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Vickers "feels sorry" for Kyle Busch

Posted on: August 17, 2009 4:05 pm

While reading the post-race transcripts from Sunday's Cup race at Michigan I came across this gem from Brian Vickers regarding his battle with Kyle Busch from Saturday's Nationwide race. Vickers is only one year older than Busch, yet displays so much more maturity.

Q. Brian, how much more comfortable are you on the post race podium today as opposed to yesterday? How did the emotions of yesterday play into today?
BRIAN VICKERS: You know, there's some people that you meet in life that are just gonna do stupid things. You just learn to accept it. You just don't let it bother you. You know, you have patience. You just live your life and run your race.
I mean, yesterday was ridiculous. It was unnecessary. I had a lot of fun. It was a hard race. I wanted to win bad. Congratulations to the 88. He did his job. We ended up second. I let it go at that.
In a lot of ways I feel sorry for Kyle, that he lives that angry about stuff, something so small. I hope that he can get past it. I don't have any hard feelings. I'm ready to just go race. That's the way approached today.
I told him, I've always told him this, from any incident we've ever had in the past, I'm going to race you the way you race me. I'm going to handle you and treat you the same way you treat me. That applies to any driver out there. It applied today. If Kyle and I started racing each other, he raced me clean and hard, I was going to treat him with the same amount of respect. If he didn't want to do that, I was going to treat him the same way he treated me.
But today was a different race, a new day. I just wanted to focus on my life, my race. I could care less about what happened yesterday. Life is too short to worry about stuff like that.


Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 8:49 pm

Vickers "feels sorry" for Kyle Busch

Yes, Brian, those drivers you mentioned didn't have a temper, except maybe the King in his early days, but then there was Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip (early days), Cale Yarburough, David Pearson, Junior Johnson, drivers who would have just as soon wreck someone out with them than to finish second.  That is the mentality all of these great drivers had. 

Kyle is easier to pick on because in todays sport that is not the attitude that most drivers have.  But go back to the the mid 80's and back and you will see most of the drivers that were any good all had the same mentality that Kyle has and Heaven help the reporter who stuck a mike in one of these drivers face as soon as they came off the track from a wreck or even when they finished in second. Reporters gave these drivers a few minutes to cool off back then.  Otherwise they may have eaten the very mike they shoved at the driver. 

Ahhh, the good ol' days of racing.....Smile

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2009 10:56 am

Vickers "feels sorry" for Kyle Busch

No, I think the reason he has 53 wins is that he's probably a bit more talented (though I'm coming around on Vickers) and in better equipment. In Hendrick equipment, Kyle didn't have all that much more success than Vickers. It wasn't until he hooked up with Gibbs that he really took off, especially in the Nationwide Series.

Meanwhile, the past three years, Vickers has tried to help build Red Bull into a legitimate organization and not just some fly by night operation.

There were/are plenty of great drivers that aren't angry at the world whenever they don't win. Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson ring a bell? Tony Stewart had similar anger issues when he first arrived in the Cup Series. He still has his moments of frustration, but it's not nearly as bad as it was early in his career.

I think Kyle's attitude may have cost him a few more wins and I'd venture to guess quite a few top 10s. When things are going bad and he's not in contention for a win, he doesn't give his team a whole lot of feedback in order to make the car better. That's one of the reasons he could find himself missing the Chase this season.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2009 3:57 pm

Vickers "feels sorry" for Kyle Busch

What Brian stated is why he has just 5 wins in all three major series and why Kyle has 53 wins in all three major series.  Brian,is happy with a second or third place and Kyle is not happy with anything except a win. 

The real pity should go to Brian who is willing to settle for being second best his whole life. 

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