I try hard to hold my tongue against Kyle and his antics but I just can’t do it anymore. It is disgusting what NASCAR, the media, and the fans let him get away with. It irritates and sickens me.
Most of you know what happened Saturday night after the Nationwide race at Nashville. If you don’t know, here is a recap. Within moments of receiving his beautifully hand painted, one of a kind, Gibson Les Paul trophy guitar, he smashed it as hard as he could manage against the ground. To many, including myself, it was a sickening display of disrespect for tradition and the many hours of hard work that artist Sam Bass had put into painting the artwork on the guitar.
Almost immediately following the incident, reports flew in on Twitter that Busch had talked to Mr. Bass about the impending incident before the race even started. Which, if true, would still have shown a great amount of cockiness on the part of Busch. However, these reports were found to be untrue. In an article on SceneDaily.com, Sam Bass states
“It’s his trophy, he can choose to do with it what he wants, but I’m not going to lie about it. If he had asked me, ‘Hey, I’m thinking about destroying that trophy guitar whenever I win it, what do you think,’ of course I would have told him, ‘No! Please don’t. Let us give you a prop guitar.’”
Mr. Bass also stated that he is “stunned and heartbroken” over seeing his hours of hard work destroyed in such a manner.
Now tell me who has that little amount of respect for tradition and the hard work of others to do such a thing? I answer: Kyle Busch. It is clear he has little regard for pretty much anything.
If you want to know more about the Sam Bass guitar tradition at Nashville, here is a great article from April 2009.