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Uber driver gets surprise customer in Kyle Busch


during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 9, 2018 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Daniel Shirey

Kyle Busch needed a lift to get to Berlin Raceway Monday night to compete in a ARCA/CRA Super Series Late Model race.

Instead of taking a Lyft, Busch went with Uber.

According to a story by, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver was a surprise customer for Uber driver George Berridge, who picked Busch up at a hotel in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Berridge responded to Busch’s request for service without looking at the name of his next customer on his Uber app.

A big race fan, Berridge immediately recognized Busch and started trash talking the driver.

“I yelled, ‘Rowdy Busch,’” Berridge told “He said, ‘Yeah, that’s me.’ And then I told him, ‘Are you ready to get your ass kicked tonight?’”

Busch responded, “Dude, my Uber driver is going to start the ride like this? Seriously?”

Berridge called the moment “epic.”

He proceeded to drive Busch the 13 miles to Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan. Berridge, who worked for a late model team from 2003-07 and made clear he wasn’t a Busch fan, gained a little more appreciation for the driver.

“To go and be able to talk to a NASCAR champion, yes, my opinion has changed,” Berridge said. “I will always think he is a cry baby, but that just goes to show his competitive nature. He is not out there for a paycheck. He is out there to win races. His Late Model racing is a prime example of that.”

Busch went on to finish third in Money in the Bank 150.