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By: Lee Spencer

Call it the Kyle Busch rule.

When NASCAR introduced the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series Chases for 2016, Cup veteran drivers were barred from participating in those tours’ season finales at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Less than six weeks after Busch won the truck race at Chicagoland Speedway, the final race of the regular season for that series, NASCAR announced it was tweaking the driver qualifications in the lower level tours again.

"You feel a little bit of satisfaction in people wanting to kick you out because you’re too good."
Kyle Busch
For 2017, current Sprint Cup drivers who have been in the series for more than five years are limited to 10 NXS and seven truck races per season. Those five-year veterans are embargoed from competing in the regular-season finales, all Chase races and, in the case of the Xfinity Series, the four Dash 4 Cash events.
Any driver competing for points in the Sprint Cup Series is barred from racing in the Truck and Xfinity championship races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Being too good

Busch, who holds the record for most NXS wins with 86 and is second to Ron Hornaday with 46 truck victories, doesn’t consider the new rule a setback. He looks at it as a badge of honor.
“It must be, because I didn’t hear the hate mail from (Kyle) Larson winning at Texas,” the 2015 Sprint Cup champion told the Motor Racing Network when asked if his success played into the decision. “It just is what it is.”
Busch won two of the four truck races he competed in this year — including the regular-season finale at Chicagoland, where series regular Daniel Hemric finished second. Hemric tied William Byron for the points lead in the regular season but Byron’s wins broke the tiebreaker. Busch beat John Hunter Nemechek in his Martinsville win by .425-seconds.
Kyle Larson, who is in his third season of full-time Cup racing, was the only other non-truck driver to win on that tour when he was victorious at Eldora Speedway. Larson, Joey Logano and Austin Dillon also won twice on the Xfinity tour, but it was Busch with the lion’s share of 10 of the 22 NXS victories earned by Cup drivers.
In 17 Xfinity starts, Busch also posted nine poles and 14 top-five finishes. At Indianapolis, the final Dash 4 Cash race, Busch won from the pole and led all but one lap — when he came to pit road. The top NXS regular was fifth-place Justin Allgaier.
Erik Jones won two of the Dash 4 Cash races, at Bristol and Dover, but no one complained when Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Richmond International Raceway either.
“It’s unfortunate, but at the same token, you feel a little bit of satisfaction in people wanting to kick you out because you’re too good," Busch said. "But ultimately, where are you going to go if they kick you out of racing Cup? I guess (Jimmie) Johnson hasn’t been kicked out of there yet. So I still have a chance in my hand of racing here.”

The bad side of the new rules

Still, Busch pointed out the potential monetary ramifications of rule change. While not being able to select certain races might slow Busch’s need to expand his trophy case, the exclusion of Cup drivers could prove detrimental to team owners’ pocketbooks.
“It certainly hurts the business side of Joe Gibbs Racing and myself a little bit,” Busch said. “The Truck Series, I don't think I'd probably run more than five or seven, so that's not too bad. The schedule of events in which I can choose from probably hurts a little bit. I like going to Texas, I like going to Phoenix, I would probably run those in the Xfinity side or the truck side in the fall time of the year, and you know, it also hurts on the Xfinity side with Joe because we've got a partner that was going to pay for 16 or 18 races, whatever it was, and now we're cutting him back to 10.
“What we do with that extra funding is going to be crucial to figure out, whether we can keep it in house or whether we just hand it back to him and give him a refund check.”

Kyle Busch: "People want to kick you out because you're too good"
 

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Toyota puts a ton of money in JGR, so it's not only that Kyle's "too good" but also that his equipment is "too good". Go down and run that series in some scrub equipment and win some races and then talk trash.
 

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The greats never had to pad their stats. The reality is he isn't that good. Put any one of about 10 or 15 other drivers that run Cup in that car and the results would be the same if not better. If he wants to run other series to prove how good he supposedly is go enter some World of Outlaws races and win a couple of those
 

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He ran the lower series classes in his own equipment or other teams cars and basically wasn't any good at it, then he went to Joe and signed over to Gibbs equipment in the Nationwide series and with the money and support from Toyota was given the chance to dominate. He runs the lower tiers because he knows that he is not 0f the same caliber of professional as Richard P, Earnhardt, Gordon, Jimmie J, or even Tony to win his second championship. Other drivers will go on to win their first championship before Bush wins his second. His obsession to win races no matter how much he beats up on lower tier drivers is not the professional it takes to be a true NASCAR champion. He needs to wake up, grow up, and gain the respect it takes to demonstrate the he is a "true" caliber of professional it takes to be a real CHAMPION. Its not about winning races, its about winning the respect to be a true professional and true champion and he has a long way to go.
I have been a fan of NASCAR since the "60"s and know that a lot of you here have been too and you know what I mean. Earn the respect to be a true professional and who knows maybe just maybe I might cheer you on to win a race but that will take some time.
 

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How about when he was racing purely KBM equipment and he didn't get a single win. Hell, at least Kurt was able to win one. It's not a matter of Kyle being godlike but rather the combination of his experience and the top-of-the-line equipment.
 

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I'd love to see Kyle in a TriStar Toyota and see how mister "too good" does. He has tons of talent, but JGR cars sure help too.
 

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go drive a JGL toyota first Kyle...then you can bitch like a little pretty pony
 

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Kyle, you're not doing anything special in JGR Xfinity car. They drive themselves...



Not discrediting Hornish, but he hadn't raced in nearly 7 months...
 

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Put Kyle in a non-JGR car, sit back, and watch him unravel. Remember the KBM days? Remember him storming away from reporters every week because he couldn't win?

Kyle never matured, regardless of what the media tries to tell us. He's still that arrogant, immature, self-serving prick. I used to really respect Joe Gibbs. He lost my respect when he signed him. If Rick Hendrick gives you the boot because you're a terrible person, then you're a terrible person.
 

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He has mega raw talent. But even talent of 10 on a scale of 1-10 needs good equipment to do better than an occasional victory. Y'all pretty much summed up "Mr. Arrogant" so I will not expound further on him, BUT I will say, he has a mini me coming right behind him in Eric Jones. I will say that him getting his ass blocked by Kyle the last few Chase races did him some good as far as the "bar of humility" goes, because he was getting the same way as Kyle. The good old the Series is my "oyster" attitude and I should win every time I wear a Camping World Truck or Xfinity car. How dare anyone even challenge me. If he had a serious challenge, or equipment problem he went BALLISTIC! He was so used to running up front, way ahead, unchallenged, in way superior equipment that it was a real shock to his system when he ran into more than an occasional driver or car that was even a remote threat to his SUPERIORITY. Wait until next year at Furniture Row. I think the Rude Awakening will continue. He's racing the big boys, AND if there is any difference in equipment, I would put my money on Martin getting the better stuff. Even if it's only because Jones is only (which is a stupid idea IMO, BUT I won't start on that issue, it's for another time and discussion) there for a year. He's going to "flame out", I can see it coming. Like the proverbial can't miss 1st Round Draft pick, #1 choice, Heisman Trophy winning college QB that goes to the NFL and can't run a play w/o F'ing it up every time. Like Johnny Manzell on steroids bad. I don't know why, I just have a feeling. The only way to save him would be to get him away from Kyle, way far away. Because he's learning and mimicking his every move.
 
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He has mega raw talent. But even talent of 10 on a scale of 1-10 needs good equipment to do better than an occasional victory. Y'all pretty much summed up "Mr. Arrogant" so I will not expound further on him, BUT I will say, he has a mini me coming right behind him in Eric Jones. I will say that him getting his ass blocked by Kyle the last few Chase races did him some good as far as the "bar of humility" goes, because he was getting the same way as Kyle. The good old the Series is my "oyster" attitude and I should win every time I wear a Camping World Truck or Xfinity car. How dare anyone even challenge me. If he had a serious challenge, or equipment problem he went BALLISTIC! He was so used to running up front, way ahead, unchallenged, in way superior equipment that it was a real shock to his system when he ran into more than an occasional driver or car that was even a remote threat to his SUPERIORITY. Wait until next year at Furniture Row. I think the Rude Awakening will continue. He's racing the big boys, AND if there is any difference in equipment, I would put my money on Martin getting the better stuff. Even if it's only because Jones is only (which is a stupid idea IMO, BUT I won't start on that issue, it's for another time and discussion) there for a year. He's going to "flame out", I can see it coming. Like the proverbial can't miss 1st Round Draft pick, #1 choice, Heisman Trophy winning college QB that goes to the NFL and can't run a play w/o F'ing it up every time. Like Johnny Manzell on steroids bad. I don't know why, I just have a feeling. The only way to save him would be to get him away from Kyle, way far away. Because he's learning and mimicking his every move.
You hit the nail on the head with the Jones / Busch comparison. The first time I really got a glimpse of this kid's true character was when he lost to Kasey Kahne in that truck series race at Charlotte a couple years ago. My opinion of him was solidified right there, and since then he's given me absolutely no reason to change my mind.
 
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