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Could Kyle suffer the same fate as Kurt after Dover tirade?

By admin | October 5, 2012


By Richard Allen

One year ago at this time the Busch brothers were among the most controversial figures in NASCAR. Little did we know back then, but that level of controversy was about to reach new heights.

Just a few short weeks later, Kyle Busch would be “benched” for a weekend by NASCAR after he intentionally went after and crashed Ron Hornaday under caution during a Camping World Truck Series event at the Texas Motor Speedway. That incident led to the talented but often volatile driver being made to watch the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races from atop the Joe Gibbs Racing pit box rather than from the inside of a car.

Ultimately, the real damage came when the #18 car’s primary sponsor, Mars Candy, became so aggravated that they opted to remove their name from the JGR Toyota during the remaining late season races. Longtime Gibbs backer Interstate Batteries stepped up to claim those races dropped by M&M’s.

If reports are to be believed, there was at least the thought by the offended company of completely pulling their sponsorship of the younger Busch’s team at the end of the year.

And at the 2011 season finale, Kurt Busch was caught on video delivering a harsh tongue lashing to an ESPN pit reporter and cameraman in the garage area at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Ultimately, the elder of the two brothers had to vacate his seat at Penske Racing and assume the driving chores with the much smaller and less well funded Phoenix Racing organization.

Kurt has since landed a ride with Furniture Row Racing which he will commence after this weekend in Talladega. Even though that team is supported by Richard Childress Racing, it is hardly at the level of Penske Racing.

This past Sunday in Dover, Kyle Busch led much of that Sprint Cup Series race only to lose out in the end when his Toyota was unable to make it to the end on fuel. Brad Keselowski, driving a Dodge, did complete the distance without having to make an extra pit stop which eventually allowed the Penske driver to claim the winner’s trophy. Needless to say, that did not sit well with Busch.

As he crossed the finish line to record a 7th place result in Dover, Busch screamed into his radio “Piece of sh*t motherf***ers! Thanks a lot TRD for f***ing up another one!”

TRD(Toyota Racing Development) is the racing arm of Toyota and the builders of engines used by Joe Gibbs Racing. Obviously, Busch felt as though his lacking fuel mileage was the result of their engineering deficiencies.
Kyle Busch has since apologized for those comments. However, earlier in the week, those at the top of TRD made it known that they were not happy about the situation and they considered the outburst to be a “slap in the face”.

I, for one, appreciate the fact that the Busch brothers are not so stale and predictable like many others in the sport. I also appreciate the numbers of web hits they provide. However, this is modern day NASCAR and one has to wonder how many times key sponsors and financial backers can be offended before the curtain drops on Kyle Busch’s time at JGR. Teams can’t operate without money so the ability to keep land and/or keep sponsors often trumps driving ability.

If you don’t think Kyle Busch can be removed from his team because he is so talented, ask yourself this- last year at this time did you foresee Kurt Busch being dumped by Penske and having to drive for what amounts to a single-car independent team?

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15 Responses to “Could Kyle suffer the same fate as Kurt after Dover tirade?”

  1. Benjamin P. Glaser Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I think TRD needs to look in the mirror.

  2. Tony Geinzer Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Can’t folks realize Rowdy is not totally an adult?

  3. midasmicah Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    This just in!! Kyle Busch could be replaced by another enemic, sterile driver. Wow!! You may not like Busch, but at least he show emotion which is more than I can say for the rest of the drivers. nas$car and it’s sponsors (mostly the sponsors) want wholesome, squeaky clean little soldiers they can control down to their every movement. And they wonder why more fans leave the sport everyday. nas$car races nowadays should come with a warning. THIS PRODUCT CAN BE SLEEP INDUCING.

  4. Offkilter Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve kept up with cup since the late 80’s and i’ve heard drivers whine about aero or power disadvantages before. But busch’s poisonous spew over the radio at dover broke new ground. He’s proven over and over that he has no class and now we know that loyalty has no meaning to him either. What a perfect world it would be if he got what he wished for… If toyota backdoor channeled the demand that the remainder of the year the 18 car engines be tuned for fuel milage stradegy r&d for the 11 car the remainder of the year.

  5. Pose Says:
    October 6th, 2012 at 2:55 am

    M&M’s had a very good relationship with Elliott Sadler before leaving Robert Yates. One can’t help but wonder with the rumors of Sadler to Gibbs…….

  6. Josie Says:
    October 6th, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Come on folks…we don’t know what the drivers were saying “in car” before, during, or at the end of races in the past..they weren’t all wired up for tge world to hear! Do I think the drivers were that much nicer, sweeter, less emotional, and more politically correct in the past?? Nit on your life…we just couldn’t hear them! Years past there weren’t 25 reporters wired up asking crashed or losing drivers stupid, leading, or insensitive questions immediately after the races. Times have changed! I don’t understand why or how a fan or a sponsor could be insulted by a drivers emotions…good or bad… If we don’t want “real”, if the sponsors can’t take it…then get rid of the microphones, get rid of reporters chasing drivers, and just march the top 20 and anyone wrecked or out of race early through the media center after each race and give them each 2 minutes to recite the ” had great car love my sponsor” and be done with it!

  7. mrclause Says:
    October 6th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    You can only bite the hand that feeds you for just so long. Especially the hand that paid for that 7.5 million dollar house you live in. Evidently neither brother has been able to file that away in their “how to get along with others” memory bank.

  8. holdin5aces Says:
    October 6th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    With foresight and an abundance of care, Busch The Younger could live happily ever after if he never cashed another paycheck. If I were he, I’d find a solid, conservative financial adviser and listen to him. He may need him.

  9. Offkilter Says:
    October 6th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Josie, they’ve been wired for decades now. And for decades there have heen scanners. And before the internet took off with up to the minute news, we had the winston cup scene that was a wonderful weekly paper that did a great job transporting behind the scenes stuff to the fans. Busch, i’m sure is an inteligent guy, but he just cannot control his inner demon of being an a-hole. The sprinkling of folks that defend him in the name of avoiding staleness should assemble in the nearest phone booth and devise a plan to start the kyle and kurt busch a-hole racing series so that those drivers and their fans can live a life unincumbered by the sane.

  10. Bob-a-Lou Says:
    October 6th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Like so many others have said…he WANTED his tirade to be heard by anyone on or monitoring his radio because it required action on his part to put his words out over the air. He could have screamed his tirade into his helmet and not offended anyone but he chose to push the radio button so as to let everyone else in on it. I say to KB, if you’re frustrated or angry to let it all out; just don’t push the radio button when you do.

  11. Josie Says:
    October 6th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Mrclause…it’s odd to me how earning high $$$ is supposed to equate with being well mannered or politically correct! I guess I just don’t get the connection… If we go with that scenario my house is only worth about $750,000…guess that means I can be 10 X’s the pain in the butt Kyle is! Hmmmm!!

  12. Jesse Says:
    October 6th, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Come on Pose,what a comment, I can’t stand Kyle but putting Elliott in that car what a joke. He stunk up cup when he was in it and Gibb’s is trying to buy with Toyota’s money a championship and Sadler is the wrong guy even in the Nationwide series.

  13. Terry Says:
    October 6th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Oh please oh please. I say let him build his own engines. Better yet let him push the car around the track or use the JGR engines. If he does get the boot, and it is well deserved, I hope he does not wind up somewhere else. Sounds like others including GM teams may be interested in him. While good behind the wheel, he is an absolutely disparaging representation for Mars, TRD Toyota, and Gibbs. Don’t forget the 125 mph in the Lexus LFA in 45 mph zone. If I was him, I would be worried. Not only for getting canned by his sponsors; I would not give one red cent ot Gibbs to keep him around any longer. With his attitude, if I was responsible for his car, set ups, front end work say tie rods, or other things, how hard do I want to do it right for him any longer?

  14. Jeff Says:
    October 6th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Around last year at this time Joe Gibbs told NASCAR he was totally responsible for Kyle Busch and his behavior. What NASCAR should have done after that is send both the 18 Nationwide and Cup teams home, but they didn’t.

    Now Kyle has mouthed off about the engine provider so if Joe Gibbs is responsible enough then he should cut the teams losses, release Kyle and stop apologizing for Kyle Busch.

    If one of Coach Joe Gibbs football players had taken out (injured) an opposing teams player, mouthed off about the coaching staff and acted like a child the Joe would have benched or traded the player. So I ask what is the difference? The answer is that the Coach has lost control of the player meaning Kyle Busch.

    Maybe TRD should inform JGR that they will not provide engines for the 18 car just like M&M’s told them they wanted off the car after Kyle’s last melt down.

    There are many hungry and talented drivers coming up and are ready for a good ride in the 18 and for Kyle, I hear the 51 has an open seat.

  15. Slugwriter Says:
    October 6th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    This just in from the Nascar news desk: The OLD DAYS are DEAD. So is Dale Earnhardt Sr. The times have changed, that’s the way it is. Sponsors don’t care about racing, it’s just another way to advertise their product and move units. Screw with their market share by giving their product a bad image or leave their board of directors with the perception of negativity and their tolerance of bad behavior will disappear faster than Casey Atwood’s Cup career…

    Kyle Busch almost got dumped from JGR last season, it could become a reality for him if he can’t curb his temper. As Nascar is fond of reminding drivers, “You need us more than we need you.”

    Nascar will humble a race driver will quick. So will the threat of losing a sponsor.