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Two Scary Wrecks, One Busch-League Maneuver ... And A Lesson In Handling Adversity

Bowles-Eye View · Thomas Bowles · Monday July 6, 2009

 

Two restrictor plate races, two last lap finishes, and two frightening crashes. We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly the last time out at both Daytona and Talladega, with battles for the win turned battles for survival in little more than the blink of an eye. The way these wrecks unfolded were eerily similar, the type of Twilight Zone moments that remind you just how easily history repeats itself.

Of course, there is one glaring exception made readily apparent only after the checkered flag flew — the way each “victim” chose to handle his fate.
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It’s less than two laps to go at Talladega, and Carl Edwards is riding a freight train. Brad Keselowski had a run on the restart, sensed an opening, and is literally pushing the No. 99 car down the backstretch and surging through the turns. Coming through the tri-oval, the teamwork between the two men has them bumpdrafting at 5 miles an hour faster than Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in front of them. At the start/finish line, it’s Edwards out in front … the first green flag lap he’s led all day…

With time running out, it’s two laps to go at Daytona and Kyle Busch is desperately searching for an opening. He’s got his teammate Denny Hamlin in tow, and if the two work together Tony Stewart in front of them is little more than a sitting duck. Coming out of turn 4, both Hamlin and Busch do the expected, their momentum and drafting too much as they leave Stewart all alone on the inside line. Busch sneaks in front of the pack, with Hamlin ready and raring to follow him by … but his teammate is too busy fighting for the win to worry about a tag-along. Leaving too much room, it’s easy pickins’ for Stewart, who slides into second while Hamlin in the No. 11 gets hung out to dry. Still, Busch comes to the finish line a car length in front … the first green flag lap he’s led all day…

Sliding down the Talladega backstretch, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards know exactly what to do. The two remain hooked up, like glue, pulling so far away from Newman and Earnhardt they’re certain to settle the race amongst themselves. Going through Turns 3 and 4, Keselowski doesn’t try too hard to loosen up the leader in front of him – he’s ready and willing to use the draft a little closer to the start / finish line…

But on the Daytona backstretch, Kyle Busch is busy fighting for his life. He no longer has his teammate to back him, and it’s every man for himself as Stewart is trying every which way to get by. Getting up on Busch’s bumper entering turns 3 and 4, Stewart, a restrictor plate ace, knows how to get Busch loose – it just doesn’t work enough for him to get alongside initially. He has to hope the constant pressure will give him enough of a draft a little closer to the start / finish line…

Which is where the race at Talladega is reaching its thrilling climax. Keselowski knows now is the time to make his move, and with the checkered flag in sight, he dives to the bottom of the track — earning just enough momentum from the draft to pull about a foot alongside Edwards’ No. 99. Immediately, as a move of desperation, Cousin Carl dips his Ford down to block.

It’s too late…

Are the words muttered out of Tony Stewart’s mouth, as he heads through the Daytona tri-oval without the momentum needed to win. But just when a runner-up finish seemed a mere formality, Busch finally wiggled while trying to straighten his Toyota off the turn. Stewart’s pressure cooker finally sways the rear bumper of the No. 18, and Busch’s speed slows just enough for Stewart to get just a bit of his Burger King Chevy alongside. The crowd cheering, pit crews on their feet, Busch starts realizing his mistake while coming up to block the fast approaching No. 14.

It’s too late. Contact is made, the cars touch, and in the blink of an eye… he’s beginning to spin…

Spin is a word Carl Edwards only wished he could have used for those first few seconds going sideways at Talladega. The No. 99 is now flipping towards the grandstands, hitting the catchfence both airborne and at a 45 degree angle after the No. 39 of Ryan Newman plows in the back of him. The car bounces back onto the racetrack, a moving obstacle course at over 100 miles an hour that the rest of the field so desperately wants to avoid. In the end, it’s a miracle Edwards isn’t hit a second time as he spins to a stop, his chance for victory over as Keselowski takes the checkered flag…

Back at Daytona, Stewart finishes long before Kyle Busch’s car comes to a stop. His car turns sideways, slams the outside wall (driver’s side first) before going airborne and parking itself right smack on top of Kasey Kahne’s oncoming hood. The No. 9 smacks the No. 18 like a pinball flipper, pushing Busch’s green car in the air once more – the first of about half-a-dozen cars that make contact before the speed and smoke finally starts to stop. Yet despite more hits than some drivers experience in a full Sprint Cup season, Busch realizes within seconds that’s he not only alive… but unhurt.

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Following his wreck at Talladega, Carl Edwards did his best “Talladega Nights” impression. After Saturday night’s wreck at Daytona, Kyle Busch couldn’t escape the track fast enough.

From leaders to losers, both Busch and Edwards shared similar heartbreak, the victims of a type of racing as dangerous as the speed it intends to restrict. They’re crashes both will never forget – but, perhaps more importantly, in the aftermath of their tragedy averted came the behavior that would define a moment. For, as it’s often said, the difference between good and great is the way in which athletes handle adversity.

It is here that our story stops weaving together so nicely.

Back at Talladega, Carl Edwards refocuses … and in the midst of disappointment, the beauty of competitive spirit takes over. Edwards wonders if there’s any way he can complete the race, jumping out of his car and running full-bore towards the start/finish line in a move straight out of Talladega Nights. The crowd cheers, Edwards waves, and he heads back to the infield care center shaken but not stirred.

“We were just racing for the win,” he said, his anger focused correctly on the plates and not the victor himself. “Brad did everything right. He faked high, he went low … I didn’t think he was all the way in there and I tried to block and I got turned, but that’s racing at Talladega. NASCAR puts us in this box … we were just racing hard.”

Hard is a proper adjective to describe what Kyle Busch might think about his wreck … because he never let us know what he felt. Angry and disgusted, Busch left his Toyota failing to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd, sickeningly happy not for his health but that he was the one with the car smoldering in a million pieces. Walking slowly but steadily up pit road, the driver’s beef appeared to be directed not with his ill-timed block — but at the man who left him spinning sideways to take the trophy right out of his grasp. At the time, Stewart was already expressing remorse for the dangerous type of racing that left him as subdued as Kyle appeared to be sulking. But that didn’t change matters much for a man whose focus was on vengeance. Physically forced by a NASCAR official into the infield care center and out of Victory Lane, the confrontation between Kyle and Tony was best left to the imagination. However, the way in which Busch sped away from the hospital after getting released, refusing comment while speeding to his motor home … that still became an unpleasant reality.

I could draw my own conclusion from there; but on this one, I’ll leave it mostly up to you, considering a quote from none other than Edwards himself. Talking about the pressure of famous athletes, he said something to me this year that’s stuck in my head ever since.

“Now, all of us who grew up (hopefully) had the same lectures in sportsmanship, that you congratulate someone if they beat you,” he said. “Hopefully, that’s the same things our kids are learning now. But the fact is, you don’t know what happened behind the scenes [in conflicts between drivers] … it’s up to each individual how they want to do things.”

I’d buy that idea, 100 percent — until it’s worth noting what Cousin Carl was thinking following his race at Daytona. While several drivers counted their blessings, he had plenty more on his mind despite finishing fourth and coming out of that mess relatively unscathed.

“I was really concerned about Kyle,” he explained. “I saw the right side of his car lift off the ground, he hit the fence. Man, that’s a hard hit. I was real nervous for him.”

That made me wonder what Kyle said about Carl’s wreck back in April at Talladega. And then, I remembered … it was nothing at all. Jeff Burton made contact with the No. 18 that race, sending Kyle spinning and ruining his chance to take the win. Afterwards, he left the track without comment … just like Saturday night.

Turns out history may have repeated itself a little more than we thought.

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Ryan
07/06/2009 01:49 AM
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The only thing that is more annoying that Kyle is the writers who won’t shut up about him.

Douglas
07/06/2009 07:22 AM
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Daytona 400?

STUPID!

STUPID!

STUPID!

How can anyone ever pay to attend fiasco’s like this?

It is not racing, it is simply a demolition derby!

Folks! Stay away from NA$CRAP racing, only until it REALLY hurts King Brian in the pocket book will we EVER get back to real and exciting racing!

Not the demolition derbies that have now taken over Talladega & Daytona!

NA$CRAP is one sick organization!

Dennis
07/06/2009 08:32 AM
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I think the Officials did Kyle a huge solid. He may have escaped that wreck un-injured but I am pretty sure he would not have escaped Victory Lane the same way. As a Stooges fan I would have liked to have seen that.

Ryan
07/06/2009 09:26 AM
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Meanwhile , in Talladega , your story is way too wordy .
And back in Daytona , your story is confusing and ultimatly fairly pointless .

Douglas
07/06/2009 09:39 AM
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And why did you call it “One Busch-League Maneuver”?

That implies Busch did something wrong! And he in fact was just following the rules of “restrictor plate racing”!

A 13 car pile up early on! Did you cite any of those drivers for “Bush-league” style racing?

A 12 car pile-up at the finish? Happens all the time at restrictor plate races, it is the NORM! Why blame a single driver when we all know NA$CRAP is the TRUE RESPONSIBLE PARTY INVOLVED!

Lets call it like it is!

BAD RACING!

PERIOD!

Oldsmo-Bill
07/06/2009 10:21 AM
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Wow, You’re sure getting a lot of flack for this post! I, for one, agree with you 100%. Love it or hate it, we’re stuck with plate racing. But how many times have I seen PeeWee Herman (sorry: Kyle Busch) get into the lead and proceed to zigzag all over the track to block each and every competitor that gets a run on him – both at Talladega and Daytona. While Tony was just as guilty last year, forcing Regan Smith below the line (I wonder if Tony’s comments would have been similar if Regan had stood his ground and let Tony hit him) I’m actually glad he held his ground and let PeeWee get the worst of his own ambition (and I’m NOT a Tony Stewart fan!). It serves him right. The only sad part is how many other cars/drivers he took out with his stupid blocking move. Frankly, I am quite surprised that more writers aren’t as critical as you are of the stupid snot-nosed little crybaby. And I’m also surprised that more drivers aren’t getting fed up with the little punk either. You hit the nail on the head today – keep up the good work.

CNBC
07/06/2009 10:50 AM
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BrokenBow
07/06/2009 10:58 AM
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Vile Kyle deserves exactly what he got, a disappointing finish and a wrecked race car. His attitude and child-like state of mind and attitude is going to get him or someone else hurt on track and again he will leave the track without any comment.

Ryan
07/06/2009 11:02 AM
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Wasn’t CNBC the group that constantly told us to keep investing in a stock market that was failing ? And aren’t they the network that completely missed the signs that the financial colapse was coming ? I’ll bet they they really got a great insight into Nascar .

Razz
07/06/2009 11:20 AM
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Wow, Doug .. you seem a bit unhappy. Calm down and try reading it again. You don’t suppose that maybe, just maybe, the “Busch-League Maneuver” refers to Busch’s post-race temper tantrum rather than the on-track action? Just saying ..

Other than the mystery caution at the end and the disappointment of seeing my favorite drivers lose good finishes due to getting caught up in other peoples’ wrecks, it was a great race.

And I don’t bow to the politically correct – I for one will flat out admit I enjoy seeing the wrecks as well as the racing – especially when it’s Kyle Busch getting a taste of his own medicine.

Glenn
07/06/2009 11:24 AM
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OK one minute you guys are complaining about boredom and empty grandstands, then you all become safety-crats. T-Dega and Daytona are products of high speeds, with or without the plates they will fly, period. Those type endings are the best things for the sport and if Cousin Carl is scared, let him go home to MO.

KRBama
07/06/2009 11:51 AM
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I don’t think that some huge, mind controlling monster named ‘Plate Racing’ got inside Busch’s head and said ‘Turn right into Tony Stewart even though he’s at your quarter panel’. Busch could have held his line and there would have been a drag race to the start/finish line and everyone would have been talking about what a great race it was. Busch’s decision is why he crashed himself and others.

Overra88ted
07/06/2009 12:21 PM
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Time for Na$crap to get there heads out of their a**, the ‘writing has been on the wall’ the last 2 plate races. START ENFORCING A BLOCKING RULE. Block once OK, block twice AUTOMATIC Black Flag to rear of field. NO EXCEPTIONS, PERIOD. NO matter who the freaking driver is. Some driver IS going to get killed again, or a car WILL be sailing into the stands in the near future, if the statue quo is allowed to continue. WTF do you think the reason why Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed? BLOCKING! Notice how Denny Hamlin was allowed to pas by going BELOW the yellow line? WAKE UP Na$crap!.

stan
07/06/2009 12:30 PM
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Some of you seem to forget the best blocker of them all. Dale e. Blocking has been going on for a long time and will continue untill there is a rule against it.

Gina
07/06/2009 12:35 PM
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very good article and your point about how people handle adversity differently is well made. I’m guessing that no one every gave “the irritator” Kyle B, the lecture that Edwards spoke about. If they did, it didn’t take. Everyone talks about his talent, but talent without grace just makes him a goon. actually I’d have liked to see what would have happened if he’d confronted Tony. Tony and Edwards were both concerned, Busch was just what you said, completely and utterly bush-league. He may take home a lot of trophies, but he’s a loser.

Roger
07/06/2009 12:48 PM
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For all the articles I’ve read regarding this incident, it gets tiring placing the blame on “plate racing” as opposed to focusing the blame on the driver making the bad decision. Granted, plate racing puts you 3 inches from the car next to you and 1 inch (or less) than the car infront but the fact remains, if we’re at Chicagoland and two guys are racing (and this can be on any lap, not just the last) if the driver in the back pulls out and the car moves forward (so that the spotter now has to say “he’s at your wheel”) the decision of the driver in the front car should be – hold your line. Now, at 190 mph, there is no time for the spotter to say “he’s at your wheel” so when the car disappears from your rearview mirror – guess what you do – that’s right – HOLD YOUR LINE! Its not Smoke’s fault, its not the plates fault, and whether you are going 190 – 90 – or 9 mph, you will be turned.

Larry Burton
07/06/2009 12:55 PM
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I thought Nascar had said going below the yellow line was settled and if you did it and advanced your position you would be penalized. Well folks, did you notice Hamlin passing below the yellow line and no penalty? Even the announcers were waiting for a call from Nascar that never came. Pretty hard to expect the teams to follow rules when Nascar doesn’t even follow their own rules.

don mei
07/06/2009 01:01 PM
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I wish we could strap you into a car and fire it into a wall at about 180mph, then record your reactions, mood and feelings afterwards. I suspect you might want to just leave quietly and go lie down. What kind of useless drivel is a discussion about “sportsmanship” when the REAL question is how long Nascar is going to encourage this crap, or maybe another way to say it is how many people will need to get killed before we do away with this contemporary version of a Roman circus. Theres a lot that could be done to keep these events competitive without the plate…just takes the will to do it. Maybe adopt the open wheel rule of “one block and thats it”. Oh well, another bullet dodged, for now.

Jer
07/06/2009 01:19 PM
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Here we go again, everything about what a competitor does off the track and not on the track. If you don`t like the way Kyle Busch drives on the track that is fine.
But what a driver says or doesn´t say is simply B.S.. NASCAR is sport competititon! Guage your competitor as a “race driver” and nothing more. If you are looking for something else. Perhaps you will be happier viewing “American Idol” or the “Disney Channel.”

I am from the old school of Vince Lombardi where his view of competitors was “Show Me A Good Loser, and I will show you A Loser” and his famous quote of “Winning isn`t Everything, It´s The Only Thing”. Vince Lombardi would love the competitive spirt of Kyle Busch.

Battiman
07/06/2009 01:33 PM
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Wow…you would think that this had never happened before. And by the way someone has been killed.
Dale Earnhardt was turned into the fence while protecting Dale Jr. and Mikey’s finish…as a result they now drive tanks.

PatrickD
07/06/2009 01:35 PM
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I’ve heard people mention since Saturday night that restricter plate races are gonna get someone killed if NASCAR doesn’t do something. Well, when drivers strap into their vehicle before the race, they’ve signed that dotted line that consents to that they know anything, and everything could happen, including death. Drivers making dumb moves kill drivers, not restrictor plates or placements of double-yellow lines. If we really add more rules, we only take away from the racing. Should Kyles final block be looked at any differently? I think some consideration maybe needs to be looked at, when someone deliberately blocks the way he did. (I’m sure could be warning under some 1a-3b-cz1 law of conduct un-becoming of a driver – LOL!). Kyle is a awesome driver, I would say one of the best in our times right now – he’s a loose canon, but how exciting would NASCAR be right this minute if there was no Kyle Busch? Exactly. He got his punishment about .05 seconds after he made that last block on Tony Steward Saturday night. Unfortunately a lot of other teams took the fall with him. This kid is smart, and he knows very well that at speeds well over 180 mph, putting your rear fender on the left front of another car, is 9.9 times out of 10 going not play in your favor. I think he may have won that race without doing so, but that is never to be known. He could have been delirious from all the heat that day – he had to be on IV after the Grand Am race. He could have been thinking “If I ain’t gonna win, then Tony isn’t either, and gonna take a whole lot of other people with me. It will be a specatacle! Whether I win or lose, I will be remembered! [right-turn-block]…oops!!”. Hopefully it will be a learning experience for him and other drivers. For as much as I care, get rid of that double yellow line and let them race like the old days. This sport (which I love dearly)needs all the excitement it can to keep viewership and sponsors, and I would prefer that the excitement and monday morning rants (like this) isn’t coming just from Kyle Busch’s antic’s.

Roger
07/06/2009 02:14 PM
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I see alot of good comments from everyone but let’s not give credit when its least deserved. To Don Mei – you are absolutely right about getting hit at 180 mph (the wall) – and then again at about 130 mph (Kahne) and then a 3rd time while sitting there (Logano – that was probably at about 110) and that’s why the ambulance comes to you – don’t go looking to “discuss the matter” in victory circle. For PatrickD – I would hope that someone earning millions of dollars to drive a race car wouldn’t have the mentality of “if I don’t win then neither do you – or you – or you”. He made a bad decision. He saw the car behind him move to the right in the mirror and he thought “ohh, no you don’t” and turned his steering wheel to the right. That’s as simple as it gets. Problem here is that same mentality was around 2-3 years ago when he was racing a Busch series event. His tires were soooo bad, the camera just stayed on him as he hit the wall and every other car inbetween, lap after lap because he refused to back down – and he wasn’t even close to being in the hunt for the win. Again, bad decision. There’s a fine line between being a tough competitor, and just being foolish. Perhaps if they made him pay for all the damaged cars, the thought-process and decision-making would see improvement. I could also throw in the “let’s dump Johnny Benson while going for second place” in the truck series but this post is getting too long…

ustawuz
07/06/2009 02:58 PM
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I can’t help but wonder….

What if it had been Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the lead, blocking, and got spun? (Of course, he was wrecked on lap 77 while running as, and with, the back markers)

Answer:

Every columnist, and Earnhardt fan, would be accusing Stewart of dirty driving.

As far as I can tell, the last lap wreck happened between the only two drivers who seem to have that fire in their bellies. Had the siutation been the other way around, Tony would probably have left the track without comment.

Face it boys, Kyle Busch has wrecked fewer people in four years than Earnhardt Sr. wrecked in his first year. BTW, Earnhardt Sr., unlike his son, had that fire in his belly as well.

As far as anything that might have happened in victory circle, I’m sure
Stewart would have gotten in a good punch or two. Probably the same way he got them in on Robby Gordon. He waited until Robby had turned his back and then jumped him.

Carl D.
07/06/2009 04:14 PM
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Jer…

Sorry, but your Vince Lombardi quotes just don’t excuse a competitor acting like a spoiled brat. You’re right, no one likes to lose, but that’s the reason we teach our children sportsmanship. You can hate to lose, but still be gracious about it. It’s called character. And I’m not so sure Vince Lombardi would, in fact, be a Kyle Busch fan. He may have liked winners, but I doubt he had much use for prima-donnas.

FSBeth
07/06/2009 05:07 PM
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mikeG
07/06/2009 05:30 PM
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Again, if it had been Jr. instead of Kyle, what would people be saying?

And how come nobody is saying anything about Jimmie pushing Tony into Kyle?

And if Kyle’s car is starting to turn on him isn’t he supposed to try to get it straight or just let it go into the wall?

C’mon, Kyle haters!

Tam
07/06/2009 06:54 PM
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Tom, you are WAY more bush-league than Kyle Busch could ever be. You were probably one of the ones cheering his wreck, not giving a rat’s arse if he was alive or dead. What the F does he owe you? The best thing he could do was to stay silent – better that than have to apologize for comments made in the heat of anger, frustration, and near-disaster. You seem to have completely forgotten another Daytona race where Mr. godalmighty Earnhardt threw an ill-timed block and ended up dead. Did you call that busch-league? I doubt it. You are a freakin hypocrite.

Rachel
07/06/2009 07:26 PM
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Mr. Bowles, how about you try this? Get into your car and go out onto the freeway, acccelerate up to 180 mph and get slammed into a retaining wall a minimum of three times. See how much you feel like having a nice “chat” about your experience. Kyle was smart to say nothing. In fact, with all the people in the media who hate him as much as you yahoos at frontstretch do, I would advise Kyle to refuse to speak to the media, win or lose. Nothing he ever says will please the haters. If anyone is childish, it is the fans and media who cheered when he wrecked and say “he had it coming.” I guess Dale, Sr. had it coming, too.

Steve
07/06/2009 07:51 PM
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A long time ago and far, far away, Bill Elliott was voted NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver about a hundred years in a row – even though the media hated him. Why did they hate him? Not for anything he did on track, but because he frequently refused to give interviews, if he was too angry and figured he would be better off saying nothing than saying something he would have to retract later. Did his fans care? Nope, the more the media hated, the more the fans stuffed the ballot box for him – even through a seven-year losing streak. So be careful, Mr. Bowels, you may be creating “unintended consequences” when you and Matt M. bash Kyle every week. Fans have long memories.

Bob
07/06/2009 08:48 PM
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Yep those Busch boys are class acts all right. it was only a few years back that Pee Wee’s big bro was schooled in manners by Jimmy Spencer. Spence popped big Busch in the pie hole and got fined by NA$CAR,a fine that several drivers had the balls to say that they would gladly pay. Any how my point is that maybe it is time someone teach baby Busch some manners using the J.Spencer school of manners technique.

Rachel
07/06/2009 09:11 PM
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Yeah, punching somebody in the mouth is REAL mature, “Bob.” You are really scraping the bottom of the barrel to use Jimmy Spencer’s boorish behavior as a role model. And does Mr. Bowles remember how his hero, Carl, went into a roid rage and tried to strangle Kevin Harvick last year? Another great example of sportsmanship and maturity. NOT!

RamblinWreck
07/06/2009 09:45 PM
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Carl Edwards the paragon of maturity? The guy who showed up un-invited to victory lane for words with Dale Jr. when he was unhappy with a finish? The two are on similar levels in the sportsmanship category; the difference is that Carl puts on a happy face for the camera.

I’ve got more respect for Kyle. Nobody can accuse him of being full of it.

ustawuz
07/06/2009 11:14 PM
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Jimmy Spencer? Yep, it takes a really tough guy to pop someone while they’re still sitting in their car. Spencer didn’t have enough guts to face Kurt out of his car.

A coward punches a guy while he’s still sitting in his car.

Bob is correct
07/07/2009 12:26 AM
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Bob is correct in that Pee Wee needs to be taught some manners. And also my little sister could knock the s**t out of a pussy like Kurt Busch. And Rachel you should talk about maturity- Go out on the highway and crank it up to 180- really with thoughts like that you make Bob seem like the genius that he probably is. Get a grip baby!

Zppr
07/07/2009 12:32 PM
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Wow, lots of hate (again) for shrub. some need to re watch the finish a few times. Yes it was plate racing, but the 14 did pick the back of the 18 off the ground. You seem to come to the automatic conclusion that 18 then in turn on it’s(or his) own free will went up the track to block. many of you are also automatically assume that there would have been fight. Who knows, Tony wasn’t up set. In Kyle’s statement he said “he points no fingers at Tony”. Some also seem to forget that Tony drove for Gibbs and still holds the whole group in high regard, that includes Shrub. Face it with out shrub, this year all we would hear about is “what’s wrong with Jr.” which after a few thousand articals, gets really old and boring.

Roger
07/07/2009 03:17 PM
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Can someone please explain to me how the 14 picked the back of the 18 off the ground? The new car centers the nose for all makes and these guys have been literally pushing each other around Daytona and Dega for the last two years. Was Smoke bumping him “off center” to loosen him? Yes! Did Smoke cause the wreck? No! If the 14 would have still been on the 18’s bumper when he made the move to the right, he would have punted the 18 into the infield. The 18 should have held his line and let the fastest car at that point win the race. For all we know, Jimmy would have went with Stewart, Hamlin would have closed up behind Kyle and everyone would have pushed to the finish – and we wouldn’t be having this discussion… and the guys in the fab shop would be alot happier right now.

Bob is a moron
07/07/2009 07:21 PM
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Does “Bob” understand the meaning of the word “analogy?” Clearly this is way the heck over his little head. Rachel was just trying to get Mr. Bowels to imagine what it feels like to be violently wrecked three times in less than 20 seconds. And wondering how Mr. Bowels would feel about talking to the media after that experience.

Before “Bob” talks about maturity, he should at least be grown up enough himself to understand the basics of the English language.

nigel
07/08/2009 10:26 AM
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even though big e was the best blocker i don’t remember him taking off your front end every week

Rachel
07/08/2009 07:07 PM
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Nigel, what I remember best about Dale Sr. was that he didn’t bother with the concept of “passing.” No, he just used the old bump and run to push people out of his way. Of course, since he has achieved sainthood, I guess we are not allowed to mention that about him any more. And would the best blocker of all time block himself right into the wall and kill himself in the process?

 

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