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Memo: Only A Fool Would Do What Kyle Busch Did

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Wednesday, May 25 2011

Kyle Busch and a Toyota – but no, this is not on a back road in North Carolina. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:

As the deputy handed back my license and the registration for the twin-turbo/direct injected/variable-valve-timed/sport trimmed BMW I was driving, he asked the standard question: Do you know how fast you were going?

Had I known then what I know today, I would have said: Faster than Kyle Busch.

So it was with a bit of empathy that I read news of Busch’s extra-legal affair on a country road in North Carolina this week.

There is certainly no defense for his/my actions. Dangerous stuff going 128 mph on a two-lane road. And not just for the driver. Even in cars designed and constructed to go that fast.

But today, I will have to defer to others the job of skewering Busch. Hypocrisy demands such.

Me? I have to figure Busch and I share a common respect for the road.

I really do not normally drive like that. In fact, the last time I was pulled over – for a missing front plate – the cop admitted one of the reasons he stopped me was because I was acting suspiciously.

I was driving a Porsche 911 so slowly that he had to check things out.

The day in the BMW, I just had the oil changed and the mechanic said the computer showed I had not been flogging the engine hard enough. These engines, he said, need to be worked hard.

So, under doctor’s orders, I headed for a back country road. Didn’t go to jail because I sensed something was wrong and lifted early enough to avoid the big one.

It was my first speeding ticket since getting married – honest, dear.

And Busch, well, from what we can tell, his first in a long time as well.

But speeding we were. So, have at us.

Memo to self: Hmmm, wonder what the statute of limitations is on speeding.

Driver foolishness, Part II

I really hope better judgement kicks in for Carl Edwards the next time he wins a race. I hope he has learned the dangers faced by amateurs who attempt to party with professionals.

It was a scary scene when Edwards waded into the crowded grandstands after winning the Sprint All-Star Race last weekend: I’m looking at you, freakin’ moron who kept ripping away at the checkered flag which Edwards had earned and deserved to keep.

It’s a dangerous combination, booze and adrenaline. And, especially for night races, there is plenty of both at race tracks. The next guy who wants the checkered flag – or one of Edwards ears – for a souvenir might be less polite than and more persistent than the guy in Charlotte.

Memo to Carl: Fences are designed to keeping dangerous things both in and out.

Beyond the rule

Seems here that The Jamie McMurray Rule is not going to benefit Jamie McMurray this

Jamie McMurray forced an adjustment of rules last year. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)


The rule is the one adopted by NASCAR for the current season which gives wild card Chase berths to the two drivers who win the most races but do not qualify for the playoffs on points.

Rule makers clearly had McMurray’s 2010 season in mind when they established the rule. Last year, you remember, McMurray won the Sprint Cup series’ two biggest races – Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 – and did not get into the Chase.

Kind of embarrassing.

But this year, McMurray is flailing. No top-fives, two top-10s. He is sitting 22nd in points heading into this weekend’s important Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Top new names for the rule for next year right now? The Jeff Gordon Rule (one victory, 14th in points) or the Regan Smith Rule (one victory, 29th in points).

Memo to fans: To those wondering about McMurray’s family and the tornado which leveled his hometown of Joplin, Mo.: McMurray’s family has moved out of the area.

A list

The top three beneficiaries of human suffering:

1. Flies; 2. Politicians; 3. The Weather Channel.


Word from good friend Terry Blount at ESPN.com is that Danica Patrick is working on a deal to go full time to the Nationwide Series next year.

Pehaps it is time. Perhaps, in fact, it is past time.

For fans, the Danica thing is over. Danica-mania has slipped to Danica-just-curiousness.

It could re-fire if she came to Cup, won a couple of races, got in contention for the Chase, had affair with Tiger Woods.

But, I suspect she will have the same kind of success in stock cars that she had in IndyCars. Unfortunately.

Memo to Las Vegas: Order of women finishers at Indy on Sunday: Simona de Silvestro, Danica Patrick, Ana Beatriz, Pippa Mann.

– Jim Pedley can be reached at jpedley@racintoday.com

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Wednesday, May 25 2011
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  • Terry says:

    First off……stock car or Indy racer…..
    Danica couldn’t carry Janet Guthrie’s joc…ahhh…undies…..
    Trans-AM -GT- CAN AM…..Lyn St James would leave her laps down…..
    Kylechild needs to know the streets are more dangerous than the track……he could James Dean at any intersection…..