Tag:Kyle Busch
Posted on: August 17, 2009 4:05 pm

Vickers "feels sorry" for Kyle Busch

While reading the post-race transcripts from Sunday's Cup race at Michigan I came across this gem from Brian Vickers regarding his battle with Kyle Busch from Saturday's Nationwide race. Vickers is only one year older than Busch, yet displays so much more maturity.

Q. Brian, how much more comfortable are you on the post race podium today as opposed to yesterday? How did the emotions of yesterday play into today?
BRIAN VICKERS: You know, there's some people that you meet in life that are just gonna do stupid things. You just learn to accept it. You just don't let it bother you. You know, you have patience. You just live your life and run your race.
I mean, yesterday was ridiculous. It was unnecessary. I had a lot of fun. It was a hard race. I wanted to win bad. Congratulations to the 88. He did his job. We ended up second. I let it go at that.
In a lot of ways I feel sorry for Kyle, that he lives that angry about stuff, something so small. I hope that he can get past it. I don't have any hard feelings. I'm ready to just go race. That's the way approached today.
I told him, I've always told him this, from any incident we've ever had in the past, I'm going to race you the way you race me. I'm going to handle you and treat you the same way you treat me. That applies to any driver out there. It applied today. If Kyle and I started racing each other, he raced me clean and hard, I was going to treat him with the same amount of respect. If he didn't want to do that, I was going to treat him the same way he treated me.
But today was a different race, a new day. I just wanted to focus on my life, my race. I could care less about what happened yesterday. Life is too short to worry about stuff like that.

Posted on: October 14, 2008 10:22 am
Edited on: October 14, 2008 10:23 am

The pink schemes

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Susan G. Komen Foundation -- to learn more or make a donation, visit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website -- three cars sported pink schemes during Saturday night's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway -- Kyle Busch, Bobby Labonte and Elliott Sadler.

I thought Busch's scheme looked sharp (though it came across as more purple than pink) and Labonte's wasn't too bad either. Here are photos of the three cars courtesty Getty Images


Posted on: August 25, 2008 11:37 am

Bristol musings

A couple of thoughts about some of the weekend happenings at Bristol.

1. Casey Mears to RCR

Now this, of course, had been speculated about since it was announced that Mears would not be returning to Hendrick Motorsports.

This weekend it became official, along with the announcement that he would move into Clint Bowyer's Jack Daniel's sponsored 07 car, while Bowyer would move into the new 33 car. That had also been rumored for quite some time because General Mills, the sponsor of the 33 car, did not want to sponsor Mears considering he's been driving a Kellogg's sponsored car this season.

What did come as a surprise to many was that Bowyer would take his points with him. As of right now, Mears will be the driver guaranteed a starting spot in the first five races next season, while Bowyer will be forced to qualify on speed.

After giving it a little thought, this actually does make sense. My guess is that Jack Daniels did not want to give up Bowyer and one of the concessions to do so was that they would keep the points Bowyer earns, thus not getting penalized by possibly missing a race with a new driver that is not locked in. After all, they're not the new sponsor.

But there's more. Speculation is that RCR could be working on something behind the scenes, perhaps buying an existing team that is locked into the top 35 but that was having trouble finding sponsorship and was unlikely to run next season. I'm sure we'll hear more on that.

The other part of the equation is that it appears Bowyer's current pit crew, including crew chief Gil Martin, will not be moving over with him to the 33. Now that doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but it's possible (probable?) that the Nationwide Series team, with whom Bowyer leads the point standings, gets a promotion.

2. The Race

I don't know about you, but I thought the race was a bore again. I mean, thankfully, Edwards and Busch were able to provide some late theatrics, but just like last year, once all the contenders made their way into the top 10 or so, there was no racing.

Everything stabalized once the top cars found their way to the front and shortly after a restart, they all spread out and can't really challenge each other.

Look at what happened once Edwards took the lead. He ran away with the thing. Busch, who dominated nearly all night leading 415 laps, couldn't even mount a charge.

Speaking of Busch and Edwards, I didn't think Edwards did anything wrong. He gave Busch a little nudge. We've all seen far worse things at Bristol. Busch would have done -- and has done -- similar things during a race. That's just short-track racing.

I had the feeling Busch would react the way he did, which was a bit over the top the way he was banging into Edwards on the cool-down lap. I could certainly see why Busch would be upset considering he lost the race after dominating all night, but that was just ridiculous. I'd have preferred he just said "what goes around comes around" and be done with it.

The on-track scuffle and the name calling was just childish.




Posted on: June 29, 2008 6:22 pm

New Hamsphire: Post-race thoughts

What a wacky race.

If you were following the race on our RaceCenter, you'd know that from the start I thought that weather would play a factor in the race. And if you don't know what the RaceCenter is, you should check it out sometime, we do it for every Sprint Cup race (http://www.sportsline.com/autoracin

In any case, during the last round of pit stops I wanted to make a point, but never got the chance. I was going to say that some drivers -- even those that may have to have to pit with 10 laps or so to go -- might try staying out. But as I was in the midst of typing it, everybody that was going to have to pit, did pit, so it was a moot point.

Some will say my hindsight is 20/20 because I know what happened, but I'm telling you even before the fact, I thought it was a viable option for some drivers to try to gamble that rain would hit before they'd need to pit. I was looking at the radar and saw this huge red cell of thunderstorms. Crew chiefs had to know that too. I think it was worth a shot.

No guts, no glory I say.

But what I really don't get is the 18 car pitting. Kyle Busch was good on gas and did not need to pit. It ended up costing him even worse because of the run-in with Juan Pablo Montoya. He made it sound as if he fell his sword and pitted because he didn't want to win that way. I think they just made a dumb call.

In any case, the Race to the Chase continues to tighten up. It's going to be an interesting couple of months.

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