By admin | June 14, 2008
By Richard Allen
Those of you who have visited the MySpace website are probably aware of the friends list. You are allowed to invite other MySpace members to become one of your friends and they then choose to accept or deny your invitation. Also, you can delete any friend who you deem no longer worthy of your friendship.
I do not know if Kyle Busch has a MySpace account or not but there are fewer and fewer within the ranks of drivers who would be willing to accept his invitation. And, there would be quite a few who have probably hit the delete key by now.
After Saturday’s truck series race in Michigan add Ron Hornaday to the list of those who would delete young Mr. Busch.
“He just drove into me,” said Hornaday, who said Busch was mad over an earlier incident in the race in which Hornaday went four-wide to make a pass.
“He doesn’t deserve to be a racer. He has a lot of talent, but he is just flat stupid. … I tried to talk to him as a friend. I guess it is an ego trip and if he is going to wreck me every week. I guess we are just going to have to do it back to him.”
So far this season Busch has had run ins with the likes of Steve Wallace, Johnny Benson, the Roush Fenway truck team, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Junior’s crew and Junior’s fans.
His friends list is definitely shrinking. But, to some degree that is a bit of a compliment. When a driver runs at the back and never challenges the elite on the circuit no one gets mad at them. For that matter no one gives them a second thought unless they get in the way while being lapped.
People care about Busch because he is ruffling feathers. He is ruffling feathers because he is running near the front.
On the other hand, however, a driver can only ruffle so many feathers until those other drivers start to ruffle back as Hornaday said.
Busch also has more chances to make others angry considering he flies all over the country to participate in each of NASCAR’s top three divisions.
Another person who has probably deleted Kyle Busch from his friends list is Kevin Harvick. Harvick owns the truck driven by Hornaday. The last lap spin dropped Hornaday from 1st to 3rd in the Craftsman Truck Series standings. That could potentially cost Harvick money and few things can upset a person more than having money taken away.
Unlike Hornaday, Benson and Wallace, however, Harvick has the ability to affect Sprint Cup points leader Busch where it would hurt the most, the Sprint Cup Series. That could make Sunday’s LifeLock 400 or some other soon to be run Cup race a bit more interesting.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
*Click on the link in the Video and pod casts heading to see the post race incident between Hornaday and Busch.
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