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Put 'em in the Back
Let me start by saying this — I don't dislike Kyle Busch!
Over the years in this sport, I've found Kyle pretty easy to work with. The obvious exception of that is when he gets angry and stomps off without talking, anyway. On those occasions, I'm usually in the broadcast booth or the couch, so it doesn't affect me directly.
Like I said, I don't dislike Kyle, especially since he has really grown up and even mellowed a bit over the years. But I do dislike seeing Kyle, or any other Cup driver for that matter, stink up the Xfinity show on a regular basis.
This year alone, Kyle has led a whopping 47% of the laps and he doesn't even run in every race! When Kyle wins, it's by a landslide, worse than when Johnson beat Goldwater — that was lopsided too, look it up.
The Xfinity season is 17 races old and there have been four wins by Xfinity drivers, (4) four, count 'em. Erik Jones has two and the pair of Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez each have one. The other 13 have been won by Cup regulars padding their stats. Oh wait, Sam Hornish, Jr. won a race for a Cup team, so let's make it 12 by Cup interlopers.
This year, we've seen Kyle Busch score six checkered flags, and the following all have one apiece: Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Dale Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson and Aric Almirola. Doesn't leave much for anyone else, does it?
And another thing — I don't want to hear another Xfinity driver say they learn a lot by racing these guys. No, you don't! You're not racing them, they are leading and you're back fighting for sixth place. All that you're learning is how to lose, and that's no fun.
I have one simple suggestion to make the show much more entertaining: Have the Cup Drivers start in the back. Then Kyle, Joey, Kevin or whatever driver will really have to work a bit harder for the trophy and the check. It's not entertaining to watch someone ruin the show from the pole, but if you've got to come from the back, well, the plot thickens a bit.
It's just a thought, but almost anything would provide more thrills than seeing teams overmatched week after week. I would still expect to see the Cup drivers with their Cup support win, but the process would make the day a lot more appealing.