By admin | July 1, 2008
By Richard Allen
After the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 in Loudon, New Hampshire on Sunday Kyle Busch made a ridiculous statement. It was such a ridiculous statement that one has to wonder if even he believed the words coming out of his own mouth.
“If we had stayed out (on the last pit stop), we could have won the race, but I just didn’t feel that was the right way to win a race,” he said.
Come on! There is no way anyone would pass up a win because they outsmarted, or even out lucked, the competition.
It is true that if he had stayed out under the next to last caution he would have been ahead of Kurt, and the well publicized incident with Juan Pablo Montoya would have never taken place because they would not have been near each other. So, he would have eventually won the race because the rains would have started to fall at the same time.
Drivers who win very many races at all in their careers have some in which they just pound the competition, but they also have some where the win just kind of falls into their laps.
Clint Bowyer did not have to give back his win in Richmond because people in front of him had problems. Jeff Burton did not get less money or fewer points because drivers crashed and had other troubles in front of him in Bristol. The wins by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in Michigan on fuel mileage and by Kurt Busch in Loudon because of weather are just as good as any other win achieved this season by any other driver.
What adds to the folly of Kyle Busch’s statement is the fact that he seemed to be going out of his way to demean the accomplishment of his own brother.
This is the same brother who at one time when Kurt had been released early by Roush Racing that Kyle Busch condemned Roush for not allowing a great champion to race.
After a statement like the one in Sunday’s post race interview it would be difficult to take anything he says very seriously.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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