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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