Joe Gibbs tires of Kyle Busch’s potty mouth at Pocono

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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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IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change