NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch is known for many things. Aside from his daring in-race moves to gain positions on the track and his occasional dust-ups with fellow drivers; Busch is also known for his often colorful (and funny) language while communicating with his team over the radio. In this sense Busch is by no means alone as many drivers tend to use profanity at some point during a race to express their feelings about a given situation. However, not all drivers are told mid-race to clean up their language by the owner of their team.
Last weekend during the Pocono 400 Busch was using some profanity while having a back and forth discussion with the team about his car. Apparently team owner Joe Gibbs was in the box when this was going on and he was not happy with what he heard. As a result of this Gibbs had the No. 18 Crew Chief Dave Rogers relay a message to Busch.
Hey K-B, got coach [Gibbs] here on my shoulder telling me and you both we got to calm down. Got to work together a little better here, and use better language on the radio.
While I am all for drivers being role models and being held to a certain standard and all of that, this seems to be a bit much. Busch was in the middle of a race with a car that in that moment he was not particularity happy with. Could Busch had explained his displeasure to his team with using colorful language?
I am sure that he could have.
At the same time it just doesn’t seem to me as though it’s really that big of a deal. In the heat of the moment a driver dropping an F-bomb out of frustration shouldn’t really be an issue. With that being said, it is also Gibb’s right as the owner of the team to have his drivers conduct themselves in a way that he feels is appropriate. Ultimately, if Gibb’s doesn’t want his drivers swearing over the radio he has all of the power in the world to make and enforce that decision.
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