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Why wouldn’t Steve Addington be looking to leave Kurt Busch?

By admin | October 15, 2011

By Richard Allen


Surely it must be in The Bible or some other religious writing that one human being should only have to endure so much berating and ridicule during a lifetime. And considering that he has served as a crew chief for both Kyle and Kurt Busch, Steve Addington has almost certainly fulfilled a lifetime’s worth of such sharp and constant demeaning during the past few years.

Rumor has it that the accomplished crew chief may be on his way out at Penske Racing, where he serves as the pit boss for 2004 Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch. However, Addington denied those reports when asked on Friday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

My question is, why wouldn’t he be looking to go elsewhere?

Anyone who listens to the scanner traffic of NASCAR team radios during the races can attest to the fact that the Busch brothers are the most critical of just about all the drivers in the sport. And not only is the criticism of Kurt Busch to Addington unrelenting, it is often personal and degrading.

We are all due a little constructive criticism at our jobs from time to time. It’s what keeps us from falling into a dangerous lull and helps us improve. What the elder Busch does often seems to go well beyond that.

A number of other drivers offer the opportunity to achieve race wins and to contend for championships without the excessive berating. Maybe those rumors of Addington’s departure stem from the belief that he has finally had enough of his current driver and would like to find another.

There is no doubt that Kurt Busch is one of the most talented drivers in NASCAR. That’s not even debatable. But there has to come a point in which bad attitude overwhelms good talent. If Steve Addington hasn’t yet reached that point while serving as crew chief for this temperamental driver, then he has patience rivaled only by Job.

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11 Responses to “Why wouldn’t Steve Addington be looking to leave Kurt Busch?”

  1. Sue Rarick Says:
    October 17th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I hear MWR is hiring.

  2. Gordon85Wins Says:
    October 17th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    The Busch brothers have both done a lot of childish things that I was able to overlook because they are both exciting racecar drivers, but nothing turned me of to them so much as their constant berating of the crews on the radio. I can’t imagine what it must be like dealing with either of these petulant whiners…normal people would slap the s*** out of both of them.

  3. midasmicah Says:
    October 17th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I don’t know how Addington has endured Kurt Busch’s constant berating of him and the crew for this long. He’s a professional and has class. You can’t say the same thing for either Busch brother.

  4. jerseygirl24 Says:
    October 17th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Steve A must have the patience of a saint and skin as thick as a rhino to be able to stand being crew chief for both the Busch brothers. I swear both of the Busch boys must have been raised by wolves based on how incredibly ill mannered they both are.

    I feel sorry for their wives as well as their crews.

    It’s one of the reasons why no matter how good they are as race car drivers, I will never root for them. Just not my kind of people.

  5. John Ingersol Says:
    October 17th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Ask Roush and Hendricks why they dumped the Busch Brats!

  6. Earner Says:
    October 17th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Most folk I know would tune this guy in & then go to compete AGAINST him ….Yeah why would he stay….

  7. Earner Says:
    October 17th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Could ya sue Penske for work place abuse

  8. Chris Says:
    October 17th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Addington is one of the best crew chiefs working today. He doesn’t need to put up with Busch’s abuse. Here’s hoping he turns up at MWR as Bowyer’s chief. They’d be a good combo.

  9. Timm Says:
    October 17th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    This just in… Addington will be inking a deal with MWR as Clint Bowyer’s head wrench in a 3 year deal. If you ask me, that sounds like a good pairing!

  10. Race Fan 56 Says:
    October 17th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Kurt has belittled Roger Penske on the radio a few times as well , love to see him try that with Richard Childress.

  11. sylvia richardson Says:
    October 17th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    JOHN I do believe KURT LEFT BECAUSE HE WANTED 2. And Kyle was just KYLE.