By admin | July 30, 2012
By Richard Allen
*Warning- There are quotes reported in this piece that include language some may find offensive. Even though the words have been altered, it is obvious what was said by these drivers in the heat of the moment. Read beyond this point at your own risk.
To say that the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was not terribly exciting would be a major understatement. But as is often the case, a trio of drivers made the race more enjoyable with their radio chatter throughout the day.
For those who have a scanner at the racetrack or the Trackpass feature on NASCAR.com, there are three drivers in particular who are almost certain to provide entertainment during Sprint Cup races each week and those three did not disappoint on Sunday. The often vocal and uncensored Kurt Busch along with the tell-it-like-it-is duo of Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart are always worthy of a race day listen.
Harvick got the day started off poorly and only got marginally better in terms of the way his car was performing, which means his radio chatter became more lively as the day wore on. Following an early pit stop, he made it clear to his crew that their most recent work had not improved his situation.
“After the adjustments, we’re not any better,” Harvick scolded. “You made it tighter in the center of corner. You made it worse.”
But it was as the cars were crossing the finish line that Harvick made his strongest point to his Richard Childress Racing team members. “If we take these same motors to Pocono and this same setup we’re in trouble,” Harvick declared. “We didn’t do anything right today. This car was sh*t”
But the undisputed king of in-race radio chatter is Kurt Busch. And after a mistake by one of his tire changers on pit road, he let loose with one of his trademark tirades.
Busch was told by his crew chief that a lug nut had been left off during a round of green flag stops and that he would have to come back to pit road. “You’re kidding, right?” the driver asked in a calm voice.
But it was after the stop itself when the anticipated explosion came. “Motherf—er!” he shouted into the radio after being told to stop and roll back into the stall to complete the work. “How long do you need to put one lug nut on!?!”
In fairness to Busch, the crew chief had told his driver that one lug nut had been left off so the car was stopped long enough for one to be replaced. But in reality, two lugs had been left off.
“Everyday I wake up and wonder what is going to happen next,” Busch said of his team situation.
But that wasn’t all. As he was about to come to pit road, Busch had told the crew that the car was loose and that he believed an adjustment during the unintended return to pit road would help. However, the adjustments made on the hurried stop did not cure his loose condition. “It’s wicked loose. On a scale of 1 to 5, it’s a five. I’ll see ya when I see ya,” apparently indicating his belief that further conversation on the matter was useless.
However, a few laps later, Busch again keyed the microphone to ask his usually upbeat crew chief what solutions they might come up with to make the car handle better. “All right, Captain Positive,” Busch said. “Let’s come up with a reason for why this car is so loose.”
But perhaps the most quotable thought of the day in a very ‘Days of Thunder’ tone came from defending Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart. After he and Matt Kenseth had bumped each other a couple of times and Kenseth had faded back in the pack before ultimately being involved in an accident with Joey Logano, Stewart went on with the ESPN broadcast crew.
“If guys are gonna change lanes and block me they’re going to get parked,” Stewart declared to ESPN commentator Dale Jarrett during a live cut-in to his car radio.
The Brickyard 400 in and of itself was not very exciting at all. But when the comments of these and other drivers were added to the mix, it made for an entertaining day.
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