Leading up to This:
It's over. The end of Kurt Busch's career has begun. I know those are strong words but sadly, they are true. He won the 2004 Championship in spectacular fashion but after that shining moment in the young superstars career, everything began to fall apart. There were warnings of Busch's anger problems like his infamous fued with Jimmy Spencer.
Kurt was fired a few races before the end of 2005 season by Jack Roush after he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He was unable to defend his title and then he found a home at Penske Racing. Roger likes his team perfect with all team members clean shaven and everyone is expected to act in a professional & mature matter. That's why I can't believe he put up with Kurt for 6 years. He gave the elder Busch plenty of chances to change his attitude even after he disrespected "The Captain" by angrily calling him "dude."
Kurt was in fueds with just about everyone in the garage through those six years. He seemed even worse in 2011 with multiple serious incidents including his on-going fued with 5-time champion Jimmie Johnson, going after a reporter at Richmond, outbursts in the media center & the straw that broke the camel's back...calling Dr. Jerry Punch multiple vulgar names during the race at Homestead just because he wanted an interview. He was released from Penske Racing soon after.
The small 20 man team of Phoenix Racing gave Busch another chance and all eyes were on him going into this season. The big teams were watching to see if he could really change. At first, it seemed he had. After early season issues, he was very calm over the radio and even battled up front in multiple races. He seemed happier & much more mature and then rumours started swirling about teams being interested in him for 2013.
The Lady in Black Tears Kurt..& his Car Apart
The infamous "Lady in Black" tested Kurt and he lost it. I was waiting for the day when this would happen. I think Kurt is an amazing driver & I love watching him race but his career may be over soon or at least regulating to driving for his younger brother in the Nationwide Series. The #51 team was running great when suddenly, a late race flat tire ruined a potential top 10 run. The beast within Busch finally came out and he snapped. He burned rubber through Ryan Newman's pit stall narrowly avoiding #39 crew members & an official.
Kurt then began screaming over the radio just like he use to and then Nick Harrison (crew chief of the #51) warned Kurt & the crew that the #39 team was going to go after Busch after the race. That got KB even angrier. Nick wanted to avoid a problem so he told his driver to park the car at the entrance to pit road and leave but unsurprisngly, Kurt didn't listen. He didn't just not listen, but he went and ran into the side of Ryan Newman's car. Words were exchanged through the #51 window net & then Ryan left. Kurt ran into Newman's owner Tony Stewart's car a few years ago at Dover and just like this incident, narrowly avoided a crew man.
Ryan later said ""It's easy to see and it's easy to say that Kurt blew a fuse again. I'm not sure why he did it and tried to run over our guys and NASCAR officials. And nobody is. I think the chemical imbalance speaks for itself. Kurt drilled me in pit lane and said that he was taking his helmet off, and he didn't see where he was going. I'm pretty sure there were 42 other guys that are taking their helmets off and doing whatever for the last 10 years, and that's the first time that's happened to me."
What's Going to Happen Now?
The #39 crew did try to go after Kurt but were unable to get to him. Now, I want to stop talking about the incident and start talking about what is going to happen now. Kurt was fined $50,000 and placed on probation by NASCAR but that won't stop him from losing it again which I think he will..... soon. He has tried so hard to stop himself & now everyone is saying it's all over; he won't get another good ride and all that stuff. That is going to make Kurt believe that he has no reason to control himself anymore. I don't think we have seen the last of Kurt going off and I believe that the worst is yet to come.
P.S-The #51 and the #39 crews are going to be in the Pit Crew Challenge Thursday night on SPEED so you may want to watch that.