Pocono Saturday Night Blog June 7, 2008Posted by claireblang in Drivers.
Tags: claire b lang, Kyle Busch, NASCAR, Pocono Raceway, XM Radio
Greetings from Pocono!
I thought I’d write you a quick POSTCard from the mountains 🙂 Yep – Kyle Busch came to the track from Texas good to go. But he had a wrangle with the wall during practice. It’s wild that no one seemed to have a great replay of it. We have descriptions from the TV people but everyone wanted a clear replay. Even his crew chief Steve Addington had not seen a replay of it. Busch was ok – but he was on a tight schedule. The car was mangled and they pulled out a back up. He slipped out the side door of the hauler on his way to Nashville without talking to the media – and he was in a hurry to get to Nashville so time was short.
I keep getting emails about Busch. I’ll post them but am not picking them out – because they are raw. I think the folks who like Busch are not as apt to write as those who do not.
Here are a couple I received today –
Hi Claire B:
I’m so disgusted I can hardly stand it. I just watched Kyle Busch put on an impressive display of driving, working his way through the field (cleanly for once) in the truck race. He gave Hornaday a run for his money, but came up just short, finishing second to the winningest driver in truck series history, which I would think is something to be proud of. And what were the first words out of his mouth when he was interviewed? “What a piece of crap!” Belatedly, he remembered to thank his crew, although it was really backhanded – “They worked hard all day, I’m sure”. Talk about a poor sport, an ungrateful, graceless, spoiled brat!!! Did he even mention his sponsor? No. He was just petulant and egocentric. Even when he congratulated Hornaday, he made it sound like the only reason Ron won was because Kyle didn’t get a good restart. If the truck was so bad, how the heck did he almost win the race??? No one is that good of a driver. I’ve never heard a professional driver, particularly one who has been on the cup level for several years, give such a childish, classless interview, particularly after finishing second. It’s way past time for him to grow up and learn some manners. I would think the Coach would be teaching him some, but apparently just winning races is enough for him and JD. If I were Kyle’s parents, I’d be so embarrassed by his behavior I couldn’t show my face. But I guess if they cared about such things, we wouldn’t have been treated to this disgraceful display in the first place. This is just another reason why I hit the “mute” button as soon as a microphone is put in front of Kyle Busch. I dread the rest of the season, having to keep my finger poised as he pouts his way through the three top series.
Congratulations to Ron Hornaday on another wonderful win.
– Tricia in CA
Reply To: Tricia
Your email got me to double check the post race in Texas and see what he said in the media center. The transcript is below FYI – I thought you’d like the read (below).
KYLE BUSCH -Finished: 2nd
Can you talk about how your truck was handling throughout the night?
“In the beginning, it was just plowing tight and the front end wasn’t hitting the race track. We have to have the front end down on the race track to get the most grip out of the truck and get the splitter down. If there’s any air that goes underneath the truck, it just kills it. We had too much air underneath the truck at the beginning. We took some rounds out of the front, and got the front end to work better. Then, it was just sideways loose up off the corner. This tire, me not getting to practice on it, I didn’t know if it was going to go loose or if it was going to go tight. We were sideways there in the middle of the runs, absolutely just barely hanging on.” Are you disappointed that you didn’t win the race? “We finished second for Billy Ballew. That’s what matters the most. I know we lost points to Hornaday, I’m sure he led the most lost, but we’ll take a good finish we can. We’ve struggled here in the past few weeks of getting finishes we need. Dover, we messed up. Charlotte, we messed up. Here, we lost a little, but we gained on a lot of other guys. So, we can go to Michigan and try to win there.”
Can you talk about what the team had to do to make this truck handle for you?
“We fixed it and made the most of it. You have to give it to this team. They worked hard all day, I’m sure. They unloaded with a good base line and J.R. (Norris) did the best he could. But, man, it just wasn’t for me at the beginning. We worked on it and made so many adjustments on it all night. Luckily, we made it home second. Congratulations to Ron (Hornaday). I just didn’t get a good restart there at the end. I couldn’t make a race out of it.”
How hard was the truck to drive tonight?
“It’s a testament to this team. They did a great job, but the thing wasn’t my truck at the beginning. It was a piece of (crap). We worked on it and made it the best we could. It just wasn’t a second-place truck at all. It was probably an eighth-place truck. We made the most of it tonight and came home second. All we have to do is go to Pocono and practice tomorrow and then go to Nashville.”
Hi Claire B,
I’m watching Trackside right now, and Larry Mac said it so simply when discussing the “why” Kyle is doing so well this year compared to last year.
Larry Mac said it is because “Kyle is with a team that believes in him, and he believes in that team.”
Wow! That’s it! I’ve tried to figure it out, but Larry Mac has it right. So simple. A revelation to me! And I will repeat it to my friends who are Hendrick lovers and Kyle naysayers.
But you know, that is what is at the root of me becoming a Kyle fan the day he was dumped by Hendrick. Hendrick didn’t believe in him, and that pissed me off and made me a Kyle fan, in a protective motherly sort of way. Because I did believe in him.
I feel like I’ve been to therapy. (If you don’t understand that, okay, but I thank Larry Mac for the revelation.) And I didn’t pay a dime.
I included the post race from the media center and checked it to see what he said. Does it make a difference that he thanked his team inside where the media were sitting? You tell me. I just want all the information out so you can fully decide with all the facts. Well folks – I’m off to a dinner so I have to scoot. More from the garage tomorrow. I wanted to touch base and tell you some things before I headed out and yes, I am dressed up tonight. That’s a rare thing.
Usually I’m in the garage and I don’t get the chance to dress up!
I’ll have a bunch to tell you tomorrow.
Enjoy the Nationwide race in Nashville.