By admin | September 5, 2013
By Richard Allen
As a blogger, I have certain advantages over real media reporters. One of those is that I don’t have to run any ideas by an editor before writing a column so if I have an idea that I feel like typing out, I just do it. Another advantage I have is that I can be as opinionated as I want and don’t have to worry about ticking off the bosses since I am the boss.
So with that said, I am writing this piece to say that I am rooting for Kurt Busch this weekend. I hope he makes the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Currently, Busch clings the 10th spot in the Sprint Cup standings. As long as he remains inside the top-10 after Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond International Raceway, he will make NASCAR’s ten race playoff and have a shot at his second series title.
So why am I rooting for the 2004 Sprint Cup champion to make it into the Chase?
In recent years(actually throughout its history), the Chase has been the playground of the super teams such as Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Penske Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Richard Childress Racing. And rarely have organizations that feature only one team made it to the playoff.
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Busch drives for Furniture Row Racing, a single-car team based far away from the hub of NASCAR. And more, Busch has often been made a villain by the media and fans for his outspoken nature. He typically has more people rooting against him than for him. Both of those are good reasons, in my opinion, to wish him success this weekend.
And to add a more selfish reason to root for Busch, as a blogger I recognize his worth as a driver who drives web traffic. I’ve found in recent years that he and brother Kyle have often been responsible for as many or more page hits to my site as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and the other “popular” personalities in the sport. No doubt, he would provide plenty of material to inspire a blog or two during the Chase.
Further, it was recently announced that Busch will be leaving Barney Visser’s Furniture Row Racing for Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of the season. So as much as one might root for Busch, this underdog Colorado based team might inspire some cheers.
There isn’t supposed to be any cheering in the press box. But no worries, I won’t be there anyway. And yes, I am rooting for a certain driver on Saturday night. That driver is Kurt Busch. Or more accurately, I am rooting for a good story.
It would make for a good story if he and his team make the Chase.
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