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Busch To Donate Guitars To Students

Larry Woody | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Tuesday, September 1 2009
Kyle Busch will donate unsmashed guitars to students.

Kyle Busch will donate unsmashed guitars to students.

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

Nashville – Kyle Busch has donated $30,000 to buy 150 guitars for some local schools, apparently as atonement for smashing a classic Gibson guitar in an embarrassing “rock star-style celebration” after a June Nationwide victory.

But Busch refuses to put his mouth where his money is.

He declines to apologize for the guitar-smashing incident that drew widespread criticism and added to his image as the brat-boy of racing.

Prior to a race two weeks ago at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway Busch was asked if, in retrospect, he regretted the June 6 incident.

He said no, he didn’t. One of his PR handlers heatedly confronted and cursed a reporter for asking Busch the question.

Since then it was announced that the Kyle Busch Foundation has donated $30,000 to the National Alliance for Public Education toward the purchase of 150 guitars to be donated to several Nashville schools.

The trophy Gibson guitar Busch destroyed was valued at over $2,500 without the artwork of renowned NASCAR artist Sam Bass. A spokesman for the Gibson guitar company said the Bass artwork made the guitar “priceless and irreplaceable.”

Shortly after the incident Busch told Bass he “meant no disrespect,” but Bass said he was “shocked and heartbroken” to see the guitar repeatedly dashed to the concrete in Victory Circle.

Track vice president/general manager Cliff Hawks was also extremely upset by Busch’s antics, as were the Federated Auto Parts races sponsors. Hawks said Busch has yet to apologize for the incident.

NASCAR took no official action against Busch despite having penalized drivers in the past for “actions detrimental to the sport.”

Nashville music producer Mike Curb who co-owns the Baker Curb Racing team, helped facilitate the Busch donation.

Busch, 24, is regarded as one of the most talented young racers ever to come along, but is also one of the sport’s most temperamental competitors. At times he seems to go out of his way to stir controversy.

Despite having four Sprint Cup wins, Busch is battling to get into the Top 12 Chase lineup. He is 13th in the standings with two races left to set the field going into Sunday’s race at Atlanta.

– Larry Woody can be reached at lwoody@racintoday.com

Larry Woody | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Tuesday, September 1 2009
7 Comments

7 Comments »

  • Margaret says:

    Even $30,000 of donated instruments won’t replace the one this punk damaged. This incident will haunt his public image throughout the rest of his career – in fact, his life – as it should.

  • Bob Peel says:

    $30,000 or $300,000 … No amount of money will buy you respect. Something Kyle Busch openly lacks and arrogantly dismissing as non-essential in that a long respected sport afforded continued success thanks to a loyal/driver fan-base. (fan-base being the key word here) And one more thing him lacking …

  • Mr. Smith says:

    um, he won the race. it was his trophy. if the powers that be don’t want him or other drivers to do stuff like this, then don’t give away trophies. what a non-story…

  • don C says:

    Typical rich spoiled athlete — Busch messes up, throws some money at the mess and thinks that makes it all OK.

  • Shawn says:

    Way to take the opportunity to turn a story about a charitable effort into another excuse to blast Kyle for something that happened months ago. What website is this again? Congrats, Larry. This is your only opportunity to have a link from Jayski with significant relevance and you made a complete ass of yourself with this article.

  • Devin says:

    That’s great his P.R. handlers are giving guitars to schools. There are a few lessons to be learned here. #1 Gibson still makes great guitars. #2 NASCAR is still the official “sport” of inbred retards.

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