Kyle Busch: Why His Lovable Jerk Persona Works in the NASCAR Sprint Cup

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Kyle Busch is a man in transition, maturing before our eyes. While he still has a few qualities that make him NASCAR's most notorious heel, he is in the the process of becoming a more lovable driver than in the past.

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Since: Dec 06

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#1 Sep 19, 2011
KB was handed the world on a silver platter when he was 16 years old. Really, what did you expect from someone that never really had to "work" for it?
HUH

Columbus, OH

#2 Sep 19, 2011
so you would be willing to risk your life with all the racing he does? I really doubt that. ha.
they have to do sponsor events, they do not have a lot of downtime like us hourly Monday to Friday workers. their life is racing. give him some respect. I do not call that handing him the silver platter. he works very hard. He has really matured & appreciates all he has. he gives back a lot to charity. also he loves racing. he races clean. for the past 3 years , he and wife have been attending church. That has helped him mature. so go ahead and make fun of him, but in the end , he is the one laughing & enjoying what he does.
HUH

Columbus, OH

#3 Sep 19, 2011
do you think Paul Menard is also a jerk? his daddy handed him the racing on a silver platter. bought him out to the teams with his sponsorship. yeah, I think so. daddy daddy daddy.
Green Flag

United States

#4 Sep 19, 2011
They don't hand out talent, intelligence, tenacity and the love for racing on a silver platter. Kyle was born with or worked hard to achieve these. He worked hard to graduate from high school at 16 so he could start racing. I totally agree with HUH. Kyle has matured into a good man and an excellent driver. He is a benefit to NASCAR and his community.

Since: May 11

Bowling Green, KY

#5 Sep 19, 2011
Kyle bush is a cry baby prick
Trinity

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Sep 19, 2011
Green Flag wrote:
They don't hand out talent, intelligence, tenacity and the love for racing on a silver platter. Kyle was born with or worked hard to achieve these. He worked hard to graduate from high school at 16 so he could start racing. I totally agree with HUH. Kyle has matured into a good man and an excellent driver. He is a benefit to NASCAR and his community.
How can you be a fan of his and defend him ?
Green Flag

United States

#7 Sep 19, 2011
Trinity wrote:
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How can you be a fan of his and defend him ?
Why not? It's the truth! Who's your favorite driver?
Fan of Racing

United States

#8 Sep 19, 2011
Guessing 1981 wrote:
Kyle bush is a cry baby prick
It takes one to know one.
Trinity

Grand Rapids, MI

#9 Sep 19, 2011
Sorry, i'm here. I like quite a few drivers, i don't like just one. It's how Kyle handles himself after he wrecks out of a race or if he get's bumped by another driver, that's racin ya know. He doesn't have to act so immature about it. I'm not saying i hate him or anything, he needs to grow up, be a man and accept responsibilities for his actions.
Green Flag

United States

#10 Sep 19, 2011
Trinity wrote:
Sorry, i'm here. I like quite a few drivers, i don't like just one. It's how Kyle handles himself after he wrecks out of a race or if he get's bumped by another driver, that's racin ya know. He doesn't have to act so immature about it. I'm not saying i hate him or anything, he needs to grow up, be a man and accept responsibilities for his actions.
There may have been a time when you were correct; but, this year he has matured into a driver that should be respected. In the after race interviews that I saw he always took responsibility for anything that he felt was his fault. As an 18 year old driver he acted like an 18 year old. People can't get over the one accident he had with Jr.
Talkin to losers

Decatur, IL

#11 Sep 19, 2011
I don't like him but he is a great young driver! NASCAR has gotten so boring the last couple of years that I hardly watch it anymore where as before I would try not to miss a lap. He is what NASCAR needs to get a little excitement back into the sport. Nascar officials are hypocrytes too, they say they want the drivers to settle things on the track and then when they do the drivers get called out on the carpet for probations and warnings and scoldings like little kids at a go cart track. Actually Nascar started going to hell when Dale Sr. died but Nascar just didn't see it or did not want to. TV ratings have dropped like 20% over the last 5 years so what does that tell you. Tells me they need a few more Kyle Bush type drivers to get the excitement back like it used to be. Helton and the drivers are just happy with their big paychecks and don't really care about the racing like they used to!
Trinity

Grand Rapids, MI

#13 Sep 20, 2011
I never said that he wasn't a good driver because he is, it was his attitude i was talking about. I'm not a spiteful person and yes i have noticed some change in him this year.

But i do recall some really bad verbal language between him and some drivers. That is what i'm mostly talking about and media interviews.
HUH

Columbus, OH

#14 Sep 20, 2011
Trinity wrote:
Sorry, i'm here. I like quite a few drivers, i don't like just one. It's how Kyle handles himself after he wrecks out of a race or if he get's bumped by another driver, that's racin ya know. He doesn't have to act so immature about it. I'm not saying i hate him or anything, he needs to grow up, be a man and accept responsibilities for his actions.
How do you feel about Harvick. 40 something. always whinning complaining. calls his team members all kinds of names, but when in front of camera. He does the 2 face smile. He is really a nasty person. I hate him. he has a good teacher. old drunk childress.
HUH

Columbus, OH

#15 Sep 20, 2011
Trinity wrote:
I never said that he wasn't a good driver because he is, it was his attitude i was talking about. I'm not a spiteful person and yes i have noticed some change in him this year.
But i do recall some really bad verbal language between him and some drivers. That is what i'm mostly talking about and media interviews.

so Harvicks mouth is ok. ummm. do not agree. Busch has really been much better this year. he has really matured. always praising his team and the sponsers. what about JJ last week? he goes after drivers in the race and after. me believes you are so set in your Busch hate, you do not look at other drivers actions!
Trinity

Grand Rapids, MI

#16 Sep 20, 2011
I'm not blind, i observe all the drivers on the track. I don't care much for Harvick, win or lose i don't care. JJ use to be a favorite of mine but over time he showed his true colors and i was turned off by him. There is only one man that i respect in racing these days.

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#17 Sep 20, 2011
Hands down, Kyle Busch has been the most talented driver in all of NASCAR since the first day he arrived. No Petty, Allison, Johnson, Gordon, Earnhardt or Waltrip has come faintly close to accomplishing what he has in the short few years he's been in NASCAR. He's been an ass at times, but Kyle Busch doesn't race for the money, Kyle races for the racing. Before he started his own truck team he drove someone else's truck for free. Kyle's maturing and developing more patience but he's never going to be Mr. Layedback. Love him or hate hate him, he's as good as there is behind the wheel.

Since: Dec 06

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#18 Sep 20, 2011
HUH wrote:
do you think Paul Menard is also a jerk? his daddy handed him the racing on a silver platter. bought him out to the teams with his sponsorship. yeah, I think so. daddy daddy daddy.
Absolutely.

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#19 Sep 20, 2011
Green Flag wrote:
They don't hand out talent, intelligence, tenacity and the love for racing on a silver platter. Kyle was born with or worked hard to achieve these. He worked hard to graduate from high school at 16 so he could start racing. I totally agree with HUH. Kyle has matured into a good man and an excellent driver. He is a benefit to NASCAR and his community.
There are many drivers/racers out there with all those qualities racing short tracks that never get a shot at the big time....

Since: Dec 06

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#20 Sep 20, 2011
HUH wrote:
so you would be willing to risk your life with all the racing he does? I really doubt that. ha.
I've always liked this "risk your life" crap... "Race car driver" is not even on the list of "most dagerous jobs". If you lump in "race car drivers" with "Athletes and Entertainers" (probably appropriate) Race drivers is still a less dangerous job than a garbage man.

So technically, you and I are putting our own lives at risk just as much as KB is everysingle day.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/0...
Green Flag

United States

#21 Sep 20, 2011
menards wrote:
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There are many drivers/racers out there with all those qualities racing short tracks that never get a shot at the big time....
Yes, I'm sure there are. If they are good enough and stand out like Kyle did, I'm sure they will get noticed too.

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