Busch launched into an profanity laced tirade over his in-car radio during a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. So, when it was reported that exactly that was going on during the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway this past Saturday night no one was caught off guard. However, what has become a bit different in recent weeks is that these tirades have become extremely personal attacks on the hierarchy of Penske Racing and that companyâ€˜s engineering department.
Many may remember Buschâ€™s in-race argument with team owner Roger Penske just over a year ago in Martinsville. But many people have had arguments with their bosses before and that particular incident was not laced with extreme amounts of profanity and personal attacks as the driverâ€˜s more recent comments. Lately, Busch has vented more of his anger not on the running of the car but more on the people who actually work on the car.
If I didnâ€™t know better, from listening to Busch on the in-car radio it almost sounds as if he is trying to get fired. Of course, I donâ€™t know better as I do not have an inside track into the volatile driverâ€™s brain. However, I know most people can not talk to their bosses and fellow employees that way and not suffer some sort of repercussions, and most people know that very well. Kurt Busch is a smart guy and I think he would know that.
Buschâ€™s contract runs through 2014 according to the Jayski.com website. So he is set to be in the same ride for three more seasons unless something happens to dissolve that agreement.
Of course, the immediate defense for any athlete who has an outburst is that, â€œHe is a fierce competitor and those comments were made in the heat of the moment.â€ There is a line that separates being a fierce competitor and a person who is out of control emotionally. When that competitor curses and degrades those who are doing their best to help him has most likely crossed that line.
When it was announced that Busch was leaving Jack Roushâ€™s team to take a ride with Penske Racing, Roush decided he had had enough of the babysitting chores of this driver and let Busch go early. All of this causes me to wonder just how long car owner Roger Penske will continue to tolerate this behavior.
There is no question that Busch is one of the most talented drivers in NASCAR. However, there comes a point at which oneâ€™s talent is overwhelmed in a negative way by oneâ€™s attitude.
Now, Iâ€™m not sure I believe Kurt Busch is actually trying to get himself fired. I do believe he is very unhappy with his current situation. It only takes a few minutes of scanner listening to figure that out. I also believe that whether Busch is trying to get himself fired or not he may soon succeed in that endeavor if he cannot find a way to control his outbursts.
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