When attending a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, what you think would be a quite time, at times can be almost as loud as when the 43 cars are on the track. Yes, I am talking about driver introductions. When Dale Earnhardt Jr. is introduced, the cheer from the crowd can be so loud, you can barely hear the person next to you.
A similar noise, although not as loud, also occurs when Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, is introduced at driver introductions, only this is a mixture of cheers and boos. Yes, Kyle Busch has fans who do not like him for no reason other than he is Kyle Busch. However, love him, or hate him, Kyle has talent and can drive.
If you would like to argue with me, go ahead and make your point, but I will have a tough time seeing your point and agreeing, after the stretch of finishes Kyle has going right now, as Busch has won three of the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, taking the checkered flag at Sonoma, Kentucky and New Hampshire.
Now you might come back and say that is not that big of a deal. Well, first off, let me see you go out and win three of four races against some of the best drivers in the world. Second, let me see you win three of four races after missing the first 11 races after suffering a compound fracture of your right leg and broken left foot, which is exactly what happened to Kyle as the result of a crash on February 21st at Daytona International Speedway during the NASCAR Xfinity race.
The run Kyle is on is due a lot to his skill, in addition to the teamwork around his team. Being the person he is of crediting those around him, Kyle clearing knows without his team being prepared while he was injured, he would not be on the run he is currently.
“It certainly is nice. It certainly has been a perfect storm, if you will, to come back and to get into fast racecars. That’s what has meant the most.’’
Although it is hard to say what the rest of the season holds for Busch and his team, one thing is clear – next time the driver introductions take place, fans should think twice about letting out the loud ‘boo’ and give Kyle more ‘cheers’.
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