Only days after tweeting to his followers that Kyle Busch is good for the sport of NASCAR in a variety of ways, he has now followed that up with a statement on his Dale Jr Download Podcast and its even more interesting then the first one. In fact, Dale Jr, who retired from the sport after 17 seasons in The Cup Series, seemed to be comparing him to his father, Dale Earnhardt.
Of course he never outright said that he considered Kyle Busch this generations Dale Earnhardt, but he drew a lot of parallels that seem to show that being the case. Not only was this evident by the way Jr talked about how Busch was was apart of what the sport unique and open the door to all kinds of rivalries, he also mentioned wearing a black hat as well.
Interestingly enough that’s how some fans saw Dale Earnhardt back in the early parts of his career and while Earnhardt eventually became a beloved figure after his death in The 2001 Daytona 500, he was also one of the most hated for his driver style and win at all costs nature. Even more interesting is the fact that those characteristics seem to apply to Kyle Busch as well.
“The one thing that I’ve learned over the last several years — even before I quit driving — was the sport needs people like Kyle, Dale Jr said during his podcast, “Even if you don’t like the guy, the sport needs all kinds of personalities, and we can’t have 40 heros out there racing.“We can’t have 40 Captain Americas out there competing against each other. You gotta have a Batman, you gotta have a Robin, you gotta have a Superman, you gotta have a Joker. You gotta have all of that to create storylines and create rivalries.
Dale Jr also covered Kyle Busch’s post race twitter rampage, which succeeded in calling out some of The JGR drivers haters, explained why he didn’t get interviewed and even entertained his fans at his own expense. Believe it or not, Dale Jr actually claimed this was a good thing due to the fact that it allows drivers to better interact with their fans.
“The Kyle Busch on social media after the race — giving the haters hell, talking smack — I wouldn’t want him to change. I think there will always be that little bit of him that gets under your skin a little bit, and that’s good. Like I said, we don’t need 40 Supermans and Batmans out there racing against each other. We’ve gotta have different personalities, and we’ve gotta have villains and black hats, and good guys and bad guys, and blue collar and white collar. We’ve gotta have a lot of different styles and personalities out there — guys from all over the country with a little twist to each of one of them. And Kyle definitely brings that. The more we see that with social media and so forth, the better it is for the sport. …”“He’s turning that tide a little bit from him just being a real (expletive) to actually being a human being,” Earnhardt said. “He’s human, and he’s gonna make errors and he’s gonna have things that you don’t agree with or like, but he’s a human and I think that’s good.”