Dale Jr. vs. Kyle Busch; No Contest

Reno SouthContributor IMarch 24, 2009

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 20:  Dale Earnhardt Jr driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 20, 2009 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kyle Busch's racing careers will be forever compared. That was guaranteed when Jr. replaced Busch at Hendrick Motorsports.

Two years ago Busch was the odd man out at HMS. He could never reach his potential there, as he was driving for the third team in the four team stable at HMS. Upper management there had decided to give the most resources to past champs, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.

Busch was way too competitive, emotional, and immature to settle for less than top rides at HMS, so when Dale Jr. became available, HMS brought him in, and dropped Busch. Souvenir sales have never been better.

Dale Jr. has won only one points race in his 41 starts at HMS, while Busch has won 10 Cup races in his 41 starts for Joe Gibbs Racing.

When asked to comment on those winning percentages Jr. Nation replied, "Jr.'s crew chief/cousin is holding him back, and Kyle only wins because Toyota is cheating. Na, na, ya, ya."

While hard to argue with that logic, I'll try. Hendrick has won eight Cup championships, with three different drivers. I believe they know how to pair up a driver with a crew chief for maximum performance. Jr. hand-picked his crew chief, and HMS is letting it play out. Souvenir sales have never been better.

As far as Toyota cheating, NASCAR inspects every car and holds them within their specifications. If Toyota is cheating, how come Busch is the only one winning in one? Busch had eight of Toyota's 10 Cup wins last year, and he has their only two wins this year.

Could Jr.'s best days be behind him? He did have six wins during one season while driving at DEI. Does anyone believe he could ever win that many at HMS in one year? He must go to a team where he will be the top dog. Though, I can't think of any team right now where he would be.

When asked to comment HMS responded, " Souvenir sales have never been better."