Richard Childress Racing’s No. 8 driver Kyle Busch has such a strong personality that not everyone likes the way he acts or drivers.
He can provoke a lot of people with his aggressive driving style and his outspoken nature. Given such behaviour, he is often labeled as a villain in the NACAR narrative.
Whatever the label, there is no denying that Busch is one of the best modern drivers in NASCAR. And it is only a matter of time before the two-time champion will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Having left Joe Gibbs Racing for RCR, Busch is entering a new phase of his career. He will certainly bring along his passion for driving to the new team but will he also bring his attitude as a “villain” to his new team? Busch answered that he still can be that guy who brings excitement and entertainment to the narratives in NASCAR.
“It depends. It’s a matter of who makes you mad. It’s just a product of circumstances and what all goes down. Our sport needs some entertainment. It needs some excitement whether it’s on the track or a little bit off the track. If I’m that guy — I’ve been that guy for a little bit. This hat’s black for a reason. We’ll keep rolling,” Kyle Busch said.
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Busch’s exit from his long-term team JGR came about as they failed to replace his long-time primary sponsors, M&M, following their exit. Given that he had a very good relationship with the sponsors, Busch was allowed to express himself freely. And that might not necessarily be the case for his new sponsor, he admits.
“I feel like having the freedom of being able to act or react to certain situations the way that I could through the support of M&Ms allowed me to be as successful as I was on Sunday,” Busch said.
Nevertheless, it is in Busch’s nature to be aggressive and outspoken. And that’s what makes him special too for sports.