Woody: Kyle Busch Hits Another Sour Note In Nashville
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Nashville – If Kyle Busch’s plan was to mend some fences with a return visit to Nashville after June’s embarrassing guitar-smashing tirade, he failed miserably.
Busch, coming off Saturday night’s Sprint Cup victory at Bristol, ran a Champion Racing Association (CRA) race at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway and sparks started flying well before the race began.
Busch told a track PR person it was “stupid” to incorporate his pre-race press conference with that of Chase Elliott, 14-year-old son of NASCAR star Bill Elliott, and 16-year-old female driver Johanna Long who started on the pole.
When the press conference began, Busch was asked if he regretted smashing the classic Gibson guitar after winning a Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway – a different Nashville-area track – back in June.
“Nope,” said Busch, whose televised antics drew nation-wide criticism. “We had a great time and a lot of good has come of it.”
Asked another question about the smashed guitar, Busch snapped, “You’ve been told to ask about CRA only.”
A person in Busch’s entourage heatedly confronted a reporter whom he called him a “(bleeping) idiot” for asking Busch about the guitar-smashing incident.
That same unidentified person made a slashing sign across his throat, apparently signaling Busch to end the exchange with reporters, which was become more and more heated.
One veteran Nashville TV sports reporter said the press conference was the most tension-filled he had ever witnessed.
Busch started 21st the in 32-car field and was caught up in a seven-car crash on lap six. He went out for keeps 20 laps from the end of the 150-lap race, won by Indiana driver Scott Hantz.
Long, who ran with the leaders throughout the race, finished 5th and young Elliott came in 8th , also with a solid run.
Busch, booed during driver introductions (while also receiving a smattering of cheers), after the race presented a trophy guitar to Hantz. According to a press release, his foundation donated some guitars to a children’s charity.
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