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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