Spunk, A Spark & Staying Power By Busch

by Jim on August 21, 2010 · 10 comments

Some said he had to be cheating. Others said, “Wait, it will never last.” When adversity eventually came calling, others were certain he’d fade away for good, and fall in line behind the best.

After scuffling recently in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Kyle Busch shows a spark by winning an unprecedented third NASCAR national touring series race at the same track in the same weekend. A further testament to his talent was the first win of the week came in his own equipment Wednesday in the Camping World Truck Series. On Friday, Busch showed spunk, getting in touch with his inner Rowdy to apply the “bump and dump” to Brad Keselowski as the two rivals fought in a heated exchange for the lead. Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray and David Reutimann all had their moments in the Cup race, but it was Busch who prevailed with skillful use of his bumper and a slip past McMurray on pit road..

The truly sad part about Busch’s brash (and often controversial) personality, is it takes the focus off of his talent. If you don’t like him, (but be sure more and more people do) I challenge you to watch him race devoid of judgment. Time and time again, the 25-year old man child puts on a slick display of skill- whether it’s threading the needle in a three-wide, employing a crossover or a high speed tap, just enough to loosen the competitor in front of him, enabling him to surge on past.

If you leave personality out of it- and sometimes, that’s hard to do- there’s no denying the talent that is Kyle Busch. With all the chaos that has been the 2010 season, I would not be so quick to leave Busch out of the championship conversation. As it is now, the younger brother of 2004 Cup champion Kurt Busch has matched points leader Kevin Harvick for wins, and the way things have been going lately for presumptive wins leaders Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin, is well-poised to make a run with tracks on the upcoming schedule where he’s been a winner.

Whether it’s his dominance in the Nationwide Series, the CWTS or the Cup, Kyle Busch keeps re-writing the record books, and he’s doing so at a time in his life where Johnson was a relative unknown in the old Busch Series. If he’s not careful, by the time he’s at Jimmie’s current age of 34, Kyle Busch might be on a drive for five of his own.


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1 mkrcr August 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Kyle Busch is a racer. Nothing better can be said about him. He’s been the sprinkles on top of all the vanilla in NA$CAR. I was really impressed when, after getting into the 00, he let Reutimann gather it back up before passing him. The guy can drive, and anymore, that’s all I care about.
And I’m not even a Kyle Busch “fan”.

2 jimmccoy22 August 22, 2010 at 6:11 am

@mkrcr. You said exactly how I feel. I would rather have seen Jamie Mac, David Reutimann or Clint Bowyer win the race, but I cannot deny the talent of Busch. I also agree he brings color to the sport.

3 Pat388 August 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

Nascar gave Kyle the win in the Nationwide race Friday night. Is your idea of a “talented” driver someone who wrecks another driver and brags about it? This is what is the matter with Nascar today, they make calls (or don’t make calls) based on what will give them the most attention. Is it any wonder that fans are leaving in droves? Between drivers like Kyle and Carl, Nascar, and half the media, who do we have left to respect? There surely is no glory in winnng “3″ as 1 race was given to Kyle. Nascar has tied Brad K’s hands so he don’t dare defend himself or isn’t allowed to “pay back” like Kyle and Carl. Brad had the perfect opportunity to “pay back” Kyle Sat. night and oh how I wish he had. I know the price he would have had to pay would have been too high, as Nascar and the media would have crucified him.

4 og August 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Pat338 Get a grip, Brad got what he deserved. Kyle lifted on the throttle on exit for 15 laps before clearing Brad. Instead of going for the crossover, Brad fenced him. Retribution was swift and righteous That’s why no fines were leveyed. This is in accordance with Nascars New policy ( have at it boys) Cousin Carl Could learn from this for future reference. Talent can’t be taught, It comes from within.

5 Gail August 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Pat, did you ever watch Dale Earnhardt, Sr. race? By your standards, Earnhardt cheated his way to 7 championships. Bumping and “trading paint” have always been a part of stock car racing, and they are the reason NASCAR this year said, “Have at it, boys.” The difference between Kyle and Carl is that Carl causes huge wrecks and mayhem for the rest of the field when he tries the bump and run. This ain’t ballroom dancing, honey.

6 f e dup August 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm

BRAT , ER BRAD PAID TOO MANY BACK BEFORE HE “OWED THEM ONE” . BUSH DOES HAVE THE TALENT. MAKES ME WONDER HOW HE WOULD HAVE DONE IN A STOKER ONE NIGHT , A DIRT SPRINT THE NEXT DAY , AND A INDY ROADSTER THE NEXT DAY LIKE FOYT , ANDRETTI , WARD ,AND OTHERS . I THINK HE COULD DO IT .

7 Pat388 August 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Response to OG – Kyle didn’t “clear” him, he blocked him and got bumped. Brad had the line and the speed and would have had to slam on the brakes to keep from hitting Kyle. Where is it written that you HAVE to do a crossover? Brad just outfoxed Kyle which is probably why Kyle spun him. That’s not racing, on the highway it’s called “road rage”
Response to Gail – Yes I watched Earnhardt for 20 years. And yes he dished it out but you never heard him complain if he got it back. It’s an insult to Dale to even compare the 2. Kyle has caused MANY wrecks but it is always someone else’s fault. Did you ever hear Earnhardt whine? Trading paint is Racing, proposely wrecking someone who wouldn’t dare pay b

8 Pat388 August 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Response to OG – Kyle didn’t “clear” him, he blocked him and got bumped. Brad had the line and the speed and would have had to slam on the brakes to keep from hitting Kyle. Where is it written that you HAVE to do a crossover? Brad just outfoxed Kyle which is probably why Kyle spun him. That’s not racing, on the highway it’s called “road rage”
Response to Gail – Yes I watched Earnhardt for 20 years. And yes he dished it out but you never heard him complain if he got it back. It’s an insult to Dale to even compare the 2. Kyle has caused MANY wrecks but it is always someone else’s fault. Did you ever hear Earnhardt whine? Trading paint is Racing, proposely wrecking someone who wouldn’t dare pay back is pretty weak. Nascar’s “have at it boys” seems to mean “have at Keselowski boys”. The rules only seem to apply if he is the giver.

9 Ken August 22, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Pat388-Kyle did to Brad EXACTLY what Dale Sr. would have done and did do to many over the years. Ask Terry Labonte. Dale and Kyle are/were more obvious than the best in the business. NOBODY messed with Bill Elliott because they knew they would get back more than they gave. I was Kyle who said “hit me with a rock and I’ll hit you back with a cinder block”. As they did with Dale Sr and Bill, they will leave Kyle alone when the realize he is serious.

10 Gail August 23, 2010 at 11:07 am

Ken, you are SO right! People who were casual observers never realized how tough Bill was in those days! He was quiet, but he took names and didn’t let anybody push him around. After the 1987 Winston, Bill tried to wreck Dale on pit road. Bill got penalized for that, but Dale never laid a bumper on him again! People wonder how a Bill Elliott fan could become a Kyle Busch fan. Easy – I appreciate talent and guts.

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