The Frontstretch: Top Ten Ways Carl Edwards Can Psych Out Kyle Busch by Kurt Smith -- Wednesday August 20, 2008

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Top Ten Ways Carl Edwards Can Psych Out Kyle Busch

Kurt Smith · Wednesday August 20, 2008


Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson recently failed miserably in an attempt to get into Kyle Busch’s head before Watkins Glen, suggesting that Busch was in a slump. Busch responded to that by dominating that race for his eighth win of the season, then finished runner-up to Carl Edwards at Michigan the following week. So, with the Chase on the horizon, The Official Columnist of NASCAR offers Edwards — Busch’s biggest challenger — some advice on how to really get into his brain:

10. Challenge him to a “Best Pecs” contest on ESPN.

9. Teach Kyle how to do a backflip — but leave out the detail that enables him to land on his feet.

Note to Kyle… don’t try this at home.

8. When about to be passed by Kyle, have Bob Osborne find Kyle’s radio frequency and shout, “Look! Elvis!”

7. When Kyle is giving an interview, stand next to him and mimic every word he says.

6. Sneak up behind Kyle and give him a “flat” while he’s walking to his car.

5. The old classic: itching powder in the firesuit.

4. When the two drivers are side by side, lean out the window and make a “ssssssssss” sound, to make Kyle think he has a tire going down.

3. Have big and furry Office Depot mascot in grandstands placing “hex” on No. 18 car every time it goes by.

2. Leave crushed M&M’s and destroyed Interstate Batteries everywhere to create that “bad vibe.”

1. Try to complain about Toyota’s horsepower advantage at key moment during the Chase.

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Butch Camp
08/21/2008 11:35 AM

So now Carl Edwards thinks he’s the greatest driver ever.Man this guy’s gonna have to get a bigger helmet.Now not only does he take all the credit for a back flip that Tyler Walker(sprint car driver) was doing before “Cousin Carl” was ever heard of, plus Walker did the flip on the ground not off the side of a car,but now he thinks he’s better than Dale Earnhardt Sr.Carl’s not even close to the talent Earnhardt had.

Butch Camp
08/21/2008 05:39 PM

Few more thoughts on Edwards self assessment of being the best.He apparantly puts hisself ahead of the Flock Bros.,the Allisons, Bobby Donnie &Davy,Junior Johnson,David Pearson.the King Richard Petty,A.J.Foyt,Neil Bonnett,even Mark Martin ,Darrell Waltrip,so many other greats that he cant hold a candle to.He reminds me of Kurt Busch’s first few years in NASCAR before he learned some respect,which is what “Cousin Carl” needs to learn,he’s good but not as good as in his own mind.

08/22/2008 01:43 PM

Where did you get out of this article that Carl Edwards thinks he is the greatest driver ever???? I’ve never heard or seen that from him and lots of people mimic other people’s celebration of a victory, that doesn’t mean he stole it from him.

Butch Camp
08/22/2008 08:49 PM

Ricky I didn’t see it on here, obviously, I saw it on two news releases, one on Yahoo ,another in a column on Jayski.Have you ever heard him give credit when asked about the flip?As far as the comment I saw it on jayski today I can’t remember whose column it was on.I’m not saying he’s not a good driver, but that statement in a little egotistical,especially when he’s not even close to that distiction

Butch Camp
08/22/2008 08:52 PM

Ricky Sorry if I stepped on your guy’s toes,but when you make statements like that you’re for sure gonna get some heat over it

Butch Camp
08/22/2008 08:56 PM

Ricky Go back to Aug 21st Delaware Journal, Edwards set to flip switch you’ll find the remark. On Jayski

Señor Obvious
08/23/2008 10:46 AM

Given my choice between having a driver that has an inferiority complex or a driver that believes that he’s the best there ever was, and has the talent to be close enough to the best, I think I’ll take the guy with the better self-image.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard Tony Stewart give credit to Helio Castroneves for climbing the fence either.

Haven’t seen anyone kiss the bricks at Indy and credit Robin Pemberton.

And I’m almost certain I’ve never seen any mediocre drivers who are sleeping with their boss credit Erin Crocker.

Never really expected it though.

08/23/2008 11:08 AM

Butch Camp,

I went back and looked at it your right, he does say something like that, but what else does he say?

“My psyche and mentality is pretty much fixed on I’m the greatest race-car driver that ever lived, know what I’m saying?” Edwards said. “That’s what David Pearson told me, that if you don’t believe that, you don’t belong in a race car.”

So who else had that mentality? Racing great, David Pearson, but was he the greatest driver ever, no. Evidently Pearsons must need an ego check too.

Butch Camp
08/23/2008 03:43 PM

Oops I must have stumbled into a resemblance of an Earnhardt Jr.nation fan site.Fact still reamins he’s not as good as he thinks he is period.

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