If you've ever played football or basketball you know that you sometimes lined up against opponents who were not as good, or maybe not as smart, as you. And sometimes these opponents would resort to dirty tactics, rough play, or other means as they tried to intimidate you.
The worst thing you can do is to let them get you out of your game, and come down to their level. Once you let them occupy space in your head, rent free, you are no good to your team. The great ones focus on the task at hand... winning. Albert Pujols, Tim Duncan, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, etc. all excel because they focus on one thing.... winning. They have an unquenchable will to win, and don't let small minded competitors get in the way.
Kyle Busch focuses on the one thing that drives him.... winning. He doesn't carry grudges, paybacks, or perceived slights over to the next race. Some drivers ruin a possible nice finish by worrying about paying so-and-so back. Some let it consume them for months as they wait for the perfect opportunity to extract revenge on someone who did nothing wrong in the first place.
Which brings us to the recent Southern 500 at Darlington. Late in the race, Kevin Harvick tried to rough Busch up on three occasions (on one lap), he wrecked his own teammate along the way, before being dumped by a finally fed up Busch. Harvick laughed at Homestead last November when he wrecked Busch for "acting like a clown". I guess it's not so funny when the clown shoe is on the other foot.
The Southern 500 had a feel-good finish as upstart, Regan Smith, got his first win in a huge upset. But, Harvick had to make it all about himself. He couldn't just follow Busch's car behind pit wall, he had to show his ass in front of 60,000 fans and a network TV audience. Not exactly the makings of a championship run. Budweiser couldn't have asked for a better representative.
So what now? There will be sanctions for the pit road incidents, not the on track stuff. Busch will continue to win and drive towards a championship. Harvick can use this as motivation, or, more likely, be consumed by revenge. If so, don't expect Kev to be hoisting the big cup anytime soon.
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