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It wasn’t all that long ago that Kyle Busch was "that young driver." He entered the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series full time in 2005 when he was 20. Fast-forward to today and after 43 race wins along with a Cup title, Busch is now a veteran, despite his relatively young age of 32.
“Obviously, it's a unique opportunity for me being one of the elder statesmen, if you will, of the sport, let alone Joe Gibbs Racing,” Busch said Tuesday during the preseason NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. “Being able to kind of lead our younger guys, if you will, Erik (Jones) and Daniel (Suarez); those guys have come through Kyle Busch Motorsports, so it's been fun to watch them progress through the years with the Truck Series, the Xfinity Series and now being into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.”
The current crop of young drivers has been getting a great deal of attention lately. With veterans retiring, and others losing rides, NASCAR has been marketing newer, young drivers: Chase Elliott, Jones, Suarez and William Byron, among others.
And that has Busch a bit frustrated.
"It is bothersome,” Busch said. “We've paid our dues, and our sponsors have and everything else, and all you're doing is advertising all these younger guys for fans to figure out and pick up on and choose as their favorite driver.
“I think it's stupid.”
“But I don't know, I'm not the marketing genius that's behind this deal. You know, I just do what I can do, and my part of it is what my part is.”
There may be a reason veterans aren’t being called on as much as the younger drivers.
“I guess one thing that can be said is probably the younger guys are bullied into doing more things than the older guys are because we say no a lot more because we've been there, done that and have families, things like that, and want to spend as much time as we can at home,” Busch said. “You know, maybe that's some of it. But you know, it's … some of these marketing campaigns and things like that, pushing these younger drivers, is I wouldn't say all that fair."
For Byron, the 20-year-old driver who will be taking over the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy in the Cup Series this season, it’s all about showing what he and the other youngsters can do.
“I feel like its all relative,” Byron said sitting in the same chair Busch occupied only moments before. “When new guys come in, it’s kind of a fresh thing to talk about. We’re ultimately just going to have to prove ourselves on the racetrack and do things that show we are capable of being part of this sport. I think that’s going to show over time, and hopefully a couple of us young guys can win some more races.”
In an attempt to help lower costs and help smaller teams remain competitive with the top teams, NASCAR is sharing team data such as racing lines and other details to all teams in the series. That is something 2015 NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Busch strongly disagrees with.
“It’s sharing all the driver traces through SMT that all the manufacturers are buying into now,” Busch said. “Anybody can see my driver track wherever they are now and that’s a big issue to me. It’s a big thing to other some of the drivers as well. We’re still trying to work on that.”
And why is Busch against the data sharing? He gave a passionate reply.
“Because I’ve spent 13 years in this sport to figure out how to drive a race car to make it go fast and the do the things that I do to make it go fast and win championships and now you are going to hand all of that to a young driver on a piece of paper and they are going to figure it out as long as they know how to read it,” Busch said. “Sure, they still have to do it but at least they know what I’m doing so if they study that enough they will know how to beat me, or I will know how to beat you.
“That’s our signature. Us driving a race car is our way of figuring out how to make a race car go around the track fast. It’s not how we are driving our car at particular moments, it’s how we set up our cars.”
Busch believes his data and driving traces are proprietary information.
“How I became good at Martinsville didn’t come by myself but talking and learning from Denny Hamlin,” Busch said. “It was looking and studying and talking to him. That’s how I became good at Martinsville.
“If everybody else does these things and drives Martinsville a particular way you will have a boring ass race because everybody will drive the same speed and do the same thing because it’s the fastest way to get around there.
“I don’t see it as being positive to this sport. When we are all driving the same that is not a positive thing.”
Busch has expressed his concerns to NASCAR.
“They say they are saving the manufacturers money because other manufacturers were scraping the screen through Race-View,” Busch said. “So, NASCAR decided to hand it out to everybody and give it away for free.”
Busch said if a driver isn’t studying film in this day and age, “they are an idiot.
“Everything is on YouTube but I can’t give away everything. We look at it as proprietary, but NASCAR doesn’t. It’s like an NFL team giving the opponent their Playbook.”