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Kyle Busch apologizes.....four days later

Kyle Busch apologizes.....four days later

Kyle Busch: Oops, sorry (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)



  By Mike Mulhern

   Four days after his emotional outburst at losing the Dover 400, Kyle Busch is apologizing to Toyota for his radio rant.
   Busch dominated the race and was untouchable, but the final run came down to gas mileage, and Busch needed to stop 10 miles short of the finish for more fuel.
   After having several engine problems this season, a mediocre season at best for one of the sport's top drivers, Busch blew up and ripped Toyota's TRD engine department.
   For years team owner Joe Gibbs had run his own independent engine department at the Charlotte-area shop. But last year Toyota consolidated engine operations, with NASCAR engines now coming out Toyota's Los Angeles shop.
   "I made some remarks, out of frustration, on my radio...that were very misguided," Busch said in a statement released Thursday evening.  "I owe my friends at Toyota and TRD an apology.  
    "We have a great partnership with TRD, and they built me a motor that helped me lead over 300 laps and nearly lap the field.  It's just frustrating that the caution fell where it did and suddenly it became a fuel mileage race, and we were set up for maximum horsepower.
    "Obviously that worked well for most of the day. And you can't control when the cautions will fall."
    Toyota's racing boss Lee White said that while he understood Busch's frustration, "we were disappointed with Kyle's post-race comments.
    "Kyle's had a frustrating year with several car and engine mechanical failures which were not his responsibility, and we're working extremely hard on our end to improve our products and processes.  We will continue to address these issues, but we're ready to put this behind us and move forward."
    Toyota, which joined the Sprint Cup tour in 2007, has yet to win its first championship, but Denny Hamlin, Busch's teammate, has an excellent shot at the title this fall.
    Gibbs, offering no explanation for why it took so long for his driver to issue the obviously de rigueur apology, conceded "It has been a frustrating season for Kyle in many ways, when you think about some of the issues we've had with that team this year... and obviously some of those frustrations carried over to his finish last week in Dover.  
    "Certainly you can understand the frustration.
    "However Kyle recognizes that his comments and the tone of his comments were misguided."
   The incident clearly went beyond Toyota's racing operations, with Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, communications and motorsports, chiming in: "We've had a fabulous relationship with Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing over the last five years.  Kyle is a talented driver who wins races and can compete for championships, and he is a very important part of the Toyota brand.  We look forward to a long-term relationship with Kyle and Joe Gibbs Racing for years to come."
   Busch's driving contract is up at the end of next season, and Gibbs has been hoping to renew it before 2013 opens. It is unclear if this latest outburst by the volatile racer could affect that situation.


Joe Gibb's "Apology"

Why does Joe Gibbs keep apologizing for Kyle Busch? It seems year after year either Joe or J.D. Gibbs have to say "I'm sorry" to a sponsor or manufacturer for the child-like behavior of their driver.

Last season after Kyle dumped Ron Hornaday who was a championship contender for the truck series title at the time Joe Gibbs said he took responsibility for Kyle's behavior and that is where the problem still is.

If one of Joe Gibbs' football players took out an opposing teams player, cussed out a ref or bad mouthed his team he would be benched. The Coach seems to talk a good game but he wont take his player out of it when he behaves like a child.

When you let a dog pee on the rug for a year and then start swatting him for it the dog says what gives, I thought this was all right. That is what happens when a driver like Kyle Busch is let off the chain for so long.

Joe Gibbs needs to sit his driver down for a race or two or not re-sign him. That way he can learn the lesson his brother did by driving for a second rate team for a year, I hear the 51 is open for next year!

Kyle Bush

When is Gibbs going to grow up and get rid of this Shrub Jerk?? I don't want to hear what a great driver he is when 75% of what a driver can do is due comes from his team. The Shrub has always had top notch equipment and people behind him. Give him a few years with that brother of his and maybe they both will clam down and act like they got some sense. Naw I doubt it really...

Well, we were all wondering when the next Kyle

Well, we were all wondering when the next Kyle moment would come along and it didn't take too long for it to happen! And, there would have been no apology but when Toyota Complained Ole Joe got involved and ordered Kyle to "apologize". It sure is fun watching all these "As Kyle Busch Turns" Moments!

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KyBu apology

It took 4 days for Gibbs to talk him into climbing down out of the tree. This kid is just too stupid to use his brain. Gibbs is getting soft as well, putting up with it. He'll end up just like Kurt, in some desperate, second rate team with no shot.


It's past time for the Bush bratt to go. There's more to being a NASCAR driver than turning the steering wheel and pushing the gas peddle. There are young children who look up to NASCAR drivers as roll models. Kyle is not the right kind of roll model NASCAR needs. I'm tired of hearing excuses for the Kyle. Joe Gibbs disappoints me by supporting Kyle. I thought Joe had higher standards. There are lots of other drivers who indure hardships on and off the track that never act like Kyle. Lets hear about them for a change.

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