Kyle Busch has been a magnet for controversy since breaking into NASCAR's top series full time in 2005, and while he's mellowed in recent years, he still has his moments. Witness his abrupt mic drop following his runner-up finish in the Coca-Cola 600 last weekend.
After winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup pole Friday at Dover International Speedway, Busch said his personality isn't going to change, because it's genetic.
“Different people show their emotions in different ways,” Busch told reporters. “Unfortunately for me, mine has never been very gracious — and I don’t know that it ever will be. I’m kind of learning that as the days go on. When my son (Brexton) is 2 years old, I see where it came from — it’s genetic.
“I’m sorry, that’s just who I am. That’s what I was given. If there’s anyone to blame, it’s probably the guy upstairs. I mean, I can probably get better and go to training and classes and everything else, but I don’t know. It is the way it is.”
Busch, who has 38 career NASCAR Cup victories, is seeking his first win of 2017. That helps explain his frustration after the Charlotte race, where he clearly had the dominant car at the end but lost to Austin Dillon, who rolled to victory on fumes.
“There were a lot of things on the line that meant a lot to me and would have been special to me, but I guess I should care less about those sort of things and not show that sort of emotion,” Busch said.
The 32-year-old driver says it helps to know he's got supporters when he steps across the line into controversy.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be blessed to be in the opportunity I’m in,” Busch said. “I’ve got great sponsors and partners that are with me, and they’ve stuck with me through a lot worse than what happened this week. And that’s through relationships.
“Those people that are close to me understand me and know me and know who I am outside the racetrack as a person and a friend, and that’s why I’m able to continue to have the relationships and the sponsorships that I do.”