Kyle Busch Once Blamed His “Dumbass” Behavior on Chilling NASCAR Fear & Wished He Acted Like Hendrick Motorsports Legend Jimmie Johnson

Published 08/31/2022, 1:25 PM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 16: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Joe Gibbs Racing’s driver, Kyle Busch, once opened up and shared what advice would he give if he was able to speak to his younger self.

He also spoke about Jimmie Johnson in reference to an ideal behavioral standpoint.


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During an interview, Busch stated, “I was always worried about being cut and not having anything to do. So I always put way too much pressure on myself to run good, to win races and all that and when that wouldn’t happen or I’d crash, I’m in a terrible mood. Obviously, right?”

Adding, “Because essentially, to me, this is my job on the line. So I act like an idiot sometimes when I’m too mad.”

“But I’d tell myself, “If you’ve made it here, you’ve made it here for a reason. If you can compete with the best of them consistently and win a little bit and act like a Jimmie Johnson  you’re going to be here forever.”

He concluded by stating, “If I had any advice to give, it’d be that: Don’t act like such a dumbass sometimes.”

Kyle Busch says he’d want his kids to look up to Jimmie Johnson to learn how to conduct themselves

During the same interview, Busch was asked who he would prefer for his kids to look up to as an example for good behavior.


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LONG POND, PA – JUNE 27: Kyle Busch, driver of the (18) M&M’s Mini’s Toyota prior to the NASCAR Cup Series – Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 on June 27, 2021, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The two-time Cup Series champion wasted no time to take Jimmie Johnson’s name. He stated that Johnson would be the guy who had everything figured out.

He went on to mention how Johnson molded himself during his time at Hendrick Motorsports while learning from Jeff Gordon.


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Moreover, there was another name in Busch’s mind, and that was Carl Edwards. He stated that Edwards was another example of exemplary behavior and like the way he carried himself.



Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh