Kyle Busch left Talladega Superspeedway frustrated at the stupidity of his fellow drivers, who he blamed for not closing out victory on Sunday.
Despite finishing a respectable second in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Bush was pissed when he met with reporters afterwards.
“I really don’t know why we’re bumping and pushing and everything else, because these cars, they go slower when you push. Makes a lot of sense. That’s how stupid we are.” ~ Kyle Busch
Busch’s words were echoed by Danica Patrick, who was also dumbfounded by the amount of bumping going on during the Geico 500. But is this another case of NASCAR drives being prima-donnas?
To some degree, yes. Kyle Busch is known for his whinging and temperamental attitude when things don’t go his way. This couldn’t have been more apparent on Sunday when he basically said that the whole structure of the Sprint Cup season is largely a joke.
“I hate it. I’d much rather sit at home,” Busch said. “I got a win. I don’t need to be here.”
With two wins already this season at Martinsville and Texas, Busch is guaranteed a place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Bumping and pushing has been in NASCAR since the very beginning
Kyle Bush seems to have forgotten that drafting has been a key part of super-speedways since NASCAR first started. Back in the early days, drivers didn’t understand exactly what the phenomenon was, but they would report back to their engineers that when riding closely to the car in front, they could pull more revs and therefore go faster.
In fact, bumping and pushing makes such a big difference that NASCAR president Mike Helton warned drivers in 2009 at Talladega that he would not tolerate it through the turns from the start through the finish of the 188-lap event.
The purpose of Helton’s warning was to help avoid incidents such the horrific last lap incident at Talladega in 2009 that sent Carl Edwards’ car flying into the catch fence.