Who's Really the 'Big Stupid Idiot' in the Kyle Busch vs. Ryan Newman Feud?
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Imagine, if you will, a Hollywood studio filming a racing-related remake of "The Sound of Music."
Only in this modern-day version, instead of Mother Abbess (Mother Superior) having to deal with the wayward novice nun Maria in the convent, we have devout Christian and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, a man of deep faith, looking to the skies and singing to the Lord, "How do you solve a problem like Maria … uh, err, make that Kyle?"
Indeed, how DO you solve a problem like Kyle Busch? (Or, can you?)
How many times over the last few years—especially since he's been in the JGR camp—has Busch looked like he's finally matured and developed a personality to match his immense talent, only to pull another Goober-like move that makes himself, his team, organization, NASCAR and the overall sport look bad.
The most recent episode of "Stupid Stuff a Busch Brother Said" occurred after Sunday's race, when Kyle gloated that Ryan Newman will soon be out of a job at season's end, even though such sentiment goes against everything Gibbs stands for: a very un-Christian quip instead of compassion for Newman.
Who is the real 'Big Stupid Idiot' in the Kyle Busch—Ryan Newman feud?
And all said because Kyle, for the umpteenth time in his career, went off half-cocked and uninformed. He immediately blamed Newman for the late-race wreck that knocked out older brother Kurt Busch, ending the latter's best chance at a race win in a long time.
I can understand standing up for one's brother, but:
- Matt Kenseth was the one who started the incident.
- Kurt Busch was pushed into Newman—not to mention, Kurt himself found no reason to blame Ryan for the incident, which is the most important element of this whole argument. If Kurt found Newman faultless, who is Kyle to lay contrary blame?
- Newman wrecked, too, finishing 39th to Kurt's 31st-place finish.
And yet, Kyle mistakenly—if not stupidly—chose to blame Newman for the whole incident when the latter was, perhaps, the most innocent victim of all.
For those of you who missed it, the video shows the words KyBusch spoke about the incident between his older brother, Newman and Kenseth, the inadvertent instigator of the whole thing.
"Stupidity, I mean Ryan Newman is the biggest stupid idiot out there," Kyle Busch said. "He's a big ogre and can do whatever he wants because he can probably kick anybody's butt. So no sense getting in a fight with him. Glad he's out of a job."
But then, if you're going to call someone "the biggest stupid idiot out there," we can't help but assume that with Kyle, it truly takes one to know one.
And if Newman is expecting an apology from Kyle for getting his facts wrong, forget it.
But Newman did fire back Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio:
"I'm just afraid if I re-arranged his face I might fix it," Newman said with a laugh. "He's frustrated finishing third or wherever he was after hitting me first and then getting a little rub down the straightaway. Just imagine how I feel. It is what it is."
Newman then got in another burning dig: "We know that (Kyle's) not very bright. He's a heck of a talent but he's not very bright. And I'll leave it at that."
While he may think he's untouchable, Kyle Busch is not invincible. He almost lost his ride after the 2011 run-in with Ron Hornaday Jr. during the November Trucks race at Texas. It was only by the grace of Gibbs—and perhaps, God—that Kyle kept his job.
He apparently has forgotten that incident.
He also has apparently forgotten how older brother Kurt lost, perhaps, the best Sprint Cup ride he'll ever have with Penske Racing when he made the mistake of thinking he was bigger than the sport and could do what he wanted.
Kurt learned—and continues to learn.
Kyle, on the other hand, obviously hasn't.
Let's not forget about last year's Chase race at Phoenix, when Jeff Gordon, after nearly a season full of run-ins with Clint Bowyer, got revenge by intentionally wrecking Bowyer and essentially ending any remaining chance he had at winning the championship.
With Newman on his way out at Stewart-Haas Racing at season's end, and, if by some miracle, Kyle finds himself in the hunt for the Cup crown in the last race of the season, do you honestly think Newman won't try and "accidentally" get revenge if he can?
Newman apparently already has that in mind, saying in Monday's radio interview, "After (Kyle's) comment about me not having a ride, it seems like he has way more to lose than I do. If he's going to run his mouth, he better be able to back up running his mouth.''
Sure, Kyle is one of the most talented drivers in the NASCAR world. At the age of 28, he's likely to go on and win countless more races and potentially several championships before he hangs it up, perhaps, 20 years or more from now.
That is, unless he does another bonehead move like he did with Hornaday, prompting his immediate—and likely in some people's eyes, long overdue—ouster from JGR.
If that were to happen, and I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of folks feel it's inevitable, giving how Kyle is Kyle, I'm willing to bet there's going to be a lot of fans and opposing drivers who are going to say with glee, "Glad he's out of a job."
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