Kyle Busch’s son handled the situation brilliantly
Kyle Busch and his son Brexton Busch made their Tulsa Shootout debut. The indoor dirt race takes place on the 1/5-mile bullring in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s hosted on the same track as the Chili Bowl Nationals, just ahead of the famed dirt midget race.
Hear from Brexton Busch below.
Kyle entered in multiple divisions. The move just to enter the race brought mixed emotions from fans. Many were hating on the NASCAR Cup Series champion for running the Micro division.
But, those fans with disapproval were speaking from an unknown place. With 1,700 entries, the Tulsa Shootout is one of the toughest events in all of racing, with talent from end to end in all classes.
Kyle Busch opened his week with a bang. He drove from deep in the field, knocked the cushion and drove to a win, in his first race. However, he was humbled shortly after and just missed the main events on Saturday.
Meanwhile, son Brexton opened his Junior Sprint finale on Saturday with a win in the C-Main. That transferred him to the tail of the B-Main where he needed to do it all over again.
He nearly did. After starting toward the back, he drove through most the field, once more. He finished 4th of the 14 starters in the B-Main. However, he came up short as only 1st and 2nd place from the B-Main transferred into the main event.
Brexton Busch offered Tulsa Shootout provisional
After missing the show, Brexton was offered am unheard of opportunity for this event. The race promoter offered the 6-year-old a promoter’s provisional which would have allowed him to start the Jr Sprint A-Main from last. The move would have brought 21 cars to the starting line instead of the scheduled 20.
That news quickly circled in the paddock. And it soon brought some angry fire-breathing dads to the surface in the pit area. And, one reporter was kicked out after bringing light to the situation.
Meanwhile, Brexton put a poll up on twitter asking if he should accept the offer. After 320 votes, 90.9% voted yes. However, Brexton declined the offer.
Brexton stated via twitter, “What an awesome time running in my first ever Tulsa Shootout!! Won my C-Main & drove from 13th to 4th in B-Main.”
He added, “The Shootout promoters extended me a provisional invite to run the A-Main, but I politely declined, and will return next year to race my way in!”
Before Brexton declined the offer, fans were attacking Kyle. He quickly shut one of them down.
Kyle Busch responded to a comment via twitter, “Way to way over interject yourself into something that didn’t involve u at all. How have u explained to your kid that there r restricted class kids racing in jr sprints?! I still haven’t gotten mine to understand that one yet.”