NASCAR: An Open Letter To Sprint Cup Champion Kyle Busch

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Dear Mr. Kyle Busch. This is an open letter to address my concerns about your outrageous dominance in The Xfinity Series and how it is affecting the future crop of drivers that the sport has to offer.

Dear Kyle Busch,

Good versus bad.

These two adjectives represent opposite ends of a subjective spectrum. What one views as doing good might be considered bad to another person and vice versa. Maybe somewhere deep inside you see the bad you’re doing to the sport you claim to love, but aren’t able to recognize it. Maybe your desire to win overwhelms and blocks out this thought entirely. Or maybe you just don’t know when to hang it up

No matter the excuse, although I believe it is your desire to win that is causing you to stay past your welcome, the negative you have done to the Xfinity Series is growing with each passing day. Not only have brought the other competitors and the entire series as whole down by winning five out of the six races this season, your dominance makes it impossible for another young driver to build themselves up to potential sponsors and teams.

In all honesty, what do you even have left to accomplish in this series? You’ve already more than proven your dominance in the Series with 80 wins, 191 top five’s and 226 top-ten’s. In fact, you’ve won five out of the six Xfinity Series races you’ve competed in this season and even led 776 of the 913 laps you’ve completed this season.

Don’t you see something wrong with that Mr. Busch? How about with the fact that the current Xfinity Series point’s leader and your teammate, Daniel Suarez hasn’t even won a race this season and also only led four laps in six races. Don’t you believe there is something wrong with that, especially if you compare his stats to yours Mr. Busch?

Furthermore, what about the other 35 or so Xfinity Series regulars that are so close to their first win the series that they can almost taste it? Don’t you feel a sense of guilt inside of you when you step into that car and dominate a group of competitors that are nowhere near you skill wise. What would even be the challenge anymore?

I could understand your desire to continue racing in the Xfinity Series if a challenge still existed or a record still needed to be broken, but no challenge or record like that exists. I mean sure, you could go for four race wins in a row, which I’m pretty sure you will accomplish before the end of this season, but what would the point of a record like that even be? Wouldn’t that be overdoing it a little?

Despite your arrogance and drive to win, I know somewhere deep inside you remember the early days of your racing career. The days where you didn’t know what seat you would land in or if you would even have a ride that weekend or not. I know you remember having to prove yourself to the world time and time again in order to get the opportunities that you were awarded and deserved.

Beyond the memories of pushing yourself past your limits and accomplishing things that a lot people in NASCAR never thought possible, I know you remember that moment when you arrived. I know you remember that moment when you were no longer the rookie looking up at everyone, but the champion, the contender and the future of the sport.  Why not give the other drivers in the Xfinity Series a chance to feel that way?

Your teammate, Daniel Suarez had a chance to feel that way during the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but you ended up capturing the flag after leading almost every lap in that days race.  Your other teammate, Erik Jones, could have captured his first win of the season and locked himself in the Xfinity Series Chase at Phoenix, but of course you had to dominate the race and capture the flag for yourself.

With that in mind, what is the challenge anymore of competing in the Xfinity Series? I could understand if you were only winning races by the skin of your teeth and keeping other drivers in the series competitive, but all you’re really accomplishing is bringing everyone else in the series down by comparison.

Seriously! Your teammates Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones have the same access to the same Joe Gibbs Racing equipment that you do, but they repeatedly come up short on race day and you continue to run away from the field and dominate! Isn’t that a pretty good indication that you are in a league of your own and need to step away from the Xfinity Series to allow other drivers to shine and prove themselves?

Not only is your dominance hard to watch for your competitors, especially with the emphasis put on winning in order to secure yourself a chance in that year’s championship chase, it is also hard to watch for fans of the Xfinity Series who want to see a new set of drivers rise to the challenge and prove themselves as the next big thing NASCAR has to offer.

Unfortunately for the rising stars of NASCAR, they can’t be the next big thing if they can’t even win a race in the Xfinity Series. This is especially true with the new win and you’re in format that NASCAR officials instituted earlier this year for the Xfinity Series, making the need for a win in the serious more prevalent than ever before.

May I remind you that while you can just take your trophy, winnings and owner points and go back to your motorcoach, these other drivers are competing for a championship and a chance to prove themselves to potential sponsors. These drivers need a win in order to guarantee themselves a spot in this year’s chase for the championship, something you have denied them of with win after win this season.

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In the end, it’s up to you Mr. Busch. You’re either going to realize the harm you are doing to the series and its competitors and bow out gracefully, or you’ll continue to race in a series that you could dominate with your eyes closed and one arm tied behind your back. Either way your fans will still love you and root for you every Saturday and Sunday, but your detractors will continue to boo and cry foul over the harm you are doing to the Xfinity Series and its competitors.

I know your not breaking any rules and I know this is a competition and the other drivers and teams have an equal chance to do what you’re doing but we all know that’s not really the case. We all know that you’re coming to the track with far superior equipment than some of the Xfinity Series drivers will ever have in their careers. You’re the NFL team and you’re playing against an unranked college team most weekends. Sure, every now and again something surprising might happen (you blow a tire on the last lap after leading the majority of the race) but all-in-all the results will largely be the same. You beating up on them is not good for anyone involved and it certainly isn’t good for the sport.

Yours Truly,

-A Fan That Wants To See The Future Of NASCAR Have A Stage To Shine