The youngest Busch brother has won four of the six Nationwide Series races this season, a second place finish and one finish outside of the top 30. Every race he runs he seems to dominate the competition, pretty much excluding all other drivers from a possible win. He isn’t running for the Championship, he is just doing it for fun, but has he overstayed his welcome?
Kyle Busch is no stranger to Victory Lane. He has well over 100 victories in all three of NASCAR’s top series combined. After missing the Chase last year in the Sprint Cup Series, it seems like Busch is out to prove to everyone, including himself that he can still win.
Well, he has definitely proved that, but has he gone too far? The Nationwide Series is supposed to be a place for drivers to learn and grow. It’s a series that is not quite as tough as the Sprint Cup Series yet still very competitive. It’s supposed to be a series for drivers to race it out and improve their skills eventually working their way into the big leagues of Sprint Cup. Lately though, it has become the Kyle Busch Show.
He has been in every race this season in the Nationwide Series and besides the Daytona opener where he experienced engine troubles; he has won, or at least finished second, every time. If you take to Twitter any given Saturday, or the occasional Friday, during a Nationwide Series race, you can find the majority of tweets to be about Busch. They aren’t usually positive and happy tweets either. Many people are tuning out of the Nationwide races because they know it’s just going to be another “Kyle Busch Show.”
It’s clear to see that Busch is destroying the Nationwide Series this season, in more ways than one. He is destroying it in terms of coming in and winning every weekend and he is destroying it in terms of fans and followers. I honestly don’t mind seeing full time Cup driver’s race in the Nationwide Series, but don’t do it every weekend. Let the Nationwide Series full-timers battle it out for the win instead of second place.
Busch will be behind the wheel of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota this weekend at Richmond and putting money on his win would be a pretty safe bet. Besides already having four wins this season, Busch has won four out of the last five Nationwide races at this track. Kyle Busch can wheel a race car; there is no doubt about that, but I think it is time he hangs up his Monster Energy helmet for a while and focus solely on his Race for the Chase.