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Busch may need to learn same lesson Dale Sr. once learned

By admin | May 30, 2009

By Richard Allen

Darrell Waltrip says he doesn’t know whether Kyle Busch loves to win or hates to lose more. Well, Busch obviously loves to win. And, he does indeed hate to lose.

After he wins he provides engaging interviews. However, after he loses he often runs and hides from all cameras and microphones, as was the case with the MRN radio crew after the Nationwide race in Dover.

After dominating much of that race and looking like a sure winner, he had a problem on the final restart and finished 17th.

Granted, Busch planned to drive in the upcoming Camping World Truck Series race but it is likely that had he won the Nationwide race he would have stayed around for the victory lane interviews rather than run into his team’s hauler.

Busch’s frequent interview ducking reminds me of a story related to me by a NASCAR insider regarding another driver who did not exactly enjoy doing interviews after losing.

Dale Earnhardt, Sr. had a reputation of not hanging around if he did not win a race. As a matter of fact, his pilots were instructed to have his plane ready to leave immediately upon his arrival at the airport so they could be first in line to hit the runway.

After one particular race, Senior had finished in the Top 3 but had not won. The Top 3 finishers are required to attend a post-race press conference inside the track’s media center. Earnhardt had less than perfect attendance at those pressers.

He left the track quickly and arrived at the airport only to find his pilots milling around the plane and obviously not ready to take off. He gestured for them to board the plane and get going. The pilots in turn indicated that someone was already on the plane who wished to have a word with ‘The Intimidator’.

Earnhardt entered to find a cigarette smoking man seated leisurely on the plane. Rather than the ‘Cigarette Smoking Man’ from the X-Files, it was none other than Bill France, Jr.

According to the story, Mr. France then proceeded to engage Earnhardt in a conversation about what was expected of NASCAR drivers after a race. The conversation lasted just long enough for all the other drivers’ planes to get to the taxi way ahead of Senior’s. Message delivered.

No one likes to lose but Busch should be more accommodating to the media even when the results are not as he would have liked. After all, he certainly is not afraid of speaking his mind in front of the microphones. He proved that on Friday when he sounded off about the crew chief swap on Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s team.

Perhaps someone needs to be waiting in young Mr. Busch’s hauler when he runs away from the media in post-race situations.

By the way, this column is not meant to be a condemnation of Busch’s speaking out on Friday. I wish more drivers would do so rather than always spewing out the non-controversial, politically correct answers every time they are asked a question.

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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8 Responses to “Busch may need to learn same lesson Dale Sr. once learned”

  1. danny roberts Says:
    May 31st, 2009 at 6:07 am

    what a jerk

  2. Nate Holman Says:
    May 31st, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Don’t blame him. He’s fired up and doesn’t want to say things in the heat of the moment because he know the media is ready to pounce on him. I wish all the extra media that got interested in this sport when we lost Dale would lose interest. The media is to blame for our now PC drivers and endless rules and fines from NASCAR.

  3. Lynnsy Says:
    May 31st, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I found it refreshing to see Dale Jr. congratulating Brad in Victory Lane while Kyle stormed off to his hauler after the less than flattering comments he made about Dale Jr. on Friday. And I might also point out what a gentleman Kyle was for hopping off the golf cart and leaving his girlfriend sitting there. That’s a real classy guy!!! It’s a real shame that someone as talented as Kyle has to tarnish his image by behaving like a spoiled brat. Time to grow up Kyle.

  4. kay johnson Says:
    May 31st, 2009 at 10:19 am

    As much as ALL the drivers would like to win, none of them act as spoiled and immature as Kyle Busch does. I thought parents teach you growing up to be a good loser as well as a good winner. He cannot win all the races, so he needs to learn how to lose respectfully. He has stated in the past he does not care what his fans think so why should he have respect for anyone other than himself and it shows!

  5. D Jones Says:
    May 31st, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I agree with you Lynnsy.

  6. abe browne Says:
    May 31st, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Kyle Busch needs to speak to the media when it is required. Failure to do so should have some input from Nascar officials. However, it seems Nascar officials don’t have it in them to say or do anything to top tier teams. They only pick on the little guys.

  7. kenny Says:
    May 31st, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    what this puke needs is someone like jimmy spencer to wear him out. one punch gave his brother a much needed atitude ajustment.i think this sissy little puke might need more than that

  8. Sheila Says:
    June 1st, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Does anyone believe that Dale Sr. would have changed his attitude about seeing the media if Mr. France hadn’t had that talk with him?!!! I believe that at some point Tony Stewart had a similar talk with Mr. Helton. But most people seem to forget about all of that when it comes to thinking “spoiled brats” during their career…give Kyle time.