“Looked Like Tom Cruise on Oprah Winfrey’s Couch” – Kyle Petty Reveals Crazy Reaction While Cheering on Kurt Busch in Kansas

Published 05/23/2022, 12:47 PM EDT
May 21, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (45) car on pit road before cup practice for the All-Star race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Last weekend, 23XI Racing’s Kurt Busch stunned many when he won the Cup race at the Kansas Speedway. This was also a truly emotional moment for Kyle Petty.

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As it happened, before Kurt Busch ran with it, the #45 number belonged to the late Adam Petty. After jumping over several hoops, 23XI Racing finally got a chance to use the number. Then came that glorious victory, and Kyle Petty couldn’t be any happier.

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He said, “I’m not lying. When Kurt was running (Larson) down, I’m in Kiawah, South Carolina, and you could have heard me in Kansas City. I was pulling for Kurt Busch. I was screaming. … I probably looked like Tom Cruise on Oprah Winfrey’s couch — when he jumped up and down on her couch.”

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This was a reference to an infamous incident on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Actor Tom Cruise was a guest, and in his happiness, he jumped on her couch and looked absolutely elated. This was when he talked about his new girlfriend, actress Katie Holmes.

How has Kurt Busch performed so far this season?

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So far in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season, Busch has performed reasonably well. Prior to his unexpected triumph, the #45 driver’s best finish was 3rd at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He was also 5th at Phoenix, 6th at Martinsville, and 8th at California. On Sunday, at the Texas Motor Speedway, he finished 13th in the NASCAR All-Star Race.

May 15, 2022; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (45) celebrates on victory lane after winning the AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

Although he missed out on the $1 million cash prize, he can take comfort that this has no effect on the championship. On the bright side, he knows that his Kansas win has helped him qualify for the Playoffs.

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Admittedly, it might be a bit of a stretch to think that the veteran driver will add a second Cup Series title to his name. However, we can be sure that he will do his best to give a good fight on behalf of 23XI Racing.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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