Kyle Busch Is a Saint

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway on June 6, 2009 in Lebanon,Tennessee.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Tom ThomasonCorrespondent IJune 12, 2009

OK maybe not a Saint. Maybe not even a nice guy. maybe a real Jerk. Most of the time he's a real as... Um what was I talking about? Oh. Kyle Busch does happen to have a heart after all.

After hearing the news that truck Series champion Johnny Benson Jr lost his ride this weekend when Red Horse Racing shut down the No. 1 truck, Kyle decided to offer Benson his.

Are we talking about the same Kyle Busch? The man who alienates fans. The man who antagonizes the most popular driver. The controversial driver who smashes Priceless Guitars.
Busch was quoted as saying,  "Johnny losing his ride, that really stunk because I would have liked to have seen last year's champion keep his ride," Busch said Friday at Michigan International Speedway. "But unfortunately, money woes took him out of that deal."I think we are going to get it worked out where he can drive mine at Milwaukee."

Yes indeed. It seems being an immature driver does not define who a person really is. Maybe its possible to play the role of villain and still have a big heart for those in need.

The late Dale Earnhardt was often seen as the Villain in his day but, was also known for being a warm hearted loving person off the track.

Not to give the impression that I am a Kyle Busch fan. Far from it. I am the first to point out his immaturity on the track and during interviews. He added to his many unwise moments this week when he criticized Dale Earnhardt Jr fans.

While being questioned about his guitar smashing antics he said , A lot of people hated it, and I guess those are the ones with 88 tattooed on their arm," referring to Earnhardt's car number. "I've got no issues with Junior; it's his fans that are crazy, but that's all right."

And of course Earnhardt Jr. had to respond with,"I think the guy is just trying to direct a lot of people to his website or to his column and generate ad revenue.

So as the war of words continue between Jr and Busch, keep in mind that NASCAR is a business and having a bad guy on the track is just what they need. And just maybe Busch understands this all too well.

In all honesty, without Kyle Busch nascar could be in a lot of trouble.

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