Judging by the reactions of the NASCAR fans in attendance, a large chunk of people would’ve preferred a rain-out to a Kyle Busch victory in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol on Saturday night. During driver introductions, Busch was booed heavily, even while being accompanied by his 2-year-old son, Brexton. At that point, he had already won two races and was about to win his third.
Busch swept the weekend — the trifecta of Truck Series, Xfinity and Cup Series — for the second time in his career, the first time being in 2010.
The win was the 40th Cup win of Busch’s career at NASCAR’s highest level, and the sixth in 25 career races at Bristol Motor Speedway. His victory in the Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday was his 49th in that series. His “W” in the Xfinity race on Friday was his 91st in NASCAR’s second tier and is the most all-time.
With a total of 180 wins across all three of NASCAR’s primary divisions, Busch is within striking distance of winning a total of 200 races — the icon Richard Petty is the only driver to have done it, his 200 career wins being the most in the history of NASCAR. If fans are mad at Kyle Busch now, their reaction should he eclipse the record is predictable.
Why do people dislike Kyle Busch? His fans will tell you it’s jealousy. The anti-Busch crowd will never point to a single reason. To have that much success across NASCAR’s three primary divisions makes him one of the best drivers in history.
I didn’t know what to make of Busch until I interviewed him and his wife, Samantha, and found him to be approachable, fun and quick to laugh. I asked him about the pick-up line he used to woo Samantha, if Brexton has been raised on a steady diet of M&M’s due to their sponsorship, and his tactics in the classic Nintendo racing game “Super Mario Kart.” Click here to form your own opinion of Busch.
While the weekend was great for Busch, the opposite was true for Autotrader driver Brad Keselowski. Keselowski finished 29th after qualifying 17th. A punctured tire early in the race put the #2 car in a hole it could never get out of.
Before the race, Keselowski took questions from fans and signed a remote-control car on Facebook live via #BradsLiveSweeps.
And check out the video of a few hot laps on the track at Bristol. Even going just 70 mph in a pace car will make you dizzy and potentially nauseous — imagine going 120+ mph for three hours. It may give you more respect for Busch’s success and how difficult it is to win there.