By admin | June 3, 2012
By Richard Allen
Kurt Busch just can’t help himself. After handling what could have been a volatile situation on pit road after Saturday’s Nationwide Series race in Dover in what appeared to be a somewhat cool manner, the driver then created another situation for himself when he took exception to a reporter’s question.
Busch had experienced a couple of on-track bumps with Justin Allgaier and when confronted by his competitor after the race, Busch got out of his car and pointed out spots on the two machines where contact had occurred, or not occurred. Allgaier even said the two drivers had “agreed to disagree”.
Situation over, right? Well, we are talking about Kurt Busch so it’s never over, even when it’s over.
After the discussion between Busch and Allgaier, reporter Bob Pockrass of The Sporting News asked Busch if his current state of probation refrained him from using more aggression. Busch responded by saying, “It refrains me from beating the **** out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions. But since I’m on probation, I suppose that’s improper to say as well. If you could talk about racing things then we could talk about racing.”
Pockrass pointed out that his question did pertain to racing. “It is not racing,” Busch retorted. “You’re in this just to start stuff. That’s all you’re out here for.”
It was Busch who brought that very point up in his post-race, post-Allgaier discussion with ESPN. So it was apparently worthy of discussion when the network TV cameras were around. But as we’ve seen in the past, Busch tends to get himself in the most trouble when the cameras are not as obvious.
But here’s the thing. I have had people comment on other posts to this site that I am picking on Kurt Busch and that he can do no right in my opinion. I’ve also seen people post on twitter and message boards that the media is picking on Busch.
Quoting his own words back to him is not picking on him. Playing back clips of him cursing his own crew, the people who are working to help him, is not picking on him. Showing him ripping up a piece of paper with his own quote written on it is not picking on him.
Making stuff up and writing such as fact would be picking on him. Hiding in a closet and tape recording something that was said privately then playing it back would be picking on him. All of Busch’s actions and comments that have been highlighted by the media over the last few weeks and months have not been made up and they have all taken place in very open and public forums.
No one is picking on Kurt Busch. He is doing this stuff to himself.
I considered not writing anything on this matter because I have done too many Kurt Busch stories of late but the sad fact is, the racing in NASCAR this season has been so lackluster that he is about all there has been to write about. And by the way, that does not make him right or heroic.
But to show that I can say good things about him, Busch is one of the most talented drivers I have ever seen and I’ve been watching this sport since the 1970s. It’s just a shame he is destroying his own career.
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