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“Man Up, Tell Me to Shut Up” – Kyle Busch Makes His Demand Public After Disappointing Loss

Published 03/27/2023, 5:40 AM EDT

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During the NASCAR Truck race at the Circuit of The Americas, Kyle Busch finished 2nd. The veteran driver was in contention to win, but a rough strategy call cost him the shot. Speaking after the race, the Richard Childress Racing driver reflected on what transpired earlier and gave his blunt thoughts.

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The 2-time Cup champion pretty much confessed that he may have contributed to the loss and was willing to accept any blame.

What led to Kyle Busch missing out on the truck race win?


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Talking to Bob Pockrass, Richard Childress Racing said, “We were playing the long game there. Typically, anytime I play the short game, it always bites me.”

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“I always get trapped a lap down or get caught on pit road with a yellow. I guess here at a road course, you got to remember that’s different, you don’t really get trapped a lap down. We should have pitted.”


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“Brian [Pattie] wanted to come in three laps before that yellow. We should have at least come in a lap after. I said, ‘Can I go one more?’. Then we decided to play the long game because we had such a gap.”

“Crew chief’s got to crew chief, so I got to tell Brian to man up and tell me to shut up.”

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Did Kyle Busch manage to redeem himself in the Cup race?

The Richard Childress Racing driver had a bit of a task ahead of him coming from 9th on the grid. But on the bright side, the Circuit of The Americas is a track where Chevrolet had performed well in the past. As a result, Busch was right in the mix for the win. But sadly, that didn’t happen.

Instead, Busch ended up getting the exact same result as the Truck Series race. He again came very close to taking the chequered flag, but could only muster a second place. Only this time, he did get points for his finish.

After the Sunday race, one could have imagined him going through the same emotions that he showed on Saturday. However, he seemed much calm.


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As per, he said, “Even today we didn’t have great long-run speed. We had great middle-run speed. Overall, for as much effort and everything that we’ve put into coming here and focusing on this place, all the testing and everything we’ve been able to do during the off-season, come out here with a really good finish.”

He also congratulated the race winner and 23XI Racing driver, saying, “Tyler [Reddick] obviously is a really good road racer. He proved it driving this car here last year. I was able to get in it and run right back to him. I’ve been trying to emulate the things he did in order to make this car fast last year, but not quite all the way there. They had a whale of a car.”


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By his own admission, after what went down at the Truck Series race, Kyle Busch needs to learn to trust his team to guide him to victory. As long as he and the Richard Childress Racing team are on the same page, in terms of strategy, race wins, moving ahead, are on the cards.

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Written by:

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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Ranvijay Singh