Busch's three wins are no big deal

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:48 AM ET

I must admit that for a split second on Saturday night I got sucked into that vortex of hyperbole that was the reaction to Kyle Busch’s NASCAR triple at Bristol Motor Speedway.

For those who didn’t wait up or chose to watch exciting live Saturday night stock car racing at their local short track oval, Busch capped a weekend in the hills of the Tenessee/Virginia border region in which he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Irwin Tools 500 after winning the Food City 250 Nationwide Series race on Friday and the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Camping World Truck Series race the previous Wednesday.

It was a feat that had never been done before.

But wait just a minute. Would the professional sports world give two hoots if a Phil Mickleson went out and won a seniors golf tournament on Wednesday, a Nationwide tournament on Friday and a PGA event in Sunday?

The answer is a resounding no.

In fact, guaranteed, there would have been widespread condemnation in the stick-and-ball sports media that Mickleson was hustling the elderly and the kids for the sake of a record.

But those same standards apparently don’t apply to NASCAR.

And for those media organizations — hello ESPN, hello ABC, hello Sports Illustrated, hello Associated Press — to paint Busch’s three wins as an extraordinarily special sporting moment is simply embarrassing.

Yes, he won a NASCAR Truck race against a bunch of old guys and Nationwide race against a gaggle of not-ready-for-prime-time drivers.

But really, shouldn’t the focus be on why NASCAR allows its top pros to drop down one and two levels of competence just to pad their win stats?

Look at the results this season in the Nationwide and Truck series.

The very few times a regular in the Truck or Nationwide series has won this season — in fact it’s happened only once in Nationwide — it’s usually because the Cup drivers stayed in their motorhomes.

Worker of the year

It was nice to see Kerry Micks on the podium — he finished third in the No. 02 Dickies/Digital Imaging Ford — in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Dickies 200 at Mosport International Speedway on Saturday.

Especially so in a sponsor-driven sport.

Micks picked up Dickies sponsorship— a work apparel manufacturer and retailer — this season and on Saturday presented a 2010 Dodge Ram pick-up truck to Brandon Renneberg, of Regina, Sask., who was picked as Canadian worker of the year in a promotion backed by Dickies.

Finish lines

Speaking of Mosport, it was announced on Sunday that it will get its traditional August holiday long weekend date back for the American Le Mans Series race in 2011. For that past two seasons‚ including this weekend’s ALMS Grand Prix of Mosport, the race has been run on the same dates as the NASCAR Nationwide NAPA 200 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ... There is a nasty little spat going on in Formula One between Ferrari and former world champion Niki Lauda. Lauda accused Ferrari of “mocking” fans over team orders at Hockenheim that saw Filipe Massa give up a win to let teammate and championship contender Fernando Alonso. The prancing-pony folks hit back, sending out a release stating Lauda “missed out on a fine opportunity to keep his mouth shut.”


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