Kyle Busch May Not Be Remembered For His On Track Performance

B BrandCorrespondent IJune 13, 2009

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)

History is a curious thing.

What's curious about the current situation with Kyle Busch is just how history will treat him. If you've read a newspaper or web page or watched any sports show you probably already know about Kyle's actions last week in Nashville.

Since then there's been a ton of comments, blogs, articles written about him and his actions. Some don't think it was a big deal, debating that the guitar was just a guitar. Others say it was his trophy and he could do whatever he wanted to do with it.

Others aren't so understanding. They argue that he showed tremendous disrespect for Sam, Gibson Guitars, Nationwide Racing Series, and Nashville Speedway. Quite an accomplishment for one's night's work.

The incident if you want to call it that wasn't his first brush with the controversy. He's tangled with many a driver on all kinds of tracks. And maybe all those incidents weren't his doing but there are plenty of other drivers who might disagree.

There's enough controversy off the track as well. He's been known to make a statement of two about Dale Earnhardt Jr as well. He alluded to the idea that maybe what happens on the track isn't the fault of Jr's crew chief. His recent statement was calling Junior Nation crazy.

Okay so maybe that wasn't the smartest thing a guy could do. Kyle also claims he has no issue with Junior. That's another debate for another day. The question now is do people have an issue with Kyle?

As years pass and the day comes for Kyle to park the car, how will history remember him? Will they remember him for the races he won? He's already won plenty in all three racing series.

Or will his on track success be overshadowed by his many disappearing acts when things don't go his way? Or maybe he'll be remembered for what he did after the races like what happened in Nashville?

The question has no answer today. But perhaps Kyle might want to give it some thought. The answer today may affect how Kyle's racing career is remembered years down the road.