Joe Gibbs is a straight-laced, conservative and very religious man.
One of his drivers, Kyle Busch, is more of the fast-and-loose type, not afraid to speak what’s on his mind – even if the timing is wrong or is yet another example of Busch being at his less-than-classy best.
For the most part, Gibbs is like a fisherman: he has given Busch more than enough line when he doesn’t necessarily need to.
But sometimes even the coach has enough of Kyle being Kyle.
Such was the case during this past Sunday’s Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Busch was having a trying day at the time with a car that, shall we say, was less than cooperating.
So to vent his anger at his ride, Busch started dropping one profanity after another, all to be heard over the team radio – and monitored by the thousands of fans with scanners in the grandstands.
One particular Busch rant, which seemed to have one curse word interjected with every other two or three normal words, finally caused Coach Joe to say enough is enough.
But rather than call Busch out on the radio, Gibbs played it cool, calm and discrete. He tapped crew chief Dave Rogers on the shoulder and in a low voice expressed his disdain.
Rogers got the message and passed along Gibbs’ exasperation.
Basically, Gibbs wanted Busch to stop having such a potty mouth.
Hey K-B, got coach [Gibbs] here on my shoulder telling me and you both to use better language on the radio.”
Oh, the humanity, Kyle Busch just got his hand slapped for all to see (and hear). Needless to say, Busch cleaned up his language – and his act – from that point on and finished a respectable 12th when the checkered flag dropped.
Kyle is probably lucky Gibbs didn’t take it a step further after the race and give Busch a spanking or try to wash his mouth out with soap. They certainly would have been merited.
Check out Busch’s rant (around 0:40) among some of the other key moments on team radios during Sunday’s race in the video below.
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