As we all know, the world of NASCAR is ripe with controversies, opinions, and heated discussions and I hope to highlight some of them here and get your take on it.
So without further ado, onto this week's THAT'S DEBATABLE!
WHO: Kyle Busch, aka "The Show", "Thorn", "Rowdy" or "Shrub" and public enemy numero uno to Junior Nation, Brian Vickers Nation (albeit a small, peaceful nation) or pretty much anyone Kyle is racing around.
When the checkered flag flies, you will find Kyle either taking a bow (4 times this year) or confronting a fellow driver and stomping off avoiding the media. Love him or hate him, with the #18 team there is no in between.
WHAT: The Chase for the Championship is only two races away and Kyle sits 34 points out of the 12th and final spot in the Chase.
SO WHAT? It is possible that Kyle could enter The Chase seeded first (or nearly so) based on his number of wins this season or he could be the first driver with four wins to not make The Chase.
Many fans believe Brian France took away all incentive for the top teams to race for wins by creating The Chase resulting in a less-than-entertaining sport of points racing. Clearly, as Kyle's situation demonstrates, it pays to be a top 15 finisher every race rather than going "wreckers or checkers."
I have seen many articles, blogs and tweets already bemoaning the fact we are heading into a part of the season where only a few drivers will actually be racing and the rest will be "playing it safe." The Chase has become a game of who can avoid problems not who wins the most races.
Now many of you will say, wait Kristen - the Cup Championship used to highly reward consistency not wins, so what's the diff?
You tell me.
Seems unlikely The Chase is going away and I for one am a fan of going for broke and getting the win. So how I see it, the only way to get any excitement into The Chase this year is to root against Kyle. Even better, what if he misses The Chase by a mere point or two, triggering monumental frustration which results in him driving like a drunk hummingbird, taking it four-wide every opportunity and spanking the field as he runs away with win after win. What if he ends up with more wins than the Champ and racks up more points than anyone else in the last 10 races? Then what Brian?
So, The Chase for the Championship is neither a chase nor a championship....Discuss