Dear Kurt Busch,
As a NASCAR fan, I appreciate that you moved Jimmie Johnson out of the way in an attempt to win Sunday’s race at Loudon. Your move showed that some drivers still have the kahunas to move the untouchables out of the way, and I admire that.
As much as I admired your move, however, I felt that your efforts to win the race were, overall, weak. You see, Jimmie Johnson is a four-time champion, and thus is pretty good. I know that because I have had that fact thrown at me so many times that it hurts to wake up in the morning sometimes from all the bruises.
If you really want to beat the 48 car, as you stated at Bristol in March, you will do better next time. Instead of merely moving him, you will knock him to kingdom come. It won’t be the cleanest move, but Dale Earnhardt wasn’t the cleanest driver, and he got a boat-load of respect for knocking the big guns out of the way.
I hate to say it, but you should be more like your brother. Kyle has never been afraid to rub fenders with anybody, except Jimmie. He’s scared to death to even race him, and you see where it’s gotten him. If you want to win, you’ll have to do one better. You can’t just poke the bear; you have to wrestle him to the ground.
I know you’re trying to earn the nice guy image. But face it, Jimmie will always be the “nice guy”, even when he isn’t being very nice. It’s just the way it is. Nobody likes a pushover, so don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk. Be a good guy off the track, but don’t be afraid to be the bad guy on the track.
Every rivalry needs a bad guy, and every great driver needs a rivalry. Otherwise, he’ll just keep spanking everybody. As I said, Jimmie will always be the good guy, so it’s up to you to be the bad guy. If you want to beat Jimmie, you’re going to have to mess with him. And that will mean starting a rivalry with him and being the bad guy.
It may not be what you want to do. But it may be what you have to do if you ever want to win another championship, or at least if you want to beat the 48 car. You’ll end up with a few more haters, but you will also end up with even more fans, and possibly even another trophy at season’s end.
I know this all sounds bad, Kurt. But if you want to beat the 48 car, you’re going to need to do more than just move him once. You’ll need to knock him to kingdom come a few times, or maybe even take up the “bad boy” role in a rivalry. It’s either that, or you can let him continue to humiliate you, and everybody else.
Hope you’re up to the challenge.
A NASCAR fan