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No Kurt, fans want good racing rather than WWE

By admin | May 18, 2012

By Richard Allen

On Friday afternoon at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, controversial driver Kurt Busch proved he has at least one thing in common with many top level NASCAR insiders. He, like many other drivers, team owners, track promoters, officials of the sport and high profile media personalities are drifting further out of touch with that core group of fans who are feeling more and more alienated everyday.

While being allowed to hold court at the back of his team’s hauler, Busch made a ridiculous statement that he and many of those other NASCAR insiders probably believe to be true. As he discussed his post-race incident with Ryan Newman and the #39 Stewart-Haas Racing crew, he declared that, “This is good for our sport. This is WWE type action. This is fun. This is entertainment, right guys?”

That statement is out of touch on so many levels for this fan who was originally drawn to NASCAR by the roar of engines, the smell of racing fuel and the exhilaration of watching drivers race each other hard with a zeal for winning each individual event.

Staged fighting isn’t part of NASCAR. And no, it’s not entertainment.

One of NASCAR’s greatest and most famous races took place at the Daytona International Speedway in 1979 and that particular event ended with three of the sport’s most famous drivers in a fight. But those drivers didn’t fight because any or all was making an ass out of himself, but rather, because their passion for winning boiled over in the heat of the moment.

Kurt Busch had chosen the ass option of behavior as evidenced by his often replayed radio communication with his team and his alleged reckless driving on pit road. His behavior can’t in any way be compared to the Allisons and Cale Yarborough on that previously mentioned historic day.

What fans want is to see drivers race each other as if they are more concerned with winning races than scoring a safe and secure points addition. Should passions boil over in the midst of that type of racing then so be it. That adds real drama.

What happened after the race in Darlington was a spoiled brat misbehaving and a bunch of other guys who felt as though they had been personally offended feigning as if they were going to take serious action. As a high school teacher, I see those types of “fights” fairly often.

What happened in Darlington was worthy of discussion because of its stupidity, but not because of it being “good for our sport”.

And lastly, calling actions that resulted in a $50,000 fine “fun” shows even further just how out of touch Busch is. When in this weak economy many fans are struggling to make ends meet, he scoffed at a fine of more money than this high school teacher makes in an entire year’s worth of work.

But guess what? Kurt Busch is not alone as far as being out of touch goes among his little insulated group of NASCAR insiders.

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9 Responses to “No Kurt, fans want good racing rather than WWE”

  1. Offkilter Says:
    May 18th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Great article, Rich. So true

  2. zhills fan Says:
    May 19th, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Very true! WWE and COT go

  3. Webb Racing 97 Says:
    May 19th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Not quite sure I agree with you on this one. NASCAR has become so button downed and vanilla, I have a hard time watching. NASCAR cas become “CORPORATE” racing and the drivers have to suck face on the tv. I “RACED” stock cars and I would regularly rub fenders, bang bumpers and nudge my fellow competitors. And guess what, we all had a good time afterwards in the pits. Sometimes we got a little aggressive on the track and we would have some attitude adjustments. In the pits, then go about our day. The media has turnes NASCAR into a 3 rkng circus too! Stop jambing microphones and cameras jn the faces of drivers 5 seconds after they got out of fhe car. They escalate issues more than anybody. You do not see this in any other sport!

  4. Tyler West Says:
    May 20th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Amen! Webb Racing 97. I can not stand what NASCAR is becoming. It kills me that they have stooped so low. All they do now is put on a song and dance. They are concerned with everything except the product on the track. The racing has all but vanished this season, WTH!!!! I agree they are Corporate puppets. It is heart breaking because it will never return to how it was. They have become just as bland as F1. I hate seeing this happen. And would they please put the boot to the Waltrips! They are ridiculous! The All Star race was anything but! It’s a dog and pony show now! Also, Rich you speak of the economy in this article and how insulting Kurt is to those who pay to see theses races. I would ask you this, Isn’t it just as insulting for the announcers, drivers, and owners to basically flaunt the fact that everything now is done for the money? And nothing more. I mean we know this but it got to the point during the broadcast that it seemed to mentioned every 5 seconds. Stop bashing Busch for being a real racer. The sport needs some serious help. They are way too Corporate and have become too much to stomach.

  5. Sue Rarick Says:
    May 20th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I tend to agree with Webb that Nascar has become to corporate.

    I wonder what pearls of wisdom came out of the mouths of all the drivers before people could monitor what the drivers were saying. I have a feeling they weren’t much different than what drivers are saying today. The difference was that we couldn’t hear them rant and rave.

    I am sure Junior Johnson used to say things like “Gosh darn it… Do you think someone could walk over to Fireball Roberts pit and tell Smokey I think his driver was being less than polite that last lap, as long as Smokey isn’t to busy.”

  6. Tony Geinzer Says:
    May 20th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    NEWSFLASH: I really find NASCAR and the Racing Community needs to tell Kurt Busch he and his brother they have worn out their welcome. I hate to be Mr. Revelant, but, Kurt and Kyle are not what the fans want as they like relatable and morally and ethically safe and responsible entertainers, not poor publicity.

  7. Offkilter Says:
    May 20th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Money dictates everything. These corporations that cut checks every year in the neighborhood of 15-20 million to be the primary sponsor can and will demand that the driver/spokesman for their product conduct themselves professionally. Careful what you wish for. If you truely want a circus atmosphere on the track, in the pits, and at the back of the haulers, get ready to shell out 200 bucks a month for pay-per-view. Then, about a year of that, and there will not be a nascar series to fret over.

  8. Chris S. Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Apparently, people don’t understand the concept of sarcasm anymore. Kurt wasn’t being serious. One could easily tell that fact in his tone during the interview. It’s clear to see he can’t stand dealing with the media, and after reading articles such as this, it’s easy to see why: one reason being, they don’t understand “advanced” concepts. No offense, but your article is a moot point due to the fact that he was making a joke about the way the media blows everything out of proportion. You, sir, are a prime example. I’d go as far as to refer to you as the punchline itself.

  9. Russ Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Good article as usual Rich. But is it really surprising that a young man (and I lump them all together here) worth millions, doing what he wants, living a life style that would rival that of a Middle Eastern Prince would be out of touch?

    Other than being paid for doing the same smile and royal wave like any beauty queen what is their interest in the fans? Their livelihood depends on the corporate sponsor not John and Jane Doe in row AG seats 6,7.

    Right? Of course not. But will it change? No.