Many of life’s most valuable lessons are taught to us by these small, short, but yet very powerful sayings.
Sayings that most of us will pay attention to especially when a lesson or two can be learned from them, since we already know that lessons are part of our everyday lives.
And sometimes life’s lessons will also take us to the deepest, darkest, and the most treacherous valleys, before we can begin our slow steady climb to the mountaintop where victory is patiently waiting.
But just how many times, or how long we spend in those valleys, usually depends on whenever one of life’s valuable lessons is learned.
Throughout the racing season, there were many posts written about how Kyle Busch needed to learn more than a few of life’s lessons, and most of them were pretty harsh.
Busch was constantly criticized for his childish behavior whenever he didn’t win, and he was criticized for his behavior when he did because of the bow he would take after a win.
Either way, no matter what he did he was criticized for it, and most of the time there were probably valuable lessons that he was learning along the way which most of us completely overlooked.
So when you think about it, if they were for him, then why should any of us expect to get a grasp on something that was not intended for us to begin with?
Towards the end of the regular season, it seemed that every time he would take a step or two forward, within a week or two he would take five or six steps backward, or so we thought.
It’s easy to judge a driver on their actions once they are out of the car, and more times than naught no matter how well they act on the track will always be overshadowed by what they say, or don’t say once the race is over.
So with these highly criticized statements, it’s almost easy to say that Busch is not what most fans could actually call a role model because of what came out of his mouth.
"If the second-place driver dumps the leader, then black flag his ass. He doesn’t get the win.”
Now when you begin take a short stroll backwards at each race that Busch ran after making this statement, which by the way was said after the Coca-Cola 400 on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway.
Busch would not end there, but instead he continued to show aside of himself that continued to draw even heavier criticism after a Nationwide race at Bristol just a few weeks ago.
“Brian Vickers was trying to slow both of us down, just stupid. If he would have run his own line up at the top of the track, and I had run my own line down at the bottom of the track, it could have been us two. But, unfortunately, you race with idiots, and I guess you'll have that sometimes."
And of course, who could ever forget this statement after the season opening Daytona 500 in February?
“Some guys having some bad days and not doing their best out there, they made their bad day our bad day, and we had a problem. It was just unfortunate that two guys got together that were a lap down and were fighting over nothing.”
After these last two statements, you could almost say that Busch would have every right to hunt down Vickers, and retaliate for his actions which possibly cost him a win.
Now even with all the fire and intensity that Busch displayed after blurting out those comments, not once did he ever seek revenge which brings us to that small, short, and very powerful saying; “Actions speak louder than words.”
Busch as we already know can be very verbal whenever things don’t go his way, and he is not one to hide his emotions especially whenever he feels wronged.
He has been known to walk away, or for better terms he quickly looks for the first exit. And with this action alone, it leaves many fans thinking if that is just his normal behavior, or if he is just doing it to attract attention.
Attracting attention could be a very logical answer, especially when you take into account the way he acts after a race win.
You could almost say that Busch has preconceived the idea that no matter if he wins or loses, he will keep himself in the spotlight with his post race antics.
His actions definitely speak a lot more than his words can ever say, because how would he begin to explain to the fans his very peculiar demeanor?
Words can only describe in small detail which I’m sure not that many will listen to begin with, but instead it’s his actions that speak huge volumes of the message that he is trying to make clear.
For all the press, as well as the attention that Busch has managed to keep looking his way, it’s no wonder that he chooses to act the way that he does. So why shouldn't he if thats what keeps him in the limelight?
Busch as we all know is a very emotional driver, and his desire to be the best shows both in victory as well as defeat.
Now when you mix an emotional driver as well as one who strives to be the best, along with the desire to seek retaliation, it can and has gotten very ugly.
Throughout the years we have seen various drivers seek revenge, with the end result usually ending in a fine or probation.
Now looking back to last weekends race at Richmond, Busch could have very easily dumped Vickers late in the race Earnhardt Sr. style, and the end result would have been Vickers sitting outside the chase wondering why Busch would do something like that.
It would have been reminiscent to the same way Busch felt while sitting in a wrecked car at Daytona, which he expressed exactly how he felt after the race.
All those months of thinking and wondering what might have been a Daytona 500 victory, could have been easily wiped away with just a small tap to Vickers bumper.
Because after all according to the law of averages, either Vickers or the NASCAR racing gods owed Busch some type of payback, didn’t they?
Now when you really think about it, Busch was owed two because of the incident that happened in the Nationwide race at Bristol that also once again involved Vickers, and a another possible win.
And Busch once again spoke the words of frustration as well as disgust, to his fellow Toyota driver.
The words that came out of Busch’s mouth, sounded like the words of a driver who’s only thought was maybe to get some kind of revenge, or to retaliate when he had his chance.
But instead Busch did what he felt was the right thing to do, and that was to race Vickers as clean as he possibly could.
Busch put on a clinic that most fans overlooked. He put his emotions aside, and the most important thing was he didn’t let them get in his way of battling for that 12th spot in a more noble way.
It was the way it should be done, by driving his heart out and letting the chips fall where they must. All it would have taken was one small turn to the right, and Kyle Busch would be the in the chase today.
As frustrating as it was for this young talented driver, he looked at the bigger picture, and at the same time sent a message that he is not the dirty driver that most fans make him out to be.
Busch would not allow his attitude to get in the way; of denying his fellow competitor the same chance that he had for the 26 previous races.
“It’s very, very frustrating. I’m heartbroken, but the good Lord put me in this predicament for some reason and someday I’ll find out what it is and be able to tell you guys. Right now, I’m not quite sure.”
Life is full of lessons, and most of the lessons that are taught are usually overlooked because we tend to prejudge the person who is doing the teaching. Instead of looking beyond their past, we choose to mix the past in with what is happening today without giving that person the benefit of the doubt.
Busch’s repetitiveness is what sparks the feeding frenzy from his nay-sayers, and it’s only because of that one fault that keeps him in that category.
If Words alone are the nails that are put in his coffin, than let his actions exist as the bar that pulls them out. Because it’s better to storm off the track without saying a hateful word, than it is for him to stick around opening his mouth and saying the wrong thing.
Brain Vickers, who could have easily been on the receiving end of a friendly revengeful love tap, but instead had this to say about the way that Busch raced him.
“Kyle (Busch) and I have had our differences. I have to give him credit. Kyle (Busch) raced me very hard and very clean tonight. We had a great battle a couple times racing each other. He raced me with the utmost respect and I appreciate that.”
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