The 2021 season will mark Busch’s 18th full-time season in the Cup Series. After a tough 2020 campaign, Busch is ready to get back to his winning ways.
Whether Busch is racing at Daytona, Talladega, or anywhere in between, don’t be surprised to see him go viral for his temper. Busch’s attitude is notorious among other NASCAR drivers, especially when it comes to his road rage.
Kyle Busch has had a terrific NASCAR career
Throughout the 2010s, NASCAR didn’t have many better drivers than Kyle Busch.
The younger brother of Kurt Busch, Kyle’s first season as a full-time racer at the Cup Series level came in 2005. Two years later, Busch finished fifth in the Cup Series standings.
It wouldn’t be until 2013, when he finished fourth, that Busch had another top-5 ranking.
After finishing 10th in 2014, Busch began an excellent streak of success on the track. Busch won the Cup Series in 2015 and 2019 and placed second in 2017.
From 2015-19, Busch finished no lower than fourth in the standings.
Busch has a notorious temper
Professional athletes are human like the rest of us, and they’re prone to showing emotions — or letting their feelings get the best of them.
Kyle Busch is no exception, and his attitude has frustrated other drivers over the years. Christopher Bell, who recently joined Joe Gibbs Racing and is Busch’s new teammate, said he has a far different approach on how he interacts with his crew compared to Busch.
USA Today polled NASCAR drivers in November 2020 on superlatives applying to other drivers. They overwhelmingly selected Kyle as the driver with the sport’s worst road rage.
“Have you listened to his radio before?” Alex Bowman joked.
Other drivers named Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch among those who struggled with road rage.
Kyle Busch is in line for a big 2021 NASCAR season
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Kyle Busch finished eighth and out of the Cup Series postseason in 2020.
Busch is ready to bounce back in a big way this season. He changed his crew and will, barring any health issues, begin with a fresh start at Daytona week in February.
When the NASCAR Cup Series odds for next season opened in November, Busch and Chase Elliott — the reigning champion — both opened at 7-1 odds.
Only Kevin Harvick, at 11-2 odds, ranked higher in the initial postings. Harvick finished fifth in the Cup Series standings a year ago despite winning nine races.
A gaggle of drivers, including Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano, make up a group at 8-1 odds. All of those drivers should be on the lookout for a motivated — and potentially, very angry — Busch when the flag is waved and the next season starts.