Nascar’s Kyle Busch Says His New Documentary Doesn’t Go Far Enough
Busch’s foray into entertainment follows a limited netflix series featuring pilot Bubba Wallace”Breed: Bubba Wallace” which aired last year, and another limited series with Austin Dillon”Life at high speed” airs on the American cable network and also debuts this month.
The ‘ROWDY’ movie will focus on Busch’s unlikely and now legendary 2015 season which saw him return from a horrific injury in the Xfinity season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway in February to win the championship. NASCAR Cup at Homestead in November this year.
“I never thought I would ever make a film about my career before I retired,” Busch said in the press release announcing the film. “I know there are pivotal moments in my life that are misunderstood by fans. This film sets the record straight about what went through my mind and many people who were part of it. of those pivotal moments that changed me.
Friday at Sonoma Raceway, Busch said the movie won’t necessarily appeal to hardcore NASCAR fans, but those who are causal fans.
“If you’re a new NASCAR fan and you’ve only been here for, I guess, the last five or eight years, you don’t necessarily know the whole story where I come from and what happened in the beginning,” he said. “Just kind of given a whole range of that.”
Busch also seemed to express that he felt maybe some things were missing from the film.
“I feel like, you know, the movie is going well,” he said. “There are certainly elements that have been left out; that just the moment, just wasn’t enough time to show it. I wish we had the opportunity to do something more.
“You know the Jordan feature (the 10-part documentary ‘The Last Dance’) which was eight nine hours of film that aired… but that’s what it is; I can’t wait for people to understand the rowdy context a little more.
Busch was one of the most polarizing drivers in sports history. The nickname “Rowdy” comes from his aggressiveness on the track and his seemingly “take no prisoners” attitude. He’s a driver who rarely (if ever) apologizes for anything. Although he has a group of fans he calls his “Rowdy Nation”, he is most often encountered with a chorus of boos.
The film spends time exploring Busch’s past, his rise to Cup stardom, and his polarizing reputation. Busch, however, said even that didn’t seem to go far enough in the film. He feels that he has been misunderstood and that his actions have sometimes been misinterpreted.
“Yes, that would be very fair,” he said. I feel like there’s been a lot of cases and scenarios where there’s been an accumulation of certain actions and I don’t feel like that accumulation has ever been characterized, you know, for m ‘bring it to this point to finally boil the pot over.’
“So to show a bit of that; and that’s one of the other points in the movie that wasn’t fully explained, there were other boiling points.
Busch posits that his reputation could have been set in stone even before he made his NASCAR debut in the Truck Series in 2001. Kyle is the younger brother of Kurt Busch, the 2003 NASCAR Cup champion who also had a fanbase very polarizing. Although he mellowed over time, in the early 2000s when Kurt rose through the ranks, he was known for his outbursts of anger and as someone who, like his younger brother, was known for his aggression on the track and its own “take no prisoners”. attitude.
Kyle said because of this he could have been doomed almost from the start of his NASCAR career to be a driver with the reputation he has to this day, the driver known as Rowdy.
“When you come into the sport under your brother’s name,” he said. “(It’s) who brought me here, so it’s the merit of it; but you get booed on your first race you know the driver introductions (after) third qualifying at charlotte motor speedway (in 2003) for an xfinity series race and you get booed it’s not really good augurs for the rest of your time.”
ROWDY is produced by Chance Wright of Wright Productions with Hans Schiff and John Stevens of Venture 10 Studio Group. It will debut on June 29e in some cinemas hosted by Fathom Events.