Kyle Busch ran away from the field in the closing laps of Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, winning his first race of the season and guaranteeing himself a spot in this year’s playoffs in the process. Interestingly enough, Busch’s win also tied him up with Bill Elliott on the all time win list, and has one NASCAR legend claiming that fans should change their tune about Busch.
“We need to start talking about Kyle Busch being one of the best of all time, in my opinion,” Dale Jarrett said during NASCAR America this week “He’s such an outstanding race driver.“Let’s look at how he’s climbing up the ladder in the Cup series with each of these (wins),” Jarrett said. “You think about 10 more years, winning four or five races a year, where that’s going to elevate him to. Talking about getting past Dale Earnhardt (76 wins) and Darrell Waltrip (84) and Cale Yarborough (83) and people like this. And challenging Jimmie Johnson (83) and Jeff Gordon (93) as far as the number of wins
One of Jarrett’s argument for why Busch deserves the moniker of being one of the greatest drivers of all time has to do with his domination across The Cup Series, The Xfinity Series and The Camping World Truck Series, which he is becoming dangerously close to netting 200 victories if you add all three together.
Sunday’s win at Texas Motor Speedway was number 44 for Busch and also ties him with Bill Elliott on the all time win list. The win comes after weeks and weeks of NASCAR fans calling Busch a bridesmaid for always finishing second this season, which Busch finally put to rest with a huge win on the mile and half track of Texas Motor Speedway.
With that being said, its not known how NASCAR fans are going to react to this statement, especially since Busch continues to be despised by a majority of fans, but maybe they will come around sooner or later like they did with Dale Earnhardt back in the day. In fact, maybe NASCAR fans will embrace Kyle Busch as the next Dale Earnhardt one day, which would be cool to see.
In the end, whether you love him or hate him, Kyle Busch is one of the most dominant drivers in NASCAR today. Not only did he prove that by beating Kevin Harvick, who has been labeled the fastest car so far this season, but also by his multiple second place finishes that have racked him up a bunch of stage points.
What are your thoughts? Should Busch be considered one of the greatest drivers of all time, or is he too far away from that moniker to really call him that yet. Let us know in the comments below!