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Busch vs. Vickers could get interesting going into Bristol

By admin | August 18, 2009

By Richard Allen

It seems as though there is always a brewing rivalry every time NASCAR heads toward a short track. This week, as competitors move onto the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway, is no different.

This time, it is Toyota campaigners Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers who find themselves at odds.

During last week’s Nationwide Series race in Michigan the two drivers appeared as though they were going to settle the issue among themselves. However, by racing each other hard they allowed Chevrolet driver Brad Keselowski to sneak by and grab the victory.

After the race is when the sparks really began to fly.

Busch drove onto pit road and into Vickers’ parked car. Then, he proceeded over to his opponent’s car and stuck his head in the window to deliver a few choice words. Vickers then emerged from his car and the two briefly confronted each other with fingers pointing and Busch lifting the visor on Vickers’ helmet before they were headed their separate ways.

However, it was the words that followed that made things really interesting.

“He hung on my right rear quarter panel all the way down the front straightaway and gave the win to the 88 car,” an angry Busch explained when asked why he was so upset with Vickers. “He slowed us down so much, he had no idea the 88 car was coming.

“It was just stupid,” he added. “Sometimes you race with idiots.”

It seems as though Busch has a knack for these sorts of confrontations. When a driver runs at the front of the field as often as he does, these things are bound to happen but it is almost as if he has a new foe each week.

As for Vickers, he had a retort of his own.

“Oh man, I‘m so sorry” Vickers sarcastically apologized. “I forgot it was the Kyle Busch show. Hell, I thought we were racing for a win.”

Vickers went on to say that Busch had knocked the fender of his car in unnecessarily and then came over to his car and cried like a baby. He also added that he told Busch to let him get out of the car and they could, “settle it like men.” Vickers told reporters that when he got out of his car Busch suddenly disappeared to the other side of pit road.

Now, as both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series’ head to Bristol, it will be interesting to see if this feud carries over.

As of this writing, Vickers was not entered in the Nationwide Food City 250. Needless to say, both are entered in the Sharpie 500 Sprint Cup event.

Here is where the real rub could occur. Both drivers currently find themselves on the outside of the top-12 of the Chase for the Championship standings with only three races remaining before the cut is made for the playoff. Vickers is currently 13th while Busch sits in 15th. Both are within striking distance of the top-12.

This is not to say that these drivers will intentionally seek each other out to cause a crash. But, how often does it seem to occur that two guys who had a beef with each other the previous week wind up racing each other at some point the next week?

With championship implications, these two may be less inclined cut slack toward the other. It is only human nature to be less generous to those we have issue with.

If with 5-10 laps top go these two drivers find themselves racing for position the ‘give and take’ may turn into all take and no give and that could have Chase implications. It could be interesting in Bristol.

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 vs. Vickers could get interesting going into Bristol”

  1. bart Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Hey…Stewart is locked in the I say..let the games begin…I would like nothing more then to see Busch and Vickers rumble in Bristol!! And…I am sure this won’t be popular..I wouldn’t mind if they knocked Martin out of contention! I know..good old Martin..he deserves a shot at the championship. Well as far as I am concerned until he came to Hendrick his whining was at par with Kyle’s…he has always whined and cried about other drivers, his cars, his poor finishes. Heck, if you listen to his in car half the time he is screaming at his spotter to tell the cars around him to move..get out of his way..blah blah blah..quit whining and start racing for the positions is what I say..poor pitiful Martin. I love the passion and the extreme displeasure these drivers have when they don’t win..but quit the whining and grow the heck matter what your age!!!!

  2. Justin Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I hate Busch, but if I was him, I totally would have raised my hand, when Vickers asked the question about anyone who thought he should let Busch win should raise their hand…..

    I also hate Vickers, for Dega a few years ago, however, he was right in this instance. I think NASCAR needs to start coming down on the car bumping on pit road. It is only a matter of time before a driver unbuckles, and gets hit by an angry driver, and the unbuckled driver gets injured…… I am all for showing the emotion, and the confrontations after the race. Its been a few years since we have seen a driver get thrown onto his hood in the pits, lol.

    Busch needs to do one of 2 things. 1) he needs to actually be a man about it, and handle the situation, or 2) he needs to just let it go.

    I am sick and tired of seeing Busch act like he is Mike Tyson when his “opponent” still has his belts buckled, and then he conveniently has crew members to “break it up” when the other driver gets out (Vickers, S Wallace at Richmond,…..)

    If you wanna be a tough guy, then be a tough guy. If you are gonna be a pussy, then just get out of your car, and run off to your hauler like you normally do, you pussy!

  3. Joe W. Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I like the top 12 as it is. I say let Kyle and Brian take each other out as long as no one else has to be involved, unless it is Boyer. They can take him out too. That would make for a fun post race.

  4. J D Keever Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Justin, if Vickers is such a “Billy Bad-boy” (as you are seeming to imply) and was ready to go toe-to-toe with Kyle, why did he feel it was necessary to keep his helmet buckled on after exiting his car? To me there is nothing more amusing than watching a wimp in body armor putting on a front. Vickers knew he had the race lost because the handle had gone away on his car and his only hope was trying to run Kyle off the track. Sure it made Kyle mad, wouldn’t it you?