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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Kyle's attacks on Jr. likely motivated by jealousy

No one denies that Kyle Busch is seeing more success on the track than Dale Earnhardt Jr. He’s been almost unstoppable in all three series these past couple years.

This is, of course, in the aftermath of Jr. essentially replacing Busch at Hendrick Motorsports after the 2007 season.

But after yet another low blow attack on Jr. by Kyle this weekend, it’s becoming more and more obvious that Kyle is still pissed off about the way his time at Hendrick came to an end.

I just have this to say to him: Get over it.
He is winning much more than he did back then, so why does he feel the need to take shots at Jr.? I know Jr. has been terrible for much of the year, and have called him out on that many times, but it’s general etiquette among drivers not to call another driver out on their driving ability, unless it’s in the heat of the moment after a wreck during a race.

So when Kyle says things like, “It's never Junior; it's always the crew chief," he’s just simply being an ass, in my humble opinion. Seriously, why does he care what’s going on at Hendrick. He’s been gone for almost two years. Why does he need to cut into another driver like that?

Busch went on: "And if Junior doesn't run well, then he [new crew chief Lance McGrew] is going to be the 'problem' again."

I don’t deny there is some validity to his statements. Of course much of the blame lies with Jr., and Dale has even agreed on that point during many interviews. But there’s a way to say things respectfully, and it’s clear Kyle does not have any respect for Jr.

As always, Jr. was more respectful when asked to respond to Busch, saying: “That doesn’t really surprise me what Kyle says. He’s always had a chip on his shoulder for me. I expect anytime he gets an opportunity to throw a jab in there he’s going to do it. That’s just his personality. We’re working toward trying to figure out how we can make our deal work and that has nothing to do with Kyle (Busch). We’ll see how this weekend goes and then move forward next week.”

Notice he didn’t call him an ass. He’s smart enough to know that writers like myself will do the name-calling for him, and he can focus on working with his new crew chief to get the team in order.

So what is the Kyle Busch dislike of Jr. all about? I’m going to say jealousy. Busch is clearly the better driver, yet Earnhardt is more popular and gets all the headlines because of his name and who he is. Busch probably doesn’t see that as fair.

Regardless of the reason, these low-blow attacks on people and all his pouting after losing races is highly unprofessional, so it’s really not a shocker why 80 percent of the fans boo when he gets knocked out of the way.

As a side note, it was kind of ironic to see Jr. in Victory Lane when Brad Keselowski won the Nationwide race in the car he co-owns … though I suppose it could open up Busch for some more jabs (i.e. … that’s the only time he’s going to be in Victory Lane). I also liked hearing Jr. say “It’s too bad for the Gibbs guys,” because you knew deep down he was smiling at the fact Kyle lost and his car won.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Cory said...

You can't be serious, right? Kyle just says what everyone else thinks. It's no big deal. It's entertaining either way. Jr's a big boy, he can handle himself. You don't have to fight for him. Maybe Jr's biggest problem is that he's so popular. I don't care one way or the other, I just don't think it's right to call Busch jealous when you're clearly jealous of his success while Jr. runs mid pack.

May 31, 2009 at 7:49 PM 
Blogger Scott said...

Yea, I bet Kyle is jealous alright. Who doesn't wish that they could be overrated & SUCK. Lets see... 11 for 48, or 1 for 48. I cant seem to decide which record I'd rather have. What a brilliant writer, er moron.

June 1, 2009 at 7:58 PM 
Blogger Matt Myftiu said...

OK Scott. I'll bite.

If he isn't jealous, then why does he feel the need to talk trash?

Please enlighten me. I can't wait to hear your expert advice.

June 1, 2009 at 8:01 PM 
Blogger Scott said...

You can talk all the trash you want if you can back it up. He has done more than that. D.W. says the same thing, & he has been there & done it. The only thing that Jr. has is a bunch of drunk fans who hurl beer cans on the track, & leave immediately if Jr. goes out. Not even race fans, just event attendees.

June 2, 2009 at 2:57 AM 
Blogger Matt Myftiu said...

A good rule to live by: Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

That applies perfectly to Kyle Busch and his rants against Jr. Sure, he's doing much better and has a brighter future, but that doesn't mean he should talk trash.

It makes him look petty.

June 2, 2009 at 11:30 AM 

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