“Come one, come all to the Southern 500! Where there will be sparks, rough racing, and Round Two of Busch vs. Harvick! Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!!!!!”
Ever since Darlington last year, the track has been preaching that, trying to drum up business. It fell flat when Harvick stated he wanted nothing to do with it, though. It’s obviously referring to Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick’s dust-up on pit road, where Busch turned the #29 into the wall on pit road when Harvick attempted to get in his window.
Even if the two weren’t game, a Busch still made waves last Saturday night during the historic Southern 500. Want to take a guess at who it was?
It started when Kurt blew a tire and smacked the wall. He began to shout that NASCAR needed to throw the caution, and, then, the car spun out. Ryan Newman received slight damage during this, and Kurt went into the inside wall. When Newman and Busch went down pit road, both were trying to beat the pace car to stay on the lead lap. However, when Kurt gunned it out of his stall, crew members of the #39 team were almost hit, apparently. Afterwards, the gas man Ryan Newman’s team got into it with Busch, screaming and shouting. The gas man was fined for roughing up an Official in the process.
Fast-forward to this past Tuesday, where I’m watching Race Hub. Since Kurt was livid on the radio, we get an edition of Kurt Busch: Radio Sweetheart, which is entertaining yet disappointing. Why highlight someone’s toughest moments? I didn’t support it, but I usually got a good laugh. The audio was laced with censorship. Every other word was literally bleeped out. Even I was blushing, and, if you know me, I’m not that bashful. Besides, if you make Jimmy Spencer speechless, it has to be pretty bad.
The line that struck me the most was, “Every (bleep)-ing week! I hate my (bleep)-ing job!”
When Busch was ‘released’ from Penske during the off-season, we all felt like saying, “No way!” and “I saw that coming!” in the same sentence. His outbursts and foul language were most likely the reason, and I saw it as the end for his career. Then, James Finch came in and gave him a chance. Now he’s saying he hates his job. He’s lucky he wasn’t shunned by the sport altogether. People are saying he deserves to race, being a past champion and all.
Here’s the truth: the sport doesn’t need Kurt. I hope he understands this; I don’t like seeing people getting kicked out of rides for whatever reason. But I feel that his firing is inevitable if he continues down this path of self-destruction. There is so much talent coming through the ranks that Finch can find a driver that will actually be proud to drive his cars. Young guns like Ryan Blaney, Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.? They would do amazing in the Hendrick-based equipment Busch hated to run. I’ll tell you right now, if Kurt Busch doesn’t get his act together, he’s done. His anger issues are a black-eye to him, his driving ability, and those who have hired him. This is unacceptable. Does he realize how close he was to falling off the face of the NASCAR universe? You’d think he would be thankful to actual have a ride, at least.
Kurt, go see your therapist again. Go workout. Take up knitting, I don’t care: Get rid of your excess anger and save yourself before it’s too late. If not, you’ll find yourself with nowhere to go.