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NASCAR: Emotions boil over at Bristol for Kyle Busch, crew chief Dave Rogers

Aug 24, 2014, 12:15 PM EST

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The trials and tribulations of Bristol Motor Speedway can be very frustrating to deal with.

Thus, it’s probably safe to assume that Kyle Busch and his crew chief, Dave Rogers, are not the first driver/CC combo to get mad at each other during a night in Thunder Valley.

But considering that they’re preparing to race for a Sprint Cup title in a few weeks, their radio conversation late in last night’s Irwin Tools Night Race may not be interpreted as a good sign.

Busch’s frustrations began earlier on in the evening, when he was tagged with a pit road speeding penalty and then got involved in a multi-car pileup at Lap 125 that effectively ruined any hope of a decent finish.

Fast-forward to near the end of the race, where Busch and Rogers had the following radio exchange according to Motor Racing Network’s Dustin Long:

Busch: “I need a whole new right front suspension, a whole new right front suspension. I will be behind the wall in about two [expletive] laps.”

Rogers: “Park it behind the truck and take your whiny little ass to the bus.”

Both Rogers and team owner Joe Gibbs downplayed the exchange afterwards, with Rogers characterizing it as a miscommunication.

“We came back here to the truck and had a great talk,” Rogers said according to Long. “You look at things like this as a negative and negatives create positives if you look at them the right way. We got to air things out and had a great talk. I think we’re going to be better going forward.”

As for Gibbs – who’s no doubt seen some instances like this before over the course of his careers in both the NFL and NASCAR – he didn’t express concern about a potential rift between his driver and CC on the No. 18 squad.

“That’s just pro sports,” Gibbs said according to NASCAR.com. “Every now and then, you get frustrated.”

Over the last four races, Busch, Rogers and the 18 camp have suffered one calamity after another.

Pocono saw Busch bow out early with an engine failure. At the next race at Watkins Glen, contact between him and Martin Truex Jr. relegated “Rowdy” to a 40th-place finish.

Then at Michigan, Busch hit the wall on Lap 4 and was forced to the garage for extensive repairs before finishing 39th. Last night, Busch was credited with 36th place.

In a post-race statement on his own web site, Busch did not reference his exchange with Rogers.

“It was a very frustrating night,” he said. “I thought we had a pretty good Doublemint Camry, and we were able to make it through the field there at the start of the race and take the lead. I’m not sure where we are off on the speeding penalty, but we’ll have to look at what the issue there was.

“You get back into the field, and we ended up getting caught up in someone else’s mess. The Doublemint guys worked hard to get our car as raceable as possible, but it turned out to be a really long night.”

  1. wopp22 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Glad to hear Rogers told that Punk where to get off. Gibbs puts himself out there are Mr. Righteous with his refusal to have any alcohol companies as sponsors,put then has one of the most foul mouth,dirty driver and one that has been reprimanded more times for his tantrums on and off the track to join his team. What a Freaking Pair. The Lord must be looking down on them and Laughing.

  2. baredon - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Poor ole little baby…. give him a binky….

  3. davidj1944 - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Just another rant by crybaby Busch. He needs to stay in the minor league Nationwide series where he might be relevant. Can’t win in the Sprint Cup.

    • sfjaye - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Kyle Busch may have crybaby issues and bad behaviors, but saying he can’t win in Sprint Cup is nonsense.
      He has 29 Cup wins and there are only four drivers currently racing who have more lifetime wins than Kyle.
      I don’t like him that much but please, be honest.

      • runninron69 - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:34 AM

        A voice of sanity and reason. Anyone doesn’t like him, that’s their prerogative.( sorry about the big word, Google it if you must) But don’t prove your stupidity by spewing lies and half-truths. As for bad mouthing Joe Gibbs, you should live your life closer to the way he lives his. His business persona and his personal life are two completely separate and different things. sfjaye, the second part of this isn’t aimed at you.

  4. awm7353 - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    If you had been paying attention, Gibbs has tried to get his whiny driver to stop with his antics and language, going as far to climb up on the pit box during a race to tell the crew chief to pass the word that his language over the radio is unacceptable. However, money talks, and as long as the whiner can bring in revenue and does not stray too far, the marriage will continue.

  5. aug99 - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    THIS IS ALL JOE GIBBS FAULT.
    FOR NOT SETTING THIS LITTLE PUNK STRAIGHT.
    Gibbs, just like Penske had to do with big brother busch, has to tell kyle,
    IF YOU DON’T WANT TO DRIVE THIS CAR, THERE IS A LINE OF PEOPLE THAT DO.
    And stick to your guns and this thing will be done.

    • queenofsummit - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Yup this sure is all Joe Gibbs fault he provides a crap crew chief and crap equiptment and expects miracles so yup it is all Joe Gibbs fault

  6. aug99 - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    TIME FOR 3M TO STOP WASTING THEIR MONEY ON BIFFLE. He is has been, and really only had a couple descent seasons driving a cup car.
    Wonder why rousch is not doing so well ? Well its part the cars and part the drivers.

    • graphicblogidaho - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      3M has is stopping spending there money on Biffle,They’re Sponsoring Jeff Gordon in 2015 and what does Biffle, Roush, or 3m have to do with this anyway.

  7. Steve LeMaster - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Busch has crossed the line from being a “fiery competitor” to being a whiny punk. I think that even during the race he won this year he was whining about his car.

    Keselowski has already overtaken him in this age group, and it won’t be long until even younger drivers like Dillon and Larson also leave him behind. If he doesn’t grow up quick, he’ll find himself relegated to a second tier car — like his brother was for a couple of years. That is, of course, if he can find a ride at all.

  8. twpguy1964 - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    For one thing, ALL Nascar fans are whiners so they should all like Kyle then! I have no favorite driver, just watch the sport. I can’t talk long about the sport to diehards because I wanna just shove a bottle in their mouths and then put them too bed. Kyle Bush has more talent then pretty much all the drivers out there, people just need to cry bitch and moan about someone in Nascar. You take away the fire Bush has and you have a Kasey Kane, who underachieves! Nascar fans need to stop being such a bunch of cry babies and just enjoy the racing more

  9. spudnut - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Not only is he a whiney little puke, he also lost out in the gene category when it comes to looks. You have to admit, this guy’s a mutt.

  10. techmeister1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Another day, another Brat Brother incident. As I have stated over and over… Until CRASHCAR parks the Brat Brothers for a year, these two troubled children aren’t going to change their demeanor. They have mental health issues that are hurting them personally and those around them. Obviously if Gibbs and CRASHCAR do nothing, the problems will continue and may get worse. All involved need to man up.

    • hornfan30 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Another day, another Brat Brother incident by Rowdy but at least they don’t lose their head, like a certain other driver and 42 racers are still alive because of it.

  11. hotrod89060 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Time to fire a crew chief Kyle, No Way does he keep getting paychecks.

  12. rufuscoltrane62 - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Crackers and their cars.

  13. quickdraw53 - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    poor baby kyle set hhimself up to be in that wreck by speeding and it was obvious that he was speeding. kyle the crybaby takes it out on others when he did it to himself. that just shows how mature he really is

  14. Chuck Norris - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    I am really enjoying the Kyle Busch struggles after all the BS from when he “got replacedby Jr” at HMS. Which is still completely false. Hendrick had 2 choices:
    A) Gordon, Johnson, Busch, and Dale Jr
    B) Gordon, Johnson, Mears, and Dale Jr

    Hendrick choose Mears over Busch, not Jr over Busch. If Hendrick wanted both Busch and Jr he would have had both of them, simple as that.

    It was the best case scenario for Busch, it was a bit of a wake up call, set his seat on fire and he went on quite a tear in NASCAR for 2-3 years, and had plenty of wise azz remarks for Jrs struggles. I remember Busch saying something along the lines of, “its always the crew chief, never the driver” when it came to Jr. Guess what Kyle, you won a ton of races with Addington, then you ran him out of town. You havent been the same since. Still very good because Kyle’s got an endless supply of incredible talent, but he hasnt been great for 3 years. And it would appear he is running a second Crew Chief out of town, and then the roles will have been reversed. And we can all laugh and say, “its never the driver, its always the Crew Chief”… Right Kyle?

    Every year DW spends the first 10 races of the year drooling over Kyle, telling us how he has finally matured and now he can focus on being a legit title contender. Then by mid season we all see it is the same Kyle. Its ok to be ultra competitive. Its ok to care soooo much that it occasionally makes you boil over. Its ok to get frustrated when things arent going the way they should. But you can tell a lot about a person by the way they act when things are going sour. Anyone can act the right way, treat people the right way, etc when things are going well. How those people treat others when things are down, that tells the story. Kyle, and to a large extent his brother, still havent learned that. When you want your team to have your back, go to “battle” for you, all of that, they need to feel respected by you. It is pretty obvious that Kyle is a prima donna, he is a great talent and he knows it, and it is his world and the rest of us should be grateful to be living in it. Eventaully that will wear thin. Team guys arent going to have your back if they know you dont have theirs. The 18 team, it appears, they win because of Kyle, they lose because of everyone else…

    • karateusa15 - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      I beleive Kasey Kahne drives for Hendricks Motosport and not Casey Mears. Casey Mears drives for Germain Racing

  15. scamuel - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    NASCAR drivers are nothing but a bunch of crybaby redneck morons who all are as dumb as posts or as a bucket of bricks! Except the one peddle car girl driver who is a two-bit ‘HO!

  16. wrlegrand - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    I strongly dislike Kyle Busch, first of all. I will however admit that he is a good driver. But let’s face it, if not for the Nationwide and Trucks races, he spends most weeks as another average driver. I understand the number of wins he has, which is impressive. However, he has also been racing in top flight equipment for a long time too.

    I honestly believe that if the guy could keep himself calmed down, run a more limited schedule in Nationwide and Trucks (not just because the fans want him to), and actually handle in-race problems without flipping out, he would eventually win a Cup title. It does not look like he is ever going to do that either.

    As for Gibbs, I do think it is hypocritical how he handles Kyle. The guy has constantly brought bad publicity to the company, but he also equals $$$$. Basically, he cannot figure how to put the genie back in the bottle after what Busch did to Ron Hornaday in that Texas truck race a few years back.

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