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Busch hype misleading fans?

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10:19 AM ET 07.23 | It's quite obvious that Kyle Busch has immense ability on the track. But to compare this relative newcomer's record to those of such NASCAR legends as Richard Petty and David Pearson -- as some in the media are doing -- is absurd. Busch recently achieved the 100-victory plateau, an accomplishment that was widely ballyhooed. A total of 22 of these triumphs have come in events at NASCAR's top level. He has scored 49 wins in the Nationwide Series and 29 on the pickup truck circuit, both lower-tier tours. So it's ludicrous to elevate Busch to the level of Petty and Pearson, as a few are attempting to do. Petty lists 200 victories at NASCAR's highest level, Pearson 105.

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July 23, 2011  10:44 AM ET

Do we discount the 49 wins in Nationwide by Mark Martin? Harvick has 63 wins and only 17 are in Cup.

July 23, 2011  10:44 AM ET

Who doesn't love love?

July 23, 2011  10:46 AM ET

DAH!! Exactly -- there is no way in hell candy boy can be compared to legends of years ago ... wait about 5-10 years and see how far this "boy" goes. I for one think many of his fellow drivers have about had it with his "move over -- here comes the star" attitude. Almost eight of his wins have been in the "minor leagues" and not with the big dogs. A comparison would be if candy boy went to a day care center to take all comers in a cage match ...

With that being said -- Gibbs (along with toy-yo-das $$ backing) are working their rising sun butts off trying to get another driver with more popularity ... enter Edwards. I hope Roush and Ford match these TURD $$ to keep Edward where he is. toy-yo-da has deep pockets and wants to win at all cost -- NASCAR better keep an eye on this or their racing will wind up being a toy-yo-da IROC look alike series.

July 23, 2011  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

DAH!! Exactly -- there is no way in hell candy boy can be compared to legends of years ago ... wait about 5-10 years and see how far this "boy" goes. I for one think many of his fellow drivers have about had it with his "move over -- here comes the star" attitude. Almost eight of his wins have been in the "minor leagues" and not with the big dogs. A comparison would be if candy boy went to a day care center to take all comers in a cage match ... With that being said -- Gibbs (along with toy-yo-das $$ backing) are working their rising sun butts off trying to get another driver with more popularity ... enter Edwards. I hope Roush and Ford match these TURD $$ to keep Edward where he is. toy-yo-da has deep pockets and wants to win at all cost -- NASCAR better keep an eye on this or their racing will wind up being a toy-yo-da IROC look alike series.

Same old, same old. You need a new speech writer. LOL

July 23, 2011  11:26 AM ET

Nationwide might be on his side, but Petty and Co. never had the luxury of beating ARCA quality drivers to ramp up the wins.

July 23, 2011  11:31 AM ET

Check how many races Petty ran some years.

July 23, 2011  11:37 AM ET
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Check how many races Petty ran some years.

Some very small tracks to be sure, many only half-mile, but the competition was still the same. I used to have to search the paper for some small news buried on the last pages.

July 23, 2011  12:01 PM ET

There used to be two or three races a week on small (sometimes dirt) tracks. In other words, cheap, easy wins. Guys didn't race in all of them so the competition was diluted. I hate to sound like I'm supporting Busch, he can be so annoying, but his achievement is remarkable. I'm willing to bet he'll break the 200 win record. That may not make him a 'legendary' racer like Petty, but it makes him worthy of a hell of a lot of respect. Put aside his obnoxious persona and I think most of us will realize that.

July 23, 2011  12:34 PM ET

i always wonder if it were back in the day and not as much media coverage would he be the next great thing. I guess maybe the legions might have been a bit pricky also we just never got the coverage.

July 23, 2011  12:36 PM ET

Legends sorry shot between the keyboard and floor

July 23, 2011  12:37 PM ET

short man $#i%

July 23, 2011  12:46 PM ET

It's all a bunch of crap, good driver YES,,,, GREAT driver NO

July 23, 2011  12:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Who doesn't love love?

this guy ---^^^

July 23, 2011  01:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Do we discount the 49 wins in Nationwide by Mark Martin? Harvick has 63 wins and only 17 are in Cup.

Or Earnhardt Jrs 41 wins (18 cup-23 NW) and 2 Nationwide championships.

July 23, 2011  02:34 PM ET
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Do we discount the 49 wins in Nationwide by Mark Martin? Harvick has 63 wins and only 17 are in Cup.

we discount them when talking about richard pettys 200 and pearsons 105 CUP wins.. other than that, they still count as wins..

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July 23, 2011  04:50 PM ET

I don't think the media hype is misleading anyone......cannot put all the comparative data in one media discussion or editorial.....and since it is available for anyone to look up, no problem.

This media hype about a winning driver is good for Nascar period......like Kyle or not, that boy can drive and he can drive in incomplete~damaged cars, like no one else can today. I would bet good money, that if Kyle was driving "back in the day", his driving skills would still be noteworthy.

Wins give you bragging rights no matter what series you get them in........the media just needs to be more careful with the words "Great" and "legend"......Kyle has many more years to drive before those words apply to him.

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