By admin | July 15, 2013
By Richard Allen
When I think of Kurt and Kyle Busch mixing it up with Ryan Newman, I get an image from the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou?” in my mind. In that film, there was a scene in which the characters Everett and Delmar(played by George Clooney and Tim Blake Nelson) get into a fight with Dan The Bible Salesman(played by John Goodman). In that scene, the Bible salesman tosses his two opponents around like rag dolls for a few seconds then beats them unconscious and takes their money.
That’s what I would envision a physical fight between the Busch boys and Newman to look like.
However, it’s highly unlikely that anything of the sort will ever happen. But after Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in New Hampshire, the possibility does at least exist after Kurt was involved in an incident with Newman and Kyle hurled some verbal barbs toward his brother’s foe.
“I really hated that Kurt got tore up,” Kyle Busch declared moments after the race. “I felt like he had the best car. And was proud of them guys but, man, just stupidity. I mean Ryan Newman’s the biggest stupid idiot out here, and he’s a big ogre and can do whatever he wants because he can probably kick anybody’s butt. So no sense in getting in a fight with him, but glad he’s out of a job.”
It was announced earlier in the week that Newman’s contract at Stewart-Haas Racing would not be renewed as that company plans to bring in driver Kevin Harvick and sponsor Budweiser next year.
And it’s for that reason that the Busch boys should avoid and entanglements with Newman. After all, what does the “big ogre” have to lose? As a matter of fact, taking out a Busch might be the thing to boost Newman’s popularity enough that he might attract the attention of a sponsor and win a ride for next season with some other team.
It’s not as if Newman has to worry about what a conflict with NASCAR’s two least popular drivers would do for his current job security as he’s already lost that. And besides, Newman is languishing in the 19th position of the Sprint Cup standings, which means he can only make the ‘Chase for the Sprint Cup’ by winning races and earning a wildcard berth into the playoff.
However, Kyle Busch is currently 7th in the overall standings with two race wins while Kurt Busch is 14th with no race wins. It’s pretty easy to see who has the most to lose from an on-track altercation. And Newman made it clear that such is a possibility.
“Kurt went underneath three-wide and bypassed the 20(Kenseth) and clipped us and knocked us into the fence and took himself out,” Newman said after the incident. “I guess the 20(Kenseth) had a little influence on it. We kind of were in a bad spot having a little bit older tires. Just a lot of disrespect from a bunch of guys on restarts. What comes around goes around.
“I didn’t expect to get hit, but I remember who hit me.”
If you plan to attend Bristol, Richmond or some of the other tracks best suited for retaliation, you might want to keep an eye on “the ogre” and the Busch brothers.
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