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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