NASCAR: Why Fans Love to Hate Kyle Busch

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NASCAR:  Why Fans Love to Hate Kyle Busch
BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 26: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Wrigley's Doublemint Toyota, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 26, 2011 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

I'm what you would consider an extremely casual NASCAR fan.  I don't watch any more racing than what I see late at night on SportsCenter

What I do know about the sport is that Jimmie Johnson wins every year and there's an occasional scuffle between drivers, pit crews, and sometimes even owners, post-race.  From my point of view, it's one of the most appealing things about the sport.  I think that's why I love to hate a driver like Kyle Busch.

Busch, who leads the Sprint Cup Standings in 2011, always seems to be stirring up controversy anytime I hear his name.  The sick thing is, I kind of enjoy it.  His banter is as good as any in professional sports and his antics keep viewers like me somewhat tuned in to what is going on in NASCAR.

I like his bad boy persona, but I don't necessarily believe it's all persona.  Busch, from what I've seen, is "rough around the edges."  He doesn't mind telling a driver or the media what's exactly on his mind.  That's what makes him so appealing.

So I may not know who he races for or how many times he's won at Bristol, but I do know that this is a driver who can keep fans like me wanting to come back for more.

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