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Busch got raced the way he races…and didn’t like it

By admin | August 8, 2009


By Richard Allen

Kyle Busch is certainly not averse to ruffling a few feathers, both on and off the track. To his credit, on the track he is one of the most talented, aggressive and hard charging drivers this sport has seen come along in recent history.

To his discredit, or maybe to his credit, he has shown that although he loves to dish it out, he is not the best at taking it. That is not to say he should enjoy losing. There are too many drivers in NASCAR today who seem to be unfazed when they lose. As a matter of fact, this piece is not written to be any sort of attack on Busch at all. The purpose of this column is simply to say that Busch races very hard, but does not like being beaten at his own game.

Busch does lean on his fellow competitors to gain an advantage from time to time. Particularly, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and whoever happens to be driving the #5 car have been known to feel his wrath.

On Saturday at Watkins Glen, Marcos Ambrose aggressively raced Busch in the final laps of the Nationwide Series race. Going into the ‘bus stop’ section of the track late in the event Ambrose made a bold move, one much like Busch almost certainly would have made had the roles been reversed.

Even though the cars never actually touched, both had to take evasive action to avoid a crash. Ambrose’s move just happened to send him in the direction he needed to go even though he was forced to bounce his car over the curbing. Busch’s evasion forced him off the track and onto a runoff area. Cars entering the runoff area are required to stop so as not to gain an unfair advantage. By the time Busch got going again, Ambrose had driven into the lead.

“I felt like it was a real aggressive move getting into the bus stop, but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do to win,” an obviously agitated Busch said of the Ambrose pass.

That’s right, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do to win. That’s the way Kyle Busch races. Apparently he does not like being raced the same way, but that’s not really a bad thing.

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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4 Responses to “Busch got raced the way he races…and didn’t like it”

  1. StevieRay Vaughan Fan Says:
    August 9th, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Busch is still young, give him time, I think he’ll start to develop a little more wit or perspective as he gets older.

    I still remember the 2000 Pocono race when Mayfield bumped Earnhardt on the final lap to take the win. Buddy Baker, who was one of the TV commentators, called it right on the money when he said “Boy oh boy lemme tell ya, when you live by the sword, you die by the sword” after the move took place.

    I remember when Dale Sr and his crew chief were asked about the move afterwards, neither really complained, because they were enough savvy to realize that to do so would have been the pot calling the kettle black LOLOL.

    Here’s the closing laps of the race:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF-VhY6fitU

    And Dale Sr is interviewed a couple minutes into this clip, watch how an old pro handles the interview :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLP1MnFR0Vw

  2. mkrcr Says:
    August 9th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    That move by Marcos was a classic pulled off by the Champion of a series that makes NA$CAR look tame on road courses. Kyle Busch should handle the lesson for what it was. He got schooled at the bus stop!

  3. JR Says:
    August 9th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    It’s kind of funny how you can write a “positive” article about Kyle and still make it look and sound negative. Kyle said that Marcos did what he needed to do in order to win. Kyle does not like to finish anywhere below first and that’s what I like about him. I saw nothing in his post race interview that was worthy of any criticism.

  4. Ward Baker Says:
    August 9th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    The kid got out worked and is too immature to take it like a man.
    I wish the sponsor would lean on the punk to grow up some.

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