There was a television show several years ago called “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” Well, sometimes NASCAR drivers have that same tendency, especially when a microphone or voice recorder is shoved in their faces right after a heated on-track incident. And sometimes amusing words and phrases can come out of their mouths later in the week for incidents and comments from others that they just haven’t gotten over. Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman reminded us of such as a result of incidents this past weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
Busch and Newman made contact multiple times during the race, and on one of those occasions, Busch’s older brother, Kurt Busch, got caught up in the action and saw his shot at a win go down the tubes. Negative comments from Kyle Busch and Newman afterward were downright amusing.
Here’s a gem from among Busch’s comments on the incident:
“I mean, Ryan Newman’s the biggest stupid idiot out here, and he’s a big ogre and can do whatever he wants because he can probably kick anybody’s butt. So no sense in getting in a fight with him, but glad he’s out of a job.”
The jobless jab was in reference to the previous Friday’s announcement that Kevin Harvick would be replacing Newman at Stewart-Haas Racing next year. Anyway, here’s Newman’s response later to Sirius/XM Radio:
“I’m just afraid that if I rearrange his face, I might fix it. I don’t know what to say to that. I know if he’s frustrated finishing third or wherever he was at after hitting me first and then getting a little rub down the straightaway, just imagine how I feel. It is what it is. We know that he is not very bright. He’s a heckuva talent, but he’s not very bright, and I’ll leave it at that.”
I have to say, for me this exchange almost rates right up there to Kyle Petty comparing the then-rookie Harvick to a pimple on the recently deceased Dale Earnhardt’s butt back in 2001, or Bobby Allison’s stance that Cale Yarborough hit him in the fist with his nose when recounting the fight between himself, Yarborough and Donnie Allison at the end of the 1979 Daytona 500.
Then there was that dig from Joey Logano a few years back, claiming that Kevin Harvick’s wife, DeLana, wore the pants, so to speak, in the Harvick househould when he said of Harvick that his wife wore the firesuit in the family and told him what to do. During those days, DeLana Harvick wore a firesuit while sitting atop her husband’s pitbox during Sprint Cup races. The Harvicks found Logano’s comment amusing, even selling T-shirts donning the remark.
Here’s a look back at some memorable quotes from over the years. I found these at various places around the web, as I wanted to make sure I got the wording just right.
“This is like going to the high school dance. You’re going to hook up with some girl and go until about 11:00. But by 11:05, you’re going to have to find another date, because she hooked up with your buddy. That’s what you’re dealing with.” — No. 56 spotter Keith Barnwell in 2011 on tandem drafting at restrictor plate tracks (transcribed from NASCAR.com).
“I think the basic issue was that cars just kept coming. We parked a ton of cars. We parked a ton of cars, and they kept coming. We parked cars in every square inch of this place. The neighbors parked cars in all the remote lots that we had estimated that would have been more than sufficient for this crowd size, and yet they still kept coming. That was the issue. We’ll look at all the data, and we’ll figure it out.” — Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger on the traffic problem at Kentucky Speedway during the track’s first Sprint Cup race. Ys, Simendinger, large numbers of people do tend to arrive via cars for Sprint Cup races. Maybe he expected more of them to carpool (transcribed from NASCAR.com).
Alan Kulwicki had a simple and straightforward way of describing night racing — “It’s basically the same, just darker,” he said (transcribed from BleacherReport.com).
Junior Johnson kind of had a way of making himself sould like he was a proponent of cheating with quotes like this — “If you aint cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’. . . . I loved the game. Maybe I’d have four or five new things on a car that might raise a question. But I’d always leave something that was outside of the regulations in a place where the inspectors could easily find it. They’d tell me it was illegal, I’d plead guilty and they’d carry it away, thinking they caught me. But they didn’t check some other things that I thought were even more special.” Wonder how many car owners and crew chiefs of today utilize this coy Johnson strategy (transcribed from BleacherReport.com)?
Greg Biffle has been the subject of comical quotes from both former driver Sterling Marlin and Tony Stewart (both of these transcribed from BleacherReport.com):
“I got run over by the bug-eyed dummy, I guess,” Marlin said, explaining what happened to him at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in 2004.
“They name streets after guys like that — one way and dead end. He’s just an idiot,” Stewart said about Biffle in 2005.
Apparently, Marlin’s hometown of Columbia, Ten., went all out to celebrate its hometown driver’s 1994 Daytona 500 win. Of the celebration, Marlin said, “It was bigger than Mule Day.” Marlin’s wife, Paula Marlin, contributed, perhaps, the biggest amusement in this exchange. When asked what Mule Day was, she replied, “It’s a bunch of asses walking around” (transcribed from ThatsRacin.com).
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