Kyle Busch: Villain, Hero, and Everything in Between

Jen PrestonSenior Analyst IJune 4, 2008

He's won three Craftsman Truck Series races.  He's won four Busch (err, I mean Nationwide) Series races.  He's won four Cup Series races, and is dominating the points standings. 

Don't know who I'm talking about?  Well, then you obviously haven't tuned into a NASCAR race this season. 

Because if you had, you would know that twenty-three-year-old Kyle Busch has not only taken this sport by storm, but he's also the most hated man in it.


Well, just take a minute to think back to Richmond, when the No. 18 Pedigree Toyota sent the No. 88 National Guard/Amp Energy Drink Chevy driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (I know it's hard Junior Nation but bear with me), sending NASCAR's favorite son into the fence and ending his chance at ending his two year win less streak. 

Both said it was a "racin' deal", but the loyal fans of Dale Jr. have never let Busch forget it. 

However, take a minute to imagine not the 88 spinning, but the 24.  I see the smiles on your faces! 

It's okay to admit that if Gordon was leading and Busch had sent him into the fence, and FOX, SPEED, and ESPN played the footage over and over that you all would be smiling everytime.  

It makes me laugh when I'm on the couch watching the race and realizing that "Rowdy" is hated for wrecking a guy that, not only hasn't won a race in TWO YEARS, but who also happens to drive for the MOST hated team in NASCARand not because he's won, not one, not two, but four Cup races this season. 

Am I the only one that finds that hilarious? 

By no means am I anything close to a Kyle Busch fan (ask my father and brother, who are devout Busch fans), but isn't it poetic justice that Kyle is running better than any of the cars from the team he was fired from? 

Kyle Busch is one of the most talented drivers I think I have ever seen in the sporteven if his team does have more horsepower than everyone else (hey, if Jack Roush says it, it must be true!). 

Love him or hate himunless NASCAR starts throwing mysterious debris cautions again or the teams figure out Toyota's horsepower secret, "Rowdy", "Slimetime" (he drives a green car, that nickname is good!) Busch will be boring up races for years to come.