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This is probably not the best time for the Busch brothers to pick a fight with Ryan Newman

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.

Big Dan the Bible Salesman clubbing Everett in “O’ Brother Where Art Thou?”

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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7 Responses to “This is probably not the best time for the Busch brothers to pick a fight with Ryan Newman”

  1. Tony Geinzer Says:
    July 16th, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Ryan Newman might have something actually good to prove. Even though other fans hate it when he gets angry, but, someone has to stand up for NASCAR and Short Track USA at heart,Rich.

  2. Richard Says:
    July 16th, 2013 at 6:14 am

    How in the world can someone who calls themselves a writer put Kurt in this article. Kurt for your information gave a classy interview and never once slam bed Ryan but yet as most media members have to try and stir mess. Why don’t you either do your job right are quit

  3. Benjamin P. Glaser Says:
    July 16th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Ryan Newman is a great driver, hope he picks up a quality ride next year.

  4. Greg Says:
    July 16th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    NASCAR is not racing anymore its turned into an expensive SOAP OPERA , 1 race gives a week of useless STORIES.

    If Ryan beats the crap out of 1 of those 2 who cares , if Danica wrecked her boytoy who cares.

    More should be done to get sponsors and fill the EMPTY seats ( NASCAR no longer issues attendance info ).

  5. Bill B Says:
    July 16th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Did Newman actually do anything wrong? It didn’t seem so from what I remember.

  6. Jesse Says:
    July 16th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Greg, you are so right, and did anyone notice the company that has their own engine factory won in every division this past weekend. You can say what you want about Hendrick, they do have a engine shop not a billion dollar factory.

  7. Jerseygirl24 Says:
    July 16th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    LOL, love the soap opera comment, so true. As the Wheel Turns would be the perfect title.

    Of course if there was actually racing worth writing about instead of all this stuff that would help.

    Instead we have NASCAR manufacturing excitement with debris cautions to force double file restarts and GWC to cause mayhem at the end.

    Remember when the races would actually be exciting at the end because the cars would pass and race side by side? I think of Gordon vs Harvick at Atlanta in 01 and Craven vs KuBu at Darlington. Now, we have GWC because it’s the only way (except for the crapshoot at a RP track) to get something that resembles a close finish like that.

    NASCAR is into smoke and mirrors these days. They continue to think that if the last 3 laps are “exciting”, the fans won’t remember that the previous X number of laps were boring.