Love him or hate him, one cannot deny the fact that Kyle Busch, after winning the last five races at Bristol in the last two weekends, has officially earned the title “The Baron Of Bristol” with his dominating performance this week-end at Bristol. After leading all but 32 laps in the Nationwide Series Scotts E-Z Seed 300 on Saturday to win his 4th straight race at Bristol, people immediately started to pencil in Kyle as the favorite for Sunday’s race. And, while he had to share the “class of the field” honors at Bristol with Jimmie Johnson, leading seven times for 153 laps while Jimmie Johnson led four times for 164 laps, he managed to pull away down the stretch and win his 5th straight NASCAR race at Bristol.
When all the dust and smoke settled at the end of the day at Bristol, it was apparent that the maturation of Kyle Busch is at least in a constant state of evolution. His fans like to point out, however misguided the comparison may be, that Kyle is the modern equivalent of Dale Earnhardt Sr. Truthfully, Kyle’s talent and attitude, at times, are much more reminiscent of a younger Darrell Waltrip. Before he was spouting off catch-phrases in the FOX announcing booth, Waltrip had a much similar effect on fans, in a polarizing manner, that Kyle has been known to have in the past. He also could drive the wheels off of anything he drove in, also like Kyle. Now will Kyle be a NASCAR great on the level of a Darrell Waltrip or a Richard Petty? Only time will tell on that issue.