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What happened to the mature Kyle Busch?

By admin | May 24, 2011

By Richard Allen

Just a few short weeks ago we were hearing all about the ‘new and improved’ Kyle Busch. We were often told that he was newly married, he was another year older and he was an owner on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

All of those things were going to combine to bring about a more mature driver and person. Well, all of those things held in place, a post-race storm off or two aside, for about nine or ten weeks but then the new found maturity seemed to slip away.

In Darlington, Busch had an on-track incident with Kevin Harvick. That in itself was not such a big deal as virtually every driver on the circuit has run-ins from time to time. But on the cool down lap the old Kyle Busch made a brief return appearance. As Harvick trailed behind him, Busch led his combatant on a rather silly looking cat and mouse chase until the two finally ended up on pit road. Harvick got out of his car and approached Busch, which led the driver known as ‘Rowdy’ to push the unoccupied #29 across the pit lane and into the inside wall. That was not such a mature move and one that could have injure an unsuspecting crew member of another team.

But the revelation on Tuesday afternoon that Busch had been cited by an Iredell County(NC) sheriff’s deputy for going 128mph in a 45mph speed zone indicated that the immature Busch had not completely gone away after all.

Busch was driving a 2012 Lexus LFA sports car which is said to be capable of speeds over 200mph.

The officer who pulled Busch over said the driver was cooperative and not arrogant. He also reported that Busch said, “this is just a toy” when questioned as to why he was going so fast.

The potential ramifications of such driving are obvious. While his citation for reckless driving will no doubt be the topic of much conversation and jokes over the next several days, it is a blessing that nothing more serious happened.

Ultimately, those who believed Kyle Busch had somehow changed over the most recent off season have been proven wrong, at least during these past couple of weeks. In both the shoving of the unoccupied car down pit lane and his citation for speeding, Busch could have injured or even killed someone, including himself.

Hopefully, Busch has learned from these situations and will actually mature to some degree. He is too talented to let lapses such as these get in the way of his career.

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10 Responses to “What happened to the mature Kyle Busch?”

  1. Sue Rarick Says:
    May 25th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Golly gee a race driver driving fast…. oh the horror.

    Dan Gurney creating the Cannonball rally because he mentioned he averaged around 125 mph driving a Ferrarri from NYC to LA. Colin Chaplin racing through the streets of London and regularly going the wrong way on a one way street as a short cut. Mario Andretti getting a similar ticket as kyle and the judge throwing it out because the judge said he was driving within his skill level…… And let’s not forget the basis of Nascar to begin with (A bunch of moonshiners testing their skills against each other)<last I heard they had to use public roads to make their deliveries
    While it wasn’t the smartest thing he could have done. I have some sympathy having owned an ex factory Suzuki/Harris that had gone 224mph at Le Mans and it was so easy to go over 120mph and not be aware of it till you looked at the tach.

  2. Justin Says:
    May 25th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Golly gee Sue, would you have the same reaction if Kyle had wrecked the car, and killed himself and/or his wife, and who knows who else? Or how about someone looks both ways, and pulls out into the road way, only to have a car traveling 120 mph slam into the back of their car, etc etc. There are a million scenarios that could have played out that would have been tragic. I HATE Kyle Busch, and this is just one more reason to hate him.

    Between my Sr year in high school, and my Soph year in college, I lost 9 friends to car accidents, and none of them were going over 100 mph (2 were because of a drunk driver, but thats another story).

    I am not even going to go so far as to say he should be suspended, or that he got special treatment, etc. I cant stand him, and thats obvious, my issue with his reckless driving is beyond me not liking Kyle Busch the race car driver. This is at the top of the list of the stupidest things Kyle Busch has ever done, and to just pass it off as no big deal is lunacy. I will be the first to admit that Busch has more talent than any other driver in NASCAR, but he is a 1 in a million talent. My point is, he might have the talent to drive like that, but he isnt the only one on the road, the mistake of a driver of lesser talent (ie: you and I) could have had a devastating impact on this entire situation. Like I said before, at that speed, something as simple as a driver pulling out in front of him, would have been a disaster

  3. The Mad Man Says:
    May 25th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Between Toyota’s money and NASCAR’s influence in the court system around the Charlotte area, he’ll probably end up with a fine and some community service.

  4. Paul Brown Says:
    May 25th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Well the sponsors got the publicity they wanted. Give a new sports car to an immature race driver and suddenly every nut case in the world knows the new Lexus sports car will do 128 in a school zone. Sales will fly, Kyle will pay a fine, see you next week at the track for more discussions about this sports car. Nascar should not even mention this during its broadcast. Publicity stunts can be controlled if they are not given free publicity.

  5. Kevin Says:
    May 25th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    The article is about the maturity of Kyle Busch. It is an accurate article in that Kyle still has maturing to do. He is only 25 years old after all. Ten years ago, from time to time I would drive my vehicle as fast as it would go too. With age Kyle will mature, as i have. Should Kyle keep that type of driving to a closed course? Absolutely, however I find your arguement lacking in that there are always lesser drivers on the road who could have a devastating impact on the entire situation. A driver can pull out in front of you while you are driving at safe speeds due to a lack of visibility in a rain storm or snow storm and result in disaster, but I don’t stay off the roads during storms because other people don’t have the same skill level as I while driving. Kyle made a mistake, the same mistake many other kids make every single day. To say this is among the stupidest things Kyle has ever done is a bit extreme. He drives 200mph as his job. Often times there are cars coming on and off pit road, or having problems moving at 60mph at the same time get over it. He made an error in judgement and will pay the consequences. There is no need to get high and mighty over it.

  6. Glen H Says:
    May 25th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Kyle isn’t the first, nor is he the last that have topped the 100mph mark on a public road. I’ve done it more than once on a road that has a 45mph limit on it. It all comes down to the circumstances, the vehicle and your skill level.

    He got caught, will face the wrath of the court and move on.

  7. Justin Says:
    May 25th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Pardon me Kevin, forgive me for being upset at someone driving waaay too fast on a public street. I have lost too many people I was close to because of something as stupid as driving too fast. I apologize to you, for the hurt I have felt, it was selfish of me, what was I thinking….I wish harm on no one, but perhaps yourself, and Sue need to have someone close to you taken from this world by a maniac behind the wheel of a car. And someone can say, “hey Kevin, dont worry about it, atleast the a-hole driving had a very high skill level behind the wheel of an automobile, its no big deal. You cant get all high and mighty, the loss doesnt hurt that much, it was just a lapse of judgement”.

    Your example of poor road conditions doesnt really matter, since we arent talking about poor road conditions, so to take a page out of your book, that argument is lacking. I am simply blown away that people consider something like that to be no big deal. You are certainly entitled to your opinion, and I respect the fact that you have a different opinion. But I cant understand how it makes it “ok”, simply because the worst case scenario didnt happen. If he had killed himself, would you be writing a comment that it was no big deal? People that care about him on a personal level would likely disagree

  8. sylvia richardson Says:
    May 25th, 2011 at 4:54 pm


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  10. Al Torney Says:
    May 26th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Don’t know whatever happened to Tony Stewart when he was caught driving a Ferrari around 80 mph on Atlantic Blvd in Daytona Beach during Speedweek when he first started in NASCAR. Richard Petty was charged with road rage not to many years ago.

    Had Kyle had a load of “shine” he’d be a “last american Hero” like Junior Johnson.

    I think most of the people who want him to be suspended, jailed etc are those who realize that this is the only way to stop his onslaught of the NASCAR record book. Lord knows there isn’t a better stock car driver in the land then Kyle. And yes he does things with a race car that only Earnhardt did before him. Personaly I don’t care for Kyle that much but he is the only one I watch on the track because he is the only exciting driver in the series. We need more like him.