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What Nascar can learn from Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch Funny Image Mojo MotorsAfter intentionally wrecking Ron Hornaday during a Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway last Friday, Kyle Busch has solidified himself as Nascar’s most hated driver. Please refer to yesterday’s Monday Grind blog post for video of the wreck. Even before this incident, “Shrub” was already one of the most hated drivers, but why? Is it the sunglasses? Is it because he brings shame to M&M’s candy? Perhaps, but these three reasons are much more likely:

1. He drives a Toyota.

2. Fans think he is arrogant and cocky.

3. His aggression and willingness to wreck fellow drivers.

Except for the first reason, both number 2 and 3 were traits reflected by the great Dale Earnhardt Sr. who was notorious for aggressive driving and performing the “bump-and-run” on other drivers. This has sparked comparisons, but what separates the two, however, is temperament and self-control. Earnhardt never used his car as a weapon, especially during a caution lap like Bush did last week. Moreover, Busch has been caught up in a number of squabbles since joining Nascar at the age of 16 in 2001. There was the fight with Richard Childress that led to exchanging blows. Then there was the fight with Kevin Harvick that nearly led to exchanging blows at Darlington. There was also the time he called Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans “crazy.” And then there was last weekend.

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What if Tanner Foust wasn't on Top Gear

Top Gear USA Host Tanner Foust

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Everyone knows Tanner Foust can drive a car and to give him credit, he isn’t a bad Top Gear host either. The thing is, what if Foust wasn’t a host on the show and furthermore, who could fill his spot as the guy who can actually drive a car? No offense to his co-hosts Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara, but those guys are professional jokesters (possibly eaters too), not drivers.

We’ve assembled a list of drivers we’d like to see in Foust’s spot. Make the jump to read on. [keep reading]