Kurt Busch, driver of the #97
Sharpie Ford, started his press conference Friday morning at
Bristol Motor Speedway apologizing from the events of last
weekend at Michigan Int’l Speedway involving himself and
fellow driver Jimmy Spencer. He finished the conference in a
smug manner after blaming the media for a year of negative
publicity culminating in the Michigan affair.
“I hate it that Jimmy (Spencer) is not here this weekend,”
said Busch. “He’s a tough competitor just like I am. I hate
it for the Spencer fans and for my fans, for both our
sponsors and teams that Jimmy and I finished the day like we
did last Sunday."
“Those kinds of situations are not good for our sport and
send the wrong kind of message about what kind of people we
Then Busch proceeded to show what kind of person he is, at
least within the racing arena.
“I’d like to say something about racing now because it’s
clear that not everyone knows what happens on the race track
every week. There isn’t a race that goes by where someone
doesn’t employ a racing tactic like Jimmy and I did to one
another last week at Michigan. At a super speedway, you
might try to take a guy’s air off his spoiler or loosen him
up, or you might try to knock his fender in and make his car
“Just like a bump and run, its part of racing,” says Busch.
Busch says his contact with Spencer was all about maiming
the competition. Damaging Spencer’s Dodge just enough to
upset the handling, but not enough to send the car into the
However, did Busch employ that tactic on any other driver
during the race last week? Alternatively, was Spencer his
“No, I didn’t,” said Busch, when asked the question. “There
are things that drivers do to gain a competitive advantage
on the racetrack and that’s a classic way to try and gain a
One can only wonder how the rest of the Winston Cup garage
will take the news that Busch believes it is okay to damage
another car in the normal course of business.
In a subsequent press conference, Robby Gordon, known for
his own issues, remarked it was good to know how Busch
“I know Jeff Gordon doesn’t race that way. Kevin Harvick
doesn’t race that way and Tony Stewart doesn’t race that
way. Cars are going to bump, but it should never be
intentional,” said Gordon.
Only time will tell if Spencer plans to exact some measure
of revenge against Busch on the racetrack. It won’t happen
this weekend given the one-week suspension handed down by
And, even if Spencer forgets, which he never does the media
is not about to forget the finger pointing Busch employed
during his press conference.
“Let me ask you, the media, a question,” stated Busch. “I
don’t understand what the difference is with your guys when
Spencer and I are racing or when you have a situation like I
did in the spring at Darlington with Ricky Craven?”
Maybe someone should point out to Busch the difference
between two drivers battling for the win in the final laps
of a race versus the deliberate unsuccessful attempt to bend
the fenders of another driver before the race has even
reached the halfway mark.
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