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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch occasionally engages fans on social media, especially when they challenge him for his sometimes grumpy post-race behavior.
Asked Friday about reaction to NASCAR’s Tuesday announcement of a dramatic rules change designed to tighten competition in next month’s All-Star Race, Busch said he’s often confused by fan expectations.
“I’m not sure that you can fabricate racing to being anything better than what exists, you know?” he said. “People say how great it was back in the day, but you had two guys or three guys on the lead lap sometimes. Richard Petty would win races by two laps at places and now you have 25 cars on the lead lap and competition is as close as it’s ever been, and people are complaining that there is a lack of competition.
“I don’t know what you expect to be competition — you want the last-place guy to be able to be the first-place guy. There’s always going to be a last-place guy. … Nobody’s happy. Be miserable like me, and then nothing will surprise you.”
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And then ice cream came into the picture.
“I think if you wanted pink ice cream with white frosting on it, you would say, ‘Man, I really wish I had white ice cream with pink frosting,’ ” Busch said. “It’s just everybody wants the opposite of what they see and what they get.”