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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