NASCAR Fans Know Where to Point The Finger At After Humiliating Detail from Kurt Busch-Starrer Race Comes to Light

Published 05/17/2022, 1:58 PM EDT
May 15, 2022; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ross Chastain (1) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) lead the pack after a restart during the AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas might not rank the highest when we talk about fan-favorite tracks. Of course, the 2022 season has brought back some excitement and more viewers with the re-designed cars. However, the race at Kansas speedway might not have favored NASCAR’s decision. Although Kurt Busch got 23XI their first win of that season. Moreover, this is his first win for Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin’s team.

Despite that, Kansas Speedway was not the best race of the season in terms of viewers. In fact, NASCAR journalist, Adam Stern tweeted about the dip in ratings and viewership this year in a tweet that said, .@FS1 got a 1.43 rating and 2.337 million viewers for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas, down from a 1.62 rating and 2.739 million for last year’s event.

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And, the fans had their own analogies as to why were the views lower?

NASCAR Fans Share Their Opinions

NASCAR fans on Twitter had their own thoughts about why Kansas did not rate well. Some fans felt that it could have been because of an overlap with other sports.

On the other hand, a lot of people had things to say about NASCAR races being on FS1 instead of FOX.

It seems like there is a clear preference for FOX. Considering, a lot of people already own FOX Sports on their televisions. On the other hand, FS1 is a channel that everyone might not have.

Denny Hamlin Answers The All-Important Question About Kurt Busch After The NASCAR Cup Series Race

23XI Racing announced that Kurt Busch will now be a Jordan Brand sponsored athlete. Moreover, he will run a special, Air Jordan III “Black Cement” inspired livery. There were many people wondering why Kurt Busch got the deal instead of Bubba Wallace? Although there are a couple of reasons, such as Bubba Wallace’s pre-existing sponsorship with Columbia, Denny Hamlin tells us the all-important reason for the #45 getting the deal.

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Watch This Story: Denny Hamlin Reveals the Condition He Set With Joe Gibbs to “Fire” Him This NASCAR Season

Denny Hamlin reveals the main reason in a press conference. A reporter asked him, “Did you have to convince Michael (Jordan) at all like, hey, put your brand on a car of a 44-year-old veteran, instead of maybe the younger, hot shoes?”. 

To which, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver replied, “No, because the fact is- Kurt Busch wins. It doesn’t matter about any previous history at this race track. We know when we show up, if we’ve got a fast car, he is capable of winning. And, that’s what I saw in Kurt Busch.”

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Read More: “Kurt Busch Wins” – Denny Hamlin on the Simple Reason Why the Veteran Driver Is a Jordan Brand Athlete

The reason for the lower ratings in the Kansas race is still a mystery. And, we may never know the real reason. However, what’s your take on it?

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

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