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Larry Woody | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, September 11 2009
Could the Richmond Rock and Roll 400 trophy be in for a beating Saturday night?

Could the Richmond Rock & Roll 400 trophy be in for a beating Saturday night?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

The irony is dripping and delicious. Kyle Busch, who showed such disdain for the trophy Gibson guitar he got for a June Nationwide win in Nashville (he smashed it to pieces) needs to win another guitar Saturday night at Richmond or his slim Chase hopes are likely dead.

Busch is 14th in the standings going into the 26th and final race to set the field for the Chase. He has to leap 13th-place Brian Vickers and displace 12th-place Matt Kenseth.

If Busch can’t do that, then the driver who was the top seed in last year’s Chase will become a spectator in terms of the 10-race title fight.

To make it, it’s almost imperative that he win at Richmond. And if he wins, he gets another trophy guitar.

And more irony: The name of Saturday’s race is the “Chevy Rock & Roll 400.” At Nashville Busch explained his juvenile antics by saying he wanted to stage a “rock star-type celebration.”

Maybe if Kyle acted more like a racer and less like Kid Rock he wouldn’t find himself in the fix he’s in.

Last month Busch made another Nashville visit and flung some money at the problem –$30,000 for guitars for schools – but refused to apologize for his behavior. One of his PR toadies cursed a reporter for bringing it up during a press conference. Classy. Real classy.

As for those who few who defended Busch’s “right to smash,” here’s a question for you: If he wins Richmond’s trophy guitar Saturday night will he dash it to pieces? If not, why not? After all, it’s a Rock & Roll race so what better time to stage another “rock star” display?

Of course he won’t do it. I know it, you know it and Busch’s few lame defenders know it. He wouldn’t dare. NASCAR – shamefully silent following the Nashville incident – would have a conniption fit if Busch did the same thing to a Sprint Cup trophy.

What kind of message does that send to the Nationwide Series and its sponsors? Apparently NASCAR considers its second-tier series too second-rate to take any action when a trophy is dishonored and destroyed. But let the Racing Rock Star do the same thing Saturday night with Richmond’s Sprint Cup trophy and see what happens! Young Busch will be sent to the NASCAR gulag.

And one final bit of irony: Kyle’s big brother Kurt won the Richmond guitar in 2005 and afterwards he said: “A soon as I jumped out of the car in Victory Lane I asked one of the race officials if that was the (guitar) I actually got to take home. I couldn’t believe it. It was a really cool trophy, very unique. It stands out from all the others.”

Kurt didn’t smash his guitar to bits. He showed some respect. He showed some class. It’ll be interesting to see if his kid brother, if he wins Saturday, can do likewise.

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

Larry Woody | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, September 11 2009
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