Short Tracks & Hot Tempers

Rob RhodesContributor IMay 4, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - MAY 02:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Combos Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway on May 2, 2009 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Finally, two new names in the NASCAR headlines this week. As we head to Richmond, the "Richmond Rivalry" between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch will be the focus of the fans this week. I personally find short track races more fun to watch because of all the beating and banging for position.

Earnhardt and Busch won't be the only drives to watch. The whole field will be doing it. To be honest, I think the two may try to stay away from each other if they can. NASCAR is too penalty happy, lately.

In preparing for this post, I was reading a few articles and blogs about last year's battles between Jr. and "Shrub." I have to disagree with the notion Bush is out to get Jr. just because Jr. replaced him. At first, I'm sure there were some hard feelings, but Busch has shown that he doesn't need to be in a Hendrick car to win.

On the other hand, Jr. has proved that being in a Hendrick car doesn't give you a better chance of winning. If the two get together again this year at Richmond, it will be simply for the win or a better position, not because of who is in what car.

One final note. I want to make it clear before the Jr. Nation hunts me down. I am not a Jr. hater. I personally like Jr. and don't really care too much for Busch. I just think the notion that Busch is jealous is nuts.

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