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Hard to blame Tryson for leaving Kurt Busch

By admin | September 19, 2009

By Richard Allen

Pat Tryson has announced he will leave his job as crew chief for Kurt Busch’s #2 team at the end of the 2009 season. The timing of the announcement was a bit curious considering Tryson intends to stay with the Penske Racing South organization through the end of the season. Since the job he is going to will still be there for him whether he announced his intentions or not, it seems as though it could be detrimental to his current team’s chances of winning the Chase for the Championship by going ahead with the announcement of his plans.

Busch labeled the timing of Tryson’s announcement as unfortunate.

Listening to the chatter between drivers and their crews is one of the most interesting things a fan can do when at the races or when using the TrackPass feature on However, one down side to such eavesdropping is that the true personalities of the drivers and crews is revealed in that chatter more so than when only relying on television interviews for such analysis.

There are several drivers who, at best, are hard to listen to due to their constant whining and verbal abuse that is heaped upon their crews. Kurt Busch, among numerous others, is one of those drivers to be particularly abusive toward his crew.

Busch’s verbal tirades go well beyond constructive criticism and border on Bobby Knight style name calling and accusations.

Tryson says that his leaving the Penske operation is not on account of Busch. Anyone who has ever listened to that team’s scanner talk would likely not blame him if it were.

Perhaps Tryson really is leaving because he has grown tired of babysitting Busch. Or, perhaps he is leaving because he believes he has truly found a better opportunity.

However, the real lesson here should be learned by Busch. If he runs off good crew chiefs then he will find he will have much more to complain about in the future as his team has to find someone to take the job who will be willing to take all the harsh criticism. That person may not necessarily be the best at setting his car up.

Busch says he wants Tryson to remain on top of the race day pit box despite the fact that the crew chief has essentially been locked out of the Penske shop. This will make for a truly odd situation for the rest of the season.

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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3 Responses to “Hard to blame Tryson for leaving Kurt Busch”

  1. Joe Says:
    September 20th, 2009 at 3:29 am

    You’re really blaming this on Kurt? Hell look at the crap Kyle pulls yet his crew isnt leaving.

    Have you ever considered he wants to follow the Toyota money?

  2. JC Says:
    September 20th, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Roger Penske should fire Kurt Busch immediately after the season ender at Homestead. Actually, he should have fired him the instant Kurt dissed on Roger on the radio during a race(remember the “10-4 captain, whatever dude” exchange?) While Penske’s cup program may not be as successful as his other ventures, Roger is one of if not the most succesful racing organizations when you factor in all the different leagues and classes of cars he fields in many different divisions, That to me is larger measure of success than a Papa Rick stock car only trophy case even though that has it’s place in the success category as well. But Kurt Busch can be all smiles(lipstick on a pig) in front of cameras, but his ugliness and disrespect on the radio towards everyone in on his team is unacceptable. Both Busch boys need to be taught the lessons of humility and respect.

  3. Rhonda Jones Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Obviously Rich you don’t know what your talking about. It was stated that the only reason why Pat stayed till the end of the season was becuase of Kurt. So get your story straight!!!