After his win at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch compared himself to Dale Earnhardt Sr. which angered the NASCAR fans.
In winning at Bristol, he is now tied with Richard Petty as the driver with at least a win in 18 consecutive seasons. While there is no doubt that the two-time Cup Series champion is one of the best drivers NASCAR has had, but the comparison he made himself with legendary Earnhardt Sr. didn’t go well at all with NASCAR fans.
After his win, Busch said:
“We got one. Doesn’t matter how you get them. It’s all about getting them,” said Busch, who was greeted by a cascade of boos from the Bristol crowd. “I mean, man, I feel like Dale Earnhardt Sr. right now. This is awesome. I didn’t do anything. he added
“It’s just a testament to our team, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota … and it being fast, fast enough to stay in contention, fast enough to see those guys. I don’t know why we couldn’t fire off after it rained, both times. It just would not fire. Took it about 20 laps to get going.
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Many fans called out Busch as disrespectful for the comparison while others pointed out that while Earnhardt Jr. was the most respected driver in NASCAR history, Busch is one that is hated.
— Sim Racers For Mental Health (@SR4MH) April 18, 2022
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) April 18, 2022
Not on backing into a win. On… how the crowd received him winning. Sr didn't back into wins. He won 7 chips buddy. Maybe the crowd likes a villian
— Joe Mama (@JoeMama75045979) April 18, 2022
Really Kyle? It doesn’t matter how you win? I guess as long as it’s you. But let someone else get a last second win and they’re backing into one. That’s why the boos.
— Thomas Hillrich (@Caddy59Tom) April 18, 2022
He said I feel like Sr getting booed when I wasn’t even involved in the wreck. They left off most of what he said and then added stuff he didn’t to get a big response outta twitter lol
— heath gerrald (@GerraldHeath) April 18, 2022
Hated when he said that. You will never be a 7x champ ser.
— KMHrock89 (@kharper89) April 18, 2022
While Busch is not comparing himself with the seven-time champion in terms of racing skills, the comparison with such a figure is certain to bring about criticism. As one of the polarizing figures in NASCAR, this incident will only make fans hate him more.