NASCAR: Will Kurt Busch Ever Do Anything Right?

By jamesharris
Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday’s rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway saw both Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle knocked out from race contention.

It also raised the question: Will Kurt Busch ever do anything right?

On lap 47, bad boy Busch drove down onto the apron and over a drain, which in turn pushed him back onto the track, tagging the rear of Keselowski. The No.2 car spun off, and as Keselowski tried to regain control, he headed back up the track (I cringed at this point) and inevitably into the path of the pack.

Unable to take any avoiding action were both Biffle and David Reutimann. Although Biffle’s car burst into flames, no one was hurt.

The No. 78 car was able to continue and Busch was quick to apologize over the radio, but Keselowski said it didn’t change how his day ended, concluding that the field were racing “like animals” on the restart.

Busch did take the blame and also apologized, but is this enough to justify the move on a track renowned to be bumpy? The Furniture Row Racing driver is a racer through and through so perhaps his good run of late got his adrenalin pumping enough for him to misjudge the move? Or was hitting the drain just bad luck and unfortunate?

Sonoma saw Busch experience more bad luck, but was it really bad luck like the press said? I’d consider it as careless, which raises another question: Is Busch bad or just careless?

Keselowski was the defending winner at Kentucky and was hoping to use his success to turn around his recent failings. Despite the fact he started the Quaker State 400 eighth in the points standings without a victory towards a potential wild card berth, the No. 2 Ford driver didn’t think it would change the way he races for the rest of the season.

“We are just going to go do our thing,” Keselowski told ESPN. “It’s a streak of bad luck. And when it runs up we’ll get to victory lane.”

As far as Busch’s apology, Keselowski said, “I’m still wrecked and he’s smarter than that.”

I personally think if you take the bad boy out of Busch, you take the racer out with him.

James Harris is a NASCAR writer for Follow him @gentlemanity and “Like” him Facebook or add him to your network on Google+

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