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Here’s hoping Kurt Busch makes the Chase

By admin | September 5, 2013

Kurt Busch 

By Richard Allen

As a blogger, I have certain advantages over real media reporters. One of those is that I don’t have to run any ideas by an editor before writing a column so if I have an idea that I feel like typing out, I just do it. Another advantage I have is that I can be as opinionated as I want and don’t have to worry about ticking off the bosses since I am the boss.

So with that said, I am writing this piece to say that I am rooting for Kurt Busch this weekend. I hope he makes the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Currently, Busch clings the 10th spot in the Sprint Cup standings. As long as he remains inside the top-10 after Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond International Raceway, he will make NASCAR’s ten race playoff and have a shot at his second series title.

So why am I rooting for the 2004 Sprint Cup champion to make it into the Chase?

In recent years(actually throughout its history), the Chase has been the playground of the super teams such as Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Penske Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Richard Childress Racing. And rarely have organizations that feature only one team made it to the playoff.

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Busch drives for Furniture Row Racing, a single-car team based far away from the hub of NASCAR. And more, Busch has often been made a villain by the media and fans for his outspoken nature. He typically has more people rooting against him than for him. Both of those are good reasons, in my opinion, to wish him success this weekend.

And to add a more selfish reason to root for Busch, as a blogger I recognize his worth as a driver who drives web traffic. I’ve found in recent years that he and brother Kyle have often been responsible for as many or more page hits to my site as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and the other “popular” personalities in the sport. No doubt, he would provide plenty of material to inspire a blog or two during the Chase.

Further, it was recently announced that Busch will be leaving Barney Visser’s Furniture Row Racing for Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of the season. So as much as one might root for Busch, this underdog Colorado based team might inspire some cheers.

There isn’t supposed to be any cheering in the press box. But no worries, I won’t be there anyway. And yes, I am rooting for a certain driver on Saturday night. That driver is Kurt Busch. Or more accurately, I am rooting for a good story.

It would make for a good story if he and his team make the Chase.


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8 Responses to “Here’s hoping Kurt Busch makes the Chase”

  1. Offkilter Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Haha, maybe the Busch bro’s get more hits because society as a whole now would rather read about bad boys and a holes than drivers that go about their business with class. Vanilla is the word over used by most people to describe what i call professional. When JR is written into the title of this column it is usually negative, so why would the majority of the fans hit on that? But, like you stated Rich, it’s your baby and you are the boss, bro. Personally, i like rooting for what i believe in verses rooting for something just to be diffirent.

  2. Sam Jackson Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Glad to read this one! Go Kurt, temper and all!

  3. Leto Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Can we please stop with the “Furniture Row is an underdog, one car team” nonsense? Furniture Row is for all purposes the 4th RCR car this year. Hell, they have a closer alliance with RCR than Stewart-Haas has with Hendrick.

    I’m also over the “Furniture Row is just a poor team, whose owner funds everything.” Barney Visser puts in a LOT of cash to that team to keep it competitive.

    If Kurt makes the Chase, good for him. But he’s likely not going to have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning it.

  4. Richard Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Well Leto, Kurt has brought this team to new heights whether you like it are not. Yes he shares imformation with RCR but then again Furniture row always has so explain to me and be honest why are they running this good now, go ahead and say it don’t choke its Kurt. Go Kurt win!!!

  5. Robert Green Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Some people gulp down the media kool-aid. If an athlete gets upset he/she is supposed to keep it to themselves, this while all the time the media people do everything they can to create problems that in turn creates talking points. If, like Kurt Busch, an athlete blows off steam and a reporter happens to take the heat, the rest of the media comes to their compatriot’s rescue, whether the media member was right or not doesn’t seem to matter. So the rule is: Don’t upset the media, you’ll live to regret it and possibly lose your job as they mercilessly pile on… And then we get “informed” fans who get off on piling on too…

  6. Sue Rarick Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    To be honest I was never a Kurt fan until Jimmy Spencer started his rants about Kurt and the media followed like lemmings. Then there was the case of the espn interview and the recording done in an area where drivers had been able to rant and rave and that video going viral. After that I became a Kurt fan.

    When I was young and actually making decent money in music it’s a good thing there weren’t smart phones. If anyone screwed up I would go on a rant that would shame a drunken sailor. I was worse when I screwed up. People who are really passionate about their work tend to take it personal and can be difficult at best. I see Kurt as one of those people that doesn’t have a lot of filters between what they think and what they say.

  7. Joe Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I’m not a fan of either Busch brother but Kurt has had an impressive year. I think he will make the Chase but won’t contend for the title come Homestead.

  8. Leto Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 7:28 pm


    They actually haven’t always shared information as much with RCR. That partnership only reached its current level in 2012.

    Oh, and Regan Smith still owns the team’s only win. Kurt might have gotten them to new heights in the point standings, but Regan’s still the only one to get them in Victory Lane.