NASCAR

Kyle Busch Is the Next Jaws, Not Intimidator

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 22:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Snickers Toyota, poses in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 22, 2009 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Toby ChristieSenior Analyst IMarch 27, 2009

When I hear that Kyle Busch is being compared to the late Dale Earnhardt, I can't help but think of how far off everyone is. Sure Mr. Busch has a intense racing style where he isn't afraid to root and gouge, but he does one thing very differently than Earnhardt. It is all in the way he carries himself.

Busch has a cockiness in his interviews, where Earnhardt was more of a let the car do my speaking type of guy. So when I go to compare Busch to a driver from back in the day, I look to only one man...That's right, Darrell Waltrip (Jaws).

Waltrip is a three-time Sprint Cup Champion, who may have had a fourth title if not for his cockiness getting the best of him in an interview in 1979, which cost him points ultimately leading to Richard Petty's Seventh championship. 

Waltrip was just about as aggressive as Earnhardt, but Dale had a way of getting into his opponents head by what he didn't say. Meanwhile Waltrip would ham it up on camera (Much like Busch does now).

Only time will tell if Busch will be a force for many years to come, or if his team just got an early leg up on the COT (Most likely the first option).

But one thing at least for now is true, if Busch wants to truly be compared to Earnhardt or Waltrip, he needs to capture the ultimate prize, the championship.

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