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An angry, non-Chasing Kyle Busch could make things interesting

By admin | September 13, 2012

By Richard Allen

For as talented a driver as he is, Kyle Busch has never really been a serious threat to win a Sprint Cup championship. His best result ever in the final standings to date has been a 5th back in 2007. Even in 2008 when he compiled eight wins, he managed only a tenth place at the end of the season.

Perhaps Busch has abandoned his typical early season go-for-broke style and raced too tentatively during the Chase for the Championship ten race playoff over the course of his career. Or maybe points racing just isn’t this hard charger’s cup of tea.

Whatever the reason, Busch has not always been the best performer over the course of the season’s final ten events.

If it is that Busch has been too tentative or that he just doesn’t like points racing, then this year’s Chase might provide more excitement and more victories considering that the driver of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota is not part of the playoff. After just losing out in a battle for the final wildcard spot to Jeff Gordon, he can most certainly go-for-broke without the fear of losing points in the process here in 2012.

And more, not only can Busch remove himself from this points battle during the final ten races, but he is angry coming into the Chase as well. After Saturday night’s final ‘regular season’ race in Richmond, the often volatile driver made no effort to disguise his emotion after a questionable pit strategy cost him valuable positions on the track, and ultimately, a place among those competing for the title.

While some drivers who are outside the Chase might tip-toe around the twelve contenders, Busch is not likely to be so timid. It is not hard at all to imagine Busch slamming his way past Jimmie Johnson late in the going at Martinsville or taking the air off Tony Stewart’s rear spoiler to gain a position in Charlotte.

Causing other drivers to get upset has never been a worry for the younger of the two Busch brothers. It would seem unlikely that he will start to show concern about such just because some of his competitors are going for a championship.

Yes, an angry and non-Chasing Kyle Busch could definitely make things interesting over the next ten weeks.

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12 Responses to “An angry, non-Chasing Kyle Busch could make things interesting”

  1. offkilter Says:
    September 13th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    The 18 bounced off the walls in several races all through the year. I don’t think that falls under tenative racing. The theory of a hard charging and slamming jj for a win theory in this article is fun reading but busch has been parked for being stupid before.

  2. Richard Allen Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Doesn’t say he’s raced tentatively this year. It says he’s raced that way throughout his career during the Chase.

  3. KY Boy Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 5:46 am

    He,s gotta run up front first!! LMAO

  4. Bill B Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I think his chase record is more a result of his attitude. If things go well from the start of the race and his car is working well, he’s fine. It’s when the adversity sets in that he loses his ability to keep his focus and work through the issue. Instead he just loses it.

  5. ed sr Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 7:18 am


  6. Tony Geinzer Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Kyle Busch is a Bad Role Model for Kids, Impossible to deal with and I’ll bet you,Rich, a lot of folks would help some Expendable get back to being a Contender vs. Dealing With Rowdy and Friends. I know they market hyperaggressively to certain Young Men and Women, but, we don’t even let our terrible teens off the leash as far as Rowdy.

  7. Joe Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Frankly I hope Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards,Marcos Ambrose and Ryan Newman split all the Chase races. Then Nascar could crown their champion who hadn’t won a race in the Chase. That that could even be possible shows how stupid the whole thing is. Guys that aren’t in the chase should drive like its any other race and if you bang some “special” driver out of the way so be it.

  8. Steven Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I think that Keselowski should just hit the wall by himself and save Kyle the trouble of helping him, considering the Watkins Glen event. Have at it Boys????????????

  9. Wayne T. Morgan Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Kiddie Kyle might take someone out and then procede to get his little butt whipped which as an unruley child needs. When he grows up and reaches maturity he might win the chase.

  10. Michael in SoCal Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I nominate Steven’s comment for comment of the week!

  11. Otis Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I Doubt very seriously Stevens comment is truley how Kyle feels, He knows where the blame should be assigned (Nascar) I mean Damn for an organization that throws yellows for Hot Dog wrappers to allow these guys to race on oil for two laps was ludicrest.. And Kyle dont fold in the Chase! His crew does look at the history here, Loose sway bar, The list goes on and on. Do any of you realize that Kyle has never had that vetrain Crew Chief ever, All his crew chiefs got thier first wins via Kyle. There will be plenty of time to repay Brad for or not! Go Kyle win all you can…. The chase senerio will look foolish without the winner having no wins!

  12. offkilter Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Richard, i see that and i goofed in making a point. If kb is not leading or within sight of the leaders, he over drives and makes mistakes more than most and he’s done it in regular and chase races. I don’ t think he changes his driving style at any point of a season. Heck, unless he has a 3 second lead, when is he not driving angry? And because of that, in my opinion, he will never accomplish the feat of being a champion because he lacks the mental toughness to adapt to circumstances and overcome adversity.