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Oh Kyle Busch, is there anything you won't do?
Friday night, the younger Busch took his antics to a new level during his victory celebration in the Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Instead of donuts or burnouts, Busch climbed from his car... and promptly mocked the fans
The paying fans mind you.
The sport is lucky enough to fill as many seats as it does in our current economic situation. For many, it is a very tough decision on whether to tie up a sizable chunk of money to see a NASCAR race.
And this is how the race winner repays them? With the same reaction is that of a schoolage child?
Supporters will state that Busch mocked his detractors and only them. That may as well be the case, but there's no way to distinguish that at the time. Busch openly mocked each and every one of the fans that chose to spend their hard earned money to watch him race.
These are the same fans who allow Busch to be able to do what he loves to do on a weekly basis. Without the fans, the name Kyle Busch would be meaningless to the majority of people.
Purposefully wrecking Brad Keselowski for a mistake made by Busch in the closing laps certainly did not help the situation. What Busch may not have known as he climbed out of his racing winning Camry is that the boos he heard were not only for the disdain of him winning, but for the stupidity of his retaliation.
Busch put himself in the same situation at the finish of the Coke Zero 400 last season. Seems that perhaps it he who needs to review his driving habits and not his competitors.
And if the fans are crybabies for that reason, well then being a crybaby isn't that bad now is it?
Sure Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, and Jimmie Johnson all have drawn a chorus of boos on a regular basis. The difference is that those boos were the result of the success of those drivers. The fans still respected what each driver did at the time, even if they would not openly admit it.
The boos that Kyle Busch receives are of a different beast. They are a response to the disrespect that Busch regularly shows his team, his competitors, the fans, and the sport.
To counter this, Brad Keselowski takes what happens to him in stride. After repeatedly being taken out by events that were not of his doing, he does what many drivers would not. Thanks the fans, thanks the sponsors and choose not to let the negativity overwhelm him.
Keselowski has every right to be angry with the world...and yet he is not.
Kyle Busch has virtually no reason to be angry with the world...and yet he is.
Maybe this could be attributed to Busch's own self-absorption, exemplified by the fact his driver intro song for Saturday night is a song about himself. And not a very good one at that.
Despite this, Busch continues to have ardent supporters who claim him to be the modern image of Dale Earnhardt. Except that Earnhardt never disrespected the fans in anyway. He embraced them.
Perhaps that's a product of our society today, the negative receives more attention than the positive. For Busch, he always seems to win no matter what he does.
And that may be the saddest fact of all.