Eighty-three days after Kyle Busch celebrated his second Cup championship, the garage opens today at Daytona International Speedway. And with it will be the sense of renewal and unbridled optimism that often pervades during the offseason and Daytona Speedweeks. Hope also will be strong with those among the many driver and crew chief changes made since last year. With all the good feelings entering Daytona Speedweeks, here are five storylines to watch:. The closest Busch has come to winning the season-opening race was last year when he placed second to Denny Hamlin as part of a finish for Joe Gibbs Racing that included Erik Jones finishing third. Others who needed more years before winning their first Daytona were: Kurt Busch in his 16th start , Darrell Waltrip 17th start , Buddy Baker 18th start and Dale Earnhardt 20th start.
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Busch's ignorant comments are reflective of our organization as a whole and, furthermore, that Mr. Busch is the personification of the sort of family-oriented everyday American values for which our sport is known. Its fans thank you. And I hope there are many more derogatory slurs against homosexuals to come. Top NASCAR public relations and fan-outreach personnel will reportedly meet with Busch before Sunday's Coca-Cola to present him with an official letter of commendation and a check for the full amount of his award. TV cameras caught Busch calling Edwards by a common three-letter antigay epithet in the victory lane, and when Edwards' fans objected, Busch addressed the crowd with similarly homophobic phrases. According to officials and fans on the scene, the agitated Busch then used various disparaging anti-homosexual terms to refer to Edwards' crew chief, car, and sponsors; used many of the same slurs when describing his own underperforming No.
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The win is the series-best fifth of the Sprint Cup season for year-old Busch and his first win in seven road course starts. Busch did it despite serious challenges on two late restarts, as well as starting from the 30th position because of a poor qualifying session Friday. Busch, however, took advantage of an early pit stop on Lap 29 that helped vault him past early race leaders Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards , who pitted two laps later.
Even more than Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch really grinds my gears so much. Kyle's attitude in my opinion is the nastiest that I have ever seen. It seems that every race that I've watched, he's won a whole lot. Tonight, I hope that someone else like Carl Edwards who is in 1st place as I'm watching beats Kyle's winning streak. So what do you think, does Kyle Busch win fairly or does he and his pit crew cheat?