Kyle Busch has a message for those confusing him with his brother

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kyle Busch has a message to those who have confused him with his brother, Kurt, in reporting about Kurt Busch’s recent court case.

“I think it’s stupid, I think people need to do a little bit more background before they write names or say names,’’ Kyle Busch said Monday during the NASCAR Sprint Cup media tour. “It’s not that hard to differentiate between two people that have the same last name. I think people need to do a better job and not be so slackish.’’

There have been some instances where Kyle Busch has been pictured or mentioned instead of his brother in the recent news about a hearing in a Dover, Del., family court involving Kurt Busch and his ex-girlfriend.

The case is a protective hearing order sought by Patricia Driscoll and gained national headlines after Kurt Busch said in court he believed Driscoll was a trained assassin. Summations are due shortly and a decision is expected soon afterward.

The Dover Police Department investigated Driscoll’s claim that Kurt Busch allegedly assaulted her in his motorhome in September at Dover International Speedway. The state Attorney General’s office has the report but has not yet decided if to pursue charges.

Kyle Busch was asked Monday how his brother is doing.

“Couldn’t tell you,’’ Kyle Busch said. “Haven’t spoken to him. Don’t know nothing. Trying to stay away from it all and let him handle his business.’’

Asked how feels about seeing his brother go through what he has, Kyle Busch said: “Obviously, it’s got to be painful for him. You don’t ever want to see anybody have to go through this sort of thing. Besides not getting too far involved in it, it’s about all I want to say.’’

April 5 in Motorsports History: Alex Zanardi’s amazing Long Beach rally

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Alex Zanardi entered the Long Beach Grand Prix on April 5, 1998 as the race’s defending champion and the series’ defending champion.

But the Italian didn’t seem a serious contender for much of the 105-lap event. Zanardi started 11th position and lost a lap early when he was involved in a multicar spin in the hairpin.

Alex Zanardi celebrates after winning the 1998 Grand Prix of Long Beach. Photo: Getty Images

But the race was still young, and despite emerging from the incident in 18th place, Zanardi slowly progressed through the field while battling radio problems that made communication difficult with his team.

With five laps remaining, Zanardi passed Dario Franchitti on the backstretch for second place and then focused in on leader Bryan Herta.

With two laps remaining, Zanardi made his move, making a daring pass on the inside of Herta in the Queen’s Hairpin (which no longer exists as the track layout was changed the following year).

The move was reminiscent of Zanardi’s famous last-lap move on the inside of Laguna Seca’s famed Corkscrew in 1996, which deprived Herta of his first CART victory.

Franchitti passed Herta as well, and Zanardi went on to clinch his first victory of the season.

“On a day when everything went wrong, we came back and won,” Zanardi said following the race. “I can’t explain it. It wasn’t until I saw Bryan ahead of me that I ever thought I had a shot at winning. It was amazing. I have no words to describe it.”

Following Long Beach, Zanadri won six more times in 1998 en route to his second and final CART championship.

Also on this date:

1992: Bobby Rahal led from start to finish to win the Valvoline 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. The win was the first of four victories for Rahal during his championship season.

2009: Ryan Briscoe won the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the first of three victories for the Aussie in 2009. The race was also the first IndyCar Series on Versus, which was rebranded as NBC Sports Network in 2012.

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