That subject is perpetually up for debate but, we’ve got a good bit of time to figure it out. I mean, just because a guy comes back from an injury, then charged with having to dig out of a huge points deficit and wins four out of his last five races doesn’t mean that he’s the next _______________. Right?
Go ahead, fill in the blank: Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson? How about Cale Yarborough or David Pearson? Can @KyleBusch achieve such greatness? That’s some pretty tough company.
Well, I don’t think so. I doubt we’ll be comparing him to anyone. Rather, I believe the future will be compared to him.
Pretty bold statement, huh? Maybe.
Right now Joe Gibbs Racing is on their game and Toyota is pretty much out-shining Ford and Chevrolet. Add to the mix the continued chemistry between crew chief Adam Stevens and Busch and it appears that things are lined up pretty well. We also know that we’re playing in a cyclical arena – so, nothing lasts forever. But the big picture looks pretty good.
I didn’t just come to a conclusion based on recent weeks results. I’m not solely relying on mathematics either – the fact that he’s won 147 races across NASCAR’s three National Touring Series. Or even that he’s just 30-years-old.
Having spotted for champions and other great drivers in the sport, I share a different perspective than the casual fan or the ultra-passionate ones who understandably have bias towards their favorites. I’m not the expert here but, I’m pretty confident that I know what I’m looking at and Busch has been described to me as “amazing” and “unbelievable” by some of his fellow competitors who are race winners and Champions.
I think that Kyle Busch was the “real deal” long before the phrase was popularized – and part of an elite group who can back it up. You don’t have to like him — I do — but you’ve got to respect the talent. Not everyone was a fan of Bobby Allison, but he wasn’t inducted to the NASCAR Hall of Fame by winning a popularity vote.
I could get into a whole diatribe on the new Busch family dynamic and it’s influence — but I’ll leave that for someone who’s better at the heart-strings angle than I am.
Our sport is ever-changing. New faces emerge and higher benchmarks are established. That doesn’t mean past accomplishments are ignored or forgotten; it merely states that evolution is alive and well. And that Kyle Busch is at the forefront of the process.
I think that what he does is not just notable, it’s remarkable.