Some midweek thoughts on the motorsports beat from the Charlotte Observer's David Poole:
MY TWO CENTS
Allow me to try to summarize the circular logic I've been getting this week from a lot of NASCAR fans.
Kyle Busch is a nothing but a young punk who has a big mouth and one day he is going to get "what's coming to him."
Not only does he need to show more respect for the sport and his fellow drivers off the track, he needs to stop driving "over his head" and trying to push a car to and maybe beyond its limit.
He needs to be humble and apologetic after being involved in any incident if another person is aggrieved, even if that incident took place in the course of battling for a top position in the final laps of a race at stock-car racing's highest level.
He needs to back off the throttle or not go into a turn so hard if there's the slightest chance he's going to make contact with another driver - especially anybody who’s more popular than he is.
In other words, Busch needs to be more mature and be more like other drivers who're in Sprint Cup racing.
You know, he needs to be more like all of those guys in NASCAR these days who are so dull and so lacking in personality that they've ruined what once was a grand sport.
Apparently, Busch is not enough like the guys who've become sated with all the money they're making and who're more concerned about having a good points day and thanking sponsors than about winning.
What NASCAR sorely needs right now is more colorful characters who don't mind talking a little trash or mixing things up when they feel like they need to - or even when they want to.
Until, that is, someone like that actually comes along.
It's too bad Joey Logano's birthday isn't a few days earlier than May 24. It would have been nice to see Logano turn 18 in time to compete in the Nationwide Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway instead of having to wait to debut at Dover. When you see him do what he did at Sunday's Automobile Racing Club of America race at Rockingham, you have to work to keep expectations within reason. The question that looms is how good, how fast can this kid be?
The Observer has learned that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is on the cover of the newest issue of ESPN the Magazine. Apparently, Lebron James needed a week off.
It's bad enough that Fox Sports keeps hammering viewers with a cartoon gopher when it shows shots from a camera in the track. That Fox goes way out of its way to hawk T-shirts featuring the varmint is even more galling. Surely the money being made off that is going to some charity and not into somebody's pocket, right?
BY THE NUMBERS
155 – Actual count, with some undoubtedly missed, of laptop computers being used during Monday's afternoon session of the Sprint Cup test at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
12 – Laps Jeff Gordon has run outside the top 15 in the past three Cup races at Darlington.