Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Toyota takes issue with Kyle Busch's comments at Dover

   After leading - by far - the most laps in Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, Kyle Busch was forced to make a late pit stop under green flag conditions in order to make it to the end of the race.

   The stop cost him the win and he finished seventh, one lap down. Only six cars, including winner Brad Keselowski, finished on the lead lap. And only two cars stretched their fuel the entire 89-lap distance that Busch was trying to do - Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson.

   As he crossed the finish line, Busch let loose a short, vulgarity-laced tirade over his team radio directed at Toyota Racing Development, claiming the in-house tuning shop for all Toyota cars had cost him and his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team "another one."

   On Wednesday, Lee White, TRD president, took issue with Busch's comments.

   "We're as frustrated as he was that he didn't win that race considering how many laps he led, considering he and Denny (Hamlin) both literally dominated the race. We're as disappointed as he was. However, we've got used to saying 'That's just Kyle, you know' But this is a bit of a special case," White said.

   "We're extremely disappointed in his negative comments and the tone of the comments after the event. It is under discussion as we move forward. We certainly are very disappointed, having said that, Kyle is an amazing talent in a race car and he takes it very personally when something goes wrong and he loses a race he thinks he should have won.

   "Every one of our teams ran full power, full rich (fuel mixture) and kicked their ass. All six of them and some other teams did, too. It wasn't just TRD power that had this issue. The race didn't fall their way and we've seen it happen more lately.

   "I'm not going to aplogize for TRD. We went there and qualified three out of the top five. We led a gazillion freaking laps. We should have won the race but circumstances didn't work out that way and I'm sorry. We don't have anything to apologize for. The thing I am most disappointed in is TRD is not some separate entity - we are Toyota. We are a global company. Every person globally shares in our passion for winning and competing - and that's hundreds of thousands of people. All those people and their families basically had their feelings hurt by those comments last week.

   "I look forward to take it up with coach (Joe) Gibbs and see if we can't do something to sort it out so that we have a better working relationship in the future. I am confident that we will."

  


22 comments:

  1. We should have won the race but circumstances didn't work out that way and I'm sorry. We don't have anything to apologize for.

    Did you just "I'm sorry" and then in the next breath say "We don't have anything to apologize for?"

    Get rid of the cry baby and you won't have to say anything anymore. Even Kurt has learned to keep his mouth shut!!

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  2. Just how stupid are the Busch brothers?

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  3. I just bought a new Tundra and I made my decision to live with the gas mileage. But the first thing I thought about was my mileage when I heard this.I love the truck anyway. Toyota should make the decision for Kyle.

    I think Kurt needs a team mate. Kyle apparently needs to learn the hard way like his brother! Coach- FIRE HIM!

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  4. I agree with pupster. The race team should be called LOUDMOUTH RACING. Team motto " IF WE DONT WIN WE WILL BLAME EVERYONE ELSE".

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    1. If you were a real race fan, you would know that "team" includes a long list of drivers!

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  5. Gibbs team has not been the same since they stop building their own engines. It make you wondwer if MWR is toyota's #1 team.

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  6. Coach Gibbs helped mature Tony Stewart and it shows in both his driving and his business sense. Busch seems to be regressing, not progressing and if JGR was smart, they'd bench him.

    C'mon Kyle, Kurt has lost 2 top rides due to his nasty attitude and is only working these days for also-rans. If you had any brains, you'd learn from your brother's mistakes before you find yourself stuck driving a start-and-park.

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  7. Toyota needs to step up their engine program. Denny and Kyle are manhandling these cars as much as they can, but they need fuel economy and spppeeeeddd!

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  8. Toyota needs to give back some level of individual control over teams' individual engines. Stop with the one-size-fits-all approach.

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  9. You've got to be kidding me Toyota?!? All the people's families had their feelings hurt??? Maybe you shouldn't be in racing then!! Did you care so much when your engine failures all year kept this guy from making the Chase?? And I believe his teammates had issues as well! And have you given any credit to him promoting you all these years? I never heard a peep from you...

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  10. To bad Kyle doesn't have the maturity and class to match his talent.I wonder how much longer Toyota and Gibbs will tolerate his now expected immature/profane/negative comments!"Thats just Kyle"!!does not suffice,his tedious buffoonery needs to stop.There is a reason he does not drive for Mr. Hendrick anymore.

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  11. Class? Since when did a driver need class to be a great talent? Between fans and Nascar, this sport is turning into a pansy "powder puff" derby.

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  12. Uh oh,and Kyle just droped $7.5 mil on a new house? He isn't even gonna get to move in before it gets foreclosed on. That's gotta hurt.

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  13. He's just a typical Democrat that thinks he can do what he wants.

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  14. Ed Laukes, Vice President of Marketing Communications & Motorsports, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.“We’ve had a fabulous relationship with Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing over the last five years. Kyle is a talented driver who wins races and can compete for championships, and he is a very important part of the Toyota brand. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Kyle and Joe Gibbs Racing for years to come.

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