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Losing Kyle Busch would be bad for NASCAR

By admin | November 7, 2011

By Richard Allen


Through the years I have written as many pieces as anyone condemning some action or another of Kyle Busch. A guitar smashing incident and a 128mph speeding ticket are two things that come readily to mind. And there is no doubt that his most recent act of controversy is one worthy of condemnation as well.

After his intentional wrecking of Ron Hornaday in Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race in Texas, there has been no shortage of opinions on the fate of the talented driver. Thoughts ranging from “fire him” to “he shouldn’t be suspended at all” have been voiced from all corners of the sport. NASCAR responded by parking Busch for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races during the Texas weekend.

For those who think Busch should be fired or hope that he will somehow be removed from the sport altogether, this would be a bad thing for NASCAR.

Often times, people judge incidents like these based on whether or not they like the driver in question or if said driver’s actions somehow impacted their favorite. Removing emotion from the equation, this was a completely inappropriate move by Busch, but certainly not one worthy of removal from his team.

But aside from removal being too severe of a punishment, NASCAR can’t afford to lose Busch or even have him demoted to an uncompetitive situation.

For one thing, Busch is too good of a talent to be allowed to get away. Few drivers can handle a racecar like he can. It’s never a good thing for a sport to remove talent from competition.

But perhaps most importantly, Busch adds life to the sport. He is not one of the bland personalities that pervade racing today. Some people like him and some people don’t but there are very few who have no opinion of him. There are far too many drivers in NASCAR today that do not elicit an opinion from fans at all.

To prove the point that Busch drives discussion, a look at the articles posted on the popular website on Monday, there were as many dealing with Busch as there were on Sunday’s Sprint Cup winner, Tony Stewart. There was certainly very little worth talking about in regard to that race.

Removing Kyle Busch from a competitive NASCAR situation would be the equivalent of having all the seasonings removed from your favorite dish at your favorite restaurant. There would still be substance but no flavor.

This is in no way an attempt to condone Busch’s deliberate actions of this past weekend. Hopefully he will learn from that incident and its outcome so that he may show more restraint on the track. But also, it is my hope that he will continue to speak his mind and not become one of those politically correct robots who spew always predictable responses every time they are confronted by a microphone or a camera.

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19 Responses to “Losing Kyle Busch would be bad for NASCAR”

  1. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    November 7th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Rich, I respectfully beg to differ. I wish that M and M’s can try to hire a Family Man and I think Sammy (Mrs. Kyle) has had her fill of being Kyle’s Keeper.

  2. Russ Edwards Says:
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Rich, I know that I will be flamed for this comment but here goes.

    The reason Nascar cant afford to park Kyle Busch is for the following reasons. The sport has morphed over the years to where its about personalities not about racing. Because of the overwhelming attention to the personalities, the vast number of fans/viewers/spectators are willing to overlook the shortcomings in the racing.

    In addition can you imagine the legal mess that would be created? Contracts broken because of a unilateral move by Nascar, following a rulebook that has no existant hard copy? The lawyers for everybody from Mars to JGR, to the folks that make his souvenirs would have a field day.

    So while its fun to talk about, we have the predictable fine, and another probation. Ho hum.

  3. zhills fan Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Enough is enough, he should be barred for at least a year. Maybe he will grow up or get help by then. There are plenty of drivers who would just love to fill in for a year.

  4. Melodie Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I disagree. The fact that Kyle Busch has been told how wonderful he is for so long is what has fueled the fires of “I can do no wrong ” with a person that obviously cannot handle being good at what they do. The disrespect that Kyle has shown over the years to fellow drivers, officials, his crew and news media is the result of an immature person with a huge ego. A persons true character shows up under adversity, not when things are running smoothly.

  5. Ken Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    NASCAR needs Kyle Busch so people will watch the races. People need someone to root against. In the old westerns, the bad guy always wore a black hat so people would know he was the bad guy. Professional wrestling always has a villian (who makes the most money). Who wants to watch a bunch of vanilla pc pretty boys run around in circles in a race with a manipulated outcome?

  6. Bill B Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    You are right Rich, I don’t think Kyle should be kicked out of NASCAR. What would be good would be if all the top tier teams refused to hire him and he was left on a second tier team. He could then spend a year or two earning the respect back and ultimately earning a good ride.
    I know it’s the norm now for young guys to get quality rides from the start, but in Kyle’s case, working his way up to a top ride might be best.
    We know he’s capable of being a good driver, but is he capable of being a good sport or even a good person?

  7. Sue Rarick Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I’m probably the lone voice in the wilderness on this but I agree with you. Not only have the drivers gotten bland but the racing is getting that way too. For the first time in years I am not watching every race. They have become as boring as most of the drivers.

    I wonder how many of the folks wanting him fired would feel if I said I hope they lose their job this week or as soon as they make a mistake at their job. Over the years I’ve been fired and had to fire people, it’s not fun for anyone. Some of the comments sound as lemmingish as the mobs in the Paris streets in 1789.

  8. Lee B Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I don’t care if Klye leaves. IT ia always has to be about Kyle Bush. his atitude I am Klye Bush i cna’t do anything wrong.. I can spin you hit you. for a win. but dont do anything to me.
    He is NOT a KID any more He is a 26 year old MAN. SO quit saying he has to grow up and mature. HE WILL NEVER CHANGE.
    HE is setting a bad eample for up and coming kids as drivers. they see what he does and how he acts. and see the atitude you do anything for win

  9. Jesse Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    As much as I hate to say it, Ken is right, NASCAR knows they need Kyle because the sport is losing so many fans, the networks could not get enough of him the past few days. But I blame Joe Gibbs for most of the problems, here is a man that claims to be so almighty and he lets this clown bring his company down to such a low level, Rick Hendrick said enough is enough and let him go.

  10. tyler west Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Everyone who wants Kyle out, have to be the biggest idiots out there!! Edwards- boring, Stewart - is a jerk, folks seem to forget that, my guess is it is because he has aligned himself with Hendrick. Stewart-Haas is not a legitimate team on their own, it is still more Hendrick garbage. The whole Dale Jr fiasco is so over, NOBODY cares if he wins, including him. The rest of Roush’s guys are very bland, MWR is the same way. Here are the guys who are really worth watching because they bring some fire to the table. They are Kyle, Kurt, Brad K., and Kevin Harvick. These guys are the real racers. I would say Carl but he is not man enough to just own up to wrecking guys because he was mad with them. He has done on it numerous occasions. All these “fans” who sit there and cry, he needs to be gone, need to shut up, most of them have no idea what is good for the sport and judging by the attendance at all the cookie cutter tracks neither does the sanctioning body. The sport is supposed to hard nosed not everyone holding hands and getting along. Guys who spew sponsor bable are sickening, I know that is part of it but it is nice to see some real passion, not the type that happens when Nascar Raceday has a mic in their face. More real racers are what the sport needs!! No more new ways of making the chase, drivers with no personality, and tracks that absolutely suck. The heated altercations are what Nascar is missing but they will never admit it. If M&M’s goes, I’ll bet there is some other company out there wasting their money on a back marker that would jump at the chance to take their name to victory lane. Like or not Nascar needs more guys like him and PC bs!! Kyle Bush is what Nascar hoped Dale Jr. would become but that will never happen. He does not have to perform and folks still kiss his butt. So keep charging hard Kyle! Let’s not forget Hornaday is know for running guys up in the marbles, that’s a fact. RCR should thank Kyle for getting Hornaday off Austin Dillons back. Like it or not he is good for racing. I promise you that 100% He does not get in trouble for drugs like alot of other professional sports stars, have dog fighting rings that are highly illegal, get arrested for all types of felonies ( the speeding thing, really, if I had the chance to take a high performance car out for a drive you can bet that I’m going to put the hammer down). Oh, one final thing, people who have NEVER done anything that could be considered wrong should be the only ones running their mouth. I promise if it were Dale Jr. it would be a totally different story.

  11. tyler west Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    There are too many drivers on the circuit who do not have what it takes to be a winner. These fools crying fire him, are the same ones who do not go to the races when they are in their area. The colorful drivers are the only ones worth watching. you take all the firey ones out of the sport and see how long it lasts. Fans are ridiculous, with no more drivers like Stewart, the Bush’s, Keselowski, Harvick, and Edwards (even though he does a good job of hiding his bad side) Robby Gordon. Nascar would not last. It struggles right now. Think about that!! Real dull!

  12. Bill B Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    tyler west,
    So is there any act that would warrant kicking some one out of NASCAR? What if Hornaday would have been seriously hurt, would you still feel the same?

    I’m not disagreeing with you (see my coment above). I do notice the drivers you picked are the most “punky” ones, none of which are my favorites (which is fine we all have different views). However, if what makes NASCAR worth watching is conflicts, fighting, and acting badly then you should be watching reality television for your fix, not a sport. If the action on the track (or field) isn’t interesting enough and you need all this other bull to make it interesting, then something is wrong with the sport and needs to be fixed. Most would agree that the racing is the problem and maybe that’s where NASCAR has went wrong. It was easier and cheaper to say “boys have at it” and count on the resultant mayhem to keep people interested then to fix the racing.

  13. KC Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Love Kyle Busch! Those that dislike him are usually the ones whose driver isn’t winning (DEJR). Give it a few years, he will be the most popular racer in the sport. I bet money on it.

  14. Ty Lopez Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I think most are barking up the wrong tree. Kyle was dead wrong, and in my opinion should be done for the year. That being said, for those of you that think NASCAR can’t lose him because he has an opinion and isn’t afraid to voice it, blame NASCAR. Remember when Robby Gordon used to speak his mind? Look where it has got him. NASCAR has done everything in it’s power to make it a tough road. How about Tony Steward? He has paid so many fines he just goes with the flow. Fact of the matter is, if you say anything against NASCAR, you are going to pay.
    The top dogs at NASCAR has killed this sport.

  15. Gary Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    There is no such thing as bad publicity. Period. There was never any doubt that KB would keep his job & sponsors. As Rich pointed out, the majority of subject matter covered since Friday night focused on Kyle Busch! Now, most haters will assume I’m defending him. I’m not. I was embarrassed to watch what happened. But for the near and long term, NASCAR needs KB. Luckily for us, the inverse is also true.

  16. sylvia richardson Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    GEE its funny how posters talk about Kyle. he who can cast the first stone. i would bet just in everybodys life at one time we have all been n Kyle shoes. yes i have been before wanting to kick someone behind or if i got anger in me i could [maybe do worse. yes KYLE WAS WRONG. BUT AT SOMETIMES IN OUR LIFES WE HAVE ALL BEEN THAT UPSET OR ANGERY. no i have not said that before. not on this site.and if so whats wrong with a repeat?

  17. Bill B Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Someday I wish I could be in Kyle’s shoes…. making millions of dollars doing what I love and all I have to do is put a smile on my face, mention my sponsor and toe the company line.

    FYI - I do that every day when I go to work for pennies compared to what Kyle makes.

    Anyway, once I get that opportunity and throw it all away being a total D-head, then I will agree with you.

  18. Love'em Says:
    November 10th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    “The great irony is that all this makes Busch one of the most important drivers in NASCAR right now.” Jealousy, immaturity, ignorance causes such hatred. WHO ARE ANY OF US TO JUDGE ANOTHER WHEN WE ARE SO IMPERFECT?! If you are one of the many who wish this man to lose his job beware….What u wish on another can fall right back in your lap, so be careful what u wish for. Kyle rocks, we all make mistakes, get over it!

  19. Steve Says:
    November 10th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I’m sorry but this is all on Kyle Busch. If fans are upset because he didn’t race on Sunday due to being suspended, don’t blame Nascar. Blame the idiot that tried to put a driver through the wall under caution in a race that meant nothing to him and everything to the guy that he wrecked.

    Also, whether Kyle remains in the sport is all on Kyle as well. If he wants to play by the rules he is a great talent and deserves to be there, if not, Nascar doesnt need him. Nascar made Kyle rich not the other way around and I applaud them for finally taken action. It should have happened long ago.