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Who was that guy in the M&M’s uniform at the end of the Richmond race?

By admin | September 13, 2009


By Richard Allen

At the end of the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 drivers who played key roles in the event were interviewed as always. One person who was wearing a yellow M&M’s uniform was among those to be questioned by the media.

This particular driver was patient, he was congenial, he was congratulatory and he was philosophical. Who was this person? And, can he be prosecuted for impersonating Kyle Busch? By the way, it was a poor impersonation because this guy was nothing like the real Kyle Busch.

The Kyle Busch we have come to know over the last few years rarely demonstrated any of the qualities mentioned above, especially when being interviewed after not winning a race and missing out on a chance to win a championship.

I have written before to criticize this driver’s behavior but that did not mean I wanted that behavior to stop. The old Kyle Busch was fun and interesting, even if he was sometimes spoiled and immature.

This new guy is just as boring as the other NASCAR driving clone drones. Send him away and bring the other guy back.

I’ll be honest here. I didn’t like it when Busch smashed the guitar in victory lane in Nashville and I wrote as much. However, I did not object in the least to the number of page hits and comments I got from that column. The old Busch was the type of guy who could generate that kind of talk. NASCAR has far too few of those guys in the sport.

What I do like about Busch is his driving ability. Few can wheel a car with the same kind of skill and ferocity as he.

Word has it that Joe Gibbs either had a talk with him or had him to attend some type of public relations training. If that is the case, it was a big gamble on Gibbs’ part. What if taking away the attitude takes away the killer instinct?

I don’t know what caused the emergence of this new Kyle Busch but the old one provided a lot more to write about. If he becomes just another driver then the one non-Chaser who stood a chance at making some noise will just fade into the background with the other non-Chasers.

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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10 Responses to “Who was that guy in the M&M’s uniform at the end of the Richmond race?”

  1. Bill B Says:
    September 14th, 2009 at 6:25 am

    I for one was impressed with Kyle’s interview. I thought it was professional. If you want someone to act ridiculous everytime the camera is on him just so you have something to write about there’s always the wrestling.

  2. Prof pi (Jeff Thompson) Says:
    September 14th, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Perhaps precisely because Kyle does want to win he has realized a modicum of brains is also required to win a championship rather than just some races: the old “won the battle but lost the war” analogy. The interview with Kyle was impressive in that he now appears to be a person who actually could win a championship. Ten races to a title is a long haul and requires both a passion to win races and thinking to convert the zeal into results.

  3. Rachel Gaines Says:
    September 14th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I think Kyle was well-prepared for that interview - probably had a lot of it rehearsed before the race started. He knew there was a good chance he would not make the Chase and he prepared to be professional and gracious afterwards. Now what I want to see is that Kyle wins a fistful of the the last 10 races, to end the season with more victories than the eventual champion. He who laughs last laughs best.

  4. JR Says:
    September 14th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Further proof that whatever Kyle does, he’ll receive heat for it. Guess you’ll have to sharpen your journalism skills and start producing riveting race related copy rather than taking that easy “Busch is a jerk” road that many of you have been using. Of course, that will cut down on the “hits” your articles will generate, since it takes real race fans to appreciate riveting articles on motorsports.

  5. DL Says:
    September 14th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I heard Joe Gibbs say Kyle Busch is one of the most gifted drivers of his generation, and I agree. After hating his guts last season, this year Kyle has become my 2nd fave driver. Why the 180 turn? Because I found out late last year that the guy at the end of the Richmond race IS the real Kyle Busch. But don’t worry, the passion, the fire, the killer instinct hasn’t gone anywhere and will definitely flare again and again for writers like you to pick on. I no longer have a problem with it because I accept it’s part of his game, and just may be the harbinger of great things from Kyle next year. He’s the real deal.

  6. Kevin Says:
    September 14th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Kyle’s interview was amazing…one of the most impressive things I’ve seen in a long time, and I am definitely no Kyle Busch fan. A driver can still be exciting and interesting to write about without acting all whiny like a spoiled brat.

  7. midasmicah Says:
    September 14th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Another driver willing to wear the “black hat” beaten down by the powers that be in nas$crap. Wearing the black hat and being able to put his car into places other drivers weren’t willing to is what made Kyle Busch interesting. Take away that and we’re left with another vanilla driver driving vanilla cars on vanilla tracks. I miss the old Kyle already.

  8. Scott Says:
    September 14th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Points racing is SO BORING! The chase is a joke. Driver with the most wins should win the cup.

  9. Marybeth Wallick Says:
    September 14th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Let me preface this by saying that I am not a Kyle Busch fan.
    Perhaps Kyle realized that driving with a “killer instinct” has not gotten him the championship and this year not even a chase berth to pursue it.
    I was quite impressed when he said in the post-race interview, to the effect, “The good Lord put me in this predicament for a reason, and one day I’ll be able to tell you what it is. Right now I’m not quite sure.” To be continued…?
    Marybeth

  10. Drunk France Says:
    September 16th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa
    Screw you Kryle. Don’t worry about it baby boy, the Cha$e sucks anyway. It is still all about consistency, just like it has always been and always will be. Now you realize this to be the truth. Go back to what worked for so long you morons. In your face NA$CRAP. Brianle$$ France is a greedy idiot. Oh well, NFL is back so bye bye NA$CRAP. Speed news is all the chase coverage I’ll watch this year. Whatever races I watched this year bored me to sleep anyway. Will watch even less next year. Seems to be the trend for me since 2004

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