By admin | March 26, 2009
By Richard Allen
Going into the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 in Martinsville, the Busch brothers have a chance to tie a modern day record for consecutive Sprint Cup wins by brothers. Should neither Kurt nor Kyle Busch win on the relatively flat half-mile track their names will still be in the record book because the streak they would be tying would be their own.
In 2008, Kyle won at the Infineon Raceway. Then, Kurt took the rain shortened race in New Hampshire. After that, Kyle went back to victory lane in Daytona and Chicago on consecutive weeks. That gave the Busch’s four straight wins for the modern day record.
That is a feat even the Allison brothers were never able to accomplish.
In NASCAR’s bygone days the Flock brothers and the Thomas brothers each had four win streaks in the 1950s.
In this current run, Kyle won on the brothers’ home track in Las Vegas, followed by a win in Atlanta by Kurt, which preceded Kyle’s most recent win in Bristol. Their wins in Atlanta and Bristol came in dominating fashion.
Due to their abrasive and brash personalities, the Busch’s have never been fan favorites. Each has taken a turn as the biggest villain on the NASCAR circuit at one time or another.
After a series of run-ins with Jimmy Spencer several years ago Kurt was regarded as the NASCAR bad guy and was often booed lustily. He has never since found a way to endear himself to the vast majority of race fans.
Kyle took being hated by the fans to an all new level in 2008. In Richmond he committed the unpardonable racing sin of spinning the immensely popular Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as the two raced for the lead. From that point to now the younger Busch has received the scorn of ‘Junior Nation’ and he has seemingly relished in that role, often going out of his way to provoke those who dislike him most.
The thing that may be most impressive about the Busch brothers is that they have accomplished a great deal at such young ages.
At age 30 Kurt has won 19 races and claimed the 2004 Sprint Cup championship.
Kyle, who will turn 24 in May, has 14 career wins. He had eight wins in 2008 alone and has already taken two checkered flags after only five events in 2009.
So, whether you love ‘em or hate ’em, and I have an idea which feeling would win out among the vast majority, you have to concede that these brothers can get it done on the race track. And, the competition has come to realize that sometimes you just can’t beat the Busches.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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