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Kyle Busch Needs a Lesson in Manners

MARTINSVILLE, VA - MARCH 30: Kyle Bush driver of the #51 Miccosukee Toyota climbs from his truck after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2009 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)
Jory FleischauerCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2009

Another race, and another spectacular run by the venerable Kyle Busch. As happens many times in life, the cards were not in Busch's favor, and he was relegated to a 17th place finish.

It is here where the respect for Busch begins to dwindle. Instead of conducting himself like an adult and discussing the events of the race, Busch was seen literally running out of the track.

Busch is far from a child, he is 23-years-old, yet he has not learned to conduct himself as an adult in situations such as this. From a young age we are taught and learn that life is not always fair, but that one must learn to take that in stride and to learn from it.

What should have Busch learned?

If you're going to pull a creative move like that, which is precisely what it was, do so on the front stretch of the track. Admit you made a mistake and that you have learned from it.

Whatever you do, though, do not go running away in much the same matter a disappointed 4-year-old does.

Perhaps it is time for Joe Gibbs to step in and offer his young and talented driver a few words of advice on how to conduct one's presence. Such actions would not be deemed acceptable in real world situations, nor should it be acceptable in Busch's situation.

And you cannot deem Busch's actions acceptable because he is a "strong competitor." I am glad he is bitter for losing and I am sure he is upset over NASCAR's car, which was the correct call, but that does not give him the right to storm off with little provocation.

Tony Stewart was guilty of this facet many years ago, as was Kevin Harvick, and both learned to funnel those emotions into something more productive. They are the poster children for this precise situation.

If I were NASCAR, I would not be terribly pleased with Busch's actions from today. The sport struggles in the American stick-and-ball society and is usually ridiculed on show's such as SportsCenter.

How is the sport going to look when it's most talented driver is shown running out of the track because he felt he was wronged?

It's a black eye for the sport and a black eye for Busch.

It is time someone stepped in and taught Busch some manners. Before his actions begin to fully detract from his immense driving ability.

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