by Steve Wronkowicz
I am co-host of the syndicated radio show: ON PIT ROW. Over ten years on the air and three on the net; see what can happen when I don't let the facts get in the way of my opinions.June 7, 2009 3:21 am UTC 4 Comments
Kyle Busch added to his bad boy image after winning in Nashville.
Busch felt like he had a monkey on his back at Nashville SuperSpeedway. Saturday night that monkey was removed when he beat Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards to the checkered flag. Shrub did a burn out (or burn up as Edwards called it) that caught his tires on fire. The fans were actually cheering him on.
Those cheers will have turned to jeers when Nashvillians see his victory lane antics on the local and national news. Bush saw fit to “share” his Sam Bass Gibson Guitar trophy with his entire team. That act may have been altruistic and warranted, but the way he chose to divvy up the prize left much to be desired. Listen to Shrub’s explanation and back-peddling here.
The Shrub, being squeezed by a huge brain cramp, took the prize and proceeded to divide it up by smashing it against the floor of victory lane. Not only did he suck at the smashing attempt, but someone forget to tell him that the smashing guitar thing is associated with ROCK music performers. Nashville is the home of COUNTRY music and their artists don’t smash the instruments that define their careers.
Smashing the race trophy was paramount to spitting in the face of the city of Nashville generally and the country music industry in particular. I’m sure Sam Bass was quite thrilled to see a piece of his art work bounced off the victory lane floor. What would the reaction be if Busch would take a race boot to a Martinsville grandfather clock after a win or a similar action to any other winning prize?
If Busch really was interested in sharing the race prize with his entire crew, he should have accepted to race prize, done his thank yous and given it to a crew member or PR person to show respect. Once removed from the track it could have been cut into as many pieces as needed to spread around to his crew.
It will be interesting to see if and what NASCAR does to Busch for this post-race indisgression. This was truly an “action detrimental to stock car racing”.
photo credit: Chris Greythan/Getty Images/NASCAR