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Who would NASCAR fans hate if they didn’t have the Busch brothers?

By admin | December 5, 2011

By Richard Allen

Over the past few weeks NASCAR fans have had the opportunity to direct their venom toward two of their favorite targets, the Busch brothers. And the duo of Las Vegas natives have certainly done their part to provide the ammunition for those who want to take shots at them.

When during the Camping World Truck Series at the Texas Motor Speedway Kyle Busch intentionally wrecked Ron Hornaday those who dislike the often controversial driver came out of the woodwork to condemn his actions. And when he was suspended by NASCAR for the weekend it was almost as if Christmas had come early and most folks on the message boards and social networking sites had gotten exactly what they asked for from Santa.

After it became obvious that the sponsors on the younger Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing team were not pleased with his actions, many of the driver’s detractors went so far as to hope he would be released by his team.

Not only has Kyle Busch offered up some pre-holiday season naughty behavior to draw the criticism of those who didn’t need much incentive to scorn, but his older brother went so far as to one-up him during the season’s last race.

After suffering a mechanical issue early in the finale at the Miami- Homestead Speedway, Kurt Busch was caught on a camera phone by someone standing near the disabled machine delivering a profane tongue lashing to ESPN reporter Jerry Punch and his cameraman. That video became the subject of many columns and conversations. And most of those conversations were very much slanted against Busch.

But Kurt did indeed manage to one-up Kyle as this scenario continued to play out. Ultimately, the elder Busch’s tirade in south Florida combined with a previous history of bad relations with crew members and his car owner led to the driver parting ways with Penske Racing.

Again, the social networks were ablaze with Busch discussion. If Kyle’s situation was as if Christmas came early, Kurt’s deal was as if New Year’s Eve had arrived in early December. The party was on for the haters.

Now with Kurt’s near future very much in doubt and Kyle’s status with his sponsors, and thus JGR, teetering on the brink, it would seem to be not so unrealistic to envision a Sprint Cup Series without the Busch brothers. But for the haters, how boring would that be?

Do you really want a NASCAR with no villains? What fun would pre-race introductions be without them there?

I am not coming even close to condoning the actions of either of these two but the truth of the matter is a slightly toned down version of the Busch brothers is good for the sport. People need heroes to root for but every bit as important are the villains to root against.

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12 Responses to “Who would NASCAR fans hate if they didn’t have the Busch brothers?”

  1. The Mad Man Says:
    December 5th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    NASCAR already has villians without the Busch brothers. They’re the people in charge of NASCAR.

  2. Jeff P Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    America has turned into a nation of people who think life is a talent/game show that’s about voting people out. Our TV is all fake “reality” and talent shows. People can’t be themselves anylonger (warts and all) they have to either be kept or discarded and someone has to go every week. We don’t give guys a chance to develope and mature (remember Tony Stewart or how great Kurt Busch was as NASCAR’s champion?) Kyle WILL MATURE and mellow (LIKE Stewart who is one of the sport’s most mature and generous people- and he STILL has p,lenty of his own personal tiraids). Kyle has more raw talent than any othr guy in the series - ANYONE! As for Kurt, all the writing is from a false perspective- as if Kurt just lambasted the sports well-loved Dr. Jerry Punch. That IS NOT what happened. Kurt had a crummy day, his car blew up, and the goons in the truck couldn’t hurry up and interview the guy. $urt was RIGHT, why couldn’t they tape it? They tape interviews all the time. He didn’t attack Punch personally, he vented at the situation. It was BEHIND the team hauler and inwhat is NORMALLY a private situation. Some putz videoed it and then proidly “took him down” (aka got him voted off). Drivers have NO PLACE to go to the restroom durring an event. Maybe Kurt was cranky cause he was in a “dirty” firesuit. Fans wa emotion and real-time details then they want to “vote guys off” like Mark Burnett has brain-wased them into believing that’s how the world works. Life isn’t a talent show, people HAVE emotions and show them. Let the Busch boys be HUMAN and let’s quit being such pansies when they get angry.

  3. Russ Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    First let me comment on Jeff’s comment: If you think that the reasons you used to justify Kurt Busch’s actions were valid, then go to work tomorrow and do the same thing. Let us know how it turns out for you.

    Companies like Shell and Penske are very jealous of their image. And while a bit of the rebel and swagger are good for business, there is a line. If you cross that you’re in trouble.

    If there isnt another villain around, we’ll just have to create one. As you say gotta have the hero (Jr. I guess) and a villain (TBA).

  4. Sue Rarick Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    OMG.. sanity in an ocean of insanity. Great article Rich and great comment Jeff P.
    I am glad I had my 15 minuets of fame decades ago. I would never have made it through all the ‘putz’s’ that salivate over the chance to catch a personality off guard. Sadly Kurt’s language was mild to my tirades back then.

    BTW Rich, Remember it was Hornaday that did the bonehead 3 wide slide job that put Kyle into the wall to begin with …. Then Kyle got into his tail and ran the idiot down the track….. Kyle was definitely wrong but it was Hornaday that caused the initial crash.

  5. Bill E Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    The Busch brothers are not and have never been villains. I don’t hate them as much as find them both disgusting. It’s as if someone left a big pile of poo on my coffee table. There is no entertainment value there and I don’t want them in my living room. It has gotten to the point where I don’t even want to watch a truck or Nationwide race if I know Kyle will be racing.

    There are plenty of drivers willing to step into the villain’s role even if only for a short time… Harvick, Montoya, Vickers, Kenseth, Stewart, Keselowski, Edwards, Steven Wallace, etc.

  6. Bill B Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    We would not HATE anyone. There would be drivers we don’t like but probably not many that we would actually “hate”. The Busch brothers just elicit that kind of response with the way they carry themselves, there sesnse of entitlement, and the way the deal with other human beings.

    Although I must say, if someone like Brian Vickers keeps wrecking people like he did toward the end of the season, he might make enough enemies to be “hated”.

  7. Keith Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Jeff He called someone a Mfer that does not sound like venting at a situation it sounds personal. His car was done and he was scheduled to be in the car for the next 3 hours and Homstead has no tunnel to my knowledge for him to leave through. So he should of been professional and did the interview without complaining. The man is a first rate punk and Mr Penske did the right by firing him.

  8. tyler west Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Racing without the Bush brothers is nothing but crap!! Of course all the retards who think Junior is the guy will never get it. The sport sucks without real hard nosed racers. Reporters need to screw off as well. They incite alot of the reactions that get reported. Oh but I forgot! Everyone who is taking shots are all perfect!! IT SUCKS!!! NASCAR is becoming a bs reality show that has been watered down for the morons to follow that it makes me sick. It was said 20 years ago that eventually we would see only a handful of teams that supplied most of the cars. Money has gotten way too crazy in the sport but they (NASCAR) will never do anything to fix it. It’s pathetic, No real drivers, very few good tracks, and even fewer real racers. Screw off HATERS!!

  9. Snake Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    You can’t hate someone you don’t know. I have some choice words to describe how I feel about the actions of the Busch brothers on and off the track, but I don’t hate them.

    Unfortunately, Kurt Busch was just the prototype for the revolting behavior exhibited by Kyle. As someone else said, Kyle disgusts me enough that I don’t want to watch a race on TV when he’s running. I’ll go to the track or watch Race Buddy or find some other way to follow the action that doesn’t include interviews, advertisements or glowing commentary about the same old “new Kyle Busch”.

    Who will I “hate” if/when they are both gone? I don’t think real race fans need someone to hate. The author’s contention that NASCAR would somehow need to fill the foul void left by the exit of the Busch brothers is silly. You don’t need to root against a driver to enjoy a good race.

    There will always be drivers that the fans like less then others. Rivalries are great for the sport. I never liked Cale Yarborough, Rusty Wallace or Darryl Waltrip. I still don’t like Jeff Gordon. But there is a HUGE difference between those guys and the Busch brothers.

    People that share the author’s opinion that the Busch brothers are needed as villians probably watch too much reality TV themselves and have forgotten (if they are even old enough to remember) a day when competition didn’t require the involvement of a token jackass to be entertaining.

  10. Justin Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I have to agree with the idea that needing a “villain” is over rated. Jeff Gordon was never a “jackass”, or a “dirty racer” or a “jerk” anything like that. He was hated because he was “an outsider” and he “won too much”. Without the Busch’s, I think the guy everyone would “hate” would be Jimmie Johnson, because he “wins too much”. I have never been a fan of either Busch brother, but the talent is there. It is very sad as a race fan to see a Cup Series Champion, essentially get fired twice, from top rides, because his personality and attitude is so hard to deal with, that it over shadows Championship talent. That speaks volumes. Sure, everyone said it was a mutual agreement, but lets be honest, if Busch actually wanted to be released from Penske, he is an idiot. What ride out there right now, would you choose over the 22 car? There are none. Hopefully this is the last time this conversation is happening for a driver named Busch.

  11. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Rich, believe me when you hear this, but, what about offering incentives to “Free Yourself” of other Problem Drivers : JPM, Bad Brad, Kyle, Kevin? I do believe that in my eyes, if there was no Busch Brothers, I would have said Jeff Gordon and JJ, even though the established Southern Base would and always hate them and I feel that I am right as rain at Bristol on a nonraceday that why not hire 00 or an Allgaier for the Target Car versus that misfit JP Montoya?

  12. Chris Fiegler Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Tell you the Truth I would not hate anybody in NASCAR.