Kurt Busch: “I think what Kyle’s saying is that all these guys are being given a free pass, so to speak.”
Kyle Busch made comments earlier in the week regarding the push of young NASCAR drivers in series marketing campaigns. Kyle Busch is currently only 32 with 43 wins, a championship and 15 years of cup experience.
“All you’re doing is advertising all these younger guys for fans to figure out and pick up on and choose as their favorite driver,” younger brother, Kyle Busch commented during the NASCAR media day at the Charlotte Convention Center.
“I think it’s stupid. I don’t know, I’m not the marketing genius that’s behind this deal,” Kyle continued.
Older brother Kurt shares some of those same beliefs. At age 39, Kurt is also a series champion. He’s spent the last 18 years in the NASCAR Cup Series, picking up 29 wins along the way.
Kurt Busch on Kyle’s comments
“I agree in certain aspects of what he’s challenged,” Kurt Busch explains on the Domenick Nati Show. “Then, I disagree with other parts of it.”
“What I think he’s trying to say is — You know, we’re promoting these guys. And they don’t have the race wins yet.”
“There’s zero in the win column for a guy like Chase Elliott, Bubba Wallace, Erik Jones, all those guys. And Larson’s out there, he’s young, he’s winning. And they need to push him because I see him as a future champion.”
“I think what Kyle’s saying is that all these guys are being given a free pass, so to speak, to become a superstar. And we haven’t seen the success on track, translate to what’s being shown to the world.”
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“It’s cute, there’s different chosen one’s or guys that take over iconic rides. Right now, Chase Elliott, Bill Elliott’s son, who is going to be a big time player in our sport and has yet to win.”
“He’s doing a good job, it’s all starting to blend in. I’d say he’s just slightly overrated right now, without the race wins that he should have in the win column.”
Chase Elliott is undoubtedly a favorite of the NASCAR fan base. He remains winless. However, he’s finished 2nd, five times.
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