Kyle Busch’s attitude stinks, but it’s good for NASCAR

Lucy Atkinson

Best known for his participation and success in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup, driver of the number 18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing – Kyle Busch – has been stirring up quite the storm this week.

The 32-year old occasionally drives in the Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series, and also owns a team in the Truck Series – Kyle Busch Motorsports. Following his victory in the recent All-Star race, Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs have shown significant improvement as the season has progressed. It was no surprise when Kyle was close to the front, if not leading the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway at the weekend. However, when the race came down to it – those who led the final few laps weren’t necessarily in the fastest or best cars – but rather they’d gambled on staying out and trying to make it to the end on what fuel they had.

It was a frustrated Kyle who climbed from his car after an incredibly long Coca-Cola 600 race that had been red flagged for a storm, when Austin Dillon won his first ever Cup Series race because of a fuel gamble.

When interviewed directly after the race, Kyle gave a great interview on pit road.

However, when it was time for the press conference, something had drastically changed:

This inevitably got a significant reaction from the NASCAR community. Fans and fellow drivers alike all took to social media to air their support and respect, or their disgust and disappointment. Dale Earnhardt Jr was vocal about the affair, and had this to say:

Other drivers weren’t onboard with Dale Jr’s amusement at the situation though. Brad Keselowski was quite outspoken with his disapproval on Twitter.

He then went on to post:

Although he was soon taken down a notch by the Toyota Racing Executive with this reply:

So, it was a mixed camp between lovers and haters. Kyle Busch truly is the Marmite of NASCAR at the moment. You either love him or you hate him. Some compare his passion to the late Dale Earnhardt Sr and defend Kyle’s actions by reiterating that he’s a driver who believes anything other than first is a losing position. Whereas other people regard Kyle Busch as a “cry baby” who needs to learn respect and dignity.

Whatever you think of him, he has certainly had a significant portion of NASCAR’s spotlight being shone on him as a result of his feisty attitud. Who could forget the incident in Las Vegan with Joey Logano? Perhaps this will be good for NASCAR, a sport where there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

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