By Wyatt Earp | August 24, 2008
And there were fireworks afterwards. I’ll get to those in a second.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Carl Edwards isn’t giving up anything to Kyle Busch and his domination of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, especially when it counts the most.
Edwards saw Busch lead 415 consecutive laps Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, then used him bumper to nudge Busch in the first turn on lap 470. That move caused Busch’s car to wiggle just enough so that Edwards could drive by on his way to his second consecutive victory.
Of course, it wouldn’t be racing at Bristol without a temper tantrum or two:
After taking the checkered flag, Edwards was making his cooldown lap around the track when Busch drove up and bumped his car. Edwards clearly wasn’t amused, and when he responded by driving the nose of his car into the right side of Busch’s, the fans cheered wildly. (H/T – )
Now, before I comment on Kyle Busch, I want to make sure my son Kyle – who is Kyle Busch’s biggest fan – is still at the New Jersey shore . . . Yep, he’s there.
Kyle Busch is a crybaby. I watched the end of the race, and saw Edwards pass him (and the dozen or so replays of said pass) cleanly. Did Edwards bump Busch out of the way? Yeah. Did the love tap warrant Busch’s over-the-top retaliation? Absolutely not. Edwards bumped past Busch for the win. He did not wreck him. Hell, Kyle finished second! So, what’s the problem?
The problem is that some of the younger NASCAR drivers have no sense of history. I have been following the sport for over a decade now, and one of the first things that you learn is that when you’re racing at Bristol’s half-mile fishbowl track, you are going to get hit, bumped, and run into. That’s life – you deal with it and move on.
What you don’t do is try and wreck another driver after the race is over because you thought the win was your birthright. Someone should tell Cry-le Busch that.