Quite often Kyle and Kurt Busch find themselves both in the media spotlight. While they have had some positive things going on for them, they most often are the center of attention for the wrong reason.
Sep 30, 2012; Dover, DE, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch during the AAA 400 at Dover Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
Both of the Busch Brothers continually find thsmevles in the spotlight for their anger issues. Last year both brothers ended the season in turmoil.
Kyle spent the bulk of the end of the season suspended after intentionally wrecking Ron Hornaday in a Camping World Truck Series race after Hornaday made slight unintentional contact with Busch that sent Busch up high in the turn.
Kurt ended his season with a vulgar tirade towards ESPN’s Dr. Jerry Punch after Busch had to wait for an interview when his engine blew in the race. He eventually would get his pink slip at Penske Racing and join Phoenix Racing.
Kurt’s anger has resurfaced after struggling much of the season with his new team. Jimmy Spencer often features Kurt on SPEED’s RaceHub in a segment titled Kurt Busch: Radio Sweetheart. After a hard race at Dover in the Spring, Kurt went off on another member of the media, Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass that got him suspended for a weekend.
Now Kyle is back in the spotlight for his anger issues too. Kyle and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin, dominated this past weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway. However they fell just a few laps short on fuel mileage and had to make a late race pit stop and settle for a more disappointing finish than first or second.
Rather than blaming his crew chief Dave Rogers, Kyle blamed Toyota Racing Development on a vulgar rant on his team radio.
"“We’re as frustrated as he was that he didn’t win that race considering how many laps he led, considering he and Denny (Hamlin) both literally dominated the race. We’re as disappointed as he was. However, we’ve got used to saying ‘That’s just Kyle, you know’ But this is a bit of a special case,” White said. “We’re extremely disappointed in his negative comments and the tone of the comments after the event. It is under discussion as we move forward. We certainly are very disappointed, having said that, Kyle is an amazing talent in a race car and he takes it very personally when something goes wrong and he loses a race he thinks he should have won. I look forward to take it up with coach (Joe) Gibbs and see if we can’t do something to sort it out so that we have a better working relationship in the future. I am confident that we will.”"
So could this be another issue that puts Kyle’s job in jeopardy? Or is this a simple case of the Coach getting his driver back on track and calming him down?
Kyle Busch take some time to address the situations Thursday evening.
"“I made some remarks out of frustration on my radio at the end of last weekend’s race in Dover that were very misguided. I owe my friends at Toyota and TRD an apology. We have a great partnership with TRD and they built me a motor that helped me lead over 300 laps and nearly lap the field. It’s just frustrating that the caution fell where it did and suddenly it became a fuel mileage race and we were set up for maximum horsepower. Obviously, that worked well for most of the day and you can’t control when the cautions will fall. I think we have a great partnership with TRD and we will continue to communicate with them on what our team is looking for. I’m looking forward to getting down to Talladega this weekend and focusing on the race.”"