Vickers Says He Feels Sorry For Anger-Filled Busch
By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
Bristol, Tenn. – In Brian Vickers’ mind, Kyle Busch is out of rope.
Fresh off a win in Sunday’s CARFAX 400 in Michigan, Vickers showed up at Thunder Valley Friday morning with Red Bull Racing general manager Jay Frye prepared to talk about his new contract extension.
Instead, the media seemed more interested in quizzing Vickers about his post-race conflict with Kyle Busch following Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250.
Brad Keselowski won after managing to sneak past Vickers and Busch coming to the white flag.
That chain of events didn’t set well with Busch, who confronted Vickers on pit road after the race. Busch was angry Vickers chose to race him, enabling the No. 88 Chevrolet to scoot past both of them for the victory.
Vickers wasn’t happy with Busch’s tantrum.
“I don’t know if you want to call it strike one or strike two, but either way Kyle is out of strikes,” said Vickers, who trails Mark Martin by 12 points for the final spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup field. “It’s definitely in the memory banks.
“In a lot of ways, I feel sorry for him. I hate that he lives in such an angry place. To be so mad about something so small, it must be miserable to live like that.”
Vickers said he was proud of the way he maintained his composure during the post-race dustup.
“I wanted to win that race as bad, or more, than he did,” Vickers said.” But I handled it very differently. He was mad because I raced him. He was mad because he said I should have let him go and that the 88 didn’t deserve to win.
“That’s what he told me, that the 88 didn’t deserve to win and that, if I had let him go, then the 88 wouldn’t have won.
“But frankly, I don’t really care if Kyle Busch wins. My concern is not him.”
Three-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson acknowledged that his former teammate needs to keep his anger under control.
“At times, Kyle says and does things and his emotion gets the best of him,” Johnson said. “There are some small changes that he can make that can benefit his career. I hate to see the struggles that he goes through. He’s a very talented driver.
“In one way, I want to see him change. But on the other hand, you don’t have to worry about him sometimes because he self-destructs.”
Vicker admitted that NASCAR was the big winner in his incident with Busch.
“I think it’s good for the sport to have emotion and maybe someone getting out of the car and pitching a fit and crying,” Vickers said. “It’s a good thing. It definitely made a lot of headline news.”
– Jeff Hood can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Comments