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Kurt Busch vows revenge on Johnson

By admin | July 13, 2009


By Richard Allen

The Lifelock.com 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway was more like the Lifeless 400 for the most part. However, Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson did do their part to liven things up a bit near the end of the event.

Just after a double-file restart the leaders of the race began to mix things up as the checkered flag was about to come into view. Denny Hamlin, who lined up right behind Johnson for one of the race’s latter restarts, pushed the #48 car hard into turn 1. Johnson slipped high while Hamlin and Brian Vickers went by.

Later, Vickers forced Hamlin high in the same turn. The two Toyotas slid up the banking allowing Mark Martin to make what turned out to be the winning pass.

In the meantime, Busch and Johnson raced side by side down the backstretch as they too attempted to get by Hamlin and Vickers. The #2 and #48 cars made contact and remained locked together throughout turns 3 and 4. As they exited turn 4, Johnson forced Busch into the outside wall. Busch then retaliated by turning his Dodge left and slamming Johnson’s Chevrolet as they raced by the start/finish line.

Busch developed a tire rub and suffered slight damage from the run-in. As a result he fell to a final finishing position of 17th while Johnson took 8th place.

The cool down lap proved to be anything but that for the burning Busch. “The #48 has got one coming to him”, he declared to his crew over the in-car radio. “I promise you that.”

Busch seems like the type of guy who has a long memory. With tracks like Bristol and Richmond coming up on the schedule, don’t be surprised to see these two come together again.

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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6 Responses to “Kurt Busch vows revenge on Johnson”

  1. The Old Guy Says:
    July 14th, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Maybe, the once colorful, Kurt Busch will turn plain vanilla Jimmie Johnson into someone with a personality.

    If they start banging on each other, it won’t last long. todays NASCAR will step in and tell both of them to play nice.

  2. Larry Says:
    July 14th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    So the true Busch is coming out again? Where is Jimmy Spenser when you need him? These Busch Boys don’t fall far from the tree, do they?

  3. Keith Says:
    July 14th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    How quickly KurtBusch forgets that it was only a few races ago that he ran JJ up the track on more than one occassion at NH, forcing JJ to lose valuable positions, never fully recovering. Perhaps Vanilla is giving it back, in his subtle vanilla way. Just bc someone is vanilla does not mean they don’t have temper. I worry about those who don’t react straight away versus those that blow up then are fine. JJ is methodical in what he does. KurtBusch is not. JSpencer taught him a lesson years ago by busting his nose open thus blackening his eyes, if I recall correctly. Perhaps vanilla will do the same.

  4. midasmicah Says:
    July 14th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Hey old guy. You’re right. At a time when it would be nice for drivers to show a little moxy, it won’t happen. Even at a time with fans defecting in droves nas$car ain’t going to allow drivers to show any emotion.
    Hey Larry; Having the Busch around gives us something to talk about. The Chicago borefest certainly didn’t give us anything to talk about.

  5. Larry Says:
    July 14th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    But Midasmicah, don’t you get tired of these spoiled rich kid brats? I for one know I do. The trouble with the Busch Boys is most of the time they don’t think they do anything wrong which we all know is not the case as we can plainly see on TV. And, it’s OK when they do something stupid and take out cars or trucks but God forbid if someone takes them out!

  6. old an tired Says:
    July 18th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Vanilla thats pretty good. Can you go to Lowes and get that color now. Be a good color for his car next year. Everybody needs to write Lowes and start telling them thats what color his car needs to be.Does that make Mark Martin Geratol?

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