Is he the greatest NASCAR driver of his generation?
His fans definitely think so and while Kyle Busch is truly one of the most revered drivers in NASCAR history, he is also one of the sports most successful entities. In fact, if we were to compare NASCAR to other sports, Kyle Busch would likely be our version of Lebron James or Peyton Manning. A man that prides himself on nothing less but victory and will push himself to achieve those means.
And push himself he did! Kyle Busch currently stands with One Cup championship, 40 Cup Series victories, One Xfinity Series championship, 91 Xfinity Series victories, 49 Truck Series victories, one Brickyard 400 victory, 3 All Star race wins, two Bristol sweeps and has also been an amazing mentor to Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones. With that being said, there are still a few things remain unchecked when it comes to his racing resume.
Unfortunately for Kyle Busch, that unaccomplished goal involves winning at least six more championships before he is considered even among the best of all time. Not to mention the fact that he hasn’t won a Coca Cola 600 or Daytona 500 yet, he is also missing a Camping World Truck Series championship, but Johnson doesn’t have one of those either, which puts them on an equal playing field in that regard.
Dale Earnhardt JR spoke about it during his Dale Download podcast show and while he believes Kyle Busch is one of the most talented drivers of his generation, he doesn’t think that makes him the best of all time yet. ““Kyle Busch would be considered by many people to be the greatest race car driver in the history of the sport if and when he wins a few more championships Dale JR said of former rival,”I think that’s the only thing that’s not allowed him to creep into that conversation yet for a lot of people.
=…“Kyle’s definitely getting in this conversation, particularly with weekends like this. Dale JR continued when asked about what it will take for Kyle Busch to be considered one of the greatest of all time,”If he goes on and wins a championship or two or three more championships before he hangs it up, he’s gonna be in that. He’s going to be a contender for the championship, I perceive, for the next several years.”
Again, great compliments paid to Kyle Busch by NASCAR’s most popular driver and why not? Kyle Busch should be considered one of the greatest of all time, but if he wants to move himself up the totem pole a little bit, he might want to win a few more championships and move himself ahead of Jeff Gordon. He also might want to stop whining when loses, which has proven hard to do for the former Cup Series Champion.
In fact, if you look at Kyle Busch’s history in NASCAR, its almost filled with as many controversies as victories? And that’s whats hurt him the most! With that being said, its also helped them the most and that’s proven time and time again when he exits his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, faces the crowd and bows with the checkered flag in his clenched hands.
While he does have a long way before ever entering the greatest of all time conversation on his racing achievements alone, he makes up for that with his personality and his ability to make fans cheer or boy for NASCAR’s candyman. Just like another controversial figure we all know and love. In fact, he went on to win seven championships, 73 Cup victories, won The Daytona 500 in 1998, and drove The Black Goodwrench # Chevrolet
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